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Meet the representatives of these Canadian schools at IDP’s Virtual Fair

Need help deciding which colleges in Canada to apply to? No worries, the participating colleges in IDP’s Virtual Fair are great options for international students. Check out their program offerings, student diversity, tuition fees, and campus locations below.

1. Douglas College

Instituted in 1970, Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in British Columbia. It caters to 25,000 students annually, consisting of around 3,800 international students, due to its diverse program offerings; There are over 65 practical and applied programs for students to choose from. Popular courses for international students include business administration, as specializations in accounting, financial services, management, and marketing are available. Tuition costs approximately $18,000 per year, making education with Douglas College one of the most affordable in the area. The location is also convenient, as campuses are located in New Westminster and Coquitlam, in close proximity to malls, cafeterias, and transport such as the SkyTrain and Vancouver International Airport.

2. Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established in 1981, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is Canada’s only polytechnic university. It caters to an average of 20,000 students annually which consists of 5,000 international students. KPU offers over 140 programs, including unique programs such as fashion and technology, product design, brewing, interior design, among others. Tuition ranges from $10,000 to $12,500 depending on the field of study. The campuses are located in Richmond, Surrey, and Langley. These cities are known for educational and recreational activities, such as air shows, cultural parades, outdoor concerts, and night markets, and the like. 

3. Langara College

Founded in 1865, Langara College is a leading academic institution in British Columbia. It admits more than 23,000 students annually, including 5000 international students from over 93 countries. Langara offers more than 90 programs and 1000 courses. The Langara English for Academic Purposes and University Transfer programs are popular. Tuition ranges from $18000 to $19000, which is relatively lower than university fees for the same degree. The campus is located in Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia, which is known for its tourist spots and cultural diversity. 

4. Norquest College

Established in 1965, Norquest College encompasses numerous communities as it is located on traditional lands. It serves more than 20,000 learners, 1,700 of which are international students, by offering 38 post-secondary career credentials and 8 foundational programs. Norquest College’s Business Administration program is awarded for its excellence. Tuition fee averages $11,000 per year. The Edmonton and Wetaskiwin campuses are located in Alberta, which is near the Rocky Mountains and vast prairies. Opportunities to dive in the arts, culture, and sports scene are numerous.

5. University of Canada West

Founded in 2004, the University Canada of West is a business and technology focused university. Students arrive from various parts of the world, as the student community is from 52 different countries. Tuition fee averages $15,000 per year. As a relatively newer university, UCW offers the following programs: Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication and preparatory programs such as MBA Foundation, University Access Program and University Pathway Program. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver House and West Pender campus are nearby attractions, public transit, restaurants, and shopping centers.

6. Vancouver Community College

Established in 1965, the Vancouver Community College is a publicly-funded college. Students average 15,000 per year. As a whole, students hail from almost 150 countries. VCC offers various apprenticeships, certificate programs, diploma programs, and degree programs. Industry recognized programs include Baking and Pastry Arts, Cosmetology, Transportation Trades, and VR/AR Design, among others. Tuition fees range from $11,000 to $30,000 depending on the program. Campuses are located in Broadway, Downtown, and Annacis Island – all in the heart of Vancouver. The city is known for nearby natural attractions, arts and culture, nightlife, restaurants, shopping centers, and more.

7. University of Winnipeg PACE

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ranked in the top three best large Canadian cities to live in according to MoneySense magazine, this 53-year-old chartered university is highly noted for its academic excellence, small class sizes, environmental commitment and campus diversity. Students attending the university can benefit from a low student-faculty ratio and early, hands on work and research experience. The university is highly accessible, with its students benefiting from the third-lowest tuition rates across Canada. With nearly 10,000 students, 12 percent of which are international students from over 75 countries, the university nurtures global citizens of the future. Located in a city where over 100 different languages are spoken, students attending UWinnipeg can benefit from the local job market.

Meet the representatives of these Canadian schools virtually at IDP's Virtual Fair on January 30!

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Written by: Aira Cunanan

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