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UCW-University Canada West

University Canada West is a contemporary independent university located in the heart of vibrant Vancouver. Established in 2004, UCW offers a range of career-focused programs including the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication, Associate of Arts and Master of Business Administration. Courses are offered at our downtown Vancouver campus and online too. Offering courses online brings flexibility to education, allowing those who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to gain respected qualifications.

UCW is an innovative business and technology-oriented, teaching-focused institution in Canada, offering applied undergraduate and graduate degrees for domestic and international students. The university is a dynamic and growing institution defined by its close connections to the business community and a commitment to outstanding student services.


  • To exemplify a contemporary Canadian university.

  • To be relevant, accessible, and innovative.

  • To offer career-focused courses to transform students into leadership-ready graduates.

  • To provide exceptional service and support to students whether they study with us online or on campus.

  • To offer flexibility to make education more accessible to those eager to progress both academically and professionally.

  • To foster a diverse and challenging learning environment focused on practical application of knowledge and building competencies for scholarship, leadership, and responsible citizenship in a global context.

 Admissions Criteria

Secondary School Applicants who have graduated from British Columbia secondary school (high school) or equivalent are required to have, at minimum, the equivalent of a BC high school (Grade 12) diploma, with an overall average of C.

If you have graduated from high school but do not meet the minimum grade levels, you may still be considered for admission if you have successfully completed at least 30 academic post-secondary credits at a recognized institution.

In certain circumstances, applicants who have not completed the equivalent of a Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma, or who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements, maybe accepted into an undergraduate program. Such applicants must:

  • Be over twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the first day of classes

  • Have been out of high school for at least two years

  • Be approved by the Admissions Committee

In lieu of a high school diploma, the Admissions Committee will consider if the applicant has the work experience, or a combination of education and experience, that indicates their ability to be successful in their program of study.

Additional Entry Requirements for International Students

Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary studies outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts

  • Proof of English language proficiency as specified in the “English Proficiency” section.

If you have completed your education in a non-English-speaking country, then you may choose to provide proof of successful completion of a standardized English-language proficiency test.

UCW accepts the following tests with the stated scores as meeting the requirements for direct admission to a degree program (without the requirement to take UAP).

*The minimum writing score is also applicable to all assessed components of the test.
**May be either of the following three tests; Cambridge B2 First; Cambridge C1 Advanced; or Cambridge C2 Proficiency
***Writing is assessed as the average score for achievement in both Literacy and Production.

However, the Admissions Department may request further proof of English-language proficiency from applicants if the test date is more than two years before the first day of your program start date.


ESL Pathway Program

Alternatively, you may choose to provide a certificate from an ESL pathway program as proof of your academic English-language proficiency.

You can apply for admission to UCW once you have acceptance into an ESL pathway program. You will be approved on the condition that you complete your ESL program before you commence your program at UCW.

UCW has partnerships with the following ESL institutions that offer programs that satisfy requirements for admission (without the requirement to take UAP).

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