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Duration

2 years

Tuition

$20,280

  Vancouver

Apr 1-Apr 1

Plus 3 other start dates

Jul 2 - Jul 2 2026

Oct 1 - Oct 1 2026

Jan 6 - Jan 6 2027

Commitment

Full-Time

Delivery

Classroom

Credential

Degree

Year Founded

2004

Scholarships

yes

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree prepares students for life as an educated person and lays a solid foundation for further study.

This two-year, 60-credit (20 courses) undergraduate program is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year degree in the Arts. It prepares students to transfer to research or teaching universities to complete a bachelor’s degree or serves as a credential to enter the labour market. The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor’s 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 AA degree, you may transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at UCW or any British Columbia degree-granting institution. Alternatively, you may continue in the Associate of Arts degree and complete the program with an additional 30-credit hours of study as per provincial Associate of Arts degree guidelines.

Graduates of the AA program will develop these skills:

  • Workplace problem solving.
  • An ability to work in teams.
  • Leadership in the workplace.
  • Communications and soft skills for employability.

Admission Requirements

  • Secondary School Applicants who have graduated from a British Columbia secondary school (high school) or equivalent are required to have, at minimum, the equivalent of a BC high school (Grade 12) diploma, with an overall average of C.
  • If you have graduated from high school but do not meet the minimum grade levels, you may still be considered for admission if you have successfully completed at least 30 academic post-secondary credits at a recognized institution.

And (if applicable)

  • Students whose first language is not English must submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in the writing band) or equivalent (TOEFL, PTE, etc.)
  • OR successfully complete UCW’s University Access Program (UAP) by earning an average of at least 70% in their UAP courses.
  • If a student can demonstrate that they graduated from a recognized degree program in an English-speaking country, the English IELTS score or equivalent requirement may be waived.

Special Admission

The Admissions Committee may consider an applicant for special admission if the applicant does not otherwise qualify for admission but demonstrates a combination of education and work experience that indicates the ability to be successful in their program of study. Generally, such applicants must:

  • Be over 21 years of age on or before the first day of classes.
  • Have been out of high school for at least two years.
  • Receive approval from the Admissions Committee.

$20,280 (Canada & Canada PRs)
$40,360 (International)

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Student Reviews (44)

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University Canada West (UCW)

Job in telecom

John Soek

Vancouver • February 16, 2023

Graduated From

MBA

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

5 stars

Curriculum:

5 stars

Job Assistance:

4 stars

A good challenging university that is international. I finished in 2019 and had a job offer from a big telecom company in my last semester, second year. Very happy with the outcome and the business training.

A good challenging university that is international. I finished in 2019 and had a job offer from a big telecom company in my last semester, second year. Very happy with the outcome and the business training.

University Canada West (UCW)

Worst University Ever!

Marcelo Nascimento

Vancouver • October 16, 2022

Graduated From

MBA

Overall:

1 out of 5

Instructors:

2 stars

Curriculum:

1 stars

Job Assistance:

1 stars

If you have a minimum of self-love stay as FAR AWAY as possible from this institution. Worst university ever! Their administration is terrible and their refund policy is absurd! You must pay your tuition on each term's first day or you will receive tru...

If you have a minimum of self-love stay as FAR AWAY as possible from this institution. Worst university ever! Their administration is terrible and their refund policy is absurd! You must pay your tuition on each term's first day or you will receive trully menacing emails. However, when you apply for a tuition refund, they tell you the process takes 30 BUSINESS DAYS to pay you back the money which is rightfully yours! It makes absolutely no sense! They say the refund takes so long due to international money transfer and whatever but it's a LIE! I live in Canada and my bank account is Canadian! They just DON'T CARE about their students! Worst education experience ever!
There's other options of great institutions in Vancouver that are actually organized, well administrated and will treat their students with respect - that will not be the case at UCW!