VCC International

English Entrance Requirements

External English Tests

Duolingo English Test

VCC's Language School Partners

English-Speaking Countries


English entrance requirements vary by program. Refer to the following page for accepted equivalencies.

English Entrance Requirements for International Students 


External English Tests

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, IELTS Academic, and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements. 


Duolingo English Test

Duolingo English Test

Duolingo English Test scores are accepted for the purpose of meeting VCC's admission requirements. Students must request the Duolingo results to be sent directly to VCC - International Student Admission, and inform VCC once it is requested. Results are typically released to VCC within 48 hours of the request.

Admissions Requirement based on 

BC High School English 

Minimum Duolingo score if a complete application is received:
Before Feb. 1, 2022After Feb 1, 2022
English 12 with B Minimum 110 Minimum 120
English 12 with C+, C or Pass Minimum 105 Minimum 115
English 11 Minimum 95 Minimum 105
English 10 Minimum 85 Minimum 95



Effective February 1, 2022, all programs that accept the Duolingo English Test will require new minimum scores.

  • If you submit a complete application before February 1, 2022, your original Duolingo score will be accepted. You do not need to retake the Duolingo test.

  • If you apply to a program on or after February 1, 2022, you must meet the new minimum requirements.

  • If you have deferred your admission from a previous term, please contact VCC International Education Office to find out what your requirements are.


VCC's Language School Partners in Canada

If you do not meet the English admissions requirements and wish to upgrade English before studying at VCC, you may study at VCC's partner language schools to meet VCC's requirements. 

Refer to the list of VCC programs accepting ILAC or ILSC university Pathway Certificates for details. 

ILAC and ILSC Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years. Pathway certificates must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.



English-Speaking Countries

Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. Refer to the list of countries that satisfy the English language standard. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.