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High School Programs (Grades 10, 11 & 12)

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses


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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    1-2 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $2,280 per course
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
  • Credential Granted
    High School Equivalency
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online)

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

This is a developmental program.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out Columbia's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

The College processes applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be processed upon receipt and students will be notified usually within two weeks. Successful applicants will be issued a letter of acceptance and will be required to prepay a tuition deposit. Contact 604.683.8360 or for application procedure details

Program Options

Application Fee: $200

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)

1. High school graduation or equivalent
2. Grade 9, 10 or 11 (60% average) in the most recent year
3. Minimum 15 years of age
4. English 12 or equivalent

Admission Advice
1. Admission requirements vary depending on where you attended high school, and which program you are applying to.

2. All students must meet the college’s English Language requirements before they would receive the official Letter of Acceptance. 

3. Students may be placed in university transfer (credit) English or university preparatory (non-credit) English, on the basis of Columbia College’s Language and Writing Assessment (LWA) results or on the basis of acceptable external standardized English test scores.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy Columbia's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Academic Program (University transfer/Associate Degree or High School Program

  • There is no minimum English level required for admission to an academic program, however, all new students must demonstrate their ability in English before they register and start classes.
  • Students with a lower level of English will be scheduled for non-credit English classes before or during their academic studies at the College.

Demonstrating English ability
of the following can be used to demonstrate your English ability:

  • Write the Columbia College Language and Writing Assessment (LWA) on arrival at the College, before registering in classes

  • A-C- grade in Communications 12 for enrolment in Writing 099 or a C grade for enrolment in English 100

  • 50% with a provincial exam in English 12 for enrolment in English 100 or 67% with a provincial exam for enrolment in English 101

  • 55% without a provincial exam in English 12 for enrolment in English 100 or 70% with a provincial exam for enrolment in English 101

  • Minimum required scores in a first-year English course taken at another BC university or college

  • A minimum score on the IELTS, CAEL, LPI, LWA, MELAB, TOEFL CBT, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT. Students with a lower level of English will have to enroll in non-credit English courses.

Verify language requirements with the institution directly



General Admission Requirements (All Students)

To be admissible to an academic Program (University Transfer or High School Program) at the College, applicants must:
  • Meet the College's requirements for the program to which they are applying,
  • Demonstrate English ability, and
  • Be at least 15 years of age when starting at the College
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements may register in a program combining academic studies with non-credit coursework in English or in the College's English for Academic Purposes Program.



BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Information for BC Secondary School graduates planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.


Information for Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.

BC Transfer Student

Refer to the Columbia College admissions website and contact their admissions office to discuss transfer credits from BC institutions. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Please contact the Admissions team to find out about Out-of-Province transfers:

Phone: +1 604 683 8360


Mature Student

For General Admission requirements to Columbia College check here.

If you are at least 19 years old it may be possible to complete Columbia's Adult Secondary Graduation Diploma. Graduates then enter the University Transfer Program at Columbia before proceeding to university.


International Student

University Transfer Program

  • Applicants must have high school graduation (or the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 12 graduation) with a satisfactory (minimum C grade) average on academic Grade 12 subjects. 
  • Additional information for International Students planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.

University Foundation Program

  • Applicants must complete the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 10 or 11 courses with a satisfactory average on academic subjects. Additional information for international students planning to enter the University Foundation Program can be found here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you have any questions about Admissions, including special consideration, please contact the Admissions team:

Phone: +1 604 683 8360


How to Apply

There are four steps to the application process:

Step 1: Apply in person or online

Step 2: Pay the application fee and submit the required documents

Step 3: Pay the tuition deposit

Step 4: Apply for a study permit

For details of the application process, including information on where to submit an application, deadlines, application and tuition fees, please click here.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

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