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Capilano University Canada

Great programs, great teachers, great future!

Capilano University is a public institution founded in 1968 and now serving 7, 500 students per semester. Over 500 international students attend each semester. Capilano has earned a reputation for teaching excellence and offers a quality learning experience in a variety of program areas including


Bachelor Degrees, University Transfer, Postgraduate, Career/Vocational, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Credentials awarded from Capilano University are widely recognized throughout Canada and credits are easily transferred to other schools.


Capilano's main campus is nestled in a natural setting on the slopes of North Vancouver. The main campus is easily accessible by car or bus, and is 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The campus has a naturally forested landscape and is located in a family-oriented community. Most students live within a short distance to the campus. Many students choose homestay for accommodation but there are also rental apartments and suites available near the campus.


Capilano University has comprehensive support services including Orientation, Advising, Counseling, tutoring services, and more. On campus there is an award-winning library and well-stocked bookstore. The spacious and sunny cafeteria offers many varieties of food plus is a great meeting place for students. The Sportsplex offers many recreational opportunities for all students plus has intercollegiate sports teams.


The city of Vancouver is the third largest in Canada. Located on the southwestern coast of British Columbia, the city is blessed with a mild climate and temperatures that rarely dip below freezing. Bordered by snow-capped mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Vancouver is known for its breathtaking scenery. Capilano is set in an area, which offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, from mountain biking and sailing to skiing and snowboarding at Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress mountains. Vancouver will share the 2010 Winter Olympics with Whistler, which is only a couple of hours drive away. Vancouver offers all of the amenities one would expect to find in a city of almost two million people, including a broad selection of restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping. The city is also the home of professional football and hockey teams.


Type of Programs:


Bachelor Degrees

Capilano offers 4-year degrees in Business Administration, Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, and Tourism Management. The 2-year diplomas in Business Administration and Tourism Management ladder into the 3rdand 4thyears of the degree.


Associate Degree and University Transfer (UT)

UT courses at Capilano offer a wide variety of program options. Students can select a full program of study equivalent to the first two years of university studies. These programs are intended for students who plan to complete their degree at a university, for example the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, or some other fine Canadian university, or for those who wish to earn a two-year Associate Degree in Arts or Science. An Associate Degree is awarded to students who have completed 2 full years of study (60 credits) at the first and second year university levels.



Students with Bachelor degrees can upgrade their employability with programs such as Environmental Science and Management, the Art Institute, Latin America Management Program, and Asia Pacific Management Program.


Career/Vocational Programs

Capilano offers a variety of employment-oriented programs leading to certificates and diplomas. Some will lead to degrees. Programs are constantly reviewed to ensure that students are taught the latest techniques and skills required in today's workplace and include Animation, Design, Art, Musical Theatre, Film, Tourism, and many more.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program facilitates the learning of English language skills with a focus on English for Academic Purposes. There are 7 levels from Intermediate to College Preparation. Students write a test for placement at the correct level. Small classes of around 23 students are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty with Master degrees and ESL teaching certification. 


Length of Programs:


Bachelor degrees are 4 years. Associate degrees or University Transfer are usually 2 years (followed by 2 years at a university). Most diplomas are 2 years. 


Entry Requirements:


The basic requirement for admission to Capilano University is the completion of British Columbia high school or the equivalent. If students are allowed to enter university in their home country then they are usually eligible for admission. 


Applications must include an application form, high school and post-secondary transcripts, an application fee of $100CAD, plus proof of English proficiency, for example TOEFL 220 or IELTS 6.5. Once admitted, you must submit a deposit of $5000 CAD in order to register for courses.




All fees are deducted from the deposit of $5000 CAD. Students are required to pay the balance of their fees when they register. Tuition fees are $375 CAD per credit. Most courses are 3 credits or $1125/course. Five courses will cost  $5625 CAD per 4-month semester.


Starting Dates:


Capilano University operates on a semester system and there are 3 semesters per year: September, January, and May.


Application Procedure:


Applications must include:


(1)application form (or online at )

(2)transcripts from secondary andpost-secondary(originals and certified translations)

(3)application fee of $100 CAD

(4)TOEFL 220 or IELTS 6.5 (not required for ESL program)


If the applicant is accepted, a letter of admission is sent, and the applicant uses this letter to apply for a visa to come to Canada. Once admitted a deposit of $5000 CAD is required. 


Application Deadlines:


Fall semester (begin September):    May 31

Spring semester (begin January):    September 15

Summer semester (begin May):    January 31


Capilano accepts applications year-round. Students must judge how long it will take to get a visa and apply well in advance.


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Capilano University

2055 Purcell Way

North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3H5



Contact Person:Gary Henkelmann, Manager International Student Centre


Telephone: 604-983-7544

Fax: 604-983-7576




Capilano University

2055 Purcell Way

North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3H5



Contact Person: Gary Henkelmann, Manager International Student Centre


Telephone: 604-983-7544

Fax: 604-983-7576






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