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Associate Degree On Campus

Associate of Arts

University Canada West

24 months
17400 CAD/year
6960 CAD/year
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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree from University Canada West provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge. This 60-credit (20 course) program prepares you for additional post-secondary education or to enter directly into the workforce.

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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree from University Canada is accepted for transfer into bachelor degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree-granting institutions provided other admission requirements are met.

AA degree offers eight areas of focus to choose from – accounting, economics, hospitality and tourism, management, marketing, media communication, psychology, and social justice.

Graduates of the AA program will develop these skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective written and oral communications
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Application of theoretical understanding to practice
  • Research and evaluative skills
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Analysis, synthesis and integration of knowledge
  • Advanced reading comprehension


  • The Education Quality Assurance (EQA)
  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • BC Transfer System (BCCAT)
  • EduCanada
  • Languages Canada

Programme Structure

The Associate of Arts program is an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to provide core skills in writing, communication, and research and team performance. UCW Academic Advisors can help with your course selection to meet your post-secondary education goals.

Tier 1: University Foundation 1

Tier 1 courses establish the basic university skills of research and writing while introducing you to a variety of disciplines and topics. 

  • Two first-year English courses
  • One Science course
  • One Mathematics or Computing Science course
  • Two Humanities courses
  • Two Social Science courses
  • Two Arts elective courses

Tier 2 University Foundation II

Tier 2 courses build a broader academic exposure and deeper exploration in a variety of subject areas. You have the opportunity to further demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, quantitative and communication skills.

  • One (1) Lab Science course
  • Six (6) second-year Arts courses
  • Three (3) general electives


All University Canada West degree programs are offered on campus and online. UCW is home to students from more than 34 countries around the globe. 

The new campus, Vancouver House, is located in one of the highest-profile developments in Vancouver’s recent history.

UCW Vancouver House will be able to accommodate more than 3,400 students with the first term in the new facility.


The faculty are experienced in both education and industry – professionals who have excelled in their field. They will provide you with case studies, context for your study, even stories about their time on the job – anything and everything that will give you a more complete understanding of the industry you wish to enter.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits

Credit courses normally have an academic value of three (3) credits. Each credit is equivalent to 45 hours of student contact encompassing class time, on-line study, exams, and self (directed) study. This time does not include individual study and preparation time.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)
  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
  • Documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities
  • For students whose first language is not English, academic IELTS - 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent. More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.
For students who need to upgrade to meet our English proficiency requirements, UCW offers English pathway courses in our University Access Program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17400 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34800 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    6960 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13920 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.

Fall 2021, January 2022

  • $13,920 (Canada & Canada PRs) and $34,800 (International) 

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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