University description (as per official university website)
Two long-standing colleges in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, Pacific Bible College and LIFE Bible College of Canada, have come together to form Pacific Life Bible College.
Pacific Bible College: Pacific Bible College grew out of an inner-city ministry of Open Bible Chapel in Vancouver. They saw a need for young men and women to be established in lifestyles based upon God's Word. The first classes began in October, 1972, with 35 students and seven teachers, with a church basement used as classrooms, and old houses as dormitories.
When the Vancouver facilities of the College were expropriated in 1978, after much prayer and deliberation, Pacific Bible College joined with Bible Fellowship Missionary Society in Surrey. In 1979, they purchased the Surrey facilities of Vancouver Bible College. Pacific became known for its campus environment and programming options for young people, such as LifeLaunch.
LIFE Bible College of Canada: Since its founding in 1928 in the heart of Vancouver, LIFE Canada has been developing ministers and leaders primarily for Foursquare Churches in Canada. The College operated out of various church basements and facilities of their own in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby.
Lacking the space for student dormitories, LIFE decentralized its programs of study through a global network of affiliated church institutes, known as LIFEline. Other innovations, including ISC, Leader's Track and Degree Upgrade, provided appealing options for mature students who were unable to uproot and move to a campus. But the need for a campus residence and program suited to young adults became a driving goal for LIFE Canada heading into the new millennium.
Pacific Life Bible College: In 1997, these two colleges, with a common purpose and complementary strengths, joined forces. Together we provide a strong central campus in Surrey with extension programs that reach around the world. We are an interdenominational college affiliated with a denominational network of ministry opportunities.
Today, PLBC is growing and expanding to continue its cause of "Training Leaders To Make A World of Difference."
"In one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel." Philippians 1:27
A successful applicant to PLBC must be a born-again Christian, give evidence of a consistent Christian life, and be actively involved in a local church fellowship for at least the full year preceding application.
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING STUDENTS
Students applying to PLBC's Professioanal Counselling programs must provide/complete the following in addition to the basic acceptance criteria: 1) Criminal Record Check; 2) Students recently graduated from High School will have to complete 2 years of undergraduate studies; 3) Students must have completed an accredited college-level English course or do one of the following: a) Register and complete PLBC's Distance Education (Correspondence) English course; or b) Challenge PLBC's English course by successfully passing the exam; 4) Complete a Counselling Career Aptitude Assessment Form; and 5) Submit two passport size photographs.
Graduation from high school on the academic program, or successful completion of the B.C. General Educational Development certificate program at the Grade 12 level, or the equivalent from another province, is required to enter the baccalaureate programs.
High school graduation or equivalent is required.
In order to be reasonably confident of success at the level of academic work expected at PLBC, you should be able to achieve a score of at least 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL #9016). In addition, you will need transcripts showing educational attainment recognized as equal to B.C. high school, such as a General Certificate of Education (U.K. and Commonwealth), University of Hong Kong Matriculation Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or similar evidence of academic preparation.
EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE
All foreign students will need to obtain a student visa to attend Pacific Life. The procedures require considerable time and should begin well in advance of the desired enrollment date. For more information, contact Canada Immigration on the web: www.cic.gc.ca.
Foreign students must be able to provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover the first year of studies and a return air ticket.
HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS
PLBC welcomes applicants from graduates of home-based schools and from other unaccredited and/or non-traditional secondary education programs. Each candidate who is unable to present provincially/state-examined matriculation is evaluated personally in order to gauge their readiness for college-level studies.
Home-schooled students should consider providing us with SAT or ACT scores or GED marks. They should also provide an educational background chart to serve as a transcript.
All students are responsible for ensuring that they are adequately covered by medical insurance. After two months' residence in B.C., students are eligible for B.C. Medical Insurance coverage at very modest rates. PLBC will provide details on request.
Students from other post-secondary institutions must arrange with the Registrar of that institution to forward a transcript directly to the Registrar of Pacific Life Bible College. Each credit is evaluated on the basis of parallel courses, course requirements, grades received and academic standing of the institution. After the evaluation and acceptance of transferred credits, an enrolment counselor will help you arrange the most advantageous course schedule and timetable for completion.