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University Canada West (UCW) was established in 2004 and is situated in the heart of Vancouver. This independent Canadian university offers state-of-the- art learning facilities, providing students with a dynamic and technology-focused learning experience. The approachbuildscontemporary skills that are required in the workplace.UCW is situated in the business district of Vancouver, meaning students will find themselves learning amongst some of the largest companies in the world.

UCW offers undergraduate and graduate programs which have been created to prepare students for a career in their chosen industry. As this is a teaching-intensive institution, programs are taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields.Known for their industry research projects, they pass this knowledge onto students,ensuringlearners are encouraged to reach their potential and are sufficiently prepared for further studies or their dream career. The university encourages its academics to develop professionally, reflecting the high standards UCW sets for anyone walking through its doors.

There is an excellent international community at UCW, with students hailing from more than 52 countries. The wonderful mix of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and visiting students creates a diverse and rich university environment.

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Founded in 2004, University Canada West (UCW) prides itself on its practical focus and teaching excellence. It is a business and technology-focused university boasting professors who have real-world business experience combined with a strong academic background.

A university with more than 4,000 students, the international community at UCW is strong, with more than 90 countries represented. Class sizes are kept small, with an average of 21 students per class, so students benefit from the one-on-one attention from professors required to excel. Courses can be taken online or on-campus, and UCW was recently ranked within the top 10 online Canadian universities in 2021.

The university has two campuses in downtown Vancouver, having recently opened a new campus in the fall of 2020, which joined the existing West Pender campus. Part of the beautiful Vancouver House development, the state-of-the-art campus is located in a new waterfront neighborhood called the Beach District.

UCW is on the Government of Canada's list of approved Designated Learning Institutions, so international students can apply for a study and work visa. Students may also be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit after successfully completing a degree at UCW.

Located in Vancouver, which has been described as one of the world's most livable cities, students benefit from being surrounded by world-leading corporations, where industry experience is readily available. Sony, Microsoft and Amazon are just three of the huge global corporations with offices in Vancouver.

Vancouver is also well known for its diversity, with a broad mix of different religions, ethnicities and cultural groups from around the world. The city is also noted for its beauty, with more than 230 parks and green spaces, including the famous Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Canada has also been recently ranked as the number one country for quality of life (U.S News & World Report 2020).

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What's new

What's new

In July this year, UCW will be moving to Vancouver House, the world-renowned project designed by Architect, Bjarke Ingels, of BIG.

Vancouver House was named‘Future Building of the Year' at the 2015 World Architecture Festival and has captured the world's attention. Based at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge, this unique structureis a breathtaking new landmark in Vancouver's skyline.Upon completion, UWC will have capacity to accommodate more than 3,400 students in an area comprising more than 90,000 square feet.

Until July, UCW will continue to operate at the West Pender Campus.UCW President, Brock Dykeman said, ''This is an extremely important announcement for the evolution of University Canada West, we've secured a prime downtown location in one of the world's most liveable cities. We're thrilled to be expanding into a project that has already made such an incredible impression, and we look forward to being a part of its future, as it helps shape an entire community.''

According to The Economist, Vancouver has been named the third most liveable city in the world. The famous metropolis is known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity and is home to several museums, parks, theatres, restaurants and bars. With several outdoor activities, including ski-slopes, hiking spots, cedar forests and sandy beaches, the city is a perfect match for thrill seekers and adventurers.

UCW business courses incorporate the latest technology

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at UCW has been merged with IBM Design Thinking, Salesforce and Tableau as part of UCW's evolution into becoming a premier tech-business university and to develop students' problem-solving skills and provide real business experience.

The university will also be launching a number of short courses that students will be able to take alongside their current programs. This will give students the opportunity to further develop their portfolio of skills.

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What's new

What's new

New campus

The biggest news for UCW is the opening of its brand-new Vancouver House Campus.

Opened in October 2020, the campus was designed by world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingles. The new building includes 90,000 square feet of classrooms, student lounges and computer labs, which can comfortably accommodate more than 3,400 students.

The campus is located downtown between the West End and Yaletown. It is just steps away from Sunset Beach, English Bay and Vancouver's 28-kilometre seawall - the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path.

Designed with sustainability in mind, UCW Vancouver House has green roofs, triple glazing and innovative energy and resource conservation technologies.

Centre for Teaching Excellence

UCW recently announced the establishment of its Centre for Teaching Excellence. The Centre is designed to inspire excellence and innovation in its curriculum and within all aspects of the teaching experience. The centre will collaborate with faculty, staff, students and partners to improve teaching across the board.

Updated MBA program

UCW has updated its Master of Business Administration program to incorporate relevant digital components. The university collaborates with digital leaders, such as Tableau, Salesforce and IBM Design Thinking as part of the institution's aim to become a tech-business university. These partnerships ensure students are equipped with the skills to solve business problems using technology.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The standing of teaching at University Canada West has been recognized by a number of governing bodies for its excellence. The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation classifies post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded the government-recognized standards for quality assurance and consumer protection. UCW has been granted approval to use the EQA seal on its materials, showcasing the high standards of content produced by the university. University Canada West has also received the ACBSP Global Business Accreditation for its MBA and BCom degree programs.

UCW is a teaching-intensive university. To further develop the instruction and knowledge passed on to students at the university, many of the faculty have completed exciting research projects in a variety of different disciplines. To guarantee that students are being supported by the most qualified faculty, teaching staff are actively encouraged to be scholars, continuously developing knowledge and expertise in their field. Each faculty member joins UCW with a passion for teaching and the drive to open student's minds and develop skills to take into further employment or study after graduation.

Learning from peers and other notable institutions is actively encouraged at UCW. To support this, the university is a member of the BC Transfer System (BCCAT), which means that students registered at UCW have access to hundreds of credit transfer arrangements with other institutions.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

UCW has the quality of its teaching at the very core of its principles, something reflected by the announcement of the new Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE). The CTE will work with faculty to expand their knowledge, skills and expertise through creative, innovative and research-driven teaching and technological approaches.

As well as being well-respected academics, professors at University Canada West also have years of industry experience. They bring their own real-world experience in business into the classroom to equip students with the latest knowledge, trends and skills required to succeed in the modern and global business world.

UCW has been accredited by several bodies which certify the quality of courses and teaching. These include the Education Quality Assurance designation. The MBA and BCom programs both have ACBSP Global Business Accreditation and NCMA National Accreditation from CIM Chartered Managers Canada for its MBA and BCom degree programs.

Additionally, UCW has been recognized by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, an association of educational institutions that are dedicated to internationalizing education programs, student services, campuses, and communities.

Benefiting from the experience of other institutions is also something which is actively encouraged at UCW. The university is a member of the BC Transfer System, giving students access to hundreds of credit transfer arrangements with other institutions.

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Department structure

Department structure

Undergraduate and graduate programs are available to study at UCW. Programs consist of the following:

  • Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) provides students with a foundational knowledge of contemporary business and its practices. This ACBSP-accredited degree is an excellent choice for those looking for a career in business or management in the global economy.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BA) program develops knowledge of media, cultural studies and business, whilst also incorporating theoretical and practical skills.Thecontent of this program is best suited to students looking for careers in journalism, public relations, communications, and advertising.

  • Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree teaches a number of different skills, including critical thinking and problem solving, research and evaluative skills, mathematical and scientific reasoning and advanced reading comprehension.

  • Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is available for graduate study. This program prepares students for leadership roles in the business sector. ACBSP accredited,the program challenges students to look for practical solutions to problems they may encounter in the world of employment. With this push to use critical thinking, the MBA generates graduates with the skills to drive an organization to success and profit.

By collaborating with industry leaders such as Salesforce (Trailhead), Tableau and IBM,digital components are included in the courses to ensure students are up to date withall of the technological trends.

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Department structure

Department structure

University Canada West offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

There are three undergraduate programs, which includes two bachelor-degree programs and the Associate of Arts program. Each of the courses teaches practical skills and industry-relevant knowledge which will help students launch a successful career.

The courses are:

Bachelor of Commerce

This ACBSP and NCMA-accredited program uses a blend of theory and practical learning to give students a deep understanding of modern business. This can be studied either on-campus or online.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Also available either on-campus or online, this degree is designed to build a student's core skills in writing and research to develop a solid understanding of business communication.

Associate of Arts

An interdisciplinary set of courses designed to equip students with a strong set of skills including writing, communication, research and team performance. It prepares students for either additional education or to enter straight into the workforce. This can also be studied online or on-campus.

Master of Business Administration

Graduate students can pursue this full MBA program accredited by the ACBSP and NCMA. This course is designed to equip students to become effective leaders both on a national and international level. It can be studied online or on-campus.

Eligible students can also pursue the MBA - ACCA Pathway and fulfil both at the same time.

Students who do not have the qualifications for direct entry into the MBA program have the option of completing a set of three MBA Foundation courses online or on-campus.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English skills

Students hoping to attend University Canada West must be able to demonstrate good skills in both written and spoken English. UCW understands that English is not the first language of many students, therefore, learners should submit one of the following:

  • Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a 6.5 overall score with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)IBT – overall score of 88 with a minimum score of 20 in each component.
  • Pearson English Language Test (PTE) Academic – overall score of 61 with a minimum score of 60 in writing.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment –overall score of 70 with a minimum of 60 in each sub-test.

IELTS equivalency

Other qualifications may be accepted by UCW and can be found across the university website.

English Language Schools

UCW's English language proficiency requirements may also be met if applicants have completed an Academic English preparation course from a UCW-recognized English language school. Certificates demonstratingsuccessful completion will need to be produced to show the level of study that was achieved, and minimum scores will vary based on the school and the course that students are applying to.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Individual course entry requirements can be found on the university's website. As a minimum, applicants will need either appropriate qualifications or the ability to demonstrate relevant experience if they are aged 21 or over.

Applicants who do not have English as a first language will also need to show English proficiency in their application. This can come from a variety of recognized tests, such as:

  • IELTS (6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band)
  • PTE Academic (61 overall with minimum of 60 in writing)
  • TOEFL iBT (88 overall with minimum of 20 in each component)

UCW is also currently piloting the acceptance of Duolingo (110 overall) as proof of English proficiency requirements and will be accepted until the end of 2021.

Students who have successfully completed academic English preparation courses from a recognized English language school may also meet the proficiency requirements.

Any students without the required proficiency still have several study options. The Language Gallery, a preferred language partner of UCW, is launching a new online English training program called TLG Live. Students who complete this will not need to complete an academic IELTS or TOFL exam for admission. As well as including English-language requirements, it also prepares students for their academic studies at a Canadian college or university.

There is also UCW's University Access Program, which is accredited by Languages Canada and is designed to prepare students for higher-level education in English-speaking institutions. Programs are three, six or nine months in length depending on the entry level. This program can be delivered online or on-campus.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

New students at UCW can apply fora range of university entrance awards, grants and scholarships. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days before the start of term.

Awards, grants and scholarships are applied directly to tuition fees, based on the number of courses a student is registered to study. The total amount given for an award, grant or scholarship is never more than the total cost of fees.

Throughout time studying at the university, students must meet the requirements and conditions of each individual award to continue to receive funding for the duration of their program, and each award has different requirements and conditions.

Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Scholarships for Academic Excellence are given to both international and domestic students who demonstrate exceptional grades. These are applicable to MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication and the Associate of Arts program.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a wide range of scholarships, many of which are eligible to international students.

Awards are applied directly in the form of a reduction in tuition fees, with the total amount never more than the total cost of fees. Students may be required to meet certain requirements throughout the duration of their studies to continue receiving funding.

Each award has different conditions listed, and students must apply by the entrance award application deadline, which is at least 30 days before the start of the first term.

Those who receive an award, scholarship or grant are expected to act as ambassadors for UCW, which includes participating in outreach and alumni engagement initiatives in their home region.

There are several international student awards which are automatically awarded and do not require a scholarship application. These are:

  • Pathway to Knowledge Bursary
  • Second Language Excellence Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Americas Tuition
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Regional Grant
  • European Grant
  • Middle East Regional Grant
  • Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Grant
  • Special Targeted Regional Award Program

Funding that requires an application includes:

MBA Foundation Study Grant

An award value of CAD $5,000, which is taken off tuition fees. Students must complete a scholarship application form when applying to UCW, along with a personal statement which describes how undertaking the MBA and Foundation programs will impact their personal and career goals.

Live Our Vision of Education (L.O.V.E) Canada Undergraduate Scholarship

An award value of CAD $5,000 (in the form of tuition credit) for the first 60 credits (two years) of undergraduate degree. It is available to a limited number of students who submit a completed scholarship application form.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Employment support

University Canada West works hard to ensure students are well prepared for the world of employment. Courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills desired by many leading organizations. Knowledgeable and experienced professionals often visit the university to share their expertise with students during special speaker events.

UCW Career Fair

During the academic year, the university hosts a hugely successful Careers Fair on site. The UCW Careers Fair brings students and employers together to network. Top representatives from leading companies attend to meet with students.

UCW Alumni

UCW has an excellent alumni community, with graduates originating from across the globe occupying a wide range of exciting roles in various industries. The alumni network enables graduates to stay connected with both faculty and staff members of the university as well as fellow graduates.


Academica Group has been surveying our MBA graduates 6 months after graduation (which will continue in 2020).

According to the January 2020 data from the graduates that participated in the study:

  • 100% Graduate Employment within 6 Months
  • 88% have secured employment within 3 months of graduation
  • 67% have secured employment within a month of graduation

Our alumni work for some of the world's leading organizations such as

  • Siemens
  • Apple
  • Nestle
  • Scotiabank
  • Telus
  • SoftMoc
  • EmpowerID
  • SAP
  • The Marketing Kangaroos
  • Sigamlux
  • GPP
  • Danone
  • Oakville Trading
  • RBC
  • Walt Disney World

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

UCW's Career Development Centre (CDC) helps students and alumni find their way professionally.

With dedicated career development specialists, the centre can help students with a variety of services, including:

  • Business social networking
  • Internship resources
  • Interview techniques
  • Job fairs
  • Networking
  • On-campus employer information sessions
  • Resumes and cover letter writing
  • Personal branding on social media/LinkedIn
  • Job search techniques

Several workshops and career fairs are also run throughout the year to help build students' skills and present excellent opportunities to meet key contacts.

Many large multi-national companies have offices within walking distance of UCW's campus, giving students plenty of fantastic networking opportunities. Former students of UCW work for several successful companies, including Amazon, Shell, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, Jet Airlines, BNP Paribas, Air France and Ferrari.

100 per cent of MBA students secured employment within six months of graduation. 67 per cent had secured a job within a month, 88 per cent within three months. Research has shown that students who attend a Canadian college or university graduate with strong earning potential, both domestically and internationally.

UCW has a strong network of alumni, issues an alumni newsletter four times a year and encourages alumni to keep in touch after graduation. By staying connected, strong opportunities for networking, collaboration and career development are presented.

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