Your guide to Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)


Dreading the idea of more rigorous exams? Crying into your pillow at the thought of more sleepless nights? Well, maybe choosing CIMP as your pre-university course is the right choice for you.

Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP) also known as Canadian Pre-University (CPU), is a program offered by the Canadian Secondary School curriculum according to requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education in Canada.

The basics of Canadian Pre-University


To some, education is more than just regurgitating textbooks and penning reports- it’s about personal growth coupled with analytical knowledge. CIMP understands that and it’s a more holistic and wholesome approach towards education.

Intake(s): January, March and July

Recognition: It is a locally and internationally recognized course (no, you’re not just limited to Canada)

How is Canadian Pre-University structured?

Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)

  • Each semester, students will learn a new combination of subjects (sounds like you’ll never get bored)
  • You will be required to take 6 Grade 12 subjects in total, do 10 hours of community service and pass a literacy test
  • The coursework to final exam ratio is 70:30 with exams comprised mostly of test and quizzes
  • The coursework focuses on real world application and designed with the goal of ensuring students gain knowledge as well as soft skills necessary to compete in the ever-competitive global environment

Why should you take Canadian Pre-University?

Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)

  • It also has a wide range of co-curricular activities available
  • Involves real world application in its coursework by honing effective communication skills through debates and projects
  • You’ll also be exposed to a holistic education through community service

Who is Canadian Pre-University for?

Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP)

You should consider taking Canadian Pre-University if:

  • You have good time management skills, as assessments and coursework are ongoing throughout the year
  • You are confident conversing and writing in English
  • You enjoy discussions and presentations
  • You are excited and willing to learn a wide spectrum of subject fields

You should NOT consider taking Canadian Pre-University if:

  • Can’t study consistently and you’re more of a “last minute- burning the midnight oil” kind of person. With the continuous assessment style of CIMP, those methods just won’t cut it
  • Struggle conversing fluently in English and tend to have nervous breakdowns during presentations

Looking for other Pre-U courses? Click on the link below:


Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Foundation course


Nadhirah Rafidz


Nadhirah Rafidz

In a perfect world, Nadhirah would spend her days travelling with her full-frame DSLR in search of adventure and excitement to blog about. Aside from being diagnosed with chronic wanderlust, Nadhirah enjoys playing sports, reading fantasy-fiction, drinking freshly squeezed juice and playing with cats.

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