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English Requirements

Find out what level of English proficiency is required for your program of choice


English admissions requirements equivalencies

English admissions requirements vary by programs. Refer to the English Entrance Requirements for International Students for various programs before applying to VCC.


External English Tests

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, IELTS Academic, and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements.


Duolingo: Temporarily accepted for 2020-21 programs

For students in a region impacted by IELTS or TOEFL test centre closures due to COVID-19, VCC will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our english entrance requirements for international students. Duolingo English Tests taken after February 1, 2020 will be accepted for the Winter 2021, Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 intakes.

BC High School English Duolingo English Test   
English 12 with B Minimum 110
English 12 with C+, C or Pass Minimum 105
English 11 Minimum 95
English 10 Minimum 85


  • The minimum Duolingo English test score required for Post-Degree Diploma programs is 105.
  • Duolingo English Test is not accepted for Health Care Assistant certificates.
  • If you decide to take Duolingo English Test, please request the results to be sent directly to Vancouver Community College (International Student Admission) and inform us once it is requested with your application package. Results are released to VCC within 48 hours.


English-Speaking Countries

Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time face to face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official language. Refer to the list of countries that satisfy the English language standard for listening and speaking for more information. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.


Study English for Academic Preparation

If you do not meet the English admissions requirements and wish to upgrade English before studying at VCC, you may study at VCC's partner language schools (ILAC or ILSC) to meet VCC's requirements. Contact ILAC or ILSC directly for details.