The Regions of BC
Northern and Central Region
Studying in this BC region—the largest of the province—means studying amid a beautiful and unique natural environment. The Northern and Central region boasts mid-sized cities and smaller welcoming communities, and presents many activities for students to enjoy, from seeing wildlife and adventure hiking to experiencing First Nations culture.
The largest city in the Northern Region, Prince George, is home to a research university and a community college. However, there are many other colleges and teaching universities offering specialized courses and degree programs in the Northern and Central Region. ESL programs, university transfers, college and career preparation as well as summer programs are just a few of the options that these post-secondary institutions provide. There are also several K-12 public and independent schools throughout the region.
Southern Interior Region
The Southern Interior region—comprising the Okanagan Valley and West Kootneys—enjoys the sunniest and warmest summer weather in BC. Lively communities exist amid parks, lakeside beaches and mountain resorts, offering students both culture and outdoor adventure. Lively urban settings, museums and year-round festivals provide endless amusements, while the beautiful scenery attracts tourists from around the world. The Southern Interior Region is famous for its fruit, especially peaches and apples, as well as vineyards featuring more than 100 wineries. From boating in the summer to hitting the slopes in the winter, students can balance their BC studies with great outdoor activities.
The Southern Interior Region offers a wide array of public and private K-12 and post-secondary institutions. It comprises 13 K-12 public and independent institutions. Public and private universities and colleges offer undergraduate and associate degrees, university transfers, non-degree academic, vocational, language, career training and online programs in a wide variety of subjects. Graduate degrees are also an option at select public universities within this region.
Rocky Mountain Region
Imagine studying in the amazing Canadian Rockies! UNESCO has recognized the entire region as a World Heritage Area, and for good reason: the majesty of the Rockies is unparalleled, and the region is a mecca for skiers, hikers and river rafters. The towns and cities in this region are unlike any other in BC; each has its own distinct and unique presence but they all have in common a close-knit and welcoming feel.
The Rocky Mountain Region offers many public K-12 schools, which offer elementary, middle and senior international programs. The region has both public and private colleges that offer associate degrees, university transfers, vocational, language, career training and online programs in a wide variety of subjects.
Vancouver Island Region
Studying on the largest island off the western North American coast allows you to experience BC’s mild climate and amazing mix of both natural beauty and urban fun. Victoria, the capital city of BC, resides in this region, while smaller towns dot the east coast. The Vancouver Island region is known for its historical architecture, welcoming communities, great shopping and artisans and artists. There are many adventures to embark on, such as hiking the world-famous West Coast Trail, or spending an entire day surfing, whale-watching or kayaking.
The Vancouver Island Region is home to one of four research-intensive universities in BC. The public and private post-secondary institutions in this region not only provide a full range of undergraduate and graduate opportunities in a diverse set of subjects, but also offer vocational, language, career training and online programs.
There are many public and independent K-12 schools that offer BC Dogwood as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. Some schools even offer language training, French programs, and American Sign Language (ASL). Boarding schools can also be found in this region.
Vancouver and Surrounding Region
Vancouver has consistently been voted one of world’s most liveable cities, and its neighbouring districts offer a high standard of living with easy access to natural attractions. Home to many cultures, Vancouver and the Surrounding Region has everything from chic boutiques to historical galleries, and from world-class cuisine to great coffee houses. Whistler, the famous ski destination, is a quick drive away, and accessible transportation enables people to travel freely around the region.
The Vancouver and Surrounding Region has a vast array of public and independent K-12 institutions offering programs such as BC Dogwood, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
For students studying at a higher educational level, many public and private institutions offer university transfer, language and career training. There are also several technical schools with specialized programs. Vancouver and the Surrounding Region is home to two of the top research universities, which continue to place highly in global rankings. They offer many undergraduate and graduate programs in a diverse set of subjects. This region provides educational options that can accommodate any need.