International students are welcome at Langara in arts and science (university-transfer) programs and many career and limited enrolment programs. The current list of programs open to international students is available on the International Education website.
Please refer to the information regarding general requirements for Admission and Application to Langara College programs.
- Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent, or be 19 years of age.
- One of the following:
- Successful completion of English Studies 12 or equivalent (see note), OR
- Successful completion of a post-secondary English or Communications course for which Langara College awards transfer credit, OR
- LET (Langara English Test) Level 2, OR
- LPI (Language Proficiency Index) Level 4 with essay 24, OR
- TOEFL (paper-based) with a total score of 550 or higher and an essay score of 4.0 or higher, OR
- TOEFL (Internet-based) with a total score of 80 or higher and a minimum of 18 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 18 in Speaking, and 20 in Writing, OR
- IELTS 6.5, OR
- CAEL 60 overall with essay 60, OR
- Successful Completion of LEAP Level 8, OR
- ELA (English Language Assessment) 145 offered by Vancouver Community College (VCC), OR
- Successful completion of VCC English 099
- Successful completion of at least four years of full-time studies in English in a country where English is the principal language.
- Applicants who have completed 24 credits or more of post-secondary study must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 or higher.
NOTE: Applicants who completed BC English 12 or Communications 12 prior to September 2019 may use these courses to satisfy this requirement.
NOTE: If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements for admission to the university studies/open enrolment program, you may apply to the Langara English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program. LEAP is a full-time, integrated, intensive English and academic skills program that prepares you for college and university study.
Admission Requirements for Career and Arts & Science Limited Enrolment Programs
Most career and arts and science limited enrolment programs have admission requirements additional to those listed above. Students are required to meet any additional admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency requirements, specified for the program of their choice in the programs section of the College website.
Students applying for a career or arts and science limited enrolment program are advised to also apply to an arts and science (university-transfer) program. Because admission to career programs and arts and science limited enrolment programs is not guaranteed, students can pursue a post-secondary education in arts and science to complete university-transferable courses or to upgrade their skills in English, Mathematics, and/or science to meet the requirements of their desired career program or arts and science limited enrolment program.
Students should also know that program courses may have specific prerequisites beyond program admission requirements.
Applications that are complete but are received after the published deadline will be processed if and as space becomes available.
Orientation and Course Planning
International students are required to attend the orientation and course planning sessions offered by the Counselling Department. Counsellors are available to help with educational, career, and personal concerns.
How to Apply to all Programs - The Application Process
Prepare your documents and apply online.
Paper applications may be submitted, but processing time will take longer.
Students will receive an 'Offer of Admission' if they are admissible to the College.
Students confirm acceptance of the College’s Offer of Admission by paying the International Student Deposit*, which includes a CAD $1500 non-refundable and non-transferable Commitment Fee. The Commitment Fee will be applied to tuition.
Upon receipt of the International Student Deposit, the College will send you a 'Letter of Acceptance' confirming your acceptance into the College.
Students then take their 'Letter of Acceptance' or 'Provisional Letter of Acceptance' to the Canadian Embassy or High Commission to apply for a Study Permit and an entry visa to Canada.
* Fees are subject to change. Please see the International Student fees page for information.
Documents Required for Application Evaluation
A completed Langara College Application Form for each program to which the student is applying indicating the desired start date.
Official transcripts/marksheets/academic records that show all the subjects taken and grades obtained for the last two years of secondary school studies. If the date of graduation is not shown on the transcript, proof of graduation such as a graduation certificate or a graduation statement issued by the appropriate educational authorities must be submitted to Registrar and Enrolment Services. Proof of English language proficiency Official test scores or transcripts must be sent directly to Registrar and Enrolment Services from the testing authority or school.
Note: Official post-secondary transcripts may be used in lieu of secondary school transcripts. The transcript must indicate successful completion of at least one full academic year or successful completion of a minimum of 24 university-level credits at a recognized North American university or college.
Official English translations of the above documents must also be submitted if the original documents are not written in English.
All transcripts submitted are confidential and become the property of the College.
Proof of English language proficiency. Official test scores or transcripts must be sent directly to Registrar and Enrolment Services from the testing authority or school.
When students arrive at the College, they must give the International Education Department a copy of their Study Permit, a copy of the photo page of their passport, and proof of medical insurance.
Note: Some programs may require further documentation. Please refer to specific program descriptions on the College website.
Arts & Science (University-Transfer) Programs and Career Programs
International students should apply at least six months before the start of the semester in which they want to begin their studies. Students may begin to apply 11 months prior to the semester in which they want to enrol.
Arts and science programs have intakes each semester, i.e., January, May, and September. Students interested in a career or arts and science limited enrolment program should check the individual program information for semester start dates.
In many parts of the world, the processing time required to obtain a Study Permit from a Canadian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate Office is 6 weeks or more.
International students are encouraged to attend a course planning session on campus, but if they are unable to attend an on-campus session, they are encouraged to do the online course planning session, search the Langara website for "course planning" and "online orientation".
For the latest information on admission to Langara College and application and document deadlines, students may refer to the Langara College International Education website.