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University Foundation Certificate


Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Program Start Date
    September, January and May
  • Campuses
    Abbotsford

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  • Length
    27 Credits
  • Tuition Estimate
    Free for domestic students; plus student-related fees
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $50 - $150 per course
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

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.

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Application Deadline Advice

 

SemesterFirst day to applyRecommended application deadline
Fall (September)October 1January 31
Winter (January)May 1August 31
Summer (May)October 1December 31


Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after the first day to apply. 

Once applications are complete (all required documents have been received), an application date is recorded. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Verify directly with UFV to see programs open for application. 

Application Fee: $49.69

1) Program Admission Requirements

A. For entry into Level 1 

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

One of:

  • assessment/placement at level 070 of the UFV ESL Program
  • EAP 064, EAP 066, and EAP 068 (2.33 GPA) or equivalent 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) = 500 (paper based) or 173 (computer based) or 61 (internet based)
  • International English Language Test (IELTS) (overall score of 5)
  • Canadian Test for English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTest) (4.0)
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) (50)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test (essay score 20, level 3)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (70)

or

B. For entry into Level 2

Academic

One of:

  • assessment/placement at level 80 of the UFV ESL Program
  • EAP 070 and EAP 074 (2.33 GPA)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) = 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 79 (internet based)
  • International English Language Test (IELTS) (overall score of 6)
  • Canadian Test for English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTest) (4.5)
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) (60)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test (essay 25, level 4)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (80)
  • a Composition Placement Test (CPT) (41)

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

Summary

There are two levels of proficiency:
(1) Entry-Level (This level of proficiency allows entry into some programs to begin post-secondary studies at UFV, but upgrading in English will be required to take first-year English or written communications courses and to enter many UFV programs)

(2) Degree/Diploma Level (This level of proficiency is required for admission to many university-level programs such as bachelor degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, post-baccalaureate programs, and graduate-level programs.)

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To meet Entry-Level English language proficiency standards, you must have one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent 
  • International Baccalaureate English A (standard level or higher level)
  • Advanced Placement English
  • three consecutive full-time years of secondary school and/or post-secondary education taught in the English language in a country where English is the principal language (see list of countries). Education must include the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation or completion of first year post-secondary (minimum 30 post-secondary credits recognized by UFV) with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 (or C average). Full-time study is defined as successful completion of at least three non-ESL courses per semester and six non-ESL courses per academic year.
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 80 with no section below 19
  • TOEFL paper-based = score of 550 with TWE score of 4.0 or higher
  • IELTS Academic = score of at least 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5
  • UFV CPT (Composition Placement Test) = score of 41 or higher
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of at least 80
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) = score of at least 60
  • CanTEST = overall score of 4.0 in Listening, Reading, and Writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: (CAE) = grade C or higher
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) = grade A
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) = essay score of 24 (level 4)
  • UFV English Language Studies Assessment results equivalent to completion of EAP 074 (formerly ESL WG74)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic = score of 56 with a minimum score of 52 in Writing
  • EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) = grade Pre-1
  • Canadian Language Benchmark placement test (CLBPT) = 8 overall, with no skill less than 7
  • Accuplacer Reading comprehension 80 or better, with Accuplacer WritePlacer 6 or better on the 8-point scale
  • one English course taken at UFV or transferrable to UFV as a first-year level English course
  • one of the following: CMNS 125, 145, 175, or 251
  • ENGL 099
  • ENGL 081 or ENGL 091
  • EAP 074 (formerly ESL WG74) with a C+ or better or EAP 084 (formerly ESL 084)


To meet Degree/Diploma Level English language proficiency standards, you must have one of the following (minimum score):

  • "C+" grade in one of: English 12 or English Literature 12 or English 12 First Peoples or IB English A (Standard or Higher Level) or AP English or equivalent
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 88 with no section below 20
  • TOEFL (paper-based) = score of 570 with a TWE (essay) score of 4.5 or higher
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0
  • UFV CPT (Composition Placement Test) = score of 48 or higher
  • MELAB score of 85
  • CAEL score of 70
  • CanTEST = overall score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading, and 4.0 in Writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) = score of a C or higher
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English = grade A
  • LPI = essay score of score of 30 (Level 5)
  • UFV English Language Studies Assessment results equivalent to completion of UFV EAP 084 (formerly ESL 084)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) academic score of 61 with a minimum score of 60 in Writing
  • EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) = grade 1
  • Canadian Language Benchmark placement test (CLBPT) = 9 overall, with no skill less than 8
  • "C-" grade in a first year English or Communications course at UFV
  • one of CMNS 125, CMNS 145, CMNS 175, or CMNS 251
  • "C" grade in ENGL 099
  • "C+" grade in ENGL 081 or ENGL 091 or EAP 084
All applicants to post-secondary programs will be checked to ensure the English language proficiency level specified for the program has been met prior to being admitted. Applicants unable to meet the English language entrance requirement will be given the opportunity to meet the English requirement through Adult Basic EducationEnglish Language Studies, and/or the University Foundation certificate.

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Students are required to meet UFV's English language entrance proficiency requirement in addition to program-specific admission requirements. 

Program-specific admission requirements for UFV's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (Program-specific admission requirements for UFV's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.)

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:

Verify admission requirements directly. 

 

Out-of-Province

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (Program-specific admission requirements for UFV's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.)

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:

Verify admission requirements directly. 

 

 

BC Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from another BC post-secondary institution to UFV, please click here.

Transfer credit tutorial video is also available here. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from another post-secondary institution to UFV, please click here.

Transfer credit tutorial video is also available here. 

Mature Student

Post-secondary programs at UFV normally require BC secondary school graduation (or equivalent) for admission. However, some programs accept mature students without secondary school graduation. Each program has specific admission requirements in place to ensure students have a reasonable opportunity to succeed. If mature student entry is available for a program, the requirements and minimum age will be stated. Program-specific admission requirements for these programs are detailed separately in each UFV's program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.

 

International Student

There are three types of requirements that you need to meet to qualify for admission at UFV:

  • general requirements
  • English requirements
  • program-specific requirements

For more details on applying to UFV as International applicants, please click here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Special Admission - Any individual who does not qualify for admission through any of the other avenues may petition the UFV Academic Standards Committee for special consideration.

How to Apply

For step-by-step application advice to UFV, please click here.

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