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Education Diploma in a First Nations Language & Culture (Elementary Years)

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Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Various Centres Contact:
  • Length
    92 Credits
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6005 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1450 per year
  • Credential Granted

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Application Deadline Advice

Early applications are accepted up to one year in advance of the intended start date. The application deadline for secondary school students is March 1 for September entry and November 2 for the January intake. Admission deadlines are subject to change and are often extended.

Application Fee: $35.70


There are two entry points for this program:

  • following completion of the Diploma in First Nations Language; or
  • concurrently while completing the required First Nations Studies and general academic course work.
  • documentation of a successful Criminal Records Check.

Admission Advice

1. You must be admitted to the program before beginning your professional education courses.

2. You are encouraged to identify your fluency in a specific language (Gitksanimx, Nisga'a, Ts'msyen Sm'algyax or Carrier language) and your knowledge of Gitksan, Nisga'a, Ts'msyen or Carrier culture and history.

3. Advanced placement in language courses may be considered if you are able to demonstrate fluency in the language.


English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must meet one of the following (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission
  • A 70% grade in English 12 or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • A 75% (B) grade in a university transferable English course
  • A 2.00 (C ) grade in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2.
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 88 with a 20 in the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A LPI score of 5
  • Comparable results to the TOEFL or IELTS requirements in any other recognized English Language Assessment

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. If your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English to participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as complete written assignments. See English Language Requirements for full details.



BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates can be found here.



Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces are found here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply check here.

Education Building Options for this program are not available.

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