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

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 […]

IRCC: Canada announces extension of post-graduation work permits for up to 18 months to retain high-skilled talent

Foreign nationals with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits will qualify to work in Canada longer Employers are facing unprecedented challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need during this period of economic recovery and growth. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that international graduates with a recently expired […]

Real student stories

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Working part-time as an international student

In the 2020-21 school year, I took on a couple of roles outside of being a student to enrich my educational experiences. Prior to…
by Ziyun (Alina) ZengChina, University of British Columbia

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My Journey to British Columbia as an International Student

When you think about going abroad to study, the first thing you need to care about is how to get to your destination. On my way…
by Aruzhan BasbulatKazakhstan, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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Ways to Stay Safe in Vancouver

Although Vancouver might look like a safe city compared to others, you shouldn’t underestimate its dangers and risks. Don’t get…
by Cristina MatusNicaragua, University Canada West

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