Notice to applicants
BCIT has revised the English Language Proficiency requirements, effective October 1st, 2023. If you are applying to a full-time September 2024 intake, a Flexible Learning program, or a trades program with a rolling start date, please refer to our new English Language Proficiency guidelines. If you are applying to a full-time technology Winter 2024 or Spring 2024 intake, refer to the information provided below. Please see your program’s Entrance Requirements page to confirm the level of English required.
English is the language of instruction and communication at BCIT. All applicants and registrants, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English. This language requirement ensures that all students will have the opportunity for success in their chosen courses and programs.
There are two ways to meet the English requirement:
1. Complete both of the following:
- English 12 or equivalent with the percentage required for your program
For proficiency in reading and writing
- Two years of full-time education in English in an English-speaking country
For proficiency in speaking and listening
2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:
- Complete courses or assessments including ISEP, PELD, PTE Academic, TOEFL, or IELTS.
Options for demonstrating your English proficiency
English 12 and equivalencies
At BCIT, entrance requirements are program-specific. All programs require English 12, but the percentage required varies by program. Be sure to confirm your program’s specific English requirement before applying.
If you do not meet the requirements, BCIT offers several options to help you upgrade your skills:
Two years of education in English
Applicants to BCIT are required to have completed two years of full-time study in a high school or post-secondary program in English in an English-speaking country. Two years of full-time education is equivalent to:
- 12 courses successfully completed within two years or
- 15 courses successfully completed within three years
Most subjects are acceptable, including academic, vocational, trades and technical studies courses.
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not acceptable.
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States Virgin Islands
Options for demonstrating your proficiency in English
If you do not have English 12, and you have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening by completing one of the following options.
Test results must be dated no more than two years before the start date of the program you’re applying to.