COVID-19 Important Notice

For the latest visiting international student or exchange student program updates related to COVID-19, please visit COVID-19 FAQs for Inbound Exchange and Visiting (VISP) Students.

Accepting applications now!

Application Deadline
(for students)
Spring 2021 October 15
Summer 2021 February 15
Fall 2021 March 31

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 are currently studying outside of Canada and would like to study at CapU, as a visiting student, we invite you to apply. You could be a visiting student at CapU if:

  • you are studying at a school that does not have an exchange partnership agreement with CapU and you wish to study here for a term, or
  • you are a recent international high school graduate interested in a gap year experience

What you could study at CapU

Bachelor programs you can take as an exchange student include:

*upon departmental approval

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 arriving in Canada.

We also recommend that you take 9-12 credits (3-4 classes) per term. Full-time status at CapU is a minimum of nine credits. Check with your home university for their requirements though, as these may be different.

To take an English 100-level course, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that satisfies the course pre-requisites.

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, Orientation and Exam Dates

Term (Semester)Term DatesOrientation DatesExam Dates
Spring 2021 January 4 – April 22 January 4 April 13 – 22
Summer 2021 May 10 – August 20 May 2021 (date TBA) To be Announced

For more detailed information on academic dates, please visit Academic Schedule and Important Dates.

How to apply

These are the application steps for Visiting Students.

Apply online through EducationPlannerBC. We've created an application step-by-step instruction, Online Application Process for VISP students (pdf), to show you how to complete this application.

Be sure to indicate on the application that you are a visiting student. Your application is subject to the application fee of CAD $135 for international students.

Submit proof of English Language Proficiency based on regular English Language Requirements.

For post-secondary applications from Germany, please note that we also accept the DAAD test, scores of B2/C1.

High school applicants only: Submit international high school transcript and proof of graduation, including certified translation in English, where applicable. Scanned copies are acceptable before the start of the term.

Post-secondary applicants only: Submit post-secondary transcripts, including certified translation in English, where applicable. Scanned copies can be accepted at the time of application.

Submit a Letter of Permission from your home institution. This letter must indicate the program that you are permitted to take at CapU and the term in which the program may be taken.

This option is only for students applying to the CapU IDEA School of Design and the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program. 

Email your application to Original documents may need to be submitted at a later date.

Visa and Study Permit

As per the current travel ban exemptions, only international students issued study permits or study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time.

If you do not have a study permit or were not approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020, you cannot currently come to Canada.

Note: Visiting students intending to study at CapU for only one term (less than six months) can study at CapU via online means from their home country without a study permit. Before applying, students should find out if they need a study permit or visa.

Course registration

A CapU student registered in a minimum of 9.0 credits is classified as 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 VISP Student Course Approval Form (pdf).

Following course approvals, you will register online on your own, using the myCap Schedule.

Fees and payments

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

VISP students pay standard international student tuition fees directly to CapU. Students should also plan for books and supplies.

As a visiting student, you must be enrolled in 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 visiting student, you must pay for a subsidized student transportation pass called UPass BC (approximately $170 per term).


CapU offers student residence close to campus. Rooms in residence start at $4,606 per term*, including meals. 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.

*Fees are subject to change without notice

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 exchange 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.