Admission Requirements | LaSalle College Vancouver, Canada
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Application requirements

Admissions requirements for persons who are neither a Canadian Citizen nor an Official Permanent Resident of Canada nor a Convention Refugee, defined as “international students.”

In addition to meeting admissions requirements defined in the preceding sections, international students seeking to enroll at LaSalle College Vancouver must submit each of the following items:

  • Transcripts and diplomas, prepared in English or an official English translation. Please see the section “Proof of Secondary School Graduation” for more detailed information;
  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship (applicants who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate).
  • In order to study in a full-time program at LaSalle College Vancouver, students must obtain a valid Study Permit and be permitted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to physically be in Canada. Obtaining a valid Study Permits and/or visa is the student’s responsibility. For more information contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 1-888-242-2100, or visit their website. To extend your study permit, contact the nearest Canadian Immigration Centre at least two- months before the expiry of your Study Permit. Where an international student on a Study Permit has been dismissed or withdraws from the program for which the Study Permit is/has been issued, LaSalle College Vancouver may be required to provide notification to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • International students must provide proof of medical coverage via the Medical Services Plan (MSP) of British Columbia, or private health insurance. For more information call 1-800-663-7100 (This number is intended for persons residing outside Victoria or Vancouver). In Vancouver, call 604-683-7151. In Victoria, call 604-382-8406 or write to the following address: Medical Services Plan, PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9E3. You can also visit their Web site at http://www.gov.bc.ca/healthservices/.
  • Test Scores for degree programs. All degree-seeking applicants are required to submit official academic grades and/or test scores or take the Accuplacer test to determine placement in LaSalle College Vancouver’s college-level general education courses. Applicants who earn less than an acceptable score on the test are required to enroll in the appropriate developmental and/or transitional studies course offered at LaSalle College Vancouver. Please see the section “Academic Placement” for a complete description. Transfer credit may be accepted in place of test scores.
  • 500-word essay for degree program applicants only.
  • Foundation for Design: applicants who wish to receive advanced standing in the Graphic Design diploma program must submit a portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in foundation-level skills. For current portfolio submission guidelines, please contact an Admissions representative.

Prospective students who wish to attend LaSalle College Vancouver and do not qualify as a mature student must have successfully completed the requirements for secondary school graduation or equivalent, as set by the recognized legal authority in the jurisdiction where secondary school was completed. In the absence of such legal authority, LaSalle College Vancouver reserves the right to examine academic credentials on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must provide documentation in the form of official school transcripts sent directly from the institution to LaSalle College Vancouver that clearly indicate that the requirements for graduation have been met and the date of graduation. Documentation from outside of Canada will be evaluated by LaSalle College Vancouver prior to acceptance. For countries where it may not be possible to have official documentation sent directly from the institution, applicants should consult with their Admissions representative to determine what forms of documentation are acceptable. In some cases, evaluation by a credential evaluation agency may be required.

An applicant who holds a post-secondary diploma, associate’s degree or higher may submit proof of that credential as evidence of satisfying the secondary school graduation requirement. Secondary school applicants who have not yet graduated should submit a partial transcript that indicates their expected graduation date in order to be evaluated for early conditional acceptance. Applicants who are unable to provide documentation of having completed a high school diploma or GED due to a natural disaster destroying the records or the institution having been closed may submit the following for consideration in addition to completing an attestation of High School Diploma or GED completion:

  • Confirmation from the province recognizing that the institution lost its records to a natural disaster. If the province cannot confirm, confirmation can be obtained from a recognized authority as approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Confirmation from the province recognizing that the institution has closed and that the records are not attainable.

Instruction at LaSalle College Vancouver is conducted in English. Students whose first language is not the language of instruction are required to undergo a Language Proficiency Assessment prior to enrollment in order to ensure they have the language abilities necessary to successfully complete the program of their choice. Language proficiency requirements are admission requirements and may not be waived by either the institution or the student. The following are accepted:

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Accepted English Benchmark Certificate & Diploma Bachelor's Degree

Accuplacer ESL *

320 composite 400 composite
American College Testing (ACT) English 17 19
Cambridge FCE CAE
Duolingo English Test ** 85-90 105-110
Eiken Test 2 2A
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 6.5
iTEP 4 4.5
LPI Essay Level 4 Level 5
Michigan Test or MELAB 73 80
Pearson 42 44
PTE (Academic) 48 58
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Verbal Score  420 526
TOEFL (computer based) 197 213
TOEFL (Internet based) 75 80
TOEFL (paper) 530 550
TOEIC (Academic Test) 650 700

*The Accuplacer ESL test can be written at LaSalle College Vancouver campus or online.
**The Duolingo English Test is currently being accepted in the wake of COVID-19; the acceptance of these test results is subject to change.

ESL Pathway Institutions & Requirements
Pathway Partners      Certificate & Diploma Bachelor Degree
Columbia College English 097 English 097
EC Canada B2 Upper Intermediate B2+ Pre-Advanced
EF International Language Schools All three B2 Certificates All three C1 Certificates 
ELS Canada Level 108 Level 109
Embassy English Upper Intermediate Upper Intermediate
Eurocentres B2-Upper Intermediate C1-Advanced Level
GEOS Languages Plus Level 5 Level 5
Global Village Level 5 Level 7
ILAC Pathway 2.1/ Level 12 Pathway 3.1/ Level 14
ILSC University Pathway - Level I4 University Pathway - Level A1
Inlingua - Vancouver Level 3B Level 4B
International House (Vancouver/Whistler) EAP 1 EAP 2
iTTTi General English - Upper Intermediate General English - Upper Intermediate
Kaplan Vancouver Higher Intermediate Higher Intermediate
Languages Across Borders (Vancouver) Intermediate Level Upper Intermediate Level
Sprott Shaw Language College ESL Level 4 ESL Level 5
St. Giles B2 B2
St. George International College (SGIC) Pre-Pathway Program (PPP)  University & College Pathway Program (UCPP)
The Language Gallery Level 5 Level 6
VGC Level 7 Level 8
VanWest College EAP 200        EAP 300
Zoni Canada Higher Intermediate - Level 3

Higher Intermediate - Level 4

*The accepted English Language Requirements and Pathways options are subject to change. LaSalle College Vancouver reserves the right to amend the table from time to time.

Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to determine other examinations for which official scores are acceptable as an alternative.

Applicants may also satisfy the minimum standard of English language proficiency by successfully completing the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at LaSalle College Vancouver with a minimum grade of “C” or higher or submitting official documentation of one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of two semesters or quarters of post-secondary course work at an accredited college or university in which English is the language of instruction. Successful completion is defined as passing all courses for which the student was registered during the two semesters;
  • GED administered in English;
  • High School Diploma from a country in which English is (one of) the official language(s);

Satisfactory completion of English at the 100 level at an accredited English speaking college or university, achieving a grade of “C” or higher.

All international applicants to LaSalle College Vancouver must meet the same admissions standards as all other students. In addition to the Admissions Requirements above, students presenting transcripts or credentials earned outside Canada will be evaluated internally and may be required to provide a credential evaluation prepared by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)-member credential evaluation service and an English translation (if applicable). International students will also be required to present evidence of financial support sufficient to cover the duration of their stay prior to receiving the Letter of Acceptance. Please speak with an Admissions Representative to determine eligibility and learn more.

For more information about obtaining a Post Graduate Work Permit please contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.