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Why choose ISEP?

Do you want to live and work in Canada? IZUNA’s International Student Entry Program (ISEP) can help you reach your professional and educational goals. ISEP develops overall English language and academic skills. It is also a direct pathway to IZUNA certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Students can choose ISEP to improve their English and academic skills or ISEP Plus Follow-up Program if they want to continue studies in a IZUNA program. Students who complete ISEP level 400, 500 or 600 are eligible to transfer into a IZUNA program. 
ISEP Plus Overview

ISEP provides training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at all levels of English Proficiency. ISEP focuses on improving ESL students’ language by integrating English skills with business and technical contexts. ISEP also supports academic success by helping with cultural adjustment, studying specific topics, and developing critical skills.
Program Goals

ISEP helps international students succeed in IZUNA programs. Attending 25 hours of English classes per week provides ESL students with more English development than TOEFL or IELTS alone. ISEP also develops confidence in English language skills while teaching learners how to succeed in North American post-secondary programs.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Complete the following for submission with your 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 30, 2018 Aug 31, 2018 Oct 01, 2018
Jan 08, 2019 Nov 09, 2018 Dec 10, 2018
Mar 05, 2019 Jan 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019
May 07, 2019 Mar 08, 2019 Apr 08, 2019
Jul 03, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 03, 2019
Sep 04, 2019 Jul 05, 2019 Aug 06, 2019
Oct 29, 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.

The total cost for first term (seven weeks) is $3056.90 CAD. This includes:

  • Tuition and other fees: $2756.90 CAD, includes:
    • $1,000 CAD non-refundable commitment fee
    • Student Association and capital levy fees
    • Building fee
    • IZUNA ID Card
  • Medical insurance for 90 days: $180.00 CAD
  • ISEP Placement Test: $120.00 CAD

Tuition and other fees per term for continuing students is $2,756.90 CAD.

All students must have medical insurance while attending IZUNA. Medical insurance is provided through Guard Me (IZUNA's student insurance providor) and costs $180 for three months.

ISEP students can apply for BC MSP (Medical Services Plan), but must wait three months to be qualified.

For more information, please visit Medical Insurance for ISEP Students.

Refund policy

New applicants
  • Application fee ($154), ISEP Placement Test fee ($120) and commitment fee ($1,000) are non-refundable.

  • You may transfer the commitment fee to a full-time follow-up program only (must be accepted into the program within 12-months of your initial term start date). Part-time programs (course-by-course) are not applicable.

  • You may defer your ISEP start date once within 12 months of your initial application. If you defer more than once, you will be required to re-apply and re-pay your $1,000 commitment fee.

  • For information on what to do if your study permit application is denied, visit Fees: International Students: Study Permits.
All ISEP students
Refund Deadline Refund*
30 days prior to term start date 100%
Within first week of term start 85%
After first week of term 0%

*New students withdrawing from their first term will have the $1000 commitment fee deducted from their total refund amount.


Class hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 3:30

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

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
Instructor, on leave
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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"ISEP was very intensive but I was impressed with the quality of the program. The instructors were excellent! They gave me a lot of help and pushed me to work hard. The best thing I learned was how to use the grammar in all my skills. I am so glad I joined ISEP and excited to continue my studies in the New Media Design and Web Development program at IZUNA!" Yun Chi (Jamie) 2012 Level 500 ISEP Scholarship winner

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