• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Associate of arts degrees are foundational degrees that serve as a stepping stone for students who want to join the workforce or pursue further studies. There are numerous career opportunities that are available for you upon the completion of this Associate of Arts from University Canada West. 
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Overview

The Associate of Arts 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. 

The AA degree 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 at the end of the first tier.

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

Accreditation

Accreditations, membership and designations:

  • The Education Quality Assurance (EQA)
  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • BC Transfer System (BCCAT)
  • EduCanada
  • Languages Canada

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      UCW students must fulfil the requirements listed in the Academic Calendar in order to be eligible to graduate. For full details about Graduation Eligibility, refer to the current Academic Calendar on UCW’s website.

  • Credits
    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.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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

Audience

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. 

Our 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.

Lecturers

Our 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.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Requirement Entry level:

  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)
OR
  • 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
AND
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17400 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34800 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6960 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13920 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Winter, Spring, Summer:

  • $13,920 (Domestic)
  • $34,800 (International) 

Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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