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Admission Requirements

Before you apply to Douglas College, you need to make sure you meet the necessary admission requirements.

Admission to Academic Programs

1. Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate (diploma and associate degree) programs:
    • High school graduation OR minimum 19 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College; and
    • Minimum overall grade average of 60% in the final year of high school; and
    • Minimum final grade of “C” or 60% in Grade 11 Mathematics or equivalent for most programs
  • Post-graduate (post-degree and post-baccalaureate) programs:
    • Graduation from a recognized degree granting post-secondary institution with a minimum 3-year Bachelor's Degree; and
    • Minimum cumulative grade average of 60% during Bachelor’s Degree program

2. English Language Proficiency

You are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission to Douglas College. You may demonstrate English language proficiency by completing and submitting proof of one of the following:

TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT)

Overall score of 83 (minimum 20 in all sections for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs). Official test scores must be sent directly to Douglas College from ETS. Douglas College's institution code is: 9568. 
IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score of 6.5 (no band below 6.0 for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs)

B.C. secondary school English 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade)  Minimum grade of C (60%)

B.C. secondary school Communications 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade) 

Minimum grade of B (73%) 

International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A – Standard Level 

Minimum grade of 3 or C 
Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature

Minimum grade of 3 or C 

Enrolment in a college or university level English or Communications course (recognized B.C. post-secondary institutions only)

Minimum grade of C recommended

Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principle language.  Please contact Douglas College International Admissions for a list of eligible countries.
EF language school  Level C1 completion with satisfactory attendance 
ELS language school  Level 112 completion with satisfactory attendance 
ILAC language school  University Pathway 3.3 Level 16 completion with satisfactory attendance 
ILSC language school  University Pathway Level A2 completion with satisfactory attendance 
KAPLAN PLI language school  Level C1 completion with satisfactory attendance
VGC language school Level 7 completion with satisfactory attendance


Notes on the English proficiency requirement:
  • If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission, you may apply to the Douglas College English Language Learning and Acquisition Program (ELLA) or through one of our ESL Pathways partnerships.
  • Official test scores have a validity period of 2 years from the date the test was written 
  • Secondary school and IB or AP course completions have a validity period of 2 years from the date the course was completed 
  • Language pathway completion certificates have a validity period of 1 year from the date the program was completed 
  • Only the most common ways of meeting the English proficiency requirement have been listed in the table above. There are other acceptable substitutions for International Students to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to Douglas College. Contact International Admissions if you have any questions. 

3. Other Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age requirement: you must be at least 17 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College.
  • Some specialized programs may have admission requirements in addition to the ones outlined above.  For more details, consult the individual program pages.
  • A 12 year recency requirement is in place for all programs. Douglas College reserves the right not to recognize high school diplomas and university degrees that were conferred more than 12 years ago.
  • For students transferring from other recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada, a minimum GPA of 1.5 is required AND completion of at least 18.0 credits in the year immediately prior to the semester of admission.
  • Some programs may have additional admission requirements. Please review the admissions section of the program you are interested in for additional information. 

Admission to the English Language Learning & Acquisition (ELLA) Program

1. Academic Requirements

  • BC secondary school graduation; or
  • High school graduation in another school system;
  • 19 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College.

2. English Requirements for ELLA placement

  • You must submit proof of ONE of the following:
    • TOEFL - minimum score 45 IBT ((Douglas College only accepts an official TOEFL score. Douglas College's institutional code is 9568).
    • IELTS – minimum score 4.0, no band below 4.0
    • Douglas College ELLA Assessment test offered only to students living in the Vancouver area. For details, contact International Admissions
    • An official post-secondary transcript showing successful completion of English for Academic Purposes courses as outlined in the Articulation Handbook for ESL Programs in the British Columbia College and Institute System (transcript must show four skill areas: Reading, Writing, Listening and Conversation)
    • Note: Official test scores are valid 2 years from the date the test was written.

3. Other Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age requirement: must be at least 17 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College.