Vancouver Admissions FAQs
Are there residencies at the Vancouver Campus?
No. The Vancouver Campus is a city campus in downtown Vancouver. We are in the centre of the busy city life! Our students can choose from a number of housing options and our office of Student Services will be happy to help you find the place to stay even before your arrival.
What is Vancouver like?
Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in the world! It is an exciting, vibrant, multi-cultural city located on the west coast of Canada. Its mild temperature and enviable location near the ocean and mountains make it an ideal city to live in. Vancouver has something for everyone: art galleries, museums, movie theatres, hiking trails, sailing, snowboarding, and downhill and cross-country skiing.
Will I find food from my home country in Vancouver?
If you feel homesick for a home-cooked meal, the city has countless ethnic restaurants serving food from all over the world. You can find Japanese, Indian, Korean, West African, Italian, Greek, German, and Filipino restaurants, there’s just about any kind of cuisine you can imagine. There are also several specialty stores where you may find products from your home country.
How do I apply for a Study Permit?
Once you are accepted into FDU Vancouver Campus and paid the tuition deposit, we will send you your Letter of Acceptance and the Deposit Receipt. Please use these documents to apply for your Study Permit. Please see Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to find out what are the required documents and instructions on how to apply.
Can I work while I am studying at FDU-Vancouver?
Yes! FDU Vancouver Campus is one of the institutions participating in the Off Campus Permit Program.
Students can work for up to 20 hours a week if they are enrolled full-time. There are no restrictions on the type of job students can take. For more information, you should refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Do I have or need medical insurance during my time in Canada?
Yes! The Vancouver Campus provides private Health Insurance through Guard Me, to cover students during their first 3 months in Canada.
After three months, you will qualify for the BC Medical Services Plan. If you are bringing family, they should also have adequate health insurance during their stay in Canada.
What does it cost to live in Vancouver?
Costs depend greatly on your life style preferences. Please check pre-arrival information for estimated expenses.
Can I get around without a vehicle?
Absolutely! There is a very convenient public transportation system in Vancouver area. There are many options available to you to get to the Vancouver Campus by Skytrain or bus. Check the schedule for the transit options from your home.
Can I apply for a student loan in BC if I go to Fairleigh Dickinson University -Vancouver?
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver is a designated post-secondary institution for StudentAid BC. StudentAid BC helps eligible students who are BC Residents with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs. It also has programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans.
To get started, find out more about the types of student funding that are available and see if you are qualified.
How do I apply for an FDU scholarship?
The Vancouver campus offers generous scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students.
If you are applying for an Undergraduate program at the Vancouver campus, you do not need to complete a separate application your application will automatically be considered for scholarships!
Do I need to write provincial exams?
Fairleigh Dickinson University Vancouver Campus does NOT require provincial examination results for direct admission into its full time university programs with exception of those exams required to satisfy the BC Graduation Program requirements. Final admissions decisions will be based on the final class grades and the grade point average will be based on four Grade 12 level courses. If students choose to write the provincial exam, the university will select the higher of the exam or the course grade when a student’s academic eligibility.
I am a BC resident. What are your entrance requirements for Bachelors programs?
Applicants with a Grade 12 average of 68% or higher are eligible to be considered for admission. Final admissions decisions will be based on the final class grades and the grade point average will be based on four Grade 12 level courses. Please note that this average is calculated differently depending on where you are currently attending secondary school and the grading scale used by your school. All grades are converted into percentage grades based on a 50% pass scale. Please check Canadian student admissions for more information.
What if I have just taken Communications 12 in BC? Can I be admitted into Bachelors Programs?
Students with a good grade in Communications 12 and a strong overall academic standing in high school are eligible for conditional admissions into the Vancouver Campus’s, Pre-University Program (PUP).
The PUP offers courses in Academic English upgrading where students can raise their English standard to a level necessary for entry into first year English. In the PUP, students can also take math upgrading courses and some university level courses (up to 10 university transferable credits).
I am an International Student. What are your entrance requirements for undergraduate programs?
An applicant must have graduated from an accredited or government recognized secondary school or has received his or her General Education Development (GED) certificate.
Two letters of recommendation are required. For students currently enrolled in a school or post-secondary institution, at least one must be written by a teacher or school counselor. If the applicant has been out of school for several years, a recommendation from an employer may be submitted. All letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead stationery and submitted to the Admission Office either directly from the recommender or in sealed envelopes.
International students must submit proof of English proficiency. Please check English proficiency information for a summary of the standardized tests that are acceptable indications of English Language Proficiency for admissions to the Pre-University Program and to the Bachelor Degree programs.
I do not have a credit card. How do I pay the application fee?
When you fill in your online application, you are required to pay US$100 application fee by credit card to submit your application. If you do not have a credit card, please fill in the on-line application form and contact Vancouveremail@example.com for assistance.
When is the deadline to apply?
If you are applying for Bachelors Program, the Vancouver Campus admits students on the “rolling basis”. You can apply for the upcoming semester up until the start of classes.
Admission to the Master’s Level Program, is competitive. The Vancouver Campus has a deadline model for graduate admission. Please refer to the application deadline dates.
What are you English proficiency requirements?
An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit the results of a test of English Proficiency to the Office of International Admissions.
An applicant who has previously attended a high school, college or university in Canada or the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from submitting an English proficiency test score.
Please check our language requirements for more details.
I studied English at a post-secondary institution. Do I still need to take TOEFL/IELTS?
In order to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement, students must have graduated and have completed at least 2 years on a full time basis from a English speaking high school or university at a country where English is the official language. If students have only attended the institution for 1 year, they must have completed English Composition 1 and English Composition 2 and have achieved a grade of C or better.
Do I need to write the SAT to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus?
SAT or ACT scores are NOT required for admission consideration. However, an applicant may be eligible for higher scholarship award if they score above 1050 in SAT Critical Reading and Math combined sections, or above 23 in ACT. If an applicant has a SAT or ACT score, please request ETS (www.ets.org) to send official score reports to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s SAT code is 2263, and ACT code is 2552.
Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?
If you are at school, please ask your teachers to write recommendation letters. If you are employed or have been out of school, you may ask your supervisors or colleagues for recommendation letters.
I took A’ Level exams. Can I transfer any courses?
You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for your A’ Level exams. Students who complete College Board Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate exams, students with GCE A-level courses and students who have taken coursework at another university or college may be eligible for credit transfer. Please submit all relevant scores to us as soon as they are available.
What are your entrance requirements for students from other provinces?
Admission requirement varies by province. Please provide the Admissions Office with a copy of your current transcripts for preliminary assessment. The Admissions Office can be reached at 604-648-8112 by phone or firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
To study at campuses in New Jersey, do I need to become a student at the Vancouver campus first, and then transfer?
No. You may apply directly for admission to FDU’s main campuses in New Jersey. Students studying at the Vancouver campus may transfer to the New Jersey campuses as well.
Is Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Campus an accredited school?
Yes! The FDU Vancouver Campus is fully accredited both in US and Canada.
- Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- Licensed by the State of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
- Received consent to award degrees granted by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education.
- FDU’s Silberman College of Business holds prestigious accreditation by AACSB International. Only one-third of all U.S. business schools hold this recognition.
- Princeton Review has selected Silberman College as one of its 294 best business schools in the U.S.
- The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management ranks number 4 on TheBestSchools.org website.
I am an International Student. Can I study full-time and work full-time at the same time?
No. International students who receive Canadian Study Permit have to be enrolled at an educational institution full-time in Fall and Spring terms. Students can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week. They can only work full-time during regular scheduled breaks.
Do I have to pay my tuition fees for the whole year?
No. Tuition fees are paid per semester. Your tuition fees are due by the first day of classes, unless the student is on a Deferred Payment Plan. Please check Vancouver tuition and fees for more information.
What is your Transfer Policy to the US?
FDU is a global University! Undergraduate students from FDU-Vancouver campus can transfer to US campuses after completing minimum 2 full academic semesters. Remember, you will have to apply for US study visa! Please check transfer credits for more information or contact our office of Enrollment Services.
I want to apply to FDU’s Vancouver Campus. Do I have to have an agent?
No. You can apply to the FDU Vancouver Campus directly and our admissions staff will guide you through the process. If you choose to seek help from an agency/agent, your admission process will still be the same.
What will my class schedule look like?
FDU’s Vancouver Campus does not have set schedules that all students follow. Your schedule will vary a lot depending on how many and what classes you choose at Registration.