Things you should know
Things You Should Know About Classes (Do's and Don'ts)
- attend all classes
- write exams on the scheduled dates
- pay all fees and fines. Your marks (grades, transcripts) will not be given to you if you owe Okanagan College any money
- participate in class discussions
- inform your teacher ahead of time if you are going to be absent for class
- be late for classes
- cheat during tests/exams,
- use another person's ideas or work as your own (you will get 0% on your test or assignment if you are caught cheating and you could be expelled from school).
- book flights home until you know your final exam schedule
- you may appeal a given grade if you do not agree with it.
- you need to meet pre-requisites for entry into higher ESL levels or academic programs.
- your college records are private and will not be released to someone else without your permission.
- if you want to withdraw from classes you MUST see an International student advisor and or fill out a 'Course Withdrawal Form' and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
If you would like further information on the above items you can consult an International Education Advisor or the Okanagan College Calendar.
Tuition Fee Payment
For the fall and winter semesters, new students are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 before being permitted to register for classes. Please note also that ALL tuition fees must be PAID IN FULL by the Tuition Fee Deadline.
For fee deadline and details go to Fee Payment
- New students receive a full refund less the $500 tuition deposit up to the end of the second week of classes
- There is no refund after the second week of classes
Before the start date: a full refund less a $500 tuition deposit for new students. After the start of classes there will be no refund
The International Education Office MUST have your current address. If you move, please fill out a 'Change of Address' form at the office.
Going from EAP to Academic Programs
International students completing EAP and continuing into other programs MUST complete a new application form and submit it to the International Education Office.
Degree and Diploma Programs
To meet the language requirement for entry into academic programs students must have one of the following:
- completion of EAP Level 4 at Okanagan College
- a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer based) or 79 (internet-based)
- IELTS overall band 6.5
- Students must also have completion of the equivalent of grade 12 OR be at least 19 years old and out of high school for one year preceding the program of study.
- All other international student requirements and program admission requirements apply.
- Consult the Okanagan College Calendar or an International Education Advisor for more details.
Okanagan College recognizes the diversity of religious practices among its students. If you actively practice a recognized religion, you may request to be absent from classes and/or examinations on formal holy days. You will need to inform your instructors of these holy days on the first week of classes. You should also discuss possible alternative arrangements with them. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your requests. If your absence is approved, you will normally be required to make up any missed work or exams.
About Academic Probation
- Achieving a semester grade average of less than 55 % can result in your being put on academic probation. Please refer to the Okanagan College Calendar for details or see an Education Advisor for more information.
- If you are taking University courses and are failing EAP courses, you may NOT be able to continue taking University courses in the next semester.
- If students fail all courses for more than one semester they may not be able to continue their studies at Okanagan College.
For complete information about Academic Probation, please go to www.okanagan.bc.ca/calendar and click on General Academic Regulations and Policies