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English Requirements

The language of instruction at FIC is English. Before being granted admission into a program at FIC, you must demonstrate a suitable level of English proficiency. This can be done by obtaining one of the results shown in the table below. Individual band scores apply.

Direct entry

If you meet the direct entry English language requirement and meet the relevant academic requirements for your country, you will be eligible for direct entry to UTP Stage I or UTP Stage II. Direct entry includes a non-credit academic literacy course. This program is designed to be completed in three terms.

Integrated entry

If you meet the integrated entry English language requirement and the relevant academic requirements for your country, you will begin UTP Stage I or UTP Stage II and will take INTG100 and two academic courses in your first term of study. This program is designed to be completed in three terms.

Cornerstone entry

If you meet the cornerstone entry English language requirement and the relevant academic requirements for your country, you will begin UTP Stage I or UTP Stage II and will take cornerstone courses in your first term of study. This program is designed to be completed in four terms.

*Students are exempt from the Academic Literacy Course (ALCE).with any of the following

  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with Reading and Writing minimum 6.0)
  • TOEFL 82 (minimum 20 in all bands), Students wanting to submit TOEFL scores should request that originals be sent to FIC directly quoting institution CODE 1452
  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada with a minimum grade of 70% in senior level English
  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full-time secondary school education in English in a country in which the principal language of instruction is English with a minimum grade of 70% in senior level English
  • Completion of the last four (4) years of full-time secondary school education in English at a recognized international school in a country in which the principal language of instruction is not English with a minimum grade of 70% in senior level English.

** Please see list of English as a Principal Language Countries at bottom of this page.

*** Please note that FIC will accept Duolingo for January 2021 only.

Important Notes:

  • Canadian citizenship, in and of itself, is not enough to satisfy the English Language Requirements, nor does a credit in Grade 12 English (or the equivalent).
  • Students attending a Canadian curriculum offshore school in China are required to submit an English Language Proficiency test.
  • Students currently attending a British Columbia high school and previously attended a Canadian curriculum offshore in China will be required to provide an English Language Proficiency test.
  • FIC reserves the right to require applicants with an English Language Proficiency score disparate from their academic English prerequisite achievement to present further evidence of proficiency.

Your English language preparation

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements for entry to your desired program at FIC, you may wish to enrol in an intensive English language program at SFU. The English Language and Culture (ELC) programs will help you improve your English language skills before starting at FIC.

SFU English Language and Culture (ELC) program

The SFU ELC program is an intensely interactive learning experience in a university setting. It emphasizes the importance of improving your language skills and understanding the culture in which a language is used. Students will be able to continue learning independently outside the classroom and will gain the confidence to use English in any setting.

Conducted at SFU’s Vancouver campus, the ELC program offers a wide range of English language courses. FIC can arrange full-time English tuition at ELC if you need to improve your English skills before commencing your academic study at FIC.

For more information, visit sfu.ca/elc and go to Our Programs & Courses.

Off-campus English as a Second Language (ESL) colleges

If you do not have an English test score, or if your IELTS score is lower than 4.5 when you apply to FIC, we can offer advice regarding specialist ESL colleges in Vancouver. These colleges offer intensive English language programs and most have new intakes each month.

English as a Principal Language Countries

  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahamas
  5. Barbados
  6. Bermuda
  7. Belize
  8. Botswana
  9. British West Isles
  10. Canada
  11. Cayman Islands
  12. Channel Islands
  13. Christmas Islands
  14. Cook Islands
  15. Dominica
  16. Falkland Islands
  17. Germany
  18. Ghana
  19. Gibraltar
  20. Gilbert & Ellice Islands
  21. Grenada
  22. Guam (USA)
  23. Guyana
  24. Isle of Man
  25. Ireland (Republic of)
  26. Jamaica
  27. Kiribati
  28. Malawi
  29. Mauritius
  30. Namibia
  31. Netherlands
  32. New Caledonia
  33. New Zealand
  34. Nigeria
  35. Norfolk Island
  36. Pitcairn Islands
  37. St. Kitts & Nevis
  38. St. Lucia
  39. St. Vincent & Frenadines
  40. Sierra Leone
  41. Singapore
  42. South Africa
  43. Tanzania
  44. Turks & Caicos Islands
  45. Trinidad & Tobago
  46. United Kingdom
  47. United States
  48. Virgin Islands (USA)
  49. Virgin Islands (UK)
  50. Wake-Midway Islands (USA)
  51. Windward Islands
  52. Zambia
  53. Zimbabwe
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