Here is the step-by-step process to apply to Capilano University as an international student. International students are non-Canadian students who do not have permanent resident status and need a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Find a program that interests you
Each program may have unique requirements for admissions.
- Review the admissions information for your program of interest to find out if there are more steps.
- Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
Learn about CapU's admission requirements
Most CapU programs need proof that you:
- Have completed or are in the process of completing secondary school. View our International Secondary School Equivalencies (pdf) for more information.
- Meet our English language proficiency requirement.
Submit your application on EducationPlannerBC
Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC, a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.
Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.
- When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
- You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
- If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Receive an acknowledgement email
After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC, you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.
- This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
- Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
- All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
- If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Submit your official transcripts for Transfer Credit
For students who have previously attended post-secondary in Canada or outside of the country, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credits.
Please send all official documents for Transfer Credit to:
Centre for International Experience
Library Building, room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
Official documents may include:
Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.
These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.
We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.
Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Only accept translations made by a certified translator.
An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.
Notarized copies are not acceptable.
Complete any additional program requirements
Some programs may have more steps for admission. You will need to work directly with that program to complete your application.
- Examples of these extra requirements may include a portfolio submission, interview or audition.
Receive letter of offer
If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.
- You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
- This deposit will go towards your first semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.
Receive letter of acceptance and apply for a study permit
After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.
- Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Get ready for your first day
Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.
- You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
- View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Have a question?
Get in touch with the Centre for International Experience (CIE)
CIE office and advising hours
Please note, due to COVID-19, we are currently only available by phone and email. The physical CIE office has been closed until further notice. Hours exclude university closures and Canadian holidays.
|CIE office hours|
|Monday – Tuesday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PST)|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PST)|
|Thursday – Friday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PST)|
|Saturday – Sunday||Closed|
|CIE admissions advising hours|
|Monday – Friday||11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (PST)|
|Saturday – Sunday||Closed|
We also offer advising over Zoom on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. Book your appointment today.