Accepting applications now!

Application Deadline
(for students)
Fall (Sept - Dec)  May 31
Spring (Jan - April) October 15
Summer (May - June or July - Aug or May - Aug) February 15

We’re thrilled to meet you and support you in making your study abroad journey as a Visiting International Student Program (VISP) student at CapU exceptional.

If you would like to study at CapU as a VISP student, we invite you to apply. You could be a VISP student at CapU if you are:

  • A non-Canadian student who does not have permanent resident status; 
  • Studying at a post-secondary institution that does not have an exchange partnership agreement with CapU and you wish to study with us for a term; or
  • A recent international high school graduate interested in a gap year experience. 

What you could study at CapU

Programs you can take as a VISP student include:

You’re welcome to mix and match courses within above-listed programs. Specific courses outside these programs are limited and seats are subject to approval.

Most importantly, be sure to work with your home institution to ensure that your credits earned at CapU are transferrable back to your home institution. We strongly recommend that you do this before requesting course approvals and arriving in Canada.

Full-time status at CapU is a minimum of nine credits. This is why, as a VISP student, you must take a minimum of 9.0 credits (3 CapU courses) while at CapU. Most students at CapU take between 9.0 to 12.0 credits (3 to 4 courses) per term. Check with your home university for their requirements though, as these may be different.

Key dates

We are excited to receive your application. In addition to the application deadlines, take a note of our term, orientation and exam dates.

Term (Semester), Orientation and Exam Dates

Term (Semester) Term Dates* Orientation Dates Exam Dates
Fall 2024 Sept. 3 – Dec. 2 Aug. 30 – Sept. 3 Dec. 4 - 13 
Spring 2025 Jan 6 – April 11 Early Jan. April 15 - 26 
Summer 2025 (Session I) May 12 - June 27  Early May To be announced
Summer 2025 (Session II)  July 7 - Aug. 22 Early May To be announced
Summer 2025 (Full Term) May 12 - Aug. 22 Early May To be announced

*For more details on academic dates, please visit Academic Schedule and Important Dates.

How to apply

Here is the step-by-step process to apply to Capilano University as a VISP student.

  1. Choose an area of study

    To begin your global adventure, explore our Student Services, stories, and Bachelor programs available to VISP students, which are listed at the top of this page.

  2. Learn about CapU's admission requirements

    Most CapU programs need proof that you:

  3. Submit your application via EducationPlannerBC

    Apply on EducationPlannerBC

    In your application, include:

    • A non-refundable application fee of C$135.
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency based on regular English Language Requirements. If submitting DET or TOEFL, you must assign your report to CapU for verification purposes at DET – Duolingo English Test and TOEFL (CapU code: 0505).

    International high school transcript and proof of graduation, including certified translation in English, where applicable. Scanned copies are acceptable before the term start.

    • Post-secondary transcripts, including a certified translation in English, when applicable. Scanned copies are acceptable before the term start.
    • Letter of Permission from your home institution (Post-secondary applicants only). This letter must state that the applicant is currently a student in good standing at the home institution and has been permitted to spend a semester abroad as VISP student at CapU; and indicate the program the applicant is approved to take at CapU and the term in which the program may be taken.
    • Financial Guarantee Letter if you have one.

    Note: If you noted more than one program choice on your application and have submitted a Financial Guarantee Letter, you will receive your Letter of Acceptance directly for your first program choice, provided your application is successful.

  4. Receive an acknowledgement letter

    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.
    • Any missing application documents and instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
    • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.

  5. 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.

    Note: If you submitted your Financial Guarantee Letter under Step 3, you will not receive your letter of offer. Instead, we will issue your letter of acceptance directly.

  6. Receive your letter of acceptance

    Once your application is complete, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox.

    • This letter includes details such as course registration, accommodation, and orientation and may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.
    • Depending on your citizenship and Government of Canada guidelines, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.

  7. Submit your VISP Student Course Approval Form

    Email your Visiting Student Course Approval Form (pdf) to visp@capilanou.ca when you receive your letter of acceptance. Need info about course selection and approvals? Email visp@capilanou.ca.

  8. Get ready for your first day!

Visa and Study Permit

Before applying for your visa/study permit and/or planning to travel to Canada, find out if you need a study permit or visa.

Course registration

A CapU student registered with a minimum of 9.0 credits is considered a full-time student. Most CapU courses have 3.0 credits.

Prior to registering for CapU courses, all your courses must be pre-approved through the Visiting Student Course Approval Form (pdf), which you must email to visp@capilanou.ca upon receiving your letter of acceptance. 

If you have any questions about your course selection and approvals, please email visp@capilanou.ca

Following course approvals, you will register online on your own. See How to Register for more information.

Fees and payments

At CapU, fees are charged on a per term basis. Each term is four months in duration.

As a VISP student, you pay standard international student tuition fees directly to CapU. You also need to plan for books and supplies.

As a VISP student, you must be enrolled in guard.me health insurance, a private insurance company contracted by CapU.

This basic health insurance, costing approximately $2.00 per day, is mandatory and ensures you have adequate coverage for the duration of your stay, regardless of your individual extended health plans.

As a VISP student, you must pay for a subsidized student transportation pass called U-Pass BC, a mandatory fee which costs approximately $170 per term.


CapU offers Student Housing close to campus. You will receive information about application deadlines with your Letter of Acceptance.

You also have other options for accommodation: host family in a homestay environment or fully furnished shared housing with other students, which you may contact directly.

We strongly advise you to ensure you understand all conditions and refund policies of your accommodation before signing any contracts.

Study Abroad Ambassador (Buddy) Program

Upon arrival, you will be matched with a study abroad ambassador (buddy) who already experienced a term abroad at one of CapU’s partner institutions.

Our Study Abroad Ambassadors are a friendly and dedicated group of CapU students eager to extend their global adventure by introducing incoming visiting students to all the exciting aspects of living in North Vancouver and Canada and studying at CapU!

Transcript and Course Transfer

CapU uses a letter grade system to determine a student’s grade point average (GPA). Upon successful completion of your term, you may request your official transcript through your myCapU Account. For details, see Transcripts and Forms.

Our Study Abroad Team will also email a digital copy of the official transcript directly to your home institution.

Prior to arriving in Canada, be sure to work with your home institution to ensure the credits earned at CapU are transferrable back to your home institution.

Have a question? Contact the Study Abroad team

Our Study Abroad team is available by email, Zoom or MS Teams, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT.


Have questions?

Contact information for visiting students

Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE) – Study Abroad Office
604 990 7914
Library Building, room LB127