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About

Established in 1936, Columbia College proudly serves as one of Canada’s longest established international not-for-profit colleges. Thousands of Canadian and international students have completed their qualifications at Columbia College and used these as a platform for successful university careers.

Columbia College is an independent charity that offers first and second-year university level courses that can lead to a Columbia College Associate Degree and are fully transferable to local universities. Columbia College also offers High School programs, including a British Columbia Ministry of Education Certified Senior Secondary Program and an English for Academic Purposes Program that is accredited by Languages Canada.

Mission

Equip students to become responsible global citizens who can communicate, think critically, and make a positive impact in communities around the world.

Vision

An inclusive society where students can access the education of their choice and contribute to positive social change.

Values

  • Culture of Inclusion

  • Culture of Justice

  • Culture of Excellence

  • Culture of Reciprocity

  • Culture of Democratic Equality

Why This College?

Small classroom sizes with 20-35 students per class
Welcome students from more than 60 countries 
Student base is 95% international students

Admissions

Intakes

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Study Duration

1-2 years

Institution Type

Private

Programmes Offered

High School Programmes

Senior Secondary (Grade 10, 11, & 12)

Adult Secondary (Grade 11 & 12)

Accelerated Secondary (Grade 11 & 12)

University Preparatory

Associate Degrees

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degrees

University Transfer

Arts

Business

Communication

Computer Science

Engineering

Science

Tuition Fees

High School Programmes

Accelerated Grade 11 & 12: CAD15,960

Accelerated Grade 12: CAD9,120 - CAD11,400

Senior Secondary 10,11 & 12: CAD45,600

Senior Secondary 11 & 12: CAD31,920

Senior Secondary 12: CAD20,520 - CAD25,080

Adult Secondary: CAD6,840 - CAD11,400

Associate Degrees

Associate Degree: CAD34,200

University Transfer

University Transfer (1 Year): CAD17,100

University Transfer (2 Years): CAD34,200

Pathways

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Programmes Overview

High School Programmes

Senior Secondary (Grade 10, 11 & 12)

This program is certified by the BC Ministry of Education and fully conforms to the ministry’s requirements. Successful graduates will receive a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), which is the same credential offered by all public high schools in BC. This is a requirement for direct entry to a Canadian university. Literacy and numeracy assessments will be required for graduation. Students will follow the revised 2018 graduation curriculum implemented by the BC Ministry of Education. Literacy and numeracy assessments will be required for graduation.

Senior Secondary (Grade 10,11 & 12)

Columbia College University Transfer

 and/or Associate Degree

OR

University Direct Entrance

Accelerated Secondary (Grade 11 & 12)

Successful completion of the Accelerated Program meets the Columbia College admission requirements for the C.C. University transfer and Associate Degree program. The Accelerated Secondary Program is a non BC Ministry of Education Program. Please note that students who choose this path will not receive the BC Ministry of Education Dogwood Diploma.

Accelerated Secondary Grade 11 & 12 (8-12 months) or Grade 12 (4 months)

Columbia College University Transfer (1-2 years)

or

Associate Degree (2 years)

University Direct Entrance (2-3 years)

Adult Secondary (Grade 11 & 12)

This BC Ministry of Education program is for students over the age of 18 and provides a quicker route to graduation and university-level studies at Columbia College. Students receive a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood Diploma) upon completion of this program.

Adult Secondary Grade 11 & 12 (8-12 months) or Grade 12 (4 months)

Columbia College University Transfer (1-2 years)

or

Associate Degree (2 years)

University Direct Entrance (2-3 years)

University Preparatory

Tailored to each student’s needs, this program provides missing courses for students who have graduated from High School but lack the prerequisites for their university studies. It is normally a one semester program comprised of a maximum of four appropriate academic courses, which can be a combination of high school and university courses. Upon completion, students can proceed into Columbia College’s University Transfer program or Associate Degree programs.

University Preparatory (4 months)

Columbia College University Transfer (1-2 years)

or

Associate Degree (2 years)

University Direct Entrance (2-3 years)

Associate Degrees

An Associate Degree is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year university degree. With an Associate Degree, you can enter into the third year of a university’s Bachelor Degree program.

Year

1

Columbia College

Year

2

Associate Degree

Columbia College

Year

3

Major University

Year

4

Major University

Bachelor's Degree

Associate of Arts Degree

Students in this program complete 20 courses at the first and second year levels, including:

  • Two courses in first year English (one Composition course and one Literature course).

  • Three courses in Mathematics/Science including at least one course in Mathematics, Computer Science or Statistics and one course in a laboratory Science.

  • Twelve courses, including at least six at the second year level (in at least two different subject areas) in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. This must include two courses in Social Sciences, two courses in Humanities other than English, and eight additional courses in Arts.

  • Three courses in Arts, Mathematics, Science or other areas.

List of Programmes:

  • Business Administration

  • Communication

  • Economics

  • Environmental Studies

  • General Arts

  • International Studies

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

Associate of Science Degree

Students in this program complete 20 courses at the first and second year levels, including:

  • Two courses in first year English (one Composition course and one Literature course).

  • Two courses in Mathematics including at least one course in Calculus.

  • Twelve courses, including at least six at the second year level (in at least two different subject areas) in Science including at least one course in a Laboratory Science.

  • Two courses in Arts other than English.

  • Two courses in Arts, Science or other areas.

List of Programmes:

  • Computer Science

  • General Science

  • Mathematics

Post-graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

Associate degree holders from Columbia College qualify for the Post-graduate work permit (PGWP) in Canada and can take the advantage of staying and working in the country after graduation. A work permit under PGWP program maybe issued for 12-36 months depending on the length of your study program.

University Transfer

Take up to 60 credits at first and second year level at Columbia College and then transfer those credits to any university in British Columbia and across Canada. You will graduate with a degree from the university to which you transferred.
 

British Columbia has the smoothest college-to-university transfer system in Canada. Advantages of studying at Columbia College’s university transfer program include:

  • Same courses and quality as a university.

  • Columbia College instructors are personable and supportive with weekly office hours available to meet students requiring extra help.

  • Small class sizes mean personal attention to each student and a closer relationship with instructors and classmates. Students will see a higher GPA as a result.

  • Tuition fees are lower for the same courses as a university.

  • Columbia College charges the same tuition per credit, regardless of faculty.

Transfer to BC Universities of Your Choice

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University Transfer Options

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Columbia College

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Major University

Major University

Major University

Bachelor's Degree

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Columbia College

Columbia College

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Major University

Bachelor's Degree

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