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.

Check out the video and keep a few things in mind when coming to BC to study.

International Students


International Study Basics

1. English is the language of instruction

Each institution sets its own level of English proficiency. 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 Canadaon how to get one.

3. Health insurance is required

If you're studying in BC for longer than 3 months, you have to enroll in the BC Medical Services Plan. Find out more at your institution's International Student Services Office.

4. Speak to an Advisor at your Institution

Contact an international student advisor at the institution you would like to attend, to go over the application process and ask all the questions you have on living, working and studying in BC.

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