University of The Fraser Valley


Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.

UFV strives to be a place of learning that recognizes, respects and includes indigenous ways of knowing. Our Fraser Valley locations are in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples.

One of Canada’s best universities

UFV is recognized nationally for student success, an excellent learning environment, creative integration of programming, and our work with local communities. We are consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the country by the Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report

Why choose University of The Fraser Valley?
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International Student Club (ISC)
Celebrating Diversity in our University

If you are a UFV International Student or a local student who wants to meet people from all over the world, become an active member of the International Student Club (ISC). Being a member of ISA will give you great volunteer opportunities and a chance to help plan great events and activities. A few people are saying it’s a lot of fun too!

Mission Statement

The International Student Club is here to celebrate diversity in our university. We are dedicated to promote the internationalization of UFV. ISC will focus on helping International and exchange students integrate into their new school, student body, and community by providing endless opportunities to enrich their living and learning experience while studying at UFV. We will do so by organizing and promoting trips, events, and activities, which will give all local and international students a platform to socialize, learn, and have fun in a friendly and inclusive environment.‌

Application deadlines

UFV has three four-month semesters:
Fall: September to December
Winter: January to April
Summer: May to August (full session)
May to June (early session) and July to August (late session)

WHEN TO APPLY: Apply early! Seats in many programs are limited. Applying by the stated deadline does nto guarantee admission. Applications that remain incomplete by the deadline may have to be deferred to the next semester.

September to December
January to April
May to August
(ESL May –  July)
English Second Language July 1 October 15 March 15
Academic/Career Programs/
University Foundation Program
April 1* October 1* February 1*
Criminal Justice
December 15
Tuition & Fees

The cost of education in Canada is among the lowest in the world and UFV’s international tuition costs compare well with other Canadian universities. All fees quoted below are in Canadian funds.

All fees are subject to revision without notice.
Tuition: Academic, University Foundation and Full-Session ESL Programs
4-month semesters Tuition each semester
(excluding ancillary and medical fees)*
Winter 2015 – January to April $7,350 flat fee
Summer 2015 – May to August $490 per credit
Fall 2015 – September to December $7,800 flat fee
Winter 2016 – January to April $7,800 flat fee
Summer 2016 – May to August $520 per credit
Co-op placement (any semester) $1,200 flat fee
Admission Requirements

There are three types of requirements that students must meet to qualify for admission at UFV: general requirements, English requirements, and program requirements. Review all three attentively to ensure timely admission.

General requirements

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12(Form Six or five O-levels plus at least two A-levels) or near-equivalent standing and specific program prerequisites for admission into any career, technical, or academic program.

English requirements

Academic programs – full-time study

  • TOEFL – score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • IELTS (Academic) – score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • CAEL – score of 70
  • Cambridge – Certificate of Proficiency in English min C
  • CanTEST – score of 4.5 with a minimum writing score of 4.0
  • MELAB – score of 85
  • LPI – score of 30 (Level 5)
  • English 12 C+ (or recognized Canadian equivalent)
University Foundation Program – combined English upgrading and academic study
  • TOEFL – score of 61 or higher (iBT) with writing 15
  • IELTS – overall score of 5.0 with a minimum band score of 5.0
  • CAEL – score of 50 or higher
  • CanTEST – score of 4.0 or higher
  • MELAB – score of 70 or higher
  • LPI – score of 18-23 (Level 3) or higher

Students with lower scores must first apply to the ESL program. Applications with no proficiency score cannot be processed.

Check out the full listing of English entrance requirements for UFV ESL, Foundations, and academic programs.

Program requirements

Please consult a copy of the UFV academic calendar for detailed admissions requirements for each program. Applicants for the English Second Language Program must have high school or Form Five completion and be at least eighteen years of age.

Although students may be conditionally accepted into academic or career programs based on their transcripts and language proficiency score, they may need to take upgrading classes to meet math, science, or other requirements, as required by their program of study,


UFV is large enough to offer variety, and yet our small class sizes allow students to get to know their instructors and learn in a hands-on environment. We offer more than 100 programs, including two master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs. Our admission policies are flexible, and students can learn in a variety of ways: full-time, part-time, in-class, online, as part of a structured program or one tailored completely to their interests.

Many of our programs ladder into one another, allowing students to earn a one-year certificate and/or a two-year diploma on the way to completing a full degree. Others offer a co-operative education option, where students can combine study with professional, paid work experience. Our emphasis on applied research offers many opportunities for student researchers. Our thriving international programmingmakes for a culturally diverse student community and great opportunities to study abroad. Our continuing studies and academic upgrading offerings make learning a lifelong experience. Many clubs, events, and activities enhance student life on campus and our award-winning Cascades athletics teams are highly competitive.

Changing Lives, Building Community


It is UFV’s vision to provide the best undergraduate education in Canada and to be a leader of the social, cultural, economic and environmentally-responsible development of the Fraser Valley. UFV will measure its success by the successes of its graduates and the successful development of the communities they serve. In achieving its goals, UFV has committed to being innovative, entrepreneurial and accountable.


The University of the Fraser Valley, as established by the University Act of British Columbia, is mandated to serve the post-secondary educational needs of its region. Specifically, UFV provides post-secondary academic, trade, technical, career and adult basic education programs that lead to certificates, diplomas, and degrees, at both the undergraduate and master’s level. Faculty and staff are also engaged in foundational and applied research and other scholarly activities that support its program areas and the development of the Fraser Valley.


Paramount priority is placed on students and their learning needs and goals. UFV is committed to excellence in post-secondary education through programs that serve the diverse needs of the Fraser Valley region. We view education as an ongoing process essential for both career progress and actualizing human potential. We make the university accessible to students with diverse backgrounds and goals, while rewarding academic success and maintaining high standards. We value and treat students as mature individuals, and encourage intellectual, cultural, creative, ethical and social development in order to prepare our graduates for their roles as productive citizens of an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. We place a high value on environmental, social and economic sustainability in all our endeavors.

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