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University Transfer Program

In British Columbia, our students often go on to complete degrees at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia or Royal Roads University. For several years, our relationship with the University of British Columbia in particular has ensured the smooth transition of our students to UBC programs.

Our course content and governing regulations are modelled on British Columbia’s research universities as defined by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT). We regularly review both to ensure that we maintain the highest standards expected by these institutions. To see how Coquitlam College University Courses transfer to British Columbia’s universities, visit the BCCAT website.

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Arts Degree students who are in a full time program are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week. Upon completion of the degree, full–time students are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). After completing the first year of full–time work, graduates are eligible to apply for permanent residency.

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Admission Requirements

To enter our university transfer program, you must have:

  • A high school diploma or school completion certificate
  • A vocational/technical/polytechnic diploma with a 60% or higher average
  • Mature student status

Some university transfer programs may require one or more semesters of additional preparation in order to meet the English requirements.

If your native language is not English, you may demonstrate fluency in English at the university level by submitting documents showing the minimum results on the following tests:

  • TOEFL IBT of 86 or 230 computer based score
  • A TOEFL score of at least 570 (paper based score) or 230 (computer based score)
  • A CAEL score of at least 60
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS with 6.0 on the writing component
  • An overall score of 60 on PTE with 60 on the writing component

If you do not have any of the previous scores, you may be required to write the Coquitlam College English Proficiency Test.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the English Proficiency Test is currently unavailable. Coquitlam College is temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test.

Duolingo Score Placement Level
90-104 ENGL 099
105 and above ENGL 1XX


Some of the programs may have additional requirements.

A preparatory semester or semesters of English Studies may be required to qualify for the University Transfer Program.



Speak to a Counsellor

To speak directly to an academic counsellor in English or Chinese, call Monday to Friday:

604-939-6633 9:00am to 4:00pm(Vancouver time)
778-895-5323 4:00pm to 9:00pm(Vancouver time)

Discover your Transfer Option

To see how Coquitlam College courses transfer to British Columbia’s universities, visit the online transfer guide of the British Columbia Council of Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).