Each institution is different. The quickest way to apply is by contacting the international education office of the institution you wish to attend. They can advise you on admissions requirements, programs, housing, health-care insurance and orientation.
If you wish to apply to more than one institution, visit Apply BC, an online service that will help you to apply to up to four public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
Before you can apply to enter Canada as a international student, you must show proof that you have been accepted by a recognized Canadian institution. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and you plan to study in Canada for more than six months, you will need to apply for a study permit. Also, depending on your country of origin, you may need a temporary resident visa. Visit the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.
Many international students who come to study and work in Canada are highly educated. Unfortunately, some employers do not understand how international qualifications compare to our provincial and national education systems.
For information on evaluating your international qualifications, visit the International credential evaluation service website, the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials or contact your international education office.
For BC Students
The Province of British Columbia has endowed a total of $13 million to the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society (IKBBCSS) for a suite of One World Scholarship Programs. The overall purpose of the One World suite of scholarships is to increase the participation by undergraduate students from public post-secondary institutions in B.C. to study abroad and develop a more globally literate citizenry and workforce in the province. For more details, visit the website: http://www.bcscholarship.ca/web.
For International Students
The Canadian Bureau for International Education lists a number of scholarship and bursary programs for international students, along with other valuable information on studying in Canada. Descriptions of the programs listed on the website should only be used as a guide. Students who want to apply for awards should contact the agency administering the program.
The Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program awards eligible international and Canadian doctoral students with $50,000 per year for up to three years. Visit the program's website for further details on this prestigious award.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) is responsible for the Government of Canada's participation in major International Scholarship Programs. DFAIT provides support to international scholars in Canada, which is often reciprocated by foreign governments which support Canadian scholars in their countries. Visit the programís website for additional information.
Many post-secondary institutions in British Columbia have a limited number of scholarships, bursaries and other financial awards for international students. These vary from institution to institution. To find out more about these awards, you should contact the international education office or financial aid office at the post-secondary institution where you are seeking to study.