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The International Student Entry Program (ISEP) is an academic English language program that prepares students for success at BCIT, and helps them to meet the English requirements of a full-time BCIT Program.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

ISEP Update – Fall 2021

ISEP will be returning to the classroom in September 2021. Students who are experiencing delays in getting their study permit approved or booking travel to Canada can continue to attend classes online.

Students who will be studying from their home country can find more information about studying online in this video from one of our instructors. Please contact us if you have further questions about studying online.

If you have questions about studying in person at BCIT this September, BCIT International has created a Frequently Asked Questions page.

ISEP Info Sheet [PDF]ISEP Program Calendar 2021 [PDF] | ISEP Program Calendar 2022 [PDF]

Placement Testing

Students can take the ISEP placement test online at a day and time of their choosing before the placement test deadline. For information about practice tests and other tests that students can use for placement, please refer to our Program Details.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Placement Testing

Students can take the online placement test at a day and time of their choosing, up to the placement test deadline for their first term.

Practice tests are available for both the Reading/Listening test and the Writing test.

ISEP also accepts IELTS Academic scores for placement, as long as they are less than two years old when the student starts ISEP. However, if a student’s IELTS score is older than six months, we recommend they take the ISEP placement test to be most accurately placed.

For more information or to register for the ISEP placement test, please email

Placement with IELTS Score

The information below is only a guideline; the ISEP Curriculum Program Head will evaluate every student’s score to determine their placement.

Students are placed based on paired skills (Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing) because that is how ISEP classes are taught. For placement in TAE Listening/Speaking, the average of a student’s Listening and Speaking IELTS scores is used. For placement in TAE Reading/Writing, the average of a student’s Reading and Writing IELTS scores is used. Note: Averages are rounded down to the nearest 0.5.

ISEP Level IELTS Scores (in paired skills)
TAE 5 6.5 average
TAE 4 6.0 average
TAE 3 5.5 average
TAE 2 5.0 average
TAE 1 4.5 average*   (*4.0 minimum in all skills)
Foundations 2 4.0 average*   (*3.5 minimum in all skills)
Foundations 1 3.5 minimum in all skills

When students are placed in ISEP, they cannot have more than two levels between TAE Listening/Speaking and TAE Reading/Writing. It is difficult for students to succeed in their higher-level class if they do not have a strong foundational ability in their lower-level class. As a result, students will be placed based on their weaker skills, with the placement for their higher skills adjusted to a maximum of two levels higher.

Contact Us

ISEP – International Student Entry Program

BCIT Downtown Campus
Room 790 – 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3H6, Canada


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