Capilano University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,Vancouver,Canada

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Srishti Chatterjee

Capilano University is a teaching-focused public university nestled in a natural forested setting on the slopes of the North Shore Mountains. It is named after the Chief Joe Capilano Sa7plek (Sahp-luk) who was the leader of the Squamish people (1895-1910). In 1977, it opened its second campus – kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus – to serve communities on the Sunshine Coast. CapU recently welcomed students at its Lonsdale Campus, a new extension of the main campus in Fall 2019. It considers research, scholarship, and creative activities essential to building and maintaining a culture of learning and innovation.


Further, it encourages and supports a broad range of research activities, including individual, collective, multi and trans-disciplinary scholarly work, and student research. CapU became Canada's first university to receive accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) in 2012. Classes at CapU have 25 students on average to encourage individualized support and attention to every student. Additionally, the university has international partnerships with educational institutions to offer Study Abroad opportunities to all students through semester-long international exchange programs or short-term field schools across 18 countries.

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


CapU offers over 95 programs, including traditional university programs, such as Philosophy, English and Physics. Apart from this, the university is also famous for its unique courses in Outdoor Recreation Management, Jazz Studies, and Motion Picture Arts.


The university confers a range of certificates, diploma, and degrees, such as:

  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma


Academic Purposes Program (EAP)

Students who do not meet the direct entry requirement for English proficiency need to undergo EAP to ensure they have the required skill-set for university studies. It aims to improve English language skills and help students progress to a degree program at the university.


Read: International Students Guide


CapU Areas of Study



Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


Admission requirements for international students are as follows:


Areas of Study

Program Types

General Requirements

Business & Tourism



  • High school graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Mathematics-related courses (Grade 11 or 12)


and Graduate Programs

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 63% cumulative GPA

Education &

Childhood Studies


  • High school graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent
  • Minimum 60% GPA calculated on English 12 and three academic Grade 12 courses

Fine & Applied Arts


High school graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent

Arts & Sciences


  • High school graduation (Grade 12)
  • Minimum 60% GPA calculated on English 12 and two academic Grade 12 courses (as per program)


Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Applicants from the AP program must complete high school (or its equivalent) and meet the English language and program-specific requirements. AP courses are eligible for admission consideration, and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet Capilano’s admission requirements. AP courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Check the respective course page for more details.


Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements






Duolingo (DET)

Most CapU programs

Overall 6.5, with no section below 6.0




·         North American Business Management Post-Baccalaureate Diploma

·         North American Business Management Applied Post-Baccalaureate Diploma

·         North American & International Management Graduate Diploma

Overall 6, with no section below 6.0




Global Hospitality and Tourism Management Post-Baccalaureate Diploma

Overall 6, with no section below 6.0




Tourism Management for International Studetns Diploma

Overall 6, with no section below 6.0





Know more about these exams:


What all documents are needed for application?


CapU accepts scanned application documents through e-mail. Official drafts may be requested if an offer of admission is issued. All documents submitted during the application process need to be in English or accompanied by certified translated copies.


Read: Credential Evaluation Services


For UG aspirants, the following documents are required:


For PG students:

  • Academic transcripts
  • English proficiency test score report
  • Resume/CV
  • Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
  • Letter of Intent/Motivation
  • Two or three LORs
  • Sample of work or portfolios or audition videos
  • Financial documents
  • Passport


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


CapU charges a non-refundable amount of CAD 135 from international students for all programs.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


Tuition fees vary depending on the course and program. The table below is an estimation of the annual tuition fee for international students (as per program):



Min (in CAD)

Max (in CAD)







Legal Studies



Motion Picture Arts



Performing Arts






Tourism Management



Outdoor Recreation Management



Global Stewardship



Human Kinetics
















Note: Tuition fee includes transportation pass and school fees. Tuition and other fees are subject to change. Check the university website for the current academic year fee structure.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


CapU offers various funding opportunities to international students. Both new and returning international aspirants can avail these scholarships and awards:

  • Athletic Entrance Award
  • Capilano Excellence Scholarship (CAPX)
  • Capilano University Graduate Program Entrance Award
  • International Student Entrance Award


To know about the eligibility requirements and scholarship application process, visit the university's financial aid web page.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


CapU offers most of the programs in the Fall Intake, while a few programs are offered in the Winter and Spring intakes. Aspirants should take a note of these important dates before applying to CapU:



Note: Closing dates may vary each academic year. Check the respective course page for current academic year deadlines.


How to apply to UG and PG courses?


As an international student, you need to apply through the Education Planner BC portal. After you apply, check your registered e-mail ID for an acknowledgment message. This message will include Student ID number, CapU e-mail address and instructions on tracking your application. Keep checking your myCapU account regularly as communications will be sent to your CapU e-mail address.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


The university reverts to your application within two weeks after the applicable application deadline and offers any one of the following:

  • Conditional Offer Letter
  • Offer of Residence
  • Waitlist Offer


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances to get into this university?


CapU usually admits applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. Thus, students who apply by the April deadline receive priority and are offered admission within two weeks if they meet all the admission requirements. However, merely meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee a place at the university. Admission is competitive as each year CapU receives an increasing number of applications. Thus, aspirants need to ensure that they have a strong academic record with competitive scores to increase the chances of getting into this university.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


CapU boasts about its diverse student body that features 2,500 international students from over 80 countries. It has a vibrant and culturally diverse campus that welcomes students from all over the world. In 2020, the university received over 4,000 applications from international students, out of which 1,500 were offered admission.


CapU Enrollment Fall 2020



Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students who hold a valid study permit can work on and off the campus while taking classes at Capilano University. Students need to be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program and meet these conditions to work off-campus:

  • Have a valid study permit
  • Have already started classes
  • Study permit contains conditions that allow taking on job opportunities
  • Enrolled in a program that is over six months in duration and leads to a degree or diploma
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)


Off-campus work timings include:

  • Part-time: Up to 20 hours per week while the university is in session
  • Full-time: Up to 40 hours a week during scheduled breaks and vacations


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


Capilano University has four campuses in British Columbia - North Vancouver (main), the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt, CapU Lonsdale in The Shipyards, and the Ts?zil Learning Centre in Mount Currie. The university has five major faculties that further oversee various academic schools and departments.


CapU Faculties



Is on-campus housing available?


CapU offers affordable, supportive, and convenient university housing to full-time students. The CapU residences are a few minutes away from the main campus. The residence halls are named after the local mountains – Grouse Hall, Cypress Hall, and Seymour Hall – and include housing and amenities for 290 students. Each room (excluding apartment-style) includes the following:

  • Two twin size beds with drawer storage
  • Two twin size mattresses
  • Two desks with built-in shelving & lockable drawer
  • Two desk chairs
  • Two closets


Apart from this, two bachelor apartments are available exclusively for students with the need for special accommodation. These apartments include a twin bed, full private washroom, and a kitchenette.


Estimated Room Rates


CapU Accommodation Rates


Estimated Living Expenses


Expense Type

Amount/Year (in CAD)

Books and supplies


Health insurance



Note: The rates are subject to change. Check the university website for the current academic year room rates.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


Students can contact the university for any queries:

Address: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3H5, Canada


Telephone: +1- 604-986-1911


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