Why British Columbia

Location

British Columbia (BC) is Canada's westernmost province and Canada's gateway to the Pacific and Asia. British Columbia extends about 1,300 kilometres north to south. The average width, from the Pacific Ocean on the west to the province of Alberta on the east, is about 640 kilometres. Bounded by the Yukon and Northwest Territories on the north, the panhandle of Alaska forms about half of British Columbia's western boundary. On the east B.C. is bordered by the province of Alberta, and to the south the US states of Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Culture

The culture of British Columbia is extremely varied, ranging from Aboriginal to European roots. British Columbia holds the largest Asian population in Canada, and you will find many cultures to celebrate.

Economy

British Columbia’s diverse economy is thriving and is recognized globally as a creative hub of innovation, productivity and entrepreneurialism.

Higher education in British Columbia

Higher education in British Columbia is delivered by 25 publicly funded institutions that are composed of elevenuniversities, eleven colleges, and three institutes. This is in addition to three private universities, five private colleges, and six theological colleges. There are also an extensive number of private career institutes and colleges.

In 2007, the population of British Columbia (BC) stood at 4,383,000. Approximately 433,000 people were enrolled in public post-secondary institutions in BC during the 2006-2007 academic year. More than 17,250 identified themselves as Aboriginal students and approximately 10,500.

were international students. In the 2011 calendar year, 151,774 applications[3] took place through BCcampus, a publicly funded organization whose role is to support higher education by providing leadership in the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

International (foreign-born) students have been coming to British Columbia for post-secondary education for almost as long as the higher education system has been established in the province. Globalization and modern technology has made it easier to obtain education in other countries, and governments are taking note when they consider their post-secondary student populations as a possible source of skilled workers to join the local economy.

The total number of international (foreign-born) students in British Columbia for the year of 2006 was 44,799, up from 23,011 in 1997.[37] This does not include students enrolled in programs of less than six months. This seems contradictory to the statistic of “more than 140,000 international students choosing to study in British Columbia each year” the British Columbia government claims in its Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead report. The top 10 source countries for long-term international students in 2003-2004 were: China, Japan, South Korea, United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

The federal and provincial government aim to increase the international student population, reasoning that international students enhance the educational experience for all students and that the students’ “cross-cultural skills enhances future business and cultural development” and provides “an economic sector generating significant revenue.” The government expects that with international students will also help address labour market needs.