Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Cloverdale, and Civic Plaza.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers a range of credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Students have the opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor's degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.
Where thought meets action
KPU is Canada's only polytechnic university. We focus on hands-on skills, in addition to traditional academics.
Your education will go beyond books, with experiential learning opportunities like group projects, presentations, guest speakers, and more
Our classes have a maximum of 35 students. Many of our classes are even smaller than that!
Student-centered learning environment that brings together students, instructors, guest lecturers, and industry experts
Study your way
Over 120 diverse degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs
Foundation and in-school apprenticeship training
Student support services
We offer more than 30 student services
Advising to help you succeed throughout your educational journey — course planning, major/minor selection, career options, and more!
High-tech labs, studios, classrooms, and facilities
Multi-Faith Centre and Sacred Spaces at KPU Surrey and KPU Richmond
The skills you need for the career you want
Earn while you learn and build professional networks with co-op education options in several arts, business, and science and horticulture programs
Hands-on practicums are built-in to many programs to provide professional work experience alongside your in-class education
English Language Requirements
KPU English Placement Test (EPT) with placement into ENGL 1100
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test: overall band of 6.5 or higher, with a minimum 6.0 in each band, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 88 or higher, with no sub score less than 20, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 61 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Vocational English Proficiency Requirement
The English proficiency requirement for vocational studies varies by program. Program admission requirements, including English proficiency, are included in the calendar descriptions of each program. See the Program Index.
Note: Apprenticeship programs are not subject to KPU's Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) supports students in their journey to success with numerous scholarships, bursaries and awards, made possible through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who believe in education as a means to building community and creating a vibrant social and economic foundation for our society.
Many students struggle financially while obtaining their education. With the average full-time tuition at more than $3,000 annually, in addition to other essentials such as books, course materials, housing and other living costs, students often find it challenging to complete their education – and when they do, many graduate with substantial student debt. Student awards not only ease the financial burden students face, but also provide encouragement and incentive to strive for academic excellence and complete their programs.
There are three types of awards:
Scholarships are granted on the basis of academic merit, enabling KPU to attract and retain the best students.
Bursaries provide students with limited financial means opportunities to obtain a KPU education.
Awards make it possible to honour student excellence based on criteria created by the donor, including academic performance, community service, and financial need.
KPU’s vision is to be an innovative, transformative and ambitious university that inspires students to excel in their careers, lead in their communities, and succeed in their lives. Your gift will serve to strengthen that inspiration, and motivate our students to achieve their very best at KPU and beyond.
Naming an Award Establishing a named award is a meaningful way to honour a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or create a legacy. KPU is pleased to offer donors the opportunity to name an award with a family or individual name, a company name, or a community group name. The name you choose often has special significance to your student recipient, who can draw inspiration from the story behind the name.
There are two methods of funding a Named Award:
Endowed Award: The donor makes a lump sum gift to create an endowment fund. The award is funded through interest generated from the capital in the endowment. To create an endowment that can provide a $1,000 award annually, a minimum gift of $20,000 is required.
Annual Award: The donor makes a gift each year in the amount of an award. A minimum annual gift of $1,000 is required, and must be pledged for at least five years.
We work with you to tailor selection criteria that reflect your objectives and interests, and will provide a suitable and lasting way to appropriately honour the name you have selected.
Please contact us to discuss your intention to create a named award.
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