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Study in Vancouver

All the information you need about studying in Vancouver as an international student.

Why study in Vancouver?

Vancouver is a major coastal city located in British Columbia, the most westerly province of Canada. Thanks to its stunning scenery, multicultural community, excellent employment rate, low crime statistics and student-friendly amenities, Vancouver has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Nestled between mountains and ocean, the city offers loads of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including skiing and watersports. If you’re not an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll be sure to love the city’s fantastic shops, vibrant festivals, delicious restaurants and lively nightlife. With must-see tourist attractions on your doorstep, like the Vancouver Opera, Stanley Park, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Art Gallery, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.

The city is well-connected and has a reliable network of public buses and trains with handy connections to Vancouver Island and even the American city of Seattle. You can catch direct flights from Vancouver International Airport to various locations throughout Europe and Asia.

Universities in Vancouver

Vancouver welcomes international students from all over the world. There are over 10,000 international students studying at the city’s five universities. The city is proud of its multicultural demographic, making it one of the most welcoming destinations for those looking to study abroad.

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How to study in Vancouver

To study in Vancouver, you’ll have to attend a Designated Learning Institute as these are the only universities and colleges allowed to accept international students. There is no centralized application system in Canada, rather each institution will have different application processes. Before applying directly to each university, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the institution’s academic entry requirements.

International students hoping to study in Vancouver for over six months will need to apply for a Canadian study permit. You’ll need to prove that you can afford to live and study in the country and might be asked to take an English test to demonstrate your language proficiency.

What to study in Vancouver

Vancouver is at the forefront of technological research and manufacturing. As such, universities and colleges in the city offer excellent programs in technology, engineering, digital media and other related subjects. Studying these programs will prepare you for a career in the city’s flourishing tech sector.

Other strong program offerings include English, business, arts, law and medicine. Since English and French are both official languages in Canada, it’s a good idea to double check that your program will be taught in a language that you understand.

Cost to study in Vancouver

Tuition fees in Canada are typically cheaper than those in the UK, US, Australia and other English-speaking countries. The average yearly cost of tuition for international students on an undergraduate degree is $22,500. The average annual postgraduate tuition fee for international students is $13,437. However, these will vary depending on your university and course.

Statisticians rank Vancouver as the most expensive city in Canada, but it’s still much cheaper than major American and British cities like New York and London. Your living costs will depend on the type of accommodation you live in. It’s usually cheaper to stay in university halls than to rent privately in the city.

Key facts of Vancouver

  • 64/41°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 2,581,000 Population
  • Canada Country
  • 5 Universities