Vancouver, British ColumbiaLOCATION
Estd 1936Established Year

Columbia College is situated at the west coast of Vancouver Canada. It is one of Canada’s oldest international private colleges. Columbia is a liberal arts college which provides 1st and 2nd year university transfer courses.

Why should you choose Columbia College

  • Offers High school completion & University transfer programs.
  • College connects a candidate to get admission into Canada’s renowned universities like Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia etc., with its transferable courses.

Rankings and Standings

  • U.S. News 2018: Ranked 57th in regional universities south
  • U.S. News: Ranked 32nd in best colleges of Veterans
  • Webometrics: Ranked 12151 globally

Key features

  • It has constantly been one of the top three providers of international students to university of British Columbia.
  • This college is a part of Student Partner program (SPP) in India and China.
  • Statistics given by British Columbia Council on admission and transfer depicts that this college has an exceeding rate of admissions into the university.
  • Small size classrooms for one to one interaction.
  • Programs include a University Transfer/Associate Degree Program, a Full-time Academic English (ESL) Preparatory Program and University Foundations Program.


College typePrivate
Tuition fees for International studentsCAD 12,440
Tuition fees for Domestic studentsCAD 1,500
Total student intake1800
Exams acceptedTOEFL, ISLETS, GRE, High school qualifications.
No. of campus2
Types of courses offeredUniversity transfer program Associate degree program High school program Academic ESL
SessionsSummer session Winter session
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Campus and Residence


  • Columbia College is a 73,000 square foot five-story building situated in Vancouver, BC.
  • Campus is located on Terminal Avenue, two blocks away from Science World and Main Street sky train station.
State of the art classroomsLarge lecture theatre
Two student loungesTwo computer science labs
A modern science lab (physics, chemistry & biology)Underground vehicle parking
  • Located near Main street skytrain station, it makes it easier for students to travel.
  • Located across the street of Main Campus is the newly built campus known as North Campus. It offers the same programs offered by Main Campus.



  • If the students require residence near the campus then college can arrange it with one of their volunteering or host families home, where the students will be provided with a comfortable room and 3 meals per day.
  • Students need to pay one-time placement fee to college and per month rent to the family.
  • Each family has been selected and visited by a college representatives ensuring the warm environment and comfortable stays.


Students under 19, while applying for study permit need to arrange a custodian in Canada who may help in the time of need. For homestay, students may take help of the college. They have the freedom to make custodianship arrangements themselves.

Programs Offered

Students can choose from the below mentioned programs:

  • University Transfer Program
  • Associate Degree Program
  • High School Program
  • Academic ESL

Courses Offered

  • University Courses
  • High School Courses Grade 10 – 12
  • Academic and General ESL Courses

All you need to know about your application process


Entrance Requirements

  • Must fulfill college’s entrance requirements
  • Fluency in English
  • At least 15 years when entering college

English Language Requirement (International Students)

TestMinimum Required Score
IELTSOverall Band 6.5 and Writing Band 6.5
CAELScore 70 or above & Writing 70
TOEFL CBT230 & Essay Rating 4.5
TOEFL PBT570 & TWE 4.5

LWA - Language & Writing Assessment

Admission Requirements

For students who have completed course requirements for:

  • Any high school program at Columbia
  • A BC Dogwood Diploma elsewhere, with a minimum average grade of C in four academic Grade 12 subjects, including either English 12 or Communications 12

International candidates must High School Matriculation results with C or better grade. Candidates presenting GCE results should have three Advanced level passes with a minimum score of D.

For domestic students-

  • High school graduation with minimum 60% as per B.C
  • GCSE, IGCSE etc exams are passed with minimum C grade
  • Good English verbal and written skills.

Documents required:

  • Transcripts of the most recent school results
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport personal information page
  • Standard English test (IELTS, TOEFL etc ) results if available.
  • Upon applying, the college will issue a receipt and letter of acceptance to the successfully selected candidates.

University Transfer Program

  • Provides 1st and 2nd year university level courses to transfer students to universities.
  • Credits scored in college are pre-arranged by the university & it is mandatory for the universities in Canada and U.S to account the transfer credit listed by BCCAT Associate Degree Program- student in this program complete about 20 courses in 1st and 2nd year.

High School Program-

  • This program has four different courses.
  • On completion of secondary program makes a student eligible for direct admissions into university

How, when & where to apply

Given below are the dates to apply for application forms along with their cost

Application forms are available up toSeptember1, 2017 to 31st August 2018
Cost of application for domestic and international students$200 CAD & for additional per credit it is $500 CAD

How to Apply?

Step1: Apply either manually or online by filling an application form.


  • you can pay the application fee of and make payment at
  • Upon applying, the college will issue a receipt and letter of acceptance to the successfully selected candidates.


  • Do ensure that you have a valid study permit.
  • The selected international candidates should show their letter of acceptance to the Canadian High Commission or Canadian embassy to issue the study permit.


  • Once letter of acceptance is received the international students need to deposit tuition fee with activity fee & medical insurance.
  • All the fees are in Canadian funds and can be paid via flywire

NOTE: Refunds are available for students. Do check the refund policy at college website

Cost of Study

Tuition Fees for Domestic StudentsRegistration fee CAD 1,500 (non-refundable), if visa is extended in that case CAD 4,500 CAD, for 9 credits.
Tuition Fees for International studentsCAD 12,440 for 24 credits.
University Course (3 Credits)CAD 1500
University Course (4 Credits)CAD 2,000
University Course (8 Credits)CAD 4,000
Secondary Course (2 Credits)CAD 1,000
Secondary Course (4 Credits)CAD 2,000

Awards and Scholarships

Awards and scholarshipsDescription
Book award8 book awards are given to brilliant student every semester
Outstanding service awardGiven to a student who shows 60 hours of demonstrative work in extra-curricular activities.
The Jason graham memorial scholarshipCAD 2000 funding is provided to students of social science stream.
Columbia college academic scholarshipCAD 1200 worth scholarship is given. Students GPA and resume is considered as well.
The john helm memorial scholarshipCAD 2000 are awarded to excellent student of physical sciences
The outstanding student scholarshipCAD 2000 is awarded to excellent UT students.
The guard me scholarshipInternational students with CAD 2000 scholarship is awarded

Work While you Study

  • The students having a valid study permit to study post-secondary courses in Canada can work off campus or do part time jobs for 20 hours a week.
  • Students can work part time at the time of semester for 20 hours and between the semesters full time. There is no restriction to the type of job they choose.
    • To enable working in Canada a student should apply for Social Insurance Number (SIN) from service Canada before or at least within the 3 days of beginning of employment.

Alumni Network

Some of the most notable Alumni

  • Scott Adsit – Actor
  • Len Amato – President, HBO
  • Mauro Fioe - Academy Award-winning cinematographer (Avatar)
  • Hal Haenel - Executive Vice President and General Manager of Studio Operations, 20th Century Fox
  • Christopher Harvengt - Emmy award-winning sound editor for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Alumni Benefits

  • Bookstore Discount – Alumni can avail 20% discount on any regular transaction of books.
  • Career Services - The Grossnickle Career Services Center is available to alumni during all stages of their careers
  • Can get personalized License Plate
  • Scholarships – The children and grandchildren of the alumni are eligible to apply for CAD 1,000 Alumni Legacy Scholarship
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