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Why choose ISEP Plus?

ISEP Plus applicants have formally declared their intent to continue their studies in a IZUNA diploma (or other credential) upon successful completion of the required English level in IZUNA's International Student Entry Program (ISEP).

ISEP Plus applicants receive a letter of acceptance which outlines their intended study pathway at IZUNA:

  • Acceptance to ISEP
  • Conditional Acceptance to a IZUNA follow-up program

Acceptance to the follow-up program is based on the following:

  • Successful completion of the required ISEP level/grade (varies by program)
  • Meeting all of the follow up program entrance requirements
  • Seat availability
  • Valid study permit
  • Valid medical insurance
  • Department review for competitive entry*
* Some programs are competitive: the department chooses the best qualified applicants after the application deadline date. When a competitive entry program lists minimum and preferred grades, it is strongly recommended that applicants meet the preferred grades in order to be considered competitive. Please refer to the IZUNA website to find out if this is applicable for your program.

How does it work?

To apply to ISEP Plus you must choose a follow up program when you apply. The follow-up program name should be entered on your application to ISEP Plus.

At the start of ISEP Level 4, you will have an opportunity to change your follow-up program if you wish. Details on how to change your selection will be sent to you.

Programs Starting September or January

First Qualified First Accepted Programs:
If you meet all of the entrance requirements required for your program except for English, you may receive conditional acceptance to your follow-up program while completing your ISEP studies. To obtain full acceptance, you must successfully complete the required ISEP level/grade prior by June 30th for programs that start in September and by October 31st for programs starting in January.

Competitive Programs:
All international students who apply to competitive programs must be aware that seats are limited and there is no guarantee of acceptance. It is important that applicants not only meet but exceed the entrance requirements in order to be accepted. Applicants who meet the entrance requirements are reviewed by the department area. The department area selects the best candidates.

Students must be registered in ISEP Level 400 or higher by the January ISEP term to be considered for competitive programs that start in September. For programs that start in January, students must be in Level 400 or higher by June 30th of the previous year. For programs that have neither a September nor a January start date, students must complete the ISEP level/grade required one month prior to the start date of the program.

Computer Systems Technology (CST) and Computer Information Technology (CIT) programs

For CST and CIT programs, students in ISEP must complete level 600 with a minimum of 60% in reading, writing listening, and speaking before the CST/CIT application deadline. All international students who meet the entrance requirements are reviewed by the department area. The department area selects candidates with the highest grades in English and Math for acceptance to CST/CIT.

Transcripts and supporting documents

Please review the entrance requirements carefully for your follow-up program on the IZUNA website. You must ensure that you submit transcripts or documentation in support of each requirement. If you are currently taking an upgrading course other than ISEP, please submit your midterm marks. Until you have met all entrance requirements (other than English), Admissions will consider your application incomplete.

What is the advantage?

Once you have completed level 4 of ISEP, your application to the follow up program will be assessed by Admissions. If you meet the entrance requirements for a first qualified, first accepted program except English you will receive a conditional acceptance into the follow-up program. As an ISEP Plus applicant, a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

For competitive programs, if you meet the entrance requirements your application will be forwarded to the department for review while you are completing ISEP. The department makes decisions on all international applications and if they consider your application as competitive, you will receive a conditional acceptance which means a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Complete the following for submission with your online application:

  • PDFs of your official transcripts of secondary and post-secondary courses. These transcripts must be official and translated into English by a certified translator.

  • Agents submitting on behalf of an applicant must also submit this form with the online application:

Additional requirements

  • ISEP 0010 - ISEP Placement Test
    This assessment is required to place you into the ISEP program. The test will assess your skills in writing, reading and listening comprehension, and your understanding of sentence structure. Test results are valid for six months.

Apply to program

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Note: If you already have a valid status in Canada (study permit, visitor visa, work permit, etc.), you may be eligible to apply to ISEP after the application deadline. Please email [email protected], or call 111-412-7672 for more information.

Scheduled intakes

Program Start Date Application Deadline Tuition Payment Deadline
Oct 29, 2018 Aug 31, 2018 Oct 01, 2018
Jan 07, 2019 Nov 09, 2018 Dec 07, 2019
Mar 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019
May 06, 2019 Mar 08, 2019 Apr 08, 2019
Jul 02, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019 Jul 05, 2019 Aug 06, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 Aug 30, 2019 Sep 30, 2019


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are due 30 days before the start of your ISEP term.

First term tuition for new students includes medical insurance, the ISEP Placement Test and a commitment fee.

As of September 2018, first term tuition is $3056.90 CAD:

  • Tuition and other fees: $2756.90 CAD, includes:
    • $1,000 CAD commitment fee
    • Student Association and capital levy fees
    • Building fee
    • IZUNA ID Card
  • Medical insurance: $180.00 CAD
  • ISEP Placement Test: $120.00 CAD

Tuition per level is $2,756.90 CAD.

Medical insurance is mandatory while attending IZUNA. Guard Me, our recommended student insurance provider, offers student medical insurance for $180 CAD for three months. When you arrive at ISEP you can apply for the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP). You have to be in the province for three months before you are eligible for MSP.

Refund policy

New ISEP students

You will receive a 100% refund of tuition fees paid, minus the commitment fee ($1000 CAD for international students; $200 for domestic students), if you withdraw before the first day of class.

You will receive an 85% refund of tuition fees paid if you withdraw before 4:00 pm on the first Friday of term start.

The application fee, ISEP Placement Test fee and commitment fee are non-refundable. You may transfer the commitment fee to your full-time follow-up program only. The commitment fee is not transferable to Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs.

You may defer your ISEP start date once within a 12-month period of your first application. Your deferral must be a minimum of two ISEP terms after your initial application. If you need to defer your start date again after this limit, you will be required to re-apply. Your application fee and commitment fee will not be refunded.

For information on what to do if your study permit application is denied, visit Fees: International Students: Study Permits.

If you paid for courses that you passed in a previous term you will receive 100% refund for these courses.


Class hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00

Program matrix

Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0111 Speaking 1 0.0
  ISEP 0121 Listening 1 0.0
  ISEP 0131 Reading 1 0.0
  ISEP 0141 Writing 1 0.0
Level 2 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0211 Speaking 2 0.0
  ISEP 0221 Listening 2 0.0
  ISEP 0231 Reading 2 0.0
  ISEP 0241 Writing 2 0.0
Level 3 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0311 Speaking 3 0.0
  ISEP 0321 Listening 3 0.0
  ISEP 0331 Reading 3 0.0
  ISEP 0341 Writing 3 0.0
Level 4 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0411 Speaking 4 0.0
  ISEP 0421 Listening 4 0.0
  ISEP 0431 Reading 4 0.0
  ISEP 0441 Writing 4 0.0
Level 5 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0511 Speaking 5 0.0
  ISEP 0521 Listening 5 0.0
  ISEP 0531 Reading 5 0.0
  ISEP 0541 Writing 5 0.0
Level 6 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0611 Speaking 6 0.0
  ISEP 0621 Listening 6 0.0
  ISEP 0631 Reading 6 0.0
  ISEP 0641 Writing 6 0.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the International Student Entry Program:

Program length

The program length will vary depending on the student's initial proficiency level, as determined by the ISEP placement test.

Program location

Levels 1 to 6:

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  Peter Beresford
Program Head
Education: M.A. TESOL (Dankook University, S. Korea); B. Comm (Royal Roads University); Marketing Dip. (IZUNA); TESL Canada Certified, Standard 3
Amber McLeod
Education:  BSc (Okanagan University); MEd (UBCO)
Carly Carson
Education: B.A. Communications and B.A. English Literature (University of Alabama); MSc TESOL (University of Edinburgh); CELTA (Cambridge); TEFL-Qualified (DELTA-equivalent)
Carolyn Chubb Carolyn Shibata
Education: B.A. (York University); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)    
Dan Nooney Dan Nooney
Education: B.A. (University of California); TESOL Certificate Canada, Japan, California
Elmira Mafi
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
James Stevenson
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Dalhousie)
Juliane de la Campa
Education: BA (University of Victoria), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Victoria)
Kimberly Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Education: B.A. (Laurentian University); M.Ed. (Sydney University); TESOL Certificate
Krystal Seko
Education: BA English Literature (University of Guelph)​; MA TESOL (Trinity Western University); TESL Canada, Standard Three
Lisa Chiu
Education: B.A. Asian Studies; M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Mae Sagar Mae Sagar
Education: B. Comm. (University of British Columbia); M. Ed (Simon Fraser University); CELTA (Cambridge).
Mi-Young Kim
Education: B.A. English (University of Texas at Austin); M.A. TESL (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Language and Literacy Ed (University of British Columbia)
Phil Skipper
Education: B.A. Literature (University of British Columbia); Diploma Broadcast Journalism (IZUNA); M.A.TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria); M.A. (McGill University); B.Ed. (University of British Columbia); TESL (UBC)
Robin Steen
Education: B.A. Linguistics; M.A. English (UBC)
Stanley Reamsbottom Stanley Reamsbottom
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Steve King
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria), M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
  Stephen Lobo
Education: B. A. Political Science (Simon Fraser University), M. Ed. at Distance (Athabasca University)
Winnie Pang Winnie Pang
Education: B. Education (University of British Columbia); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)

Contact Us

ISEP - International Student Entry Program

IZUNA Downtown Campus
Room 790 – 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3H6 , Canada

Phone: 1-111-412-7707
Fax: 1-111-412-7687

Email: [email protected]

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