KPU removes barrier to undergraduate studies

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – There’s more than one pathway to a university education – at least at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

KPU has introduced a new academic option for students who initially do not meet the university’s undergraduate requirements. With this Pathway to Undergraduate Studies, students are able to take courses while simultaneously completing their English upgrading.

“This means students don’t have to delay their education,” says Jane Fee, KPU’s vice-provost, students. “Prior to this option, students were required to complete their upgrading first, and often that meant delaying their post-secondary studies by a semester or more and perhaps even missing the opportunity for certain programs.”

Starting in September, students needing a C- in English 12 or equivalent for admission can complete their English upgrading while taking up to four credits in select undergraduate courses, including courses in financial accounting, business mathematics, computer applications and microeconomics.

Meanwhile, students needing a C in English 12 or equivalent for admission can take up to eight credits in an expanded list of more than 40 undergraduate courses, such as anthropology, chemistry, criminology, geography, calculus and physics.

After their upgrading is complete, Pathway students can fully transition to undergraduate studies in the faculties of arts, business or science and horticulture.

The Pathway program is a big innovation for KPU, says Fee. While some other universities have been able to make similar offerings to international students, few, if any, offer this type of program to domestic students.

“The Pathway program helps create parity in the options we provide to native and non-native English upgrading students.  It allows students to start their university experience without delay, while we provide the scaffolding and guidance to address their English proficiency needs.”

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at


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