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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

Ongoing throughout the year.

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 appropriate sentence structure.

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: Study Permits are required for international students studying in Canada. Visit the Immigration Canada website for more information.

Scheduled intakes

Program Start Date Application Deadline Tuition Payment Deadline
Mar 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017
May 09, 2017 Apr 10, 2017 Apr 10, 2017
Jul 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017 Jun 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017 Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017
Oct 30, 2017 Oct 02, 2017 Oct 02, 2017
Jan 09, 2018 Dec 08, 2017 Dec 08, 2017
Mar 06, 2018 Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018
May 08, 2018 Apr 09, 2018 Apr 09, 2018
Jul 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018
Sep 05, 2018 Aug 07, 2018 Aug 07, 2018
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 01, 2018 Oct 01, 2018


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 2017, first term tuition is $3,003.10 CAD:

  • Tuition and other fees: $2703.10 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 $2,703.10 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.


Class hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00

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

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the International Student Entry Program:

Program length

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

Program location

Levels 1 to 6:

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

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)
Novi Hamdali
Education: M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)
  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)
Sheila Cseszko
Education: B.Comm. (University of Calgary); M.Ed. TESOL (Mount Saint Vincent University)
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)
  Stephen Lobo
Education: B. A. Political Science (Simon Fraser University), M. Ed. at Distance (Athabasca 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

Phone: 1-604-412-7707
Fax: 1-604-412-7687

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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