Language Requirements

All students are required to speak and write English at an acceptable level for their program of study. In order to succeed in any VFS program, students will need to understand technical terms and be conversant enough in English to participate in presentations and in-depth discussion.

Depending upon your program of study, you must meet either the Level 1 or Level 2 English language requirements as outlined below. Achieving the indicated scores in any of these tests satisfies the VFS English language requirements.

Programs with Level 1 Language Requirements

  • Acting Essentials
  • Foundation Visual Art + Design
  • Makeup Design for Film + Television
  • Sound Design for Visual Media

International Standardized Test Scores

- IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level
- TOEFL – score of 68 internet-based (iBT), or 520 Paper based (PBT)
- PTE - score of 52 - 57
- TOEIC – score of 700
- B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) – Grade C
- LPI – Level 4
- Duolingo - score of 50 - 60

VFS Internal English Assessment

VFS offers a language assessment that measures both speaking and listening skills. This test can be scheduled by speaking with a VFS Admissions Advisor. (Students may be required to take the VFS English Assessment if they are enrolling in Acting Essentials or Acting for Film & Television)
- Score of 4

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)​

-Level 7 on the CELPIP General or CELPIP LS

Permanent Resident

- A 65% or higher in BC English 12 or Communications 12

International Baccalaureate (IB)

- A final grade of 5 or higher on IB English A1 (English A: Language & Literature) and A2 (English A: Literature) course

Post-secondary

- Attended one year at a post-secondary institution in English, in an English Speaking country.

VFS English Language School Partners

VFS has partnered with a number of ESL schools in Vancouver. Beside each school you will see an indication of the level or score required to satisfy the VFS Level 1 English language requirements.

- BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) - Completion of ISEP 500

- Canadian College – completion of Level 140

- EC English Language Centre – completion of Upper Intermediate

- ELS Language Centres – completion of Level 109

- Eurocentres & Oxford International Education Group – completion of Level 6

- Global Village English Centres – GV6 Level or IELTS 6.0

- ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) – completion of Level 13

- ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) – completion of A1 Level, University Pathway Program

- Inlingua Victoria Campus – completion of Level EAP2, with 80% or higher

- Inlingua Vancouver Campus – completion of Level 3B

- International House – completion of EAP Level 1

- Sprott Shaw Language College – completion of EPE (English for Post-Secondary Education) with at least 80% in coursework

- Kings Education – completion of Kings Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)

- PGIC – Completion of Advanced (Level 5) and additional electives: Study Skills, Reading Skills, or Writing Skills

- VGC International College – minimum 70% grade for Level 7

Programs with Level 2 Language Requirements

  • 3D Animation + Visual Effects
  • Acting for FIlm + Television
  • Animation + Concept Art
  • Classical Animation
  • ​Digital Design
  • Film Production
  • Game Design
  • Programming for Games, Web + Mobile
  • Writing for Film and Television

International Standardized Test Scores

- IELTS Band 6.5 – Academic level
- TOEFL – score of 80 internet-based (iBT), or 550 paper-based (PBT)
- PTE - score of 58 - 64
- TOEIC – score of 785
- B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) – Grade A
- C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) – Grade C
- LPI – Level 5
- Duolingo - score of 61 or higher

VFS Internal English Assessment

VFS offers a language assessment that measures both speaking and listening skills, and a written assessment may be required. This test can be scheduled by speaking with a VFS Admissions Advisor. (Students may be required to take the VFS English Assessment if they are enrolling in Acting Essentials or Acting for Film & Television)
- Score of 5

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

-Level 8 on the CELPIP General or CELPIP LS

Permanent Resident

- A 65% or higher in BC English 12 or Communications 12

International Baccalaureate (IB)

- A final grade of 5 or higher on IB English A1 (English A: Language & Literature) and A2 (English A: Literature) course

Post-secondary

- Attended one year at a post-secondary institution in English, in an English Speaking country.

VFS English Language School Partners

VFS has partnered with a number of ESL schools in Vancouver. Beside each school you will see an indication of the level or score required to satisfy the VFS Level 2 English language requirements.

- BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) – Completion of ISEP 600

- Canadian College – completion of Level 145

- EC English Language Centre – completion of Pre-Advanced

- ELS Language Centres – completion of Level 112

- Eurocentres & Oxford International Education Group – completion of Level 7

- Global Village English Centres – GV7 Level or IELTS 6.5

- ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) – completion of Level 15

- ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) – completion of A2 Level, University Pathway Program

- Inlingua Victoria Campus – completion of Level EAP2, with 85% or higher

- Inlingua Vancouver Campus – completion of Level 4A

- International House – completion of EAP Level 2

- Sprott Shaw Language College – completion of EPE (English for Post-Secondary Education) with at least 85% in coursework

- Kings Education – completion of Kings Level 7 (Pre-Advanced)

- PGIC – Completion of Advanced (Level 5) and additional electives: Study Skills, Reading Skills, or Writing Skills

- VGC International College – minimum 80% grade for Level 7

What Are My Other Options?

If you have not taken one of the above tests, or feel that your skill has improved since you took the test, you can meet our conversational requirements by taking a telephone-based test with VFS Admissions staff. To arrange for a test, please contact your Admissions Advisor. Some programs require writing abilities at a higher level, or more industry-specific language than can be indicated by the above tests. To satisfy writing levels required for some programs, we may ask for additional written submissions.

We realize that you may have to plan ahead in order to secure your seat at VFS, and that you may want to start applying before you've met the required conversational or written level of English. Our Admissions Advisors understand ESL issues and are more than willing to help you meet all language requirements to make sure they do not get in the way of your dream.

If you don’t pass an approved test or the VFS-conducted test, you may be accepted on a conditional basis. If you receive conditional acceptance, you must provide regular feedback to your Admissions Advisor on specifically what you are doing to improve your English before you start your course at VFS (e.g., attending ESL classes). Additionally, you must schedule and pass either an approved test or the VFS-conducted test no later than one month before your start date, or risk having your enrollment postponed or cancelled. 

Study Permits

All of VFS’s programs require international students to obtain a study permit. You must apply for your study permit at the Canadian Consulate or Canadian Embassy for your area, before your program starts.

To get a study permit you must provide:

You'll need to present the original acceptance letter from Vancouver Film School and proof of deposit.

The letter needs to show that there are sufficient funds in your account to support you while you're studying, including full tuition fees.

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your program.

Be sure to include the VFS’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number on your study permit application: O19239015912. Please note, the first digit in the sequence is the letter “O”, and not a zero.

For more information, contact:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Medical Insurance

All students must have medical insurance coverage while studying in Canada. You'll need to apply for coverage before you arrive in Canada, and it must cover you for your first three months in British Columbia. Students MUST have medical insurance while studying at VFS, or you will not be eligible for services from us.

Some main fees medical fees and their cost:

Type of fee Cost without insurance
Emergency visit $927
Outpatient visit/day $1000+
Day surgery $3,495
X-Ray $49+
MRI $2,028
Ambulance Charges $240
Lab test $125
Physician fees $100-240

 

International students: All international students are required to have medical insurance for the length of their studies at Vancouver Film School. We have partnered with Guard.me,  an insurance provider in Canada that provides coverage to international students at affordable rates.  The estimated charge is $2.00 CAD per day.  Guard.me covers you from the time you leave home (up to seven days prior to arrival) until a week after your program end date. VFS does not accept insurance from companies outside of Canada.

Canadian students: Canadian students can remain on their home provinces medical plan. However, you must notify your provincial health provider that you will be away from BC studying at a post-secondary school.

Guard.me

Guard.me Insurance coverage can be used for injury or sickness requiring emergency hospital confinement or emergency treatment up to CDN$2,000,000.00. For a comprehensive summary of the services included in their plans, go to the policy section of the guard.me website. 

  • You must be a student of foreign nationality
  • You must not be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • You must be enrolled in and attending a recognized learning institution (Vancouver Film School)
  • You are not travelling against a physician's advice

CDN $2.00/day per person.

For more information contact Student Services by emailing studentservices@vfs.com or talk to your advisor.

If you have been involved in an accident and have gone to a non-direct-billing clinic you will need to pay and submit a claim after. To make a claim, please go to the Guard.me website directly.

(Insurance claim is a request to the insurance provider to cover/compensate or refund you expenses for a covered loss or policy event.)

Check here to find a direct pay clinic near you.

If you are a student, and have been living in BC for more than three months you are eligible for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP). Click the link below to obtain a copy of the BC Medical Insurance application or apply online.

Scholarships

VFS offers a variety of scholarships throughout the year. For a list of the currently available tuition grants, click to our Finances page.

International Offices

We have offices in high-demand spots around the world. Our International Admissions Advisors, based in these areas, can help you make an informed decision about your education at VFS. They are available to work with you personally, explain all the programs thoroughly, and give you student work to view. They can also discuss financing options and help walk you through the application, acceptance, and student visa process.

Brazil

Maria Luiza Furtado / Roberta Verzolla

mfurtado@vfs.com / rverzolla@vfs.com

Phone: +55 11 4420 3707 or
+55 11 4420 3708 or
+55 11 4420 3709

Av das Nações Unidas, 14.401
Torre Tarumã, 31st floor, Suite 3111
Parque da Cidade
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
04794-000

China

Grace Xu

gxu@vfs.com

Phone: 0086 10 6439 3701
Cell: +86 139 1159 6919

Office 1505 , Tower 2, Building A
Wang Jing SOHO, 10th Wangjing Street
Chaoyang District, Beijing City, China

China

Kathy Li

kli@vfs.com

Phone: +1 604 631 3003
Cell: +1 778 858 3535
WeChat: LIXIAOK

Guangzahou, China

Colombia

Janaina Lorenzo e Barros

jbarros@vfs.com

Phone: 57 1 646 6739 or
57 1 646 6658

Bogotá, Capital Tower
Calle 100#7-33 Piso 14
Bogotá, 110211

India

Dorothy Mathias

dorothy@vfs.com

Phone: +91 22 2605 0338

102, Windward Apartment
21st Road, Bandra (West)
Mumbai, 400 050, India

Korea

Hakyun Lim

hlim@vfs.com

Phone: +82 2 2008 4900
Fax: +82 2 2008 4555

41/F Gangnam Finance Center
Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea, 135-984

Latin America (Mexico)

Veronica Jeronimo Cardenas

admissionsla@vfs.com

Phone: (52 55) 4737 0897 or
(52 55) 5661 3875

Manuel M Ponce 255 - oficina 203
Col Guadalupe Inn
México DF, C.P. 01020

Taiwan

Ruth Nan

rnan@vfs.com

Phone: +886 2 7725 3600
Cell: +886 936 201 341

4F, 200 Sec 1, Keelung Road
Taipei, Taiwan 11071

Turkey

Deniz Altuntug

daltuntug@vfs.com

Cell: 0541 259 1800

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