Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity to not only get an amazing educational experience but also to discover who you are as a person. If you are still looking for the perfect place to start your academic journey, why not come to Vancouver, Canada!
Prior to the pandemic, British Columbia was one of the top study destinations among international students. With Vancouver being a city of choice among immigrants, it’s no surprise that the world wants to come here to study. So what is it about Vancouver that people love and want to explore?
Here are our top 6 reasons why you should study in Vancouver:
1 – Quality of Education
Canadian universities have consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. In fact, we have 32 universities on that list! Of those 4 of these outstanding schools are in BC – University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and University of Northern BC.
The cost of education in Canada is also a cheaper option than in the US. Not only that, but many Canadian universities and colleges also offer paid Co-Op programs for students to gain Canadian work experience. This helps them build their professional network as well as obtain their work experience for the local job market or gain international experience for their resumes when they return home. VGC also offers a Pathway program allowing students to apply for their university of choice upon graduating.
2 – Career Opportunities
Over the next few years (2019-2029), BC projects that over 861,000 jobs will be created, of which 77% will require some level of higher-level education or training. Now is the time to start looking into what’s in demand and planning for your future.
Vancouver’s diverse workforce is the perfect place for fresh graduates to learn about working collaboratively with a variety of cultures, be exposed to innovative thinking, and learn from leaders who have worked around the world.
I chose Canada to study not only because it is one of the countries with the best educational systems, but also because Canadian study certificates are the best reference included in a CV to achieve the best job positions in a company.
– Ninón (UP Student)
3 – Nature
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is centrally located to a variety of outdoor hotspots and is a dream destination for adventurers. Known for its accessible transportation system, Canadians love taking a day trip to go skiing at Grouse Mountain, sunbathing at Kitsilano Beach, or walking in Stanley Park (one of the biggest urban parks in North America).
Canada’s mild weather is also a favourite amongst visitors, as we don’t have a lot of snow and our summers aren’t too hot compared to the rest of the country. This also means there’s something to do every season. But make sure you check the weather when you are out in the cooler months, we’re known as Raincouver for a reason!
4 – Food
One of the most important things you must know when you plan to live and study in a new country is what their food is like. Luckily Vancouver’s diverse population means you can feast on a variety of cuisines from around the world. No need to spend extra on traveling when the world is right outside your door.
I think that the principal characteristic of Canadian food is multicultural. We can find Mexican food, Indian Food, Japanese food, China food, Colombian food among other more. You could choose any dish and enjoy the different culture gastronomic
– Pedro (Student)
Some must-try Canadian classics are Poutine, Salmon (in all forms!), and Beaver Tails. If you are looking for more variety check out the Richmond Night Market, one of North America’s biggest night markets. With over 70 vendors, 100 retail stalls, entertainment, and carnival games, there’s something for everyone.
5 – Diversity
If you haven’t figured it out, we Vancouverites are a very diverse bunch of people and we love to celebrate what makes us unique. With over 250 ethnicities, there are lots of activities and festivals to go to year-round. Take part in our yearly Cherry blossom festival, the Celebration of Lights (one of the world’s largest fireworks competitions), Italian Day on the Drive, the German Christmas Market and so much more!
6 – The People
Ask anyone who’s been to Canada what the people are like and you’ll hear we are one of the friendliest folks in the world. Canada has a long history of welcoming refugees and immigrants with open arms and we believe strongly in making space for all cultures, ages, religions, abilities, and talents. If you visit us, be prepared for our curiosity as we love getting to know you, your culture, and your unique life story.
What I like most about Canada is that people living here are very close, they help each other and make small talk even though they don’t know each other.
– Momoko (IELTS Preparation Student)
So what are you waiting for?
If you want the experience of a lifetime, come join VGC in Vancouver! Get an amazing education, find a career you love, try food from around the world, and make lifelong friends. Vancouver is the city of opportunity, are you ready to seize it?