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    Kwantlen Polytechnic University Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    Kwantlen Polytechnic University, established in 1981 by the government of British Columbia. It is a public type university. The university is known for its courses such as Bachelor’s degree, Diplomas, Certificates and Citation in more than 120 programs.

    Knowing about the rankings and standings of KPU

    • Ranked among top post-secondary institutions across Canada by the Global and Mail Canadian University Report.
    • Ranked among top Canadian Institutions by the National Survey of Student Engagement in Maclean’s Magazine.

    Key Features to know the University better

    • KPU offers co-op opportunities in many programs
    • Provide international learning opportunity all over the world through Field Schools, studies abroad and international co-ops
    • 21 projects are funded externally whose value exceeds $2.58 million
    • 70+ researchers working on sponsored research projects
    • Programs offered in English language only. 
    • Ankit Sharma: CEO of Kitply, Tania Dick: President of the Association of Nurses of BC and tireless advocate for Aboriginal Health Care.


    Type of University Public
    Programs More than 120
    Faculty Members More than 1400
    Number of Seats On the basis of First Come First Serve
    Basic Tuition Fees, Undergraduate International Students CAD $11,996.48
    Language for Courses English
    Test Scores Accepted IELTS, TOEFL, PTE
    Scores Required IELTS: 6.5 with minimum 6 in each TOEFL: 88 with no subscore less than 20 PTE: 61 or higher

    Students Intake stats to look upon

    • More than 20,000 students annually
    • Over 12,000 FTE (full-time equivalency) students annually
    • Over 200,000 students educated at KPU to date

    Affiliations ensuring the quality of education

    KPU is affiliated to the institutions mentioned below:

    • AUCC
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • College and Institutes Canada (CICan)
    • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
    • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
    • Canadian University Press (CUP)

    Campus and the colleges to choose from

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University has its campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale, and Langley. 

    • KPU’s main campus is in Surrey. This campus is having gymnasium along with many recreational facilities.
    • Richmond is the KPU’s first official campus. This campus run programs like Fashion and Design, Arts and Business courses among others.
    • Langley campus is a home to university school of Horticulture. This campus offers courses in Science, Biology, Brewing, Chemistry, Physics, and Geology Labs.
    • Cloverdale is the newest campus. This campus includes services like the appliance and automotive servicing, carpentry, farriery, masonry, part and warehousing, welding, plumbing, public safety communications etc.

    Choose from a variety of programs offered

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers more than 120 programs. All these programs include career, vocational trades, and technology programs. Students can choose courses from under 8 different levels.

    Level 1 (38 programs) Baccalaureate Degree
    Level 2 (5 programs) Post Baccalaureate Diploma
    Level 3 (16 programs) Associate Degree
    Level 4 (23 programs) Diploma
    Level 5 (24 programs) Certificate
    Level 6 (12 programs) Citation
    Level 7 (1 program) Certificate of Completion
    Level 8 (9 programs) Continuing & Professional Studies

    Other than the above-mentioned programs, the university also offers unique programs namely

    • Graphic Design for a marketing program
    • One of the two fashion design degrees in the country
    • Undergraduate Journalism program in the region
    • Brewing diploma of its kind in the province

    Enjoy the flexibility to choose your schedule

    Students can choose their classes schedule according to their convenience. Schedule for a program can be filtered as given below:








    Day of the weeks









    Daytime (Starts before 4 PM)

    Evening (Starts 4 PM or later)


    Weekend Sessions

    Study Plan

    Full Time

    Part Time

    Education Language

    English Only

    All you need to know about the application process

    Important dates for submitting the application form is as below:

    Summer Session

    • The last date to submit the application form is: March 1, 2018
    • Availability of application form for Mechatronics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Diploma is: May 10, 2018
    • The last date to submit an application form for Mechatronics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Diploma is:  August 10, 2018

    Spring Session

    • Application form submission last date: August 1, 2018

    How to apply

    • Students can apply through the online website of Kwantlen Polytechnic University i.e.
    • Click on Apply now link shown at the top of the website.
    • An EducationPlannerBC is opened in front of the student
    • Before start filling the application form, students have to successfully register themselves with KPU.
    • Enter the credentials like username, password, email address, and confirm the email address.
    • Click on the create account button
    • Now, the student is successfully registered with KPU
    • Log in to the account using the same Username and Password entered at the time of registration
    • Click on the Login button
    • After clicking on the button, students can start filling their application form.

    Pre-requisites for applying to KPU

    Required Documents

    The documents required to submit along with application form is as follows:

    1. The result of the English Proficiency test (IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE).
    2. Intermediate or High School certificate
    3. Intermediate or High School mark sheets issued by the examination authority
    4. Photocopies of mark sheet (if online verification available)
    5. Transcripts showing completed courses and grades issued by the institution attended
    6. Payment Documents

    English Language Proficiency Tests

    Name of the Test Scores Required
    IELTS IELTS: 6.5 with minimum 6 in each
    TOEFL 88 with no subscore less than 20
    PTE 61 or higher

    Application Fees

    • The application fee is non-refundable.
    • The fees can be submitted via credit card only.

    Application Fees for International Applicants:

    Non-Refundable Amount
    Application Fee $120
    Confirmation Deposit for Open Intake Programs (to accept the offer) $1,000
    Confirmation Deposit for Limited Intake Programs (to accept the offer) $1,500

    What it costs to study in KPU: Fees and Expenses

    • Students can calculate their expected tuition fees by using the Tuition Estimator at
    • Fees can be calculated by multiplying the applicable rate by the course credit value.
    • Fees will vary depending upon the type and program duration.

    Estimated Tuition fee for domestic students is as below:

    • Baccalaureate Degree: $187 - $214 (per credit)
    • Post Baccalaureate Diploma: $225 - $556 (per credit)
    • Diploma: $306 (per credit)

    Estimated Tuition fee for International students is as below:

    • Tuition Fees (any program): $572.20 (per credit)
    • Mandatory Student Fees (any program): $35.70 (per credit)

    Enjoy one of a kind experience with various Housing Plans

    No on-campus housing facility is provided by KPU. Following is the list of housing options:


    • First Choice International Placement Inc
    • Cypress Accommodations (for independent options)
    • White Rock Homestay Hotel (for female only residence)
    • Global Education City (student residence)
    • Harmony Homestay

    Other Housing Options

    Following is the list of other housing options students can opt:

    • One-Bedroom Apartments
    • Two, three, and four bedroom apartments
    • Basement suites/ apartments
    • A single room in a house
    • Shared houses

    Financial Aids and Assistance

    Only those students can apply for the entrance scholarships and awards who admitted for the first time at KPU. KPU offers two types of scholarships which are as following:

    KPU Scholarships helping the students in funding education

    Major Entrance Scholarships

    • The President’s Scholarship ($20,000)
    • The Merit Scholarship ($5,000)
    • The Indigenous Entrance Scholarship ($5,000)

    Donor-funded Entrance Awards

    • Awards range in value from $1,000 to $3,000

    **Apply for entrance Scholarships & Awards until September 13, 2018. 

    Work while you study

    Students holding a valid work permit and are studying full time are only eligible to work on or off campus which is explained as below:

    On campus

    Without a work permit, students can work on their school campus. But, they must fulfill following conditions:

    • Must be a full-time post-secondary student
    • Have valid study permit
    • Must have Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    • On campus, students can work for the school, a faculty member, a student organization, self-employed, a private business, and a private contractor.


    For working off-campus, students must fulfill following conditions:

    • Have valid study permit
    • Must be a full-time student
    • Already start studying
    • Studying leads to a degree, diploma or certificate and must be six months long
    • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    • Off-campus, students can work up to 20 hours per week.
    • At the time of holidays, students can work full-time.

    Work after Graduation

    Students must fulfill the following conditions to work after graduation in Canada:

    • Must be a full-time student in Canada
    • Completed program with a minimum duration of 8 months
    • Have valid study permit
    • Can apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving a document declaring completion of studies

    Alumni Networks and Career Prospects

    KPU has a wide network of alumni. Some of them are noted below:

    • Kim Baird: Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation
    • Chris Mccue: Founder and President of McCue Engineering Contractors
    • Geoff Woolley: President of EcoSafe Zero Waste
    • Tania Dick: President of the Association of Registered Nurses of BC and tireless advocate for Aboriginal Health Care
    • Kellay Boxma & Shane King:
    • Ankit Sharma: CEO of Kitply
    • Aurelia AU & Wayne Poon: Own and operate Snackshot, a Hong Kong inspired sweet shop
    $ 16,0141st YEAR

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    6.5 / 10
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    Kwantlen Polytechnic University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $16,014 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Fall Deadlines

    March 1

    Application deadline

    May 1

    Application results

    Spring Deadlines

    August 1

    Application deadline

    December 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.59-
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-88120-

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $16,014 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Program wise accreditation
    Engineering Programs
    Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
    Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs?
    Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals

    College Rating

    Based on 4 Students Rating

    6.8 out of 10
    5.7/10Social Life


    6.5 /10

    Because i found the program i want to learn here , in a city with good climate, living conditions, and all facilities available.

    Course Curriculum :

    Its nice , they teach you every aspect of what you want to learn step by step , when needed and they cover everything, preparing you for everything.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8.2 /10

    I had a good score in all of my grade 11 and 12 courses. I heard of this college through info sessions at my high school and I heard that this is one of the best universities for Nursing. Moreover, KPU offers many other programs and it is easy to shift from one program to another if our interest changes.

    Exams :

    I wanted to do something in health care and couldn't think of any other profession better than this. I want to help people in the hospital setting, emotionally, physically and psychologically. I wanted to be in a type of profession where I can help my community and help heal them quickly and provide the best of my knowledge. I believe that when I become a nurse and if I can make a difference in any one person's life than what can be better than this.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    I applied to Douglas and KPU. I get to know about all the fee structure through the website of KPU. It was close to my residence, so the daily commute was very easy. Moreover, it had all the courses available which I needed at Surrey campus with available multiple timings so it was easy for me to manage my work along with my studies. I passed grade 12 from India from Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Amritsar with all A+.

    Exams :

    I opted for this program because I want to go further in medical school and this is a prerequisite for my further studies. Our class size at KPU was around 35 students per section which were very convenient. The minimum requirement of scores from grade 12 was minimum C+ in all the courses of sciences. I gave two maths tests- Maths Assessment test and Maths placement test and I required to get at least 11/15 till section C.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    3.5 /10

    It was my last resort and I know someone that works there as a professor though not in my field. I messed up my application for my wanted university and I did not realize until later so I just applied for this one.

    Course Curriculum :

    It is okay. It is necessary for some courses but not all and it is long. A lot of the content can be learned online without being in school. I would rather not pay and spend 4 years completing the program.

    4 /10 academic/food
    4 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    5 /10 accomodation
    1 /10 placement
    1 /10 extracurricular
    12666 - 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC

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