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  • What are the admission requirements?

    General Admission Requirements

    • All programs require evidence of English language proficiency. Students can learn about the 12 different ways to satisfy the English proficiency requirement by clicking here.
    • Completion of Secondary Education (12 years, or equivalent) or mature student status, or post-secondary transfer
    • Canadian Citizenship or legal authorization to study in Canada
    • At least 16+ years of age
    • Academic and/or GPA requirements specific to individual programs


    Associate of Arts Admission Requirements
    Students who meet our General Admission Requirements may apply for any of our Associate of Arts degree programs, or to our University Transfer program.

    For students transferring from a post-secondary institution into one of our Associate of Arts programs, program requirements for each can be found at our Programs and Courses page.


    Associate of Science Admission Requirements
    Students who meet our General Admission Requirements and wish to apply for our Associate of Science degree should demonstrate the following foundational skills for admission directly into the program.

    Entry from Grade 12:

    • Graduation from 12-year compulsory education, or mature student (aged 19+) status
    • Demonstrated English proficiency
    • Two of: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Physics 12, Geography 12, Geology 12 (or equivalents)
    • Mathematics 12 (B or higher), or calculus-based equivalent


    Entry from University Transfer:

    • At least 9 transferable post-secondary credits, with a cumulative GPA of 1.50 or higher. University transfer applicants with cumulative GPA’s below 1.50 may be admitted provisionally
    • Demonstrated English proficiency
    • At least 6 credits first-year biological or physical sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Geology)
    • MATH 100 (C or higher), or equivalent


    University Transfer
    Alexander College offers a wide range of first- and second-year university courses that are transferable within the BCCAT system and beyond. This allows students to receive credits for courses taken in Alexander College at the university of their choice.
    Academic Advisors help students understand university and faculty admission requirements and create a study plan that would put them on a path of fulfilling a Bachelor’s degree program requirements. Students can reference some of our pre-made transfer plans to popular BC universities such as SFU, UVIC and UBC on our Sample Study Plan page.

  • What is an Associate Degree? How long is the program?

    An Associate Degree is a two-year undergraduate degree offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.

  • What is the total cost of tuition?

    The International student tuition fee is CAD$550 per credit. The Domestic student tuition fee is CAD$285 per credit. To complete an Associate Degree, you will need to complete at least 60 credits.

  • Which universities can I transfer to under the University Transfer Program?

    You can transfer to any university within BC including UBC, SFU, UVic, and to some universities outside of BC such as the University of Toronto. For specific program requirements, we recommend speaking to an Academic Advisor or taking a look at the BC Transfer Guide.

  • Are Associate Degree programs eligible for the post-graduation work permit?

    International students completing the Associate Degree program at Alexander College are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

  • Do I need IELTS/TOEFL/LPI to apply for Alexander College?

    All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English prior to course registration; and we do accept standardized test scores to meet this requirement (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.).

    Students who do not have proficiency test results may write our internal English placement test.

  • What documents do I need to apply for Alexander College?

    Check out our documents checklist for application by clicking here.

  • Which intake is currently open? And when is the deadline for application?

    Please contact an enrolment officer.

  • As an international student, can I work while studying?

    International students are eligible to work part-time (20 hours per week) while studying at Alexander College on a full-time basis. For more information, please visit the Canadian Immigration website.

  • How many semesters in a year?

    The academic year is divided into 3 regular semesters, and 1 intensive semester. The regular semesters are: Fall semester (September to December), Winter semester (January to April), Spring semester (April to July). Our intensive semester is the Summer semester, which runs from July to August.

Course Planning & Registration

  • When do classes start?

    The academic year is divided into four terms: Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr), Spring (May-July) and Summer intensive (July-Aug).

    Upcoming Important Dates

  • Where should I go to get help with course planning?

    Please contact our Academic Advisors, Academic Advising.

    Our Student Success Services department includes Academic Advising. An Academic Advisor can provide you with information on course transferability, degree planning, and career applicability.

  • How do I know what courses are offered?

    Visit the Semester Schedule to view the full list of courses offered. Make a note of the courses you would like to choose, plus one or two backup selections in case your first choice(s) are full.

  • What will my schedule be?

    3-credit courses are typically scheduled two days per week, and 4-credit laboratory courses are typically scheduled three days per week. You can select the courses and sections that best fit your schedule. The earliest morning classes begin at 9:00am, and the latest evening classes start at 7:00pm. The majority of classes begin at 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:30pm.

  • How many classes do I have to take each term to be a full-time student?

    Winter or Fall term:


    3 or more university transfer level courses; or

    UPRE 099 plus one university transfer level course

    ENGL 098 plus one university transfer level course; or

    ENGL 099 plus one university transfer level course; or

    Spring term


    3 or more university transfer level courses OR 9 class hours (e.g., for lab science courses)

    UPRE 099 plus one university transfer level course

    ENGL 098 plus one university transfer level course; or

    ENGL 099 plus one university transfer level course; or

    Summer term:


    2 or more university transfer level courses

    *UPRE and EAP are not offered during the summer term due to the shortened term length.

  • I took some courses at another post secondary institution in BC. Can I use these courses to meet prerequisites for higher level course at Alexander College?

    Yes, if the course is listed as equivalent to an Alexander College prerequisite according to the BC Transfer Guide. The BC Transfer Guide can be found online at:

  • I know which courses I want to take. How do I register?


    If you would like help with course registration, you can drop in and meet with your Education Advisor. If you wish to register at home, follow these steps.

    Log on to AC Online (

    Open the Semester Registration tab, located at the top of the page.

    Scroll through the courses available, select a course, and click add to course list.

    When you have finished selecting all courses, click proceed with selected courses.

    The system will check your schedule for time conflicts. You will be asked “are you sure you wish to enroll in these courses?” Click Yes, register me for next semester.



    Pay within 5 business days during the Regular Registration period or within 2 business days if you are registering during the Late Registration period.

  • The class I want is full. What is a waiting list and how does it work?

    While you are on the waiting list for a course, you are responsible for watching your position on the list. If a seat becomes available, you will see an option to accept or reject the seat from your AC Online account. You have just 24 hours to accept the seat. If you accept the seat within 24 hours, the course will be added to your registered courses. Alternatively, if you do not accept the seat within 24 hours, or you reject it, your place on the waiting list will be removed and the seat will be offered to the next student.

    If a course has a waiting list, the course is full. You cannot register for a course that is full, but you can add your name to the waiting list. This list allows interested students to line up and wait to see if any seats become available in the course. When you add your name to the waiting list for a course, you will see a number, for example 4/4. This means that you are the fourth person on a list of 4 people.

  • I tried to choose classes, but I am seeing an error message. What should I do?

    The error message should explain the reason and provide instructions for how to get in touch with the correct department. In most cases, an error message shows because there is a hold on the student account. Within the registration system, the following are some common error messages:

    Suspension hold – A Suspension hold is applied when a student has been suspended from the College for reasons of poor academic performance, academic or non-academic misconduct. Contact the Office of the Registrar:

    Registrar hold – A Registrar hold is applied when there is an unresolved disciplinary case or if the Registrar wants to block a student from registering due to some kind of misconduct. Examples include: plagiarism and cheating, fraudulent documents, academic or non-academic misconduct. Contact the Office of the Registrar:

    Time Conflict – If you receive a time conflict message, two or more of your courses have a time conflict. In the event that a student enrolls in two or more courses at different campuses, an allowance of 1 hour travel time between campuses is automatically calculated. Contact the Office of the Registrar:

    Cheque hold – A Cheque hold is applied when a student has paid fees by personal cheque. Payments by personal cheque are subject to a 10-day clearing period. Contact the Bookstore:

    Financial hold – A Financial hold is applied when a student has an outstanding fee balance that is past due. Examples include: library fines, tuition fees, NSF cheques, etc. Contact the Bookstore:

  • I have been accepted, but I am an international student and I haven’t received my study permit yet. Can I register for classes?

    No. You need to be authorized to study in Canada before course registration. If you do not receive your study permit by the add/drop/change deadline, contact your Education Advisor or the Admissions office to defer you start date to the next term.

  • I have chosen the classes I want. What next?

    Print your class schedule and tuition and fees invoice. Pay the tuition and fees before the deadline.

BC Transfer Guide

Tuition and Fees

Registrar Services

  • I took some courses at another post secondary institution in BC. Can I transfer these courses to Alexander College? What is the process?

    Yes, students who wish to transfer credit from another BCCAT member institution are required to submit a completed Transfer Request Form and an official transcript from the transferring institution to the Office of the Registrar. Transferability of courses with the BC Post-Secondary Transfer System is determined by articulation agreements between member institutions. Course transferability is viewable online using the BC Transfer Guide. The student will be notified by telephone or email of the outcome within 2-4 weeks.

  • I took some courses at another post secondary institution outside of BC or in a different country. Can I transfer these courses to Alexander College? What is the process?

    Alexander College does not generally accept courses taken outside of the BC Transfer System for credit. In exceptional circumstances, students may request to have such courses evaluated by the Dean.

    Students who wish to make this request should be advised that they are required to complete a Transfer Request form and also to provide an official transcript, detailed course outlines, and official English translations, if applicable. Course outlines are made available on the websites of some larger institutions, and/or from the Registrar office of the institution by request. Once provided, the course outline and official transcript will be submitted to the Dean for review. The Dean may also refer evaluation to the SASC member responsible for the subject area. The student will be notified by telephone or email of the outcome within 6-8 weeks.

Student Success Services

Student Life

Academic Advising

  • How do I make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor?

    To make an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please create an account at and book an appointment online :

    Book an Appointment Online

  • How can I find out if Alexander College courses will transfer to other colleges and universities in BC?

    The BC Transfer Guide ( is a tool that allows you to see how credit earned at one institution in BC will transfer to another. If you would like help interpreting the results of a BC Transfer Guide search, an Academic Advisor will be happy to assist you.

  • What are the requirements for completing an Associate’s Degree program at Alexander College?

    All of Alexander College’s Associate Degree programs have different requirements. To review your degree’s requirements and make a plan for successful completion of your program, please make an appointment to see an advisor one-on-one.

  • How do I apply to graduate?

    Simply make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor, who will review your degree requirements and assess your eligibility for graduation. The advisor will help you fill out an Application for Graduation form, and will then file the form until your final grades come out at the end of term, when your graduation can be processed.

  • How do I know if I should withdraw from a course or not?

    Withdrawing from a course is often a difficult decision. Some reasons that students withdraw include academic difficulty, family/personal issues, or health reasons. Choosing to withdraw is a very personal decision and it is highly recommended that you speak with your instructor and see an Academic Advisor before you decide.

    If it is past the Add/Drop course date and you are struggling with a course or worried that it will negatively affect your GPA, you have the option to withdraw from the course. You must decide to withdraw before the withdraw deadline. The withdraw deadline is posted on the bulletin boards on campus and on the Alexander College website each term. You can also check with Admissions Officers, Enrolment Advisors or Academic Advisors about the withdraw deadline for the current semester.

    Once you have withdrawn from a course, you cannot reverse this decision. (i.e., if you change your mind and decide you want to take the course after all, you will have to wait and take the course again in a later term.)

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