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Why choose ISEP Plus?

ISEP Plus applicants have formally declared their intent to continue their studies in a BCIT diploma (or other credential) upon successful completion of the required English level in BCIT's International Student Entry Program (ISEP).

ISEP Plus applicants receive a letter of acceptance which outlines their intended study pathway at BCIT:

  • Acceptance to ISEP
  • Conditional Acceptance to a BCIT follow-up program

Acceptance to the follow-up program is based on the following:

  • Successful completion of the required ISEP level/grade (varies by program)
  • Meeting all of the follow up program entrance requirements
  • Seat availability
  • Valid study permit
  • Valid medical insurance
  • Department review for competitive entry*
* Some programs are competitive: the department chooses the best qualified applicants after the application deadline date. When a competitive entry program lists minimum and preferred grades, it is strongly recommended that applicants meet the preferred grades in order to be considered competitive. Please refer to the BCIT website to find out if this is applicable for your program.

How does it work?

To apply to ISEP Plus you must choose a follow up program when you apply. The follow-up program name should be entered on your application to ISEP Plus.

At the start of ISEP Level 4, you will have an opportunity to change your follow-up program if you wish. Details on how to change your selection will be sent to you.

Programs Starting September or January

First Qualified First Accepted Programs:
If you meet all of the entrance requirements required for your program except for English, you may receive conditional acceptance to your follow-up program while completing your ISEP studies. To obtain full acceptance, you must successfully complete the required ISEP level/grade prior by June 30th for programs that start in September and by October 31st for programs starting in January.

Competitive Programs:
You must be registered in ISEP 400 by January to be considered for a competitive program that starts in September or by June 30th for programs that start in January.  If you meet all of the entrance requirements except English your application will be considered for department review. All international applicants compete for seats so it is important that you not only meet but exceed the entrance requirements in order to be an accepted applicant.

For programs that do not start either in September or January, you must complete the ISEP level/grade two months prior to the start date of the program.

Transcripts and supporting documents

Please review the entrance requirements carefully for your follow-up program on the BCIT website. You must ensure that you submit transcripts or documentation in support of each requirement. If you are currently taking an upgrading course other than ISEP, please submit your midterm marks. Until you have met all entrance requirements (other than English), Admissions will consider your application incomplete.

What is the advantage?

Once you have completed level 4 of ISEP, your application to the follow up program will be assessed by Admissions. If you meet the entrance requirements for a first qualified, first accepted program except English you will receive a conditional acceptance into the follow-up program. As an ISEP Plus applicant, a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

For competitive programs, if you meet the entrance requirements your application will be forwarded to the department for review while you are completing ISEP. The department makes decisions on all international applications and if they consider your application as competitive, you will receive a conditional acceptance which means a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Complete the following for submission with your online application:

  • PDFs of your official transcripts of secondary and post-secondary courses. These transcripts must be official and translated into English by a certified translator.

  • Agents submitting on behalf of an applicant must also submit this form with the online application:

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Note: Study Permits are required for international students studying in Canada. Visit the Immigration Canada website for more information.

Scheduled intakes

Application Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring/Summer 2015 Jul 6, 2015 Jun 26, 2015 Jun 29, 2015
Fall 2015 Sept 8, 2015 Aug 28, 2015 Aug 31, 2015
Fall 2015 Nov 2, 2015 Oct 23, 2015 Oct 26, 2015
Winter 2016 Jan 11, 2016 Dec 11, 2015 Dec 11, 2015
Winter 2016 Mar 7, 2016 Feb 7, 2016 Feb 7, 2016
Spring/Summer 2016 May 9, 2016 Apr 9, 2016 Apr 9, 2016


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

As of September 2015, tuition per level is $2502.00, plus BCIT ID card, student association and building fees

  • Student Association and Capital Levy Fees: $17.82 per course per term
  • Building Fee: up to $62.40 per year (prorated based on number of courses registered)
  • One card fee: 7.50 per year (prorated)

There is an additional $120.00 CAD fee for the ISEP placement test.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is mandatory while attending BCIT. Guard Me, our recommended student insurance provider, offers student medical insurance for $180 CAD for three months. When you arrive at ISEP you can apply for the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP). You have to be in the province for three months before you are eligible for MSP.

Refund policy

Students must submit the requirements as outlined below to the International Student Entry Program at the BCIT Downtown Campus Room 790. The deadline to withdraw with an 85% refund is 4:00pm on the second day of class.

If you withdraw for any reason, the application fee is non-refundable.

Tuition refunds are issued in accordance with the following policy:

  1. If you are denied a Study Permit by Canadian authorities, you will be refunded 100 percent of your tuition and $1000 commitment fee if you submit the required documentation no later than the second day of class.

    Please submit:

    • the Canadian Embassy document which denies you the permit
    • the completed Withdrawal Form
    • the original Letter of Acceptance
  2. If you withdraw on or before the refund deadline date, you will be refunded 85 percent of your tuition minus the application fee and $1000 commitment fee (if applicable).

    Please submit:

    • Withdrawal Form
    • the original Letter of Acceptance

No refund will be issued after the refund deadline date.


Class hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00

Program matrix

Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0111 Speaking 1 0.0
  ISEP 0121 Listening 1 0.0
  ISEP 0131 Reading 1 0.0
  ISEP 0141 Writing 1 0.0
Level 2 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0211 Speaking 2 0.0
  ISEP 0221 Listening 2 0.0
  ISEP 0231 Reading 2 0.0
  ISEP 0241 Writing 2 0.0
Level 3 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0311 Speaking 3 0.0
  ISEP 0321 Listening 3 0.0
  ISEP 0331 Reading 3 0.0
  ISEP 0341 Writing 3 0.0
Level 4 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0411 Speaking 4 0.0
  ISEP 0421 Listening 4 0.0
  ISEP 0431 Reading 4 0.0
  ISEP 0441 Writing 4 0.0
Level 5 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0511 Speaking 5 0.0
  ISEP 0521 Listening 5 0.0
  ISEP 0531 Reading 5 0.0
  ISEP 0541 Writing 5 0.0
Level 6 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0611 Speaking 6 0.0
  ISEP 0621 Listening 6 0.0
  ISEP 0631 Reading 6 0.0
  ISEP 0641 Writing 6 0.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the International Student Entry Program:

Program length

The program length will vary depending on the student's initial proficiency level, as determined by the ISEP placement test.

Program location

Levels 1 to 6:

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Brett Todd Brett Todd
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Leicester); CELTA Certificate (Cambridge)
Carolyn Chubb Carolyn Chubb
Education: B.A. (York University); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)    
Dan Nooney Dan Nooney
Education: B.A. (University of California); TESOL Certificate Canada, Japan, California
Elmira Mafi
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Juliane de la Campa
Education: BA (University of Victoria), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Victoria)
Kimberly Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Education: B.A. (Laurentian University); M.Ed. (Sydney University); TESOL Certificate
Lisa Chiu
Education: B.A. Asian Studies; M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Mae Sagar Mae Sagar
Education: B. Comm. (University of British Columbia); M. Ed (Simon Fraser University); CELTA (Cambridge).
Mi-Young Kim
Education: B.A. English (University of Texas at Austin); M.A. TESL (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Language and Literacy Ed (University of British Columbia) - Doctoral candidate
Novi Hamdali
Education: M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria); M.A. (McGill University); B.Ed. (University of British Columbia); TESL (UBC)
Robin Steen
Education: B.A. Linguistics; M.A. English (UBC)
Sheila Mattila
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Education: B.Comm. (University of Calgary); M.Ed. TESOL (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Stanley Reamsbottom Stanley Reamsbottom
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Steve King
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria), M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Winnie Pang Winnie Pang
Education: B. Education (University of British Columbia); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)

Contact Us

ISEP - International Student Entry Program
Phone: 1-604-412-7707
Fax: 1-604-412-7687
Email: isepinfo@bcit.ca

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“ISEP was very intensive but I was impressed with the quality of the program. The instructors were excellent! They gave me a lot of help and pushed me to work hard. The best thing I learned was how to use the grammar in all my skills. I am so glad I joined ISEP and excited to continue my studies in the New Media Design and Web Development program at BCIT!”

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