An Overview of Universities in Vancouver Canada
Each offers a variety of different programs and they all offer international student programs and/or services.
University of British Columbia (UBC)
University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as “UBC”, was established in 1908. It educates a student population of over 50,000 with campuses in Vancouver and in Kelowna in interior BC’s Okanagan Valley.
Its largest campus is the one in Vancouver, located at the western tip of the Point Grey Peninsula, 30 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver.
It has a beautiful campus with snow-capped mountains views and ocean vistas.
UBC ranked #3 for best overall reputation among Canadian medical/doctoral universities in 2011, according to Maclean's magazine's annual ranking of Canadian universities.
It was also ranked as #27 in the world and #2 in Canada in the 2012 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and it's the most recognized school in BC.
UBC offers programs in a wide variety of subjects including: medicine, business, engineering, education, arts, applied science, dentistry, law, forestry, and more.
› Information about the UBC International Student Program
Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Simon Fraser University, commonly referred to as “SFU”, was established in 1965. It educates a student population of over 32,000 students with its main Campus located in Burnaby, and satellite campuses in downtown Vancouver and Surrey. The main campus is located on top of Burnaby mountain, offering spectacular panoramic views of the entire area.
SFU was ranked #1 in Canada’s top Comprehensive Universities in 2011, and its strongest fields are said to be statistics and applied maths, and physics according to MacLeans magazine’s annual ranking of Canadian universities.
It was also ranked as #110 in the world and #6 in Canada in the 2012 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
SFU offers programs in a wide variety of subjects including: applied sciences, arts & social sciences, business administration, communication, art & technology, education, environment, health sciences, and sciences.
› Information about the SFU International Student Program
Capilano University was originally established as “Capilano College” in 1968, but was given university status in 2008. It has over 7,500 students with its main campus located in North Vancouver and regional campuses in Squamish and Sechelt.
Its programs are mostly undergraduate programs, including bachelor degree programs, university transfer programs and college-style diplomas, certificates and degrees.
Only newly a university, Capilano only offers 6 bachelor degree programs: Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education Care and Education, Legal Studies (Paralegal), Music in Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, and Tourism Management.
› Information about the Capilano University International Student Program
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University was originally established as “Kwantlen University College” in 1981, but was given polytechnic university status in 2008. It has over 17,000 students with campuses in Surrey, Richmond and Langley.
It has over 135 undergraduate programs, including bachelor degree programs, university transfer programs and college-style programs.
Kwantlen offers bachelor's degree programs in over 20 subjects, including the only graphic design for marketing program in Canada, one of only two fashion design degree in Canada, and one of the only undergraduate journalism programs in region.
› Information about the Kwantlen Polytechnic University International Student Program
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Emily Carr University of Art & Design was originally established as "Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design" in 1925, but was given university status in 2008.
It educates over 1,800 students with its main campus located in Vancouver on Granville Island, 3 satellite campuses in Vancouver, two on 3rd Avenue, and one on 1st Avenue.
Emily Carr offers 4-year programs leading to Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts and Design, and a 2-year Applied Master Degree in Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design. It also offers a range of certificate programs and continuing studies courses on a part-time basis.
› Information about Emily Carr University's International Student Services