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Guide to Vancouver Universities & Colleges

Higher Education Options in and around Vancouver, BC

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Home to the world-class University of British Columbia, nationally-renowned Simon Fraser Univerisity and a wide range of top-notch professional colleges, Metro Vancouver is one of the best places in Canada to pursue higher education. Use this Guide to Vancouver Universities & Colleges to find the best options for your education goals.

University of British Columbia

Rose Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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One of Canada’s top universities, University of British Columbia (UBC) is located near the southwestern coast of Vancouver, about twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver by car. UBC is recognized globally as a top-tier learning institution, placing 33rd in the world in the Times Higher Education (UK) 2007 ranking. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees; their official site provides information on all programs, faculty, research, and more.

Simon Fraser University

Ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities for almost 20 years, Simon Fraser University (SFU) is home to more than 24,000 students and has campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and downtown Vancouver. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate degrees. At the SFU site, you’ll find details on programs, international initiatives, application process, and more.

Capilano University

Located in North Vancouver (about 20 minutes north of downtown Vancouver), Capilano University offers Bachelor degrees in a number of fields, including business, education, and music therapy. The University also offers post-BA courses, and has a particular specialty in music. The official Capilano University site has all the details.

Columbia College

Canada’s oldest independent international college, Columbia College is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and offers University Transfer and Associate Degree programs, as well as ESL and English preparation programs.

Langara College

Located approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Vancouver by car SkyTrain, Langara College provides University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 20,000 students annually. Learn about their programs and application process here.

Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College (VCC) has locations in both downtown Vancouver and on E Broadway. VCC provides over 140 career-oriented certificate and diploma programs, including courses in health, hospitality, business, ESL, adult basic education and University Transfer, and offers both full- and part-time study options. Learn more here.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has five campuses in the greater Vancouver area, including a downtown campus and one on the Great Northern Way. BCIT has programs for full-time and part-time students, including applied Bachelor Degrees and a range of certificates and diplomas. Use the BCIT site to learn more.

Stenberg College

Located next to SFU's Surrey campus, Stenberg College specializes in health care and human services education, offering a wide range of professional programs; it has a job placement rate of over 96% in area of study within 6 months of graduation. The official site provides information on programs, admissions, and more.

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