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

School

Post-secondary institutions

Study in BC news and updates

IRCC: Revised requirements to better protect international students

On December 7, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced: Temporary measures to allow some students to work off-campus more than 20 hours a week will be extended from Dec 31, 2023, to April 30, 2024. This will apply to students already in Canada and those who submitted a study permit application on or before […]

Here2Talk Provides Mental-health Support for Students this Fall

Free mental-health supports are available 24 hours a day for B.C. post-secondary students who may be coping with anxiety, depression and other concerns. Here2Talk is a virtual counselling service that provides immediate mental-health support to students via the Here2Talk app, over the phone or through online chat. Here2Talk supports overall well-being and mental health by […]

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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Community means kindness

No matter you are studying or working away from home, sometimes homesickness creeps up and loneliness has you sink into depression.…
by Thi Anh Thu PhamVietnam , Thompson Rivers University

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Life Could be Iridescent

My name is Shuolei. I am a young man from China, where I've spent most of my life. I grew up in a traditional society where the LGBTQ+…
by Shuolei HuangChina, Adler University

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Understanding my Rights as an International Student

Through navigating a variety of  situations as an international student, I’ve learned the importance of understanding my rights.…
by Tatenda MunodawafaZimbabwe, Thompson Rivers University

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