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Capilano University is located on the slopes of
the coastal mountains, in North Vancouver, only 30 minutes from downtown
Vancouver is a clean, safe and very beautiful city on the west
coast of British Columbia, Canada.
For more information, please see Vancouver
and British Columbia links.
Capilano University is now accepting applications
from eligible full-time students for residences at 2420 Dollarton Highway in
North Vancouver. Housing is a mix of shared and single accommodation for approximately 250 students that will open on September 1. Included will be
a meal plan.
Other housing options include host families
or rental accommodation that can be found within easy travelling distance. It is
advisable to arrive early to arrange suitable accommodation.
are three main options:
you will need to buy textbooks for most EAP courses. Your instructor will give
you a list of required textbooks on the first day of classes.
are available at the Capilano University bookstore. You can expect to pay a
total of $150 to $300 per term for new EAP course textbooks if you are studying
all three skill areas (grammar & writing, reading & vocabulary, speaking
Used textbooks are sometimes available at a lower price
from the Student Union office at the beginning of each term. Go to the Student Union website for more information.
It is very
important that all students have health insurance for the entire
time they are studying at Capilano University. Without health insurance, you
could pay thousands of dollars for a hospital stay and even be refused certain
For students who will be living in British Columbia longer than 6 months, you will be expected to apply for BC
Medical Services Plan (MSP) upon arriving in BC. There is a 3 month waiting
period for newcomers to BC before medical coverage will take effect and you
should have temporary health insurance for the duration of this 3 month waiting
During this period, students are required to purchase private
interim coverage provided by Guard.Me. The costs of this plan are $2.00 per
day. The number of days is calculated by: the balance of days in their arrival
month, plus the days in the subsequent two months. The Centre for International
Experience registers students for this plan.
Detailed information for
students about health and dental insurance (pdf)
Generally, if you request a fee refund before the Add/Drop Period, you will receive a 100% refund.
The Add/Drop Period is usually the first two weeks of classes.
If you request a fee refund during the Add/Drop Period, you will normally receive an 80% refund.
If yo request a fee refund after the Add/Drop Period, you will normally receive no refund.
Please keep in mind that administration fees and deposits are usually not refunded.
For more information,
please visit the How
to Apply page.
We also have a section specifically for International Students.
There is no minimum age requirement if a student has graduated from high school.
For Domestic EAP students, please visit http://www.capilanou.ca/Tuition-and-Other-Fees/
for more information. Note that 3 credits equals 4 hours of classes per week in
you are an international student, you will be charged a reduced
international tuition rate for EAP courses below the EAP 100/101
level. For EAP 100 and EAP 101, the standard international tuition rate
will be charged. In addition, you must pay student fees. For more information,
see Capilano's fee page at www.capilanou.ca/fees On that page,
click on the link "Course Schedule and Fees Search."
Examples of student fees are: term
enrollment fee, Student Union membership, Student Union building fee, student
newspaper fee, U-Pass, and Health and Dental Plan. These fees are mandatory for
all students enrolled in three credits or more. Tuition and Student Fee rates
can vary. For the latest, most accurate information, please read the Fees &
Fee Payment Page at www.capilanou.ca/fees
EAP courses are
15 weeks long, including one week for final exams. There are three terms per
year: September to December, January to April, and May to August.
050, 060, 070, and 080 courses are full time and meet
20 hours per week.
EAP 090 meets for
16 hours per week.
EAP 100 and EAP 101 are usually taken
together. The two classes combined meet for 8 hours per
In addition, at the EAP 090 and EAP 100/101 levels,
students who qualify may take 1-2 academic courses at Capilano University.
Attending all classes is required.
Most students coming to Capilano University directly from high school in their home country with good grades in English can expect to study EAP courses for a minimum of two terms in order to acquire the necessary skills for success in University Transfer (UT), Career or Vocational Programs.
Many students who test into or achieve the Capilano Academic English Preparation levels (EAP 090 and EAP 100/101) take EAP courses and university transfer (UT) courses at the same time. This option is available to students who have excellent grades in EAP as well as a TOEFL or other test score that meets the entrance requirement for the University's university transfer (UT) or School of Business programs:
Students who complete EAP 100 and EAP 101 with a B+ grade will satisfy the Capilano University English Language requirement for academic studies. See English Language Requirement for more details.
Students are required to have had some previous English study as we
do not have beginner level courses. EAP classes start at the lower intermediate
level. All students must be tested before they can register in the EAP
The University requires an EAP Placement Test.
When you are admitted to Capilano University, you will be mailed a letter of admission and a form from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You take these documents to a Canadian embassy, consulate or high commission to apply for a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (if citizens from your country require a visa to enter Canada).
Once you submit a complete application for a Study Permit, it will usually take between four to six weeks. However, it sometimes takes much longer, so it's best to check with the Canadian embassy and apply as soon as possible for your Study Permit (and Temporary Resident Visa, if needed).
Yes, international students can study ESL with a Visitors visa but
only for 1 term (4 months). We recommend that students apply for a Study Permit
before coming to Canada. Usually a Study Permit allows 2 years of study.
Please see the International Students page.
ESL courses start in September, January and May. You
should apply to the University as soon as possible to ensure that you have
enough time to apply for a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (if
required) to come to Canada.
For more information for Canadian Citizens
and Landed Immigrants, visit the How to Apply page.
For more information for
International Students, visit the Guide for International Students page.
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.