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International Students

International Admission Overview

International Admission Overview

Adler University has a long tradition of attracting students from around the world to study in our collaborative learning environment. International students from over the world add to our rich campus diversity.

Canada is a friendly, safe country with a high standard of living. The Global Peace Index ranks Canada among its top 10 safest countries in the world to visit. With world-class cities, great student health benefits, low crime rates, a culture of tolerance and diversity, and vast wilderness, Canada is a natural destination for thousands of international students.

Moving to Vancouver for your graduate studies is a major life transition. That’s why we have developed this pre-arrival guide to help you get settled as part of the Adler and Vancouver community. This guide covers everything from traveling to Vancouver and finding housing to getting around the city and obtaining a study permit.

Graduates of Adler University are eligible for to apply for Canada’s Post Graduate Work Permit Program allowing them to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Graduate Preparatory Program

The Graduate Preparatory Program, comprised of three, non-credit courses, ensures students are able to study, and complete assignments and examinations with confidence in the fields of public policy/administration, industrial organizational psychology, and applied psychology. Specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking, and seminar or tutorial discussion, provide a strong foundation for our students. Material in the courses cover current affairs and/or incorporates relevant public policy issues, as well as key topics in industrial organizational psychology and applied psychology to bridge academic training with practical knowledge. GPP students also learn four key principles to succeed in their graduate program: discovering a passion for your field of study, being self-directed, preparing to work as a member of a team, and being clear about your academic goals.

GPP Curriculum Outline:

  • GPP 500 – Effective English Communication
  • GPP 510 – Fundamental Research Skills
  • GPP 520 – Fundamental Presentation Skills
International Admissions Requirements

International Admissions Requirements

Please review the following checklist for applying to programs offered on our Vancouver campus:

  • Step 1: Complete our application (*Applications will not be processed – and documents will not be accepted – until the Application Fee has been paid)
  • Step 2: Submit official documents
  • Step 3: Submit your English Proficiency Score
  • Step 4: Submit a copy of your passport (A current passport color copy of your biography page is required)
  • Step 5: Complete the Admission Review. Once the application file is complete the admission review will take 1-4 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Official Documents

Official Documents

For admission consideration, students must provide the following:

Diplomas and Transcripts: Adler University requires official transcripts and academic documents for full admission; however, some applicants may be considered for a limited admission based on unofficial transcripts.

Official Academic Documents: Official degree transcripts for applicants within Canada, the U.S., or the Caribbean are either mailed directly from the home institution’s registrar’s office OR sent digitally in an official capacity by the home institution to [email protected].

Students from all other nations will need to complete a course-by-course international transcript evaluation from one of the following services:

Students should also send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office to accompany their international transcript evaluation.

*Some programs may be exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation please speak to your Admissions Advisor for more details.

Official paper academic documents must be issued by the institution in a sealed and stamped envelope or sent via a secure transcript service to:
Adler University International Admissions
520 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC V6B 3J5

Graduate Degree & GPA Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a Canadian or U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 may be eligible for provisional admission).

*Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

English Proficiency Score

English Proficiency Score

Students wishing to enter directly into a Graduate academic program must provide evidence of English proficiency by one of the following options*:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based Test
    • Applicants must have a minimum Overall Score of 92, with no sections under 22
    • Adler University’s Vancouver campus code for receiving test scores is 6215
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Applicants must have a minimum overall score of 7.0 (with no band below 6.5).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Applicants must have a minimum score of 66

Students from non-English speaking countries with an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum writing score of 6.5 may be considered for admission to the Graduate Preparatory Program prior to enrolling in the Applied Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, or Public Policy & Administration programs.

Adler University verifies all English proficiency test scores with the testing organizations. Any applicant submitting scores that are inaccurate will be denied admission.

*English proficiency scores must be officially reported. Students who have completed a degree in Canada or the U.S. or have a degree fully taught in English may have the English proficiency score requirement waived.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information about program costs, scholarship information, and more.

The following is an approximate breakdown of the cost of living during a twelve months period. Approximate Living Expense:

  • Room: CAD $750 per month
  • Transportation: CAD $175 per month
  • Medical: CAD $75 per month
  • Total Living Expense: CAD $12,000.00

The following is an approximate breakdown of tuition fees for twelve months period (3 Sessions) for International students studying in Vancouver, Canada and living on their own. Estimated figures subject to change without prior notice.

  • Tuition: CAD $1,052 per credit hour
  • Student Services: CAD $2,300 for the year (international and regular)
  • Books: CAD $1,200 yearly
  • Miscellaneous: CAD $100 per month
Study Permit & Co-op Work Permit

Study Permit and Co-op Work Permit

Upon acceptance to Adler University, international students must obtain a study permit and a co-op work permit. These official documents, issued by the Government of Canada, allow someone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to study in Canada. A study permit also allows you to work on and off campus if you are registered in full-time studies. A co-op work permit allows you to work for your Social Justice Practicum, which is an essential part of your study program at Adler University.

To obtain a study permit and a co-op work permit (or a letter of introduction authorizing the issuance of the permits at a Canadian port of entry), please start your application online and visit the IRCC site. Remember to apply early since the entire process can take weeks or months. Do not leave home until you receive your letter of introduction confirming the approval of your study permit and your co-op work permit from a Canadian Embassy or Consulate.

Adler University Vancouver Campus’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O19394452198. You may be asked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide the DLI number when you apply for a permit or a visa.

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A Different School of Thought

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit.

You’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and class windows have deliberately been situated to stimulate thought. These things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

Studying in Vancouver does have its added advantages. They are the land, sea and call of the wild. All of which, we encourage you to experience. This is the great outdoors and a very different school of thought. You’ll want to experience it all.

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