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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Check whether Kwantlen Polytechnic University is right for you as an international student.

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Surrey, Canada
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Study abroad at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s only polytechnic university. The University is committed to providing students with the academic knowledge and practical expertise they’ll need to achieve career success and fulfillment.

Students can choose from over 120 certificate, diploma, citation, and bachelor’s programs in subjects including fashion, product design, business, and horticulture. Many of these programs are exclusive to KPU and cannot be found at other Canadian institutions.

KPU is made up of five campuses across the Greater Vancouver area. Each campus is equipped with modern classrooms, state-of-the-art studios, athletic venues, faith centers, and high-tech laboratories.

Students can enjoy exploring Vancouver’s stunning scenery, famous coffee shops, and fantastic shops during their free time. The city is a bustling hub of entrepreneurship and is home to several of the world’s biggest brands, making it the perfect place to launch your international career.

Why study at KPU?

  • Earn while you learn

    KPU’s co-operative education programs allow students to switch between study and paid work semesters

  • Experiential learning

    Programs blend theoretical principles with hands-on, applied learning opportunities

  • Employability

    96% of KPU graduates secure full-time employment within six months

  • Generous scholarship scheme

    Each year, KPU awards nearly $2 million in scholarships and awards

  • Flexible scheduling

    Some courses run on a part-time basis so students can fit their studies around their other commitments

Life as an international student

The unique educational experience offered at KPU attracts students from all over the world. Over 70 nationalities are represented on campus and there are plenty of services in place to support international students.

The University has a dedicated team of educational advisors who work hard to make your study abroad experience as seamless and as enriching as possible. They can help with questions relating to visas, passports, accommodation, and much more.

Alongside this professional support, KPU runs a global buddy program. This is where more senior students are paired up with incoming international students. Your buddy will usually get in touch before you leave your home country and collect you from the airport.

The University hosts several events throughout the year to mark key dates in the international calendar. They also have a specific international student orientation program to help you explore your new home and get to know your classmates.

What Kwantlen Polytechnic University says

  • Kais Louati

    Kais Louati

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University Manager, International Recruitment and Admission
    Kais Louati says

    We offer over 140 diverse degree, diploma, certificate, and graduate programs. Our classes have a maximum of 35 students and many of them are even smaller than that!

    We take pride in offering affordable education to our students. At KPU, there is no price difference between faculties, and all programs are calculated based on the number of credits. We also work closely with industry partners and organizations to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce.

    KPU is Canada's only polytechnic university. We focus on hands-on skills, in addition to traditional academics. Many of our programs include work experience terms, practicums, or cooperative education options and 88% of our undergraduate credential programs offer work-integrated learning opportunities.

    Many of our programs are unique and can't be found at other post-secondary institutions!

    We offer more than 30 student services including academic advising, career development services, counseling, sport & recreation, indigenous services, free inter-campus shuttle, student clubs and organizations, and many more to help students succeed throughout their educational journey.

    Our alumni find themselves working for the Government of British Columbia and famous brands like Nike, Lululemon, Globe and Mail, and Chloé. More than 90% of our graduates find jobs related to their field of study within 6 months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

  • Graduate Diploma - CAD$ 12,852.69 per year

  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma - CAD$ 12,852.69 per year

  • Bachelor's degree - CAD$ 21,382.65 per year

  • Diploma - CAD$ 21,382.65 per year

  • Certificate - CAD$ 10,720.20 per year

  • Associate Degree - CAD$ 21,382.65 per year

KPU Major Entrance Scholarships

  • The President's Scholarship


  • The Merit Scholarship


  • The Indigenous Entrance Scholarship


Donor-funded Entrance Awards

  • Average amount from CAD$1,000 to CAD$3,000


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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8, Canada

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Canada's Province of British Columbia (BC) presents some of the most breathtaking geography in the world and boasts warm, laid-back and adventure-loving people across its vibrant cities.

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