Eligibility and citizenship status
UFV accepts applications both from domestic and international students. Different fees, timelines, and procedures apply.
You can apply to a UFV academic program if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (landed immigrant), and meet the program entrance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) are eligible for admission as domestic students. Some exceptions may be made in certain instances, primarily for those who are:
- diplomatic or consular officers or their dependents
- refugee claimants whose claims have been accepted and who have been granted protected persons or convention refugee status
International applicants should visit the UFV International website or contact UFV International at 604-504-7441 or 604-854-4544 for information about admission, fees, timelines, and procedures.
Note: contact UFV Admissions in the Office of the Registrar, if you are unclear about your citizenship status.
Three types of admission requirements
There are three types of requirements that you need to meet to qualify for admission at UFV:
Review all three carefully to ensure timely admission.
The following are the minimum requirements for admission to UFV.
All applicants must meet ONE of the following:
- B.C. high school graduation or equivalent;
- Or completion of a minimum of nine UFV or transferable post-secondary credits with a minimum 2.00 GPA (C average) based on all credits attempted;
- Or a minimum of 19 years of age by the start of the first class;
- Or, for admission into preparatory level programs only, a minimum of 17 years of age and out of high school for at least one year by the start of the semester.
English is the language of instruction at UFV. To be successful, applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by meeting the following requirement:
- A C+ final grade in one of English 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, or IB English.
International students can review accepted English test scores on the UFV International website.
Meeting the English language proficiency requirement meets the language requirements for most post-secondary courses, except for English and communications courses which have specific requirements.
Applicants unable to meet the English language entrance requirement can upgrade their language skills through Adult Basic Education, English Language Studies, and/or the University Foundation certificate.
Many programs require that you meet other entrance requirements, such as grade 12 graduation, completion of specific courses with certain grades or averages, written statements, references, or the submission of a portfolio.
Visit the UFV Academic Calendar and read the information provided about your program of choice to find out about applicable requirements.
View a list of approved Grade 12 courses.
Note: Although you may meet entrance requirements and be admitted to Qualifying Studies, you may need to take upgrading classes to meet math, science, or other requirements, as required by your chosen program of study.
Other admission categories
If you require high-school-level upgrading, you may apply to Adult Basic Education (ABE) if you are 18 years of age or older before the first day of classes. Contact the Upgrading and University Preparation department at your local campus for more information.
If you are under 19 and a non-graduate, but believe you have special circumstances, you may request special admission.
If you are in the process of completing secondary school and want to take one or two post-secondary courses at the same time, apply for concurrent studies.
If you are applying to a Degree program and have already completed a Degree, additional requirements apply. Please review the Subsequent Degree process.
See the entrance requirements for your program of choice in the UFV Academic Calendar.