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

Fall 2020 (Sept/Nov) Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • 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 - July 2020

As a leader in educational technology we have created an online program that uses the best parts of online learning. We understand that learning online is different than in the classroom and we have created an ideal balance of face-to-face learning with online flexibility. Our program allows students to work and learn when it is best for them. At the same time, our program provides the benefits of working live with our instructors to progress quickly.

Here is an introduction to ISEP online from one of our instructors:

The challenges created by COVID-19 have given ISEP the opportunity to produce a truly exceptional online program.

  • Students can now study up to two terms of ISEP outside of Canada, as long as they provide proof that they have applied for a study permit. Students who have a valid study permit can start their ISEP term in Canada. Students in Canada without a study permit must provide proof of their valid status (visitor visa or work permit) and study permit application.

  • Students who apply to ISEP can now take an online placement test and find out their ISEP level before they pay tuition. It is no longer necessary to take the test in person on the BCIT campus.

  • After taking a placement test, a student can plan and schedule their studies so they can better prepare for entrance into a BCIT full-time program. Students who know their ISEP level can start their ISEP courses when it is convenient.

Placement Testing

As of August, ISEP will begins using its new online placement test. Students who plan to study at ISEP in September will be able to take the test online at a time of their choosing up to August 21.

Note: In addition to the ISEP placement test, ISEP is temporarily accepting results from the following tests:

We recommend that all students take the ISEP placement test to be most accurately placed. Duolingo scores submitted before July 31st will be accepted for September and November ISEP terms only. Students starting ISEP in January 2021 will be required to take the ISEP Placement test.

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

ISEP Info Sheet

ISEP Program Calendar 2020

Program Entry

Application processing

Term Start Date Application Deadline
Sep 8, 2020 Jul 10, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Sep 4, 2020
Sep 3, 2019 Jul 5, 2019
Jan 4, 2021 Oct 23, 2020
Mar 1, 2021 Jan 8, 2021
May 3, 2021 Mar 5, 2021
Jul 5, 2021 May 7, 2021
Sep 7, 2021 Jul 9, 2021
Nov 1, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

Application opening dates:

  • January and March 2021: March 15, 2020
  • May and July 2021: July 15, 2020
  • September and November 2021: November 16, 2020

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:

Additional requirements

  • ISEP 0010 - ISEP Placement Test
    This assessment is required to place you into the ISEP program. The test will assess your skills in writing, reading and listening comprehension, and your understanding of sentence structure. Test results are valid for six months.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Note: International students require a valid study permit to begin ISEP classes.

Scheduled intakes

Orientation Day/ Term Start Classes End
Sep 8, 2020 Oct 23, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
Jan 4, 2021 Feb 19, 2021
Mar 1, 2021 Apr 16, 2021
May 3, 2021 Jun 18, 2021
Jul 5, 2021 Aug 20, 2021
Sep 7, 2021 Oct 22, 2021
Nov 1, 2021 Dec 17, 2021


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are due 30 days before the start of your ISEP term.

Term Start Date Tuition Payment Deadline
Sep 8, 2020 Aug 10, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Oct 5, 2020
Jan 4, 2021 Nov 30, 2020
Mar 1, 2021 Feb 8, 2021
May 3, 2021 Apr 6, 2021
Jul 5, 2021 Jun 7, 2021
Sep 7, 2021 Aug 9, 2021
Nov 1, 2021 Oct 12, 2021

New students

Application fee: $154 (non-refundable)

Placement test fee: $120 CAD (non-refundable)

First term fees:

The cost of the first term (seven weeks) is approximately $3100-$3400 CAD. This includes:

  • Tuition: $2762.28 CAD (Sep & Nov 2020) / $3,058.80 CAD (Jan 2021 onward)
    • includes $1,000 CAD commitment fee (non-refundable)
  • Other fees, including:
    • Student Association and capital levy fees
    • Building fee
    • BCIT ID Card
  • Medical insurance for 90 days: $180.00 CAD

Returning students

Tuition and other fees per term: approximately $2900-$3200 CAD.

Medical insurance

All students must have medical insurance while attending BCIT. Medical insurance is provided through Guard Me (BCIT's student insurance provider) and costs $180 for three months.

ISEP students can apply for BC MSP (Medical Services Plan), but must wait three months to be qualified.

For more information, please visit Medical Insurance for ISEP Students.

Refund policy

New applicants
  • Application fee ($154), ISEP Placement Test fee ($120) and commitment fee ($1,000) are non-refundable.

  • You may transfer the commitment fee to a full-time follow-up program only (must be accepted into the program within 12-months of your initial term start date). Part-time programs (course-by-course) are not applicable.

  • You may defer your ISEP start date once within 12 months of your initial application. If you defer more than once, you will be required to re-apply and re-pay your $1,000 commitment fee.

  • For information on what to do if your study permit application is denied, visit Fees: International Students: Study Permits.
All ISEP students
Refund Deadline Refund*
30 days prior to term start date 100%
Within first week of term start 85%
After first week of term 0%

*New students withdrawing from their first term will have the $1000 commitment fee deducted from their total refund amount.


Class hours

Monday to Thursday, 8:30 - 3:50

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

Program length

The program length depends on the level a student is placed in after taking the ISEP placement test. If a student starts at level 100, it will take at least one year to finish ISEP.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

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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"ISEP has a very useful curriculum and great instructors for international students. ISEP courses are academically challenging and require intensive work, so it keeps students working hard all the time. The instructors always encourage and lead me to achieve my goals. As a result, I can see that my English skills have improved a lot and I have gained more confidence in reading, writing, and also speaking English. I am looking forward to entering my major in ECET at BCIT!"

Sung Jea Kim, ISEP Level 500, 2018