Who We Are

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in British Columbia, offering 13 bachelor’s degrees, 500-plus university-transfer courses and over 40 career programs to more than 20,000 students every year. We aim to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in B.C. by encouraging our students to do what they love and be good at it. Our campuses – in New Westminster and Coquitlam – are some of the most accessible in the Lower Mainland, reachable in 30 minutes or less on SkyTrain from almost anywhere in Metro Vancouver.  

From September to May, we offer monthly program-specific Information Sessions. For more information and registration you can visit this page.

General Info General Info


Enrolment Total
24,000

Detailed Costs
Campus Locations

New Westminster campus

700 Royal Avenue,
New Westminster, BC

Coquitlam campus

1250 Pinetree Way,
Coquitlam, BC

New Westminster campus

700 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, BC

Coquitlam campus

1250 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC

Nearby Highlights

Both of our campuses have easy access to Skytrain stations. The New Westminster campus is two blocks away from the New Westminster Skytrain station on the Expo Line. The Coquitlam campus is one block away from the Lafarge-Douglas Skytrain station on the Evergreen line.


Programs Programs


Info on All Programs
Areas of Study Available
  • Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Health Related
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Education and Library Sciences
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science

Study Abroad Opportunities

At Douglas College, we recognize the experience of studying abroad adds depth and meaning to your post-secondary education. That’s why we’ve created International Opportunities, a one-stop on-line resource with all the information you need to make an informed decision about the exciting new location you’d like to study in. We offer:

  • Exchanges
  • Field Schools
  • Work and Learn
  • Summer Programs
  • Degree Completion
Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions


Basic Admissions Requirements

All applicants for admission to the College must satisfy at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • BC secondary school graduation (or the equivalent in another school system)
  • One course short of BC secondary school graduation
  • 19 years old by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance
  • 17 years old on the first day of the first semester of attendance and has not been in school for at least one year
  • Completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years

All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of ONE of the following:

High School Grades
  • English 12 – minimum final grade “C” *
  • English Literature 12 – minimum grade “C”
  • Communications 12 – minimum final grade “B” *
  • English 12 First Peoples – minimum final grade “C” *
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 – minimum grade “C” *
  • AP English Language or Literature – minimum grade 3
  • IB English Language A (SL) – minimum grade 3

* based on both the course and provincial exam grades

BC secondary school students must write provincial exams in any subject where it is mandatory in order to meet graduation requirements. The provincial exam for English 12 (or equivalent) is required for all students except for those who are completing the Adult Graduation program.


IB and AP Credits

Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program may be eligible to receive transfer credit. Students can view which AP and IB courses are given credit at Douglas on the BC Transfer Guide – for both AP and IB credits.  To start the process of receiving credit for these courses, students must complete a Transfer Credit Request form and submit it with official AP or IB transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.

More information about the Transfer Credits process at Douglas College can be found here.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of ONE of the following:

High School Grades
  • English 12 – minimum final grade “C” *
  • English Literature 12 – minimum grade “C”
  • Communications 12 – minimum final grade “B” *
  • English 12 First Peoples – minimum final grade “C” *
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 – minimum grade “C” *
  • AP English Language or Literature – minimum grade 3
  • IB English Language A (SL) – minimum grade 3

* based on both the course and provincial exam grades

Students without this level of English-language proficiency are not admissible to College-level courses and programs but can register in Douglas College upgrading courses.

Note: For certain limited-enrolment programs and for certain individual courses, the English-language proficiency requirement may be different (refer to the particular Program section or the Course prerequisite information for further details).

Note: Students who do not meet any of the above requirements may apply for admission as a “special student”. Students are urged to discuss their situation with the Registrar and/or a College counselor.


Application Deadline

Applying early can make a difference. It allows time to ensure your application is complete and all documentation is received. And, some limited enrolment programs may offer early seats to qualified applicants. Programs only accept applications until they are filled.

You can apply online until 2 weeks before the start of the Summer and Fall semester, and 3 weeks before the start of the Winter semester (semesters start in September, January and May). After that, you must print out an application and bring it to the Registrar’s Office along with the application fee (if applicable) and documents such as official transcripts.

What is the first day you can apply?

You can generally apply up to 11 months in advance for a given semester on the first business day of the first month.

Semester Opening Dates
Winter Semester: (Jan-Apr) First Day Applications Accepted – February 1 (preceding year)
Summer Semester: (May-Aug) First Day Applications Accepted – June 1 (preceding year)
Fall Semester: (Sept-Dec) First Day Applications Accepted – October 1 (preceding year)
Application Fee

As of 2018, the application fee is $34

How to Apply

To apply, you’ll need to:

What happens after I’ve applied?
Once you’ve applied we will email you your student ID number and information on next steps

How can I find out my application status?
You can log in to your account any time to see the status of your application. 

What happens after I’ve been accepted?
Once you’ve been accepted and any necessary documentation has been received, you’ll be assigned a time to register for courses.


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Financial Aid Financial Aid


Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Apply online within the dates listed below:

  • Feb. 1 – Apr. 1 (Entrance Scholarships for high school students)

Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence


Residence Options

No residence available


International Students International Students


International Student Info

In 2016, Douglas College hosted 2,000 international students from 85 countries. As an applied academic institution, Douglas College combines the academic foundations of a university with the employer-ready skills of a college. At Douglas, you will receive the best of both worlds: a deep, well-rounded education and the applied, real-world skills necessary to achieve academic and career success.

English Language Requirement

You are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission to Douglas College. You may demonstrate English language proficiency by completing and submitting proof of one of the following:

TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT) Overall score of 83 (minimum 20 in all sections for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs). Official test scores must be sent directly to Douglas College from ETS. Douglas College’s institution code is: 9568. 
IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score of 6.5 (no band below 6.0 for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs)
B.C. secondary school English 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade) Minimum grade of C (60%)
B.C. secondary school Communications 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade) Minimum grade of B (73%)
International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A – Standard Level Minimum grade of 3 or C
Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature Minimum grade of 3 or C
Enrolment in a college or university level English or Communications course (recognized B.C. post-secondary institutions only) Minimum grade of C recommended
Graduation from a recognized bachelor or master degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principle language (Depending on the program of study, the length of the program and time since graduation, Douglas College may request English language proficiency scores to demonstrate English proficiency). Please click here for a list of eligible countries.
EF language school Level C1 completion with satisfactory attendance
ELS language school Level 112 completion with satisfactory attendance
ILAC language school University Pathway 3.3 Level 16 completion with satisfactory attendance
ILSC language school University Pathway Level A2 completion with satisfactory attendance
KAPLAN PLI language school Level C1 completion with satisfactory attendance
VGC language school Level 7 completion with satisfactory attendance

Notes on the English proficiency requirement:

  • If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission, you may apply to the Douglas College English Language Learning and Acquisition Program (ELLA) or through one of our ESL Pathways partnerships.
  • Official test scores have a validity period of 2 years from the date the test was written
  • Secondary school and IB or AP course completions have a validity period of 2 years from the date the course was completed
  • Language pathway completion certificates have a validity period of 1 year from the date the program was completed
  • Only the most common ways of meeting the English proficiency requirement have been listed in the table above. There are other acceptable substitutions for International Students to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to Douglas College. Contact International Admissions if you have any questions.
  • For a list of countries that satisfy the English language admission requirements at Douglas College, please click here.
More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone