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

700+ short-term exchange scholarships in Canada for international students and faculty

The International Education Division at Global Affairs Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 – 2024 Short-term Exchange Programs (SEP) scholarship competitions. Available scholarships: Short-term Exchange Programs Eligible countries/regions Details Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Latin America and the Caribbean Learn more Study in Canada Scholarships Africa, Asia, Europe and the […]

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 […]

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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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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The Landing

Moving away often feels like a fall, different from enjoying the fluid change of a landscape seen from the window of a moving car or…
by Laura MoralesBolivia, Capilano 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