Facts about studying in British Columbia

Studying in British Columbia offers you an opportunity to further your education and increase your post-graduation career prospects.

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  1. British Columbia is one of the most popular international student destinations in Canada.

    BC, with its cosmopolitan cities, lush rainforests, coastal waters, and impressive mountains is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful provinces to study and live in and is one of the top choices for international students alongside Ontario and Quebec.

  2. British Columbia is home to more than 200,000 international students.

    Our high-quality education, friendly and diverse society, and outdoor lifestyle make BC an attractive study destination.

  3. We have one of the world’s top 100 universities.

    Established in 1908, BC’s oldest university, The University of British Columbia (UBC), counts eight Nobel prize winners and three Canadian Prime Ministers as alumni, and is one of the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

  4. We have two of the top comprehensive universities in Canada.

    Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Victoria (UVic) earned top spots in Maclean’s annual university rankings list for having a “significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.”

  5. We have the best college-to-university transfer system in North America.

    BC’s seamless transfer system allows students to move from one institution to another without losing credits. Our post-secondary institutions offer a variety of programs, and transfer opens up new possibilities for accessing these programs. Find out more here.

  6. Our institutions have a globally recognized seal of quality.

    BC is the first province in Canada to provide students with a globally recognized seal of quality for post-secondary education, the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation. Students choosing an institution with an EQA designation can be assured that it has met or exceeded government quality assurance standards and offers consumer protection.