International Undergraduate Study Preparation Program

Build a Strong Foundation for Academic Success

Many undergraduate students from around the world aspire to study in North American universities. However, even some top students struggle to perform well in a new academic setting that is far away from family and friends, and where their studies are in English. Without the proper academic and cultural skills, how do they choose appropriate courses, learn the dangers of plagiarism and the rules of citation, understand how majors are selected and changed, manage their time to include volunteer, athletic and club activities, and know when, where and how to apply for undergraduate admission?

The International Undergraduate Study Preparation Program (IUSPP) helps students prepare their university applications and gives them individual guidance on how to succeed in their undergraduate work. The program’s combination of academic and skills-based training is ideal for students who would like to ready themselves for the academic and cultural demands of studying in an international setting.

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Benefits

IUSPP offers students the opportunity to:

  • prepare for the rigours of a North Amercian university curriculum
  • learn from University of British Columbia (UBC) instructors
  • participate in real undergraduate courses alongside Canadian and other international students at UBC
  • benefit from individual mentorship that supports academic, cultural and personal development
  • receive guidance on time management and course loads for peak performance
  • develop critical thinking, teamwork and networking skills
  • build effective communication skills
  • gather reference letters in support of undergraduate admission
  • access advanced academic English language training (if needed)
  • gain access to UBC facilities, including libraries, athletics and recreation facilities, as well as a public transportation pass for the duration of the credit term of studies.

Please note that completion of IUSPP does not guarantee admission to undergraduate programs at UBC or any other post-secondary institution. Admission to these programs is controlled by individual institutions' policies and admission standards.

Curriculum

IUSPP is a busy, full-time program of both credit and non-credit study at a top tier North American university that offers:

  • six credits of UBC undergraduate courses through UBC Access Studies (selected from over 70 course choices) in the Faculties of Arts (including the School of Music), Science (Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences only), Forestry, and Land and Food Systems
  • up to 30 hours of individual mentorship per term, including assistance with undergraduate applications to UBC or other universities
  • English language course options if needed (for which successful completion fulfills UBC's English language requirement)
  • a comprehensive university writing course, or options for pre-calculus or differential calculus
  • academic and intercultural communication skills development.

Successful completion of the English language training course option fulfills UBC's English language admission requirement, but does not guarantee admission to undergraduate programs at UBC or any other post-secondary institution. Admission to these programs is controlled by individual institutions’ admission standards and policies. In some cases, UBC credit courses completed as part of IUSPP may be eligible for recognition toward a degree program at UBC or other North American universities.

Dates and Fees

Program Start Dates
IUSPP requires four months of full-time study each term. Students admissible directly to the credit term typically complete IUSPP in a single term. Students with lower English language fluency are required to complete one or more terms of non-credit training before they advance to the credit term. Therefore, the total duration of the program is different for each student depending on their starting level of English and individual progress.

Students are encouraged to apply early to allow sufficient time for the Canadian embassy or High Commission to process their Study Permit (Visa). Students who are delayed in applying or receiving their Study Permit (Visa) may defer to the next available program in the schedule.

Program start dates vary depending on whether a student is starting their first term in the program or continuing in the program and whether a student has or has not met the English language admission requirement. Students should refer to the Admission Confirmation Letter sent to them by UBC Continuing Studies to confirm which dates apply to them.

UBC Continuing Studies reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, program and program policies without notice, and to re-schedule and change parts of the program due to insufficient registration or other reasons.

IUSPP Dates 2013-2015
Intake Initial Non-Credit Term* Credit Term
Winter 2014 Jan 2-Apr 25, 2014 Jan 2-Apr 30, 2014
Summer 2014 May 1-Aug 22, 2014 May 5-Aug 16, 2014
Fall 2014 Aug 28-Dec 18, 2014 Aug 25-Dec 18, 2014
Winter 2015 Jan 2-Apr 24, 2015 Jan 2-Apr 29, 2015
Summer 2015 Apr 30-Aug 21, 2015 May 4-Aug 21, 2015
Fall 2015 Aug 26-Dec 18, 2015 Aug 31-Dec 22, 2015
*only if required


Expected Completion Timeline

The following table is a general guideline and individual student performance will vary. The actual length of non-credit terms, which include language and academic skills training, depend on a student’s initial placement test at the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute upon arrival and progress in each term.

Current English Language Fluency Approximate Number of Terms of Non-Credit Study Number of Terms of Credit Study Expected Timeline for Completion
IELTS 6.5 with no sub-component less than 6.0
or
TOEFL 90 (Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21)
None 1 term
(4 months)
1 term
(4 months)
IELTS 6.5 but some sub-component requirements below 6.0
or
TOEFL 90 but some sub-component requirements not met
1 term
(4 months)
1 term
(4 months)
2 terms
(8 months)
IELTS 5.5 or 6.0
or
TOEFL 70-89
or
GaoKao English 120/150
2 terms
(8 months)
1 term
(4 months)
3 terms
(12 months)
IELTS 5.0* (no sub-component below 4.5)
or
TOEFL 65-69
or
CPT 70**
3 terms
(12 months)
1 term
(4 months)
4 terms
(16 months)

*IUSPP advises student with lower English fluency (approximately IELTS 5.0) to upgrade before applying to the program. In addition, IUSPP will only consider such students if their academic scores (GPAs) are stronger than our minimum requirements.
**CPT scores are acceptable for IUSPP admission but not for degree program study. Therefore, students should be aware that they will eventually need to obtain IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent exam scores to proceed with their academic plans.


Program Fees
Fees are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD) and include all elements of the IUSPP curriculum (as described under the Curriculum heading above), as well as:

  • program orientation
  • access to UBC facilities, including libraries, sports and recreation facilities, etc.
  • transit pass (U-pass) for the duration of credit studies
  • reference letters in support of undergraduate admission when requested.

Students with program start dates in 2013 whose expected programs of study include 2014 terms will be subject to 2014 pricing for those terms. Exact fees will be determined after reviewing the individual's program application.

Fees do not include accommodation, airfare, local transportation, medical insurance, optional socio-cultural activities, textbooks, and other personal expenses.

Fees and Due Dates for International Students (2014)
Due Date One Credit Term Only One Credit Term & One Non-Credit Term One Credit Term & Two Non-Credit Terms One Credit Term & Three Non-Credit Terms
Application Fee Due with application $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD
Program Deposit Due upon acceptance into the program $7,000 CAD $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD*
Balance of Tuition Due 30 days before the program start date $6,000 CAD $15,900 CAD $26,400 CAD $36,900 CAD
Total Tuition $13,000 CAD $23,500 CAD $34,000 CAD $44,500 CAD

Fees subject to change.
*Includes $600 deposit for English Language training (where applicable)

Fees and Due Dates for International Students (2015)
Due Date One Credit Term Only One Credit Term & One Non-Credit Term One Credit Term & Two Non-Credit Terms One Credit Term & Three Non-Credit Terms
Application Fee Due with application $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD
Program Deposit Due upon acceptance into the program $7,000 CAD $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD*
Balance of Tuition Due 30 days before the program start date $6,300 CAD $16,400 CAD $27,100 CAD $37,800 CAD
Total Tuition $13,300 CAD $24,000 CAD $34,700 CAD $45,400 CAD

Fees subject to change.
*Includes $600 deposit for English Language training (where applicable).

Fees and Due Dates for Canadian Students (2014)
Due Date One Credit Term Only One Credit Term & One Non-Credit Term One Credit Term & Two Non-Credit Terms One Credit Term & Three Non-Credit Terms
Application Fee Due with application $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD
Program Deposit Due upon acceptance into the program $7,000 CAD $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD*
Balance of Tuition Due 30 days before the program start date $2,000 CAD $11,000 CAD $22,400 CAD $32,900 CAD
Total Tuition $9,000 CAD $19,500 CAD $30,000 CAD $40,500 CAD

Fees subject to change.
*Includes $600 deposit for English Language training (where applicable).

Fees and Due Dates for Canadian Students (2015)
Due Date One Credit Term Only One Credit Term & One Non-Credit Term One Credit Term & Two Non-Credit Terms One Credit Term & Three Non-Credit Terms
Application Fee Due with application $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD $200 CAD
Program Deposit Due upon acceptance into the program $7,000 CAD $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD* $7,600 CAD*
Balance of Tuition Due 30 days before the program start date $2,200 CAD $12,300 CAD $23,000 CAD $33,700 CAD
Total Tuition $9,200 CAD $19,900 CAD $30,600 CAD $41,300 CAD

Fees subject to change.
*Includes $600 deposit for English Language training (where applicable).

Instructors

Our instructors are professionals with extensive experience in adult education for international students.

Handbooks

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Pre-Departure Handbook
We have created a pre-departure handbook to provide you with important information and advice on how you can prepare for IUSPP, and about living and studying in Canada. We strongly recommend that you read it carefully before leaving your home country. Download the IUSPP Pre-Departure Handbook.PDF

Program Handbook
We strongly recommend that you download and review the program details and expectations outlined in the IUSPP Program Handbook.PDF

How to Apply

Applicants should download and read the program handbook (see Handbooks section) before applying.

For information on the application process and policies, view details on Program Application.

 

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