International Students

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse cities in Canada making it an ideal location for international students. It can be difficult for students to adjust to a higher education program in English and in a new country. Our small campus environment is warm, welcoming and safe. You will find a more personal approach to learning and to student service.

The students at Acsenda School of Management come from many different parts of the world. In addition to strong business fundamentals, our degree programs emphasize learning about global business practices and how to work with people from different cultures.

Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for our degree programs are the same. International students must submit the following in order to be considered for admission:

  • A copy of a valid study permit and passport (for students who are already in Canada).
  • Proof of graduation from a high school or equivalent program with a grade of C+ (65%) or higher.
  • Proof you meet the English requirement (see the next section for details).
  • Proof you meet the Math requirement (see the section below for more details).
  • Official transcripts, diplomas and certificates with a certified English translation.
  • A completed and signed application form.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $150 CAD.
  • All international schools must be accredited by the regional or national accrediting body or the Ministry of Education.

Please note that a pre-paid tuition deposit equivalent to four courses must be received before an official Letter of Acceptance is sent to an international student. The tuition deposit is non-refundable.

 English Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Acsenda School of Management. Prior to admission, everyone must demonstrate English language competence in all four of the following areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This can be accomplished by one of the following means:

  1. Graduation from grade 12 with a minimum grade of 65% or better in English 12 Composition or English Literature or an equivalent course from a school in a country where English is the principal language.
  1. Graduation from grade 12 with a minimum grade equivalent to C+ or better in English 12 at an International School with English as the Language of Instruction. International schools that use English as the language of instruction but operate in countries where the primary language is not English include the following: International Baccalaureate diploma programs, Schools that are accredited members of the Council of International Schools (CIS), US Regionally accredited schools, and provincially authorized schools offering full Canadian curricula to the grade 12 level (non-ESL).
  1. Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a College or University where English is the language of  instruction.*
  1. Graduation from a recognized Degree Program at an Accredited College or University at which English is the primary language of instruction.*

*Restrictions apply to programs in specific countries where English is the principal language.

  1. Successful completion (normally within two years of the date of application) of one of the English Language Proficiency Tests listed below:
  • TOEFL PBT 560 or iBT 84
  • IELTS Academic 6.5 (with no Band less than 6)
  • CAEL 70 (with no component less than 60)
  • PTE Academic 60
  • MELAB 80
  • (Temporarily) Duolingo English Test (DET) 110-120
  • Acsenda School of Management’s English Placement Test (EPT) 80

Acsenda School of Management offers two levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP)for students who do not quite meet the English proficiency standards but qualify for admission to EAP 3 or EAPP 100 programs.

Math Requirement

Applicants must be secondary school graduates with the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 12 Diploma, a minimum average of C+ in Grade 12 courses, and minimum grades of C+ in Grade 11 Math and Grade 12 English. Completion of Grade 12 math is recommended.

Math Diagnostics Test (MDT)

Given that applicants from high schools abroad and some post-secondary institution transfers come with different levels of quantitative skill, the purpose of the Math Diagnostics Test (MDT) is to identify a student’s quantitative skill deficiencies and for the Registrar to decide if the student is eligible to meet the requirements for enrolment in Business Mathematics (BADM120) or in Basic Mathematics (BMTH099).

This test is designed to determine the level of math proficiency of the students and verify whether or not they need to take Basic Math as a pre-requisite before taking BADM120 (Business Mathematics) or as a “refresher’s course” to bring them up to speed to handle the rigor of the quantitative courses in the BBA & BHM programs (Business Math, Statistics, Management Science, Accounting & Finance)

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