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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)
Fall 2021 May 31
Spring 2022 October 15
Summer 2022 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 are currently studying outside of Canada and 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

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 6 To be announced
Fall 2021 September 7 – December 6 September 2 – 3 December 8 – 16
Spring 2022 January 5 – April 13 To be announced April 19 – 28

For more detailed information 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.

Take a look at the list near the top of the page to find out more about what you can study as a VISP student. 

Visit the Admission Requirements page and scroll down to Visiting Students for more information.

Apply online through EducationPlannerBC. In your application, include:

  • A non-refundable application fee of C$135, which provides you with the opportunity to apply for two programs. 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency based on regular English Language Requirements.
  • High school applicants:
    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 applicants:
    Post-secondary transcripts, including a certified translation in English, when applicable. Scanned copies are acceptable before the term start.

To complete your application, you must email the following items to 

  • Visiting Student Course Approval Form (pdf)
  • Letter of Permission from your home institution. This letter must indicate the program you are permitted to take at CapU and the term in which the program may be taken.

Your acknowledgement letter includes details such as Student ID number, myCapU account, email address, instructions tracking the application and any missing application documents. This letter will be sent to your personal email.

You’ve already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

Please send your official documents to CapU Main Campus.

Your letter of offer includes details on tuition deposit (C$5,000) and acceptance deadline. The deposit will go towards your first semester tuition once you’re registered for courses at CapU. This letter will be sent to your personal email.

Your letter of acceptance includes information on visas/study permits and details such as course registration, accommodation, and orientation. This letter will be sent to your personal email.

Welcome to CapU! Your first day will include a new student orientation

Visa and Study Permit

Before applying for your visa/study permit and/or planning to travel to Canada:

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 Visiting 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.


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.