British Columbia has 25 public post-secondary institutions, from universities to colleges, offering a wide range of high-quality programs.
Find an Institution
To find out more about B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions, visit the Ministry of Advanced Education's overview of B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions. This map of British Columbia shows where our universities, colleges and institutes are located across the province.
Most institutions have international education offices that help students from outside Canada. For more information, please contact the international education office at the institution that interests you.
Degree Granting Private Institutions
The number and range of post-secondary institutions and degree programs in B.C. are being increased through the Degree Authorization Act. This is integral to government’s commitment to access and choice in education and to a top-notch post-secondary education system.
For a current list of institutions and programs that have received ministerial consent, visit the Degree Authorization website.
Private Career Training Institutions
In British Columbia there are almost 500 private career training institutions that offer a wide variety of programs. The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) is responsible for the mandatory registration and voluntary accreditation of private career training institutions. To find out more about private career training institutions in B.C., visit the PCTIA website.
If you are an Education Professional interested in developing a partnership or working with a British Columbia post-secondary institution, visit our section on information for Education Professionals.
Universities offer undergraduate degree programs and a range of programs at the graduate level. Some also offer diplomas and certificates in professional fields, as well as continuing education programs. Universities also undertake original research.
Colleges offer programs that prepare adult learners for post-secondary studies and provide courses and programs in trades, vocational, career technical and academic studies leading to certificates, diplomas, associate degrees and applied degrees.
Institutes are organized according to career, vocational and technical specialties, covering a variety of occupations. They may offer credentials from certificates to degrees. Education Quality Assurance