International Students

Students from other countries are welcome to enrol at the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and undertake study towards a degree or other credential online.

International applicants must meet all University admission requirements and follow the same steps as domestic students for application to PCU-WHS.

Additionally, you must provide evidence of proficiency in English. A list of ways that English language proficiency can be demonstrated is provided below.

  • 4 consecutive years in secondary English in an English-speaking country;
  • BC English or Literature 12 or Canadian equivalent;
  • Completed international baccalaureate;
  • A degree or diploma from a post-secondary institution in an English-speaking country;
  • First year of Canadian university English with a grade of c or better;
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) at level 60 or higher;
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.5 or higher;
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery MELAB at level 80 or higher;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet at level 83 or higher;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper test – at least 50 each for Reading, Listening and Writing.

You are required to provide a certified evaluation of the equivalency of your credentials in Canada.

Transcripts that are not in English must be translated by the issuing institution or a certified translator. Exception: Canadian transcripts in French do not require translation.

Study Permits

Since PCU-WHS programs and courses can be completed entirely online through the Internet, international students can study from their home country and do not need to travel to Canada.

PCU-WHS is not currently listed as a Designate Learning Institute on the Government of Canada website; international students will not be able to apply for a study permit based on acceptance at PCU-WHS.

A study permit is not required if an international student plans to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. The course or program must be completed within the period authorized for the stay in Canada.

PCU-WHS international students are not required to physically attend the University campus and will not need a Canadian study permit.

For more information regarding study permits, see the Citizenship and Immigration website at: