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Why choose ISEP?

Do you want to live and work in Canada? BCIT’s International Student Entry Program (ISEP) can help you reach your professional and educational goals. ISEP develops overall English language and academic skills. It is also a direct pathway to BCIT certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Students can choose ISEP to improve their English and academic skills or ISEP Plus Follow-up Program if they want to continue studies in a BCIT program. Students who complete ISEP level 400, 500 or 600 are eligible to transfer into a BCIT program. 
ISEP Plus Overview

ISEP provides training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at all levels of English Proficiency. ISEP focuses on improving ESL students’ language by integrating English skills with business and technical contexts. ISEP also supports academic success by helping with cultural adjustment, studying specific topics, and developing critical skills.
Program Goals

ISEP helps international students succeed in BCIT programs. Attending 25 hours of English classes per week provides ESL students with more English development than TOEFL or IELTS alone. ISEP also develops confidence in English language skills while teaching learners how to succeed in North American post-secondary programs.

Program Entry

Application processing

Term Start Date Application Deadline
Sep 3, 2019 Jul 5, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 Aug 30, 2019
Jan 6, 2020 Nov 8, 2019
Mar 2, 2020 Jan 3, 2020
May 4, 2020 Mar 6, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 May 8, 2020
Sep 8, 2020 Jul 10, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Sep 4, 2020

Application opening dates:
May 2020 and July 2020: July 15, 2019
September 2020 and November 2020: November 15, 2019

Entrance requirements

Complete the following for submission with your 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 3, 2019 Oct 18, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 6, 2020 Feb 21, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 Apr 17, 2020
May 4, 2020 Jun 19, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 Aug 21, 2020
Sep 8, 2020 Oct 23, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Dec 18, 2020


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.

Term Start Date Tuition Payment Deadline
Sep 3, 2019 Aug 6, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 Sep 30, 2019
Jan 6, 2020 Dec 9, 2019
Mar 2, 2020 Feb 3, 2020
May 4, 2020 Apr 6, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 Jun 8, 2020
Sep 8, 2020 Aug 10, 2020
Nov 2, 2020 Oct 5, 2020

The total cost for first term (seven weeks) is $3112.26 CAD. This includes:

  • Tuition and other fees: $2812.26 CAD, includes:
    • $1,000 CAD non-refundable commitment fee
    • Student Association and capital levy fees
    • Building fee
    • BCIT ID Card
  • Medical insurance for 90 days: $180.00 CAD
  • ISEP Placement Test: $120.00 CAD

Tuition and other fees per term for returning students is $2,812.26 CAD.

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 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 depends on the level a student is placed at 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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  Stephen Lobo
Program Head
Education: B. A. Political Science (Simon Fraser University), M. Ed. at Distance (Athabasca University)
Amber McLeod
Education: BSc (Okanagan University); MEd (UBCO)
Carly Carson
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
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
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
James Stevenson
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Dalhousie)
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
Krystal Seko
Education: BA English Literature (University of Guelph)​; MA TESOL (Trinity Western University); TESL Canada, Standard Three
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)
  Peter Beresford
Education: M.A. TESOL (Dankook University, S. Korea); B. Comm (Royal Roads University); Marketing Dip. (BCIT); TESL Canada Certified, Standard 3
  Phil Skipper
Education: B.A. Literature (University of British Columbia); Diploma Broadcast Journalism (BCIT); M.A.TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Instructor, on leave
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)
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

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

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!" Yun Chi (Jamie) 2012 Level 500 ISEP Scholarship winner

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