Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers

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Having a strong grasp of the English language seems like the most basic prerequisite to becoming a UBC student. However, in the search to find the absolute best students sometimes a little lateral thinking can pay big dividends.

That is the idea behind the new English Foundation Program (EFP) at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The program is designed for international students who have excellent academic skills but need a little help to meet the English language admission standards. “The creation of an English Foundation Program is another example of UBC’s commitment to building an inclusive, diverse learning community,” says Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students at the Okanagan campus. “By increasing accessibility to a university education in this way, we are helping provide the leaders of tomorrow with more opportunity to fulfill their ambitions.”

An important aspect of UBC is the mosaic of culture across campus. The unique connections that international students bring to the university play a large role in that. The EFP is a way to help students feel comfortable coming from great distances to study here. It also provides them with a way to assimilate within the UBC culture and earn credit toward their degree. “This innovative, accredited program combines intensive English language studies with academic content courses while engaging students in campus life,” says Leah Sanford, manager of International Programs and Services.

The English Foundation Program is committed to breaking down barriers so that UBC can maintain the high level of achievement and diverse campus culture it is known for.

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