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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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

Travel updates for international students studying in BC

Flights from India and Pakistan As of April 22, 2021, at 11:30 pm ET, Canada is suspending flights from India and Pakistan. Travel restrictions may change with little warning. Read the news release for more details. Submit your complete study permit application for the fall 2021 semester If IRCC receives your complete study permit application by […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for international students

The information on this page is to help you understand how British Columbia and Canada are working to keep students and communities healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial Updates The Government of British Columbia has ensured post-secondary institutions have plans in place that allow institutions to welcome international students on study permits while […]

Announcing the winner of the 9th annual Study in BC photo contest

Launched for the first time in 2012, our annual Study in BC photo contest continues to be a great success and continues to break records on the number of submissions submitted. Thank you to all the BC international students and alumni who sent in their heartwarming photos. We love seeing the way you live, study, […]

Real student stories

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Cultivating a Sense of Community

One of the scariest parts of moving to a new place – at least for me – is the lack of friendships and support network when you…
by Christopher MorganUSA, University of Northern British Columbia

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A Feeling of Belonging in a Foreign Land: Self-awareness and Self-acceptance

It has been three years since I came to Vancouver to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. As I write this blog, I find myself in a comfortable…
by Ziyun (Alina) ZengChina, University of British Columbia

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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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Cultivating a Sense of Community

One of the scariest parts of moving to a new place – at least for me – is the lack of friendships and support network when you…
by Christopher MorganUSA, University of Northern British Columbia

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A Feeling of Belonging in a Foreign Land: Self-awareness and Self-acceptance

It has been three years since I came to Vancouver to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. As I write this blog, I find myself in a comfortable…
by Ziyun (Alina) ZengChina, University of 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