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

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 […]

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 […]

Real student stories

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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

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A passion project and a partnership

While I was already interested in the University of Northern British Columbia, part of what sealed the deal for me was the project…
by Christopher MorganUSA, University of Northern British Columbia

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The Opportunity in a Glass Half Empty

We have a glass inside of us that is gradually filled with experience; this glass is not made of crystal or any regular material, as…
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