Founded in 2004, University Canada West (UCW) prides itself on its practical focus and teaching excellence. It is a business and technology-focused university boasting professors who have real-world business experience combined with a strong academic background.
A university with more than 4,000 students, the international community at UCW is strong, with more than 90 countries represented. Class sizes are kept small, with an average of 21 students per class, so students benefit from the one-on-one attention from professors required to excel. Courses can be taken online or on-campus, and UCW was recently ranked within the top 10 online Canadian universities in 2021.
The university has two campuses in downtown Vancouver, having recently opened a new campus in the fall of 2020, which joined the existing West Pender campus. Part of the beautiful Vancouver House development, the state-of-the-art campus is located in a new waterfront neighborhood called the Beach District.
UCW is on the Government of Canada's list of approved Designated Learning Institutions, so international students can apply for a study and work visa. Students may also be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit after successfully completing a degree at UCW.
Located in Vancouver, which has been described as one of the world's most livable cities, students benefit from being surrounded by world-leading corporations, where industry experience is readily available. Sony, Microsoft and Amazon are just three of the huge global corporations with offices in Vancouver.
Vancouver is also well known for its diversity, with a broad mix of different religions, ethnicities and cultural groups from around the world. The city is also noted for its beauty, with more than 230 parks and green spaces, including the famous Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Canada has also been recently ranked as the number one country for quality of life (U.S News & World Report 2020).