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FAQ: Where are the degree preparation programs taught?

English preparation and Pre-Master's classes are held at the heart of the University campus in the International Study Centre (ISC).

FAQ: What grades do I need for Royal Roads University in Canada?

Applicants must have achieved an average grade of 75% or higher in previous academic study. See all entry requirements.

FAQ: Am I guaranteed progression to a degree at the University?

Yes, if you maintain a satisfactory grade (2.5 GPA) and successfully complete the English preparation programs, you are guaranteed a place at Royal Roads University.

Transfer Preparation Program: prepare for university degrees

University Bridging Program: prepare English and study skills for university

Who can join this program?

  • Undergraduate and graduate international students with intermediate level of English
  • ISC students who successfully complete English for Academic Purposes

This one or two semester degree preparation program in Canada helps students reach the English language levels for entry to year 3 of an undergraduate degree.


The Transfer Preparation Program enables students to deal with complex academic texts and to produce academic writing, fully referenced and in line with established conventions at university in Canada. A Study Skills course provides opportunities to research and deliver a formal presentation on an academic topic.

Watch highlights of the Fall semester 2011 presentations:

Each week, students have 30 hours of class time, plus a 1 hour academic advisory session.


Student progress is demonstrated through the production of a portfolio of work drawn from all the Transfer Preparation courses. This, along with final assessments of your English level, provides evidence of your readiness to move to the next step on your journey at university in Canada.

Progression on program completion

On completion of the Transfer Preparation Program you must achieve these language levels to progress:

Level Route ENGLISH Equivalent required for progression
Undergraduate students Year 1 of a bachelor's degree IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 520 PBT/ 68 iBT
Graduate or transfer students 1-semester Pre-Master's Program

Next steps

Are you ready?

Online application


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Thanh Thao Nguyen - international student at University in Canada

student testimonial

Thanh Thao Nguyen

From: Vietnam
Program: University Bridging Program, preparing for BA International Hotel Management

"I found many schools, but Royal Roads University seems to be perfect to me. After study here for 3 months, I knew that my decision was right. All of the teachers in Royal Roads University are very friendly. They prepare everything perfectly before class and the way they teach make it enjoyable."

Key Facts

Course length:

1-2 semesters

Next start date:

  • January 11, 2016
  • May 2, 2016
  • September 6, 2016


$9,900-15,900 CAD (1-2 semesters)

Entry requirements:

High School completion with 75% AVERAGE

English language level equivalent:

  • IELTS 5.5-6.0
  • TOEFL 55-60 iBT


Students who have a lower English level than the University Bridging Program entry requirement must first take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.