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

New measures for foreign nationals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits and applicants to the temporary resident to permanent resident pathways

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing measures for former international students with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits, and for temporary resident to permanent resident pathway applicants. These measures are building off the announcement made earlier this year. Foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit expired or will expire from September 20, 2021, to December […]

BC Study Abroad Scholarships Now Open for Spring 2022

Do your plans this spring include studying abroad, either in-person or virtually? Apply now for a chance to receive a CAD$500 scholarship to enhance your learning experience. BC Study Abroad Scholarships are now accepting applications. Any student enrolled at a BC Study Abroad Consortium institution, who is enrolled in or accepted into a short-term, in-person […]

Real student stories

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Living Away From Home During the Pandemic

Everything has been so unreal ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started. As someone whose home city is Wuhan, China, I went through…
by Ziyun (Alina) ZengChina, University of British Columbia

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Being Part of Global Community

Indeed, time flies so fast! It feels like I was submitting our study permit applications just yesterday! Now I am graduating in just…
by Amanzhan DuisekKazakhstan, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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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

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