Guide to Universities & Colleges in Vancouver, BC

Higher Education Options in and around Vancouver, BC

Global aerial view of the University of British Columbia, buildings and campus
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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.

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    UBC campus in Vancouver, BC
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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 34th in the world in the Times Higher Education (UK) 2015 ranking. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees; their site provides information on all programs, faculty, research, and more.

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    Simon Fraser University
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    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

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    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. 

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    Columbia College in Canada
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    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.

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    Langara College
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    Located approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain (Vancouver's rapid transit system), Langara College provides University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 20,000 students annually.

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    Vancouver Community College
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    Vancouver Community College (VCC) has locations in both Downtown Vancouver and on E Broadway (just south of the Downtown core). 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. 

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    British Columbia Institute of Technology
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    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. 

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    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​ the area of study within 6 months of graduation. 

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    Established by the B.C. government in 1981, Kwantlen has four campuses in Metro Vancouver: Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and Cloverdale. Kwantlen offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and citations in more than 200 programs; over 17,000 students attend Kwantlen annually.