Admissions

Procedure Number: 
001
Policy Number: 
3201
Responsibility: 
Vice-President, Academic
Approved: 
Program Council
Effective: 
November 17, 2010
Last Amended: 
November 6, 2014
Review: 
November 6, 2017
Procedure Statement: 

This procedure applies to Institutional Admission Requirements for Certificate, Diploma, and Degree Programs comprised of 30 to 120 credits, as well as Graduate Certificates.

  1. Minimum requirements to enter a JIBC Program are:
    a.  Completion of the BC Grade 12 Graduation requirements or equivalency, or meet JIBC definition of a mature student.
    b.  English 12 with a “C” or better standing or equivalency as defined below.
  2. An individual who is applying to enter a JIBC program that is offered in partnership with another institution, agency or organization must meet the institutional admission requirements and meet any additional eligibility criteria established in the program’s partnership agreement.
  3. Students, who are under suspension at another post-secondary institution, will not be admitted to any tuition-based JIBC program of studies, during that period of suspension.
  4. Most programs at JIBC have established admissions criteria specific to the program. Applicants must meet the institutional entrance requirements and the program-specific entrance requirements.
  5. Where applicable, students who have graduated from a Secondary School Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Program may receive JIBC credit for their AP English and AP Statistics.
  6. Divisions may request an exemption to this policy in cases where the program requirements do not require a Grade 12 level of English writing and comprehension. Exemptions must be recommended by the appropriate Curriculum Committee and submitted to Program Council for approval.

Program Specific Admission Requirements:

  1. Admission criteria for each program of studies at JIBC are established by the program faculty and approved by the relevant curriculum committee and the director. Such information shall be posted on the appropriate JIBC program website and provided to prospective students by the appropriate division. The criteria description shall include program specific admission criteria, documentation required for admission, and additional methods used for selection into the program, including but not limited to interviews, references, testing, or work experience portfolios. Program-specific admission requirements are published in JIBC calendar, on its websites, and in printed publications relevant to the program.
  2. The Registrar’s Office and the applicable division Director have joint responsibility for all agreements that pertain to admission requirements and/or transfer credits including block transfer, transfer agreements with other institutions and laddering agreements.
  3. Where admission requirements form part of a partnership agreement and/or memorandum of understanding for joint educational programs, the appropriate program areas will be consulted and such requirements approved by the VP Academic.
  4. Applicants are required to submit all necessary documentation demonstrating that they meet institutional and program specific admission requirements, at the time of initial application to a program. All documentation shall be submitted, with the application, to the appropriate JIBC program contact as specified on JIBC website or in other relevant documentation.
  5. Students may apply for transfer credit at any time after being approved for admission to a JIBC program. Such transfer credit requests shall be granted based on established transfer agreements, or directed to the appropriate program area for assessment and decision. Where appropriate to course content, timelines may be in place for any transfer of credits – internal or external.
  6. Where interviews are required for admission to a program, the interview will be conducted by a minimum of two interviewers, at least one of whom must be a JIBC faculty or staff member. All interviews will be conducted using a standard list of questions, developed for that program and relevant to program learning outcomes.
  7. Students may be admitted to individual courses or conferences without enrolling in a program.  Criteria and procedures for enrollment in these cases are set jointly by the sponsoring division and the Office of the Registrar. In some programs students may be permitted to enrol in individual courses and formally apply for admission to the program after the completion of one or more courses.

International Student Admission Requirements:

  1. International students may apply to JIBC programs for which they can demonstrate that they meet all institutional and program specific entry requirements.
  2. International students, whose first language is not English, must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent. International students who have graduated from a Canadian grade 12 program will not need to provide TOEFL results but must meet the English 12 requirement (or equivalent) or the specific English requirement for that program.
  3. British Columbia Provincial Government Policy states that international student fees must cover all direct and indirect costs of instruction. International student fees may differ from domestic student fees.
  4. JIBC will conform to Canadian immigration law and policy, and International students must obtain a valid Student Authorization to attend JIBC courses and programs. JIBC will provide all necessary documentation to students who have been admitted and wish to obtain a student authorization for study in Canada.
  5. International students must submit documentation to substantiate adequate medical insurance coverage as part of the admission process.

Foreign Student Admission Requirements:

  1. Foreign students, applying for any JIBC program of studies offered outside Canada, must meet all admission requirements established for that program.
  2. Foreign students, applying for any JIBC program of studies must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent. Foreign students who have graduated from a Canadian grade 12 program will not need to provide TOEFL results but must meet the English 12 requirement or the specific English requirement for that program.
  3. British Columbia Provincial Government Policy states that non-Canadian student fees must cover all direct and indirect costs of their instruction. Foreign student fees may differ from domestic student fees.

Re-admission:

  1. Students successfully admitted to one JIBC program/course, are normally required to reapply to enter or transfer to another program at JIBC.
  2. Students who have been required to withdraw or who have formally withdrawn from a JIBC program are required to reapply for entry to that program or to any other program at JIBC.
  3. The process for readmission is identical to the process of admission.

Equivalencies:

I.     Grade 12 Equivalency

JIBC recognizes the following high school graduation credentials as the equivalent to B.C. Grade 12 graduation for the purpose of admission into programs that have a high school graduation prerequisite.

Canadian Equivalencies

Province

Requirements

Notes

Alberta

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 100 credits

Saskatchewan

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 24 credits, 5 at Grade 12 level. Must have English 30A and 30B

Manitoba

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 20 credits

Ontario

Secondary School Honours Graduation Diploma is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12 (includes 6 OAC credits for university entrance courses)

Students who graduate with a secondary school graduation diploma do not have the same level of academic courses (such as English 12) that is required for graduation in B.C.

Quebec

Equivalency to B.C. requires completion of Secondary 5 (high school graduation) plus one year of CEGEP

 

New Brunswick

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 20 credits – 4 at Grade 12 level

Nova Scotia

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 18 credits 5 of which must be at Grade 12 level

P.E.I.

High school graduation is deemed to be equivalent to B.C. Grade 12

Transcripts should show at least 18 credits 5 of which must be at Grade 12 level

Newfoundland and Labrador

Most high schools only offer to Grade 11; for B.C.  equivalency, look for one year of university studies

 

U.S. Credentials

Students supply a copy of their transcripts as well as of the diploma itself. Transcripts that show completion of at least five courses at the grade 12 level, and include English, mathematics and one science course will be considered equivalent to B.C.

Equivalency to other Credentials

Students seeking equivalency based on other credentials must have their credentials evaluated by a recognized agency at their own expense, such as through the International Credential Evaluation Service at BCIT.

II.  English 12 “C” Equivalencies

JIBC recognizes the following English equivalents for the purpose of admission into programs and courses that have an English 12 “C” prerequisite.

  • Communications 12 – min. “B” grade
  • English Literature 12 – min. “C” grade
  • English 12 First Peoples – min. “C” grade
  • Technical & Professional Communications 12 – min. “C” grade
  • LPI - min. score 4
  • GED Language Arts Writing & Reading - min. score 450
  • TOEFL - min. score 220 computer-based or 560 paper-based or 83 internet-based
  • IELTS – Academic Module overall band test score 6.5 (taken within the last 2 years)
  • Successful completion of an ABE English course equivalent to DVST 0355 or higher 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature - min. grade of 3 or "C" 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A (Higher level) - min. grade of 6 or "C" 
  • Proof of undergraduate (Bachelor) degree conferral from an English speaking Post- Secondary Institution.

Students who have taken a prerequisite at another college or university must have a minimum grade of "C-" in the prerequisite course. Some courses or programs require a higher grade.

Other equivalents may be considered upon approval of the Registrar.

Math 11 Equivalencies

JIBC recognizes the following Math equivalents for the purpose of admission into programs and courses that have a Math 11 prerequisite.

  • Principles of Math 12 – min. “C-” grade 
  • Applications of Math 12 – min. “C” grade 
  • Foundations of Math 12* – min. “C” grade 
  • Principles of Math 11 – min. “C-“ grade 
  • Applications of Math 11 – min. “C” grade 
  • Foundations of Math 11* - min. “C” grade 
  • Pre-Calculus 11* – min. “C” grade
  • Adult Basic Education Advanced Algebraic Mathematics – min. “C” grade

Other equivalents may be considered upon approval of the Registrar.

          *These are new and will be implemented in BC schools in 2011 (Grade 11) and 2012 (Grade 12).

Last updated September 19, 2016