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 work 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.
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:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Spring 2021 classes for our Vancouver campus will be fully remote. Please click here for more information.
Please review the following checklist for applying to programs offered on our Vancouver campus:
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:
*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.
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
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Students from non-English speaking countries with scores below the minimum requirement may be enrolled in the Graduate Preparatory Program prior to their degree program.
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.
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:
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.
Upon acceptance to Adler University, international students must obtain a study permit. This official document, issued by an immigration officer, allows 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.
To obtain a study permit (or a letter of introduction authorizing the issuance of a study permit at a Canadian port of entry), please start your application online and visit the IRCC site. Remember to apply early; Canadian representatives in some countries have a deadline for processing student applications to study abroad, and 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 from a Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
The Protocol Division of Foreign Affairs issues an acceptance to everyone who has diplomatic, consular, or official status in Canada and their family members. If you have this approval, you do not need a study permit to take courses in Canada.
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.
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.
Ros Clark Best, a graduate of the Master of Counselling Psychology program in Vancouver, was recently profiled in the Spring 2019 issue of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors’ Insights Magazine.
Adler University Vancouver Campus graduate Kelli Palfy, M.A. ‘11, recently published a resource for male victims of sexual abuse and their supporters. She hopes “to reduce the isolation and the shame” that victims can feel.“
As a mental health professional in Canada, Christina Ruggiero M.CP ’16 sees firsthand the racial and socioeconomic disparities in the counselling workforce – and it’s something she wants to change. Thanks to her recent donation, Adler University will be able to create more opportunities for members of the BIPOC community who dream of becoming counseling professionals.