Why study in British Columbia

Why study in BC? Our cities regularly appear at the top of global rankings for livability and quality of life. Our universities are consistently among the top-ranked institutions in Canada, and our highly integrated education system is a global model for progressive, flexible education. By choosing to study in BC, you will join more than 180,000 students from across the globe studying at all levels in our province.

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Study destinations

Getting started

Find helpful information before you arrive and once you’re studying and living in British Columbia.

  1. Facts about studying in BC
  2. About education in BC
  3. Scholarships and special programs
  4. Apply for your studies
  5. About living in BC
  6. About working in BC


Post-secondary institutions

Study in BC news and updates

IRCC: International students to help address Canada’s labour shortage

Limit on off-campus work hours to be lifted temporarily October 7, 2022—Ottawa—Employers are facing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need during this period of economic recovery and growth. The Government of Canada is continuing to take concrete actions to address current labour needs. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees […]

PHAC: Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a layered approach to border management to protect the health and safety of Canadians. As the pandemic situation has continued to evolve, adjustments to border measures have been informed by the latest evidence, available data, operational considerations, and the epidemiological situation, both in […]

Study in BC writer’s award – Share your experience!

Are you currently an international student studying at a BC post-secondary institution? Want to inspire others by sharing your international student journey, gain valuable writing experience, and be eligible for a chance to receive a $1,000 towards your tuition? Apply now for a Study in BC writer’s award. Eligibility: You must be a full or […]

Real student stories

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Helpful tips for your career and professional development as an international student

Are you familiar with questions like: “What do you plan to do after you graduate university?” and “Where do you see yourself…
by Des'ree IsiborNigeria, Simon Fraser University

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Being a global citizen: Learning unity

After half a year living in Canada, I am learning to embrace my new identity: a global citizen. Individually, it’s given me the courage…
by Thi Anh Thu PhamVietnam , Thompson Rivers University

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A passion project and a partnership

While I was already interested in the University of Northern British Columbia, part of what sealed the deal for me was the project…
by Christopher MorganUSA, University of Northern British Columbia

Video resources

Learn more about BC’s diverse regions, it’s world-renowned education system, and health and safety tips while studying in the province.

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British Columbia’s regions

British Columbia’s education system

Living in British Columbia

Health and safety