International Students

From outside of Canada?

BC welcomes a large number of international students pursuing a Canadian education

Depending on where you were educated, admission requirements can vary. Find out the post-secondary requirements specific to you.

If you have specific questions about your situation, contact an international student advisor at the post-secondary institution you're interested in.

International Study Basics

1. English is the language of instruction

Each institution sets its own level of English proficiency. EPBC Search database provides information about each institution's English Language Proficiency requirement. For further information, contact the institutions you are interested in attending to confirm you have the required level of English. English as a Second Language (ESL) upgrading support is available at most institutions.

2. Obtain a study permit

If your academic degree program is longer than 6 months, you have to obtain a study permit.  See Citizenship and Immigration Canada on how to get one.

3. Health insurance is required

If you're studying in BC for longer than 6 months, you have to enroll in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). 

Since there is approximately a 2 to 3 month waiting period for newcomers to BC before the MSP takes effect, you should apply for BC MSP immediately upon your arrival. Contact your post-secondary institution’s International Student Service Office to arrange temporary health insurance for this waiting period.

4. Speak to an Advisor at your Institution

Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at each institution are available to answer questions such as application/admission process and program choices. Contact an advisor at the institution you would like to attend and ask all the questions you have on studying, living and working in BC.

BC is an excellent place to pursue your post-secondary education