Columbia College - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 393
School Name: Columbia College
School Type: Co-Ed
Tuition fee: CAD$470 per credit
Residential Type: Homestay
Rental fee: Placement Fee: CAD$250, Homestay: $CAD$750-780
Program offer: University Programs, Grade 11 & 12, English Language Program
Other Information: Columbia College is a liberal arts college providing first and second year university transfer courses, Associate Degrees in Arts and Science, a university preparatory foundations program conforming to British Columbia Ministry of Education guidelines, and excellent intensive English language instruction in the English Language Centre. Columbia College is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada's west coast. Students enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Vancouver, one of the most spectacular cities in the world, and one of its cleanest and safest. The College is in the midst of downtown Vancouver, very close to some of the best shops, restaurants, and theatres. There is also excellent bus and subway service nearby.
Columbia College's mission is to prepare international and Canadian students for admission to a university by providing quality academic programs in a supportive learning environment.
University Transfer Programs:
Columbia College's University Transfer and Associate Degree Programs offer first and second year university courses for transfer to major universities across Canada and the United States.
Over the years, Columbia College has consistently been one of the top three providers of international students to the University of British Columbia. Columbia College also sends large numbers of students to Simon Fraser University, Vancouver's other major university .
Students in Columbia College's university transfer programs benefit from small class sizes and extra interaction with instructors. Statistics compiled by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (http://bctransferguide.ca/) show that Columbia College students have an above average university admission and degree completion rate.
Associate Degree Programs:
Columbia College was the first private institution in British Columbia to be granted permission to award Associate Degrees. An Associate Degree is an academic qualification awarded to students who have completed two full years of study at the first and second year university levels, including completion of specific course requirements. The requirements give candidates a solid foundation in one particular area of study, while also allowing them to take a variety of elective courses, giving breadth to their education. An Associate Degree is:
A credential widely recognized in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces.
A solid foundation in one area of study that provides the basis for more advanced studies.
A credential that can improve the prospects of employment.
An Associate Degree is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year university degree, and as such is accepted as the basis for admission to the third year of university Bachelor Degree programs.
University Preparatory Program:
The University Preparatory Program is suitable for students who have graduated from high school but who lack certain academic qualifications for direct admission into the University Transfer Program. The program is tailored to the individual studentís background and goals. It is normally a one semester program comprised of a maximum of four appropriate academic preparatory courses. Senior secondary courses will be included if these are the prerequisites for university-level course work.
Following successful completion of the University Preparatory Program, students may continue in the Collegeís University Transfer Program, and then apply to university as a second or third year student.
Grade 11 & 12 Foundation Programs:
Columbia College's Grade 11 & 12 University Foundation Programs are for university-bound students who wish to complete Grade 11 or 12 in Canada, leading to a British Columbia High School diploma or certificate. Programs include:
Senior Secondary Program
High School Completion Program
Adult Secondary Program
The College also offers a University Preparatory Program, for students who have finished high school but lack certain high school courses needed for direct entry to a University Transfer or Associate Degree Program.
English Language Programs:
Columbia College offers non-credit English language courses in our intensive English as a Second Language (basic to upper advanced ESL) and university preparatory English programs.
In the College's Academic ESL Program, students focus on learning the general and academic English language skills needed for success in academic studies at high school and university in Canada. Students at basic or intermediate ESL levels 094, 095 and 096 study intensive English, while students at advanced levels 097 or 097A may choose to study English only or English plus one academic subject.
At university preparatory levels (English 098 and 099), students take a combination of non-credit English 098 or 099 plus 2-3 academic courses in the College's University Foundation or University Transfer programs.
Students at higher levels of English place directly in full-credit English courses and, depending on their program, take a course load of 3, 4 or 5 courses per semester. Students in a University Transfer or Associate Degree program may take English 100 or 101. Students in a Grade 11 or 12 University Foundation program take Language Arts 11 or 12.
There is no minimum English level required for admission to an academic program at Columbia College, but before they register and start classes all students must demonstrate an acceptable level of English. Students with lower levels of English will be registered in the College's Academic ESL Program.
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