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What is ISEP?

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


Here’s how it works:



To learn about work permits after full-time programs, please contact the International Student Centre at isc_info@bcit.ca or visit BCIT International’s ‘Working in Canada’ page.


When does ISEP start?

ISEP has 6 terms a year with 7 weeks per term. You can start ISEP anytime of year. Open the calendar below for details:





How much does ISEP cost?

First term costs (for a 7 week term): $3056.90 CAD
Tuition per level: $2,756.90 CAD* **
*tuition fees are due 30 days before the start of your ISEP term.
**Some ISEP courses require a textbook assigned by the instructor.

Visit Cost & Supplies for more information on fee details.


How to apply for ISEP

Visit Program Entry for more information on how to apply.


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:

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

BCIT accepts only 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.
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Note: If you already have a valid status in Canada (study permit, visitor visa, work permit, etc.), you may be eligible to apply to ISEP after the application deadline. Please email isepinfo@bcit.ca, or call 604-412-7672 for more information.

Scheduled intakes

Program Start Date Application Deadline Tuition Payment Deadline
Oct 30, 2018 Aug 31, 2018 Oct 01, 2018
Jan 08, 2019 Nov 09, 2018 Dec 10, 2018
Mar 05, 2019 Jan 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019
May 07, 2019 Mar 08, 2019 Apr 08, 2019
Jul 03, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019
Sep 04, 2019 Jul 05, 2019 Aug 06, 2019
Oct 29, 2019 Aug 30, 2019 Sep 30, 2019

myCommunication

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 my.bcit.ca. 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.

First term tuition for new students includes medical insurance, the ISEP Placement Test and a commitment fee.

As of September 2018, first term tuition is $3056.90 CAD:

  • Tuition and other fees: $2756.90 CAD, includes:
    • $1,000 CAD commitment fee
    • Student Association and capital levy fees
    • Building fee
    • BCIT ID Card
  • Medical insurance: $180.00 CAD
  • ISEP Placement Test: $120.00 CAD

Tuition per level is $2,756.90 CAD.

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

New ISEP students

You will receive a 100% refund of tuition fees paid, minus the commitment fee ($1000 CAD for international students; $200 for domestic students), if you withdraw before the first day of class.

You will receive an 85% refund of tuition fees paid if you withdraw before 4:00 pm on the first Friday of term start.

The application fee, ISEP Placement Test fee and commitment fee are non-refundable. You may transfer the commitment fee to your full-time follow-up program only. The commitment fee is not transferable to Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs.

You may defer your ISEP start date once within a 12-month period of your first application. Your deferral must be a minimum of two ISEP terms after your initial application. If you need to defer your start date again after this limit, you will be required to re-apply. Your application fee and commitment fee will not be refunded.

For information on what to do if your study permit application is denied, visit Fees: International Students: Study Permits.

If you paid for courses that you passed in a previous term you will receive 100% refund for these courses.

Courses

Class hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 3:30

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 is between 2 months and 12 months. It depends on the level at which a student starts ISEP.


Support

ISEP students have free access to the Study Center and Peer Writing Tutor, counsellors, and program advisors.


Location

ISEP is located at BCIT’s Downtown Campus (DTC) in Vancouver. See Contact Us for more information.


Class hours

ISEP classes are 25 hours a week. A sample schedule is below, but actual schedules may differ.





Skills

ISEP students study four courses: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing for a total of 25 hours a week. Each course has 6 levels (100-600).




Program length

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

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  Peter Beresford
Program Head
Education: M.A. TESOL (Dankook University, S. Korea); B. Comm (Royal Roads University); Marketing Dip. (BCIT); TESL Canada Certified, Standard 3
Amber McLeod
Instructor
Education:  BSc (Okanagan University); MEd (UBCO)
Carly Carson
Instructor
Education: B.A. Communications and B.A. English Literature (University of Alabama); MSc TESOL (University of Edinburgh); CELTA (Cambridge); TEFL-Qualified (DELTA-equivalent)
Carolyn Chubb Carolyn Shibata
Instructor
Education: B.A. (York University); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)    
Dan Nooney Dan Nooney
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of California); TESOL Certificate Canada, Japan, California
Elmira Mafi
Instructor
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
James Stevenson
Instructor
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Dalhousie)
Juliane de la Campa
Instructor
Education: BA (University of Victoria), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Victoria)
Kimberly Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Instructor
Education: B.A. (Laurentian University); M.Ed. (Sydney University); TESOL Certificate
Krystal Seko
Instructor
Education: BA English Literature (University of Guelph)​; MA TESOL (Trinity Western University); TESL Canada, Standard Three
Lisa Chiu
Instructor
Education: B.A. Asian Studies; M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Mae Sagar Mae Sagar
Instructor
Education: B. Comm. (University of British Columbia); M. Ed (Simon Fraser University); CELTA (Cambridge).
Mi-Young Kim
Instructor
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)
Phil Skipper
Instructor
Education: B.A. Literature (University of British Columbia); Diploma Broadcast Journalism (BCIT); M.A.TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria); M.A. (McGill University); B.Ed. (University of British Columbia); TESL (UBC)
Robin Steen
Instructor
Education: B.A. Linguistics; M.A. English (UBC)
Stanley Reamsbottom Stanley Reamsbottom
Instructor
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Steve King
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria), M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
  Stephen Lobo
Instructor
Education: B. A. Political Science (Simon Fraser University), M. Ed. at Distance (Athabasca University)
Winnie Pang Winnie Pang
Instructor
Education: B. Education (University of British Columbia); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)

Contact Us

ISEP - International Student Entry Program

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

Phone: 1-604-412-7707

Email: isepinfo@bcit.ca

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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