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Why go abroad? The decision to study abroad is a major one. Students report that going overseas or to a foreign country to study forever changes their lives – in a fantastic way. They learn new language skills, make new friends and connections, and most importantly challenge their perspectives.  When returning home, many find that these new skills increase their employability and inspire them…
If you're looking for a great place to live and learn, British Columbia has some great opportunities for you to check out. From our world-ranked universities and colleges to leading-edge trades training facilities, B.C. has something to offer for students of any interest. It's no secret that British Columbia is one of the best places in the world to live. With incredible natural beauty,…
Province's high-school-to-post-secondary transition rate is more than 80 percent VANCOUVER -- Ben Tyner and Corina David are getting ready for classes next month at two of B.C.'s newest universities. Tyner is studying philosophy at Capilano University's Sunshine Coast campus, while David will take criminology courses at the University of Vancouver Island campus in Nanaimo. Like most British Columbians, they know a high-school diploma just…
In the private post-secondary education and training sector, regulation is administered by the Private Career Training Institutes Agency [PCTIA]. There are 394 registered institutions in BC. PCTIA also administers an Accreditation process; in BC 180 private institutions are accredited by the Agency. Accredited schools are identified by a logo showing a golden apple at the centre of the green leaves of a tree. Institutions…
Studying in Canada and, in particular, studying in British Columbia is an excellent option for many youth and adult learners within the country, and from abroad. In B.C., as elsewhere in Canada, there is a Kindergarden to Grade 12 system of primary and secondary school education, and a post secondary system of education and training that is suited to the needs and expected outcomes…
Do you want a first-class education in a beautiful province that has a high standard of living and safe, welcoming communities? Do you hope to find a great career in a strong economy upon graduation? If so, British Columbia is a great choice for your post-secondary education.
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British Columbia, BC Motto: Splendour without diminishment

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Study in British Columbia

Capital City: Victoria (78,659 thousand / Metro Victoria: 337,411 thousand)
Largest City: Vancouver (578,041 thousand / Metro Vancouver: 2,3 million)
Population: 4, 38 million
Area: 944,735 km2
Entered Confederation: July 20, 1871
Time Zone: PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Major Industries: Retail and Wholesale Trade, Health care and social assistance, Accommodation and food services, Professional, scientific and technical services, Educational services, Finance, insurance, real estate & leasing, Transportation & warehousing, Information, culture & recreation, Public administration & defence, Other services, Business, building & other support services Good Sector: Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, Forestry & logging, Mining, oil & gas extraction, Utilities, Fishing, hunting & trapping, Resource-based industries and high-tech manufacturing

Elementary & Scondary Education

Ministry of Education

In Victoria call:250 387-6121
In Vancouver call:604 660-2421
Elsewhere in B.C. call:1 800 663-7867
Outside B.C. call:604 660-2421
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British Columbia has 59 School Districts and one Francophone Education Authority. There are an estimated 542,509 full-time students for the 2008/2009 school year in 2010 schools; 1,655 public and 355 independent schools.

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Education Report from British Columbia

Postsecondary Education
Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology

In Victoria call:250 387-6121
In Vancouver call:604 660-2421
Elsewhere in B.C. call:1 800 663-7867
Outside B.C. call:604 660-2421
E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Over 1,900 programs are offered at B.C.'s 25 publicly funded post-secondary institutions:

11 universities – including five new universities effective Sept. 1, 2008.
Quick Link: Universities in BC

11 colleges – serving rural and metropolitan communities in B.C.

Quick link: Colleges in BC

Three institutes – offering a variety of specialized programs.

Institutes in BC

Private Career Colleges

Private Career Training Institutions Agency (of BC)
BC Career Colleges Association

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