British Columbia Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in British Columbia

British Columbia is a unique and varied province, from the flower-lined streets of Victoria to the booming business world of Vancouver and beautiful landscapes in between. You'll find opportunities to get outdoors in this Western province's many ski resorts, but you can also discover art and fun nightlife in Vancouver, Canada's third largest city. When it comes to an education, the University of British Columbia boasts the largest enrollment in the province, and is consistently ranked among the world's top universities, but there are plenty of other options to fit a would-be student's interests and needs. Art and design schools, community colleges, seminary schools, film schools, technical schools and more can be found in British Columbia. Vancouver is a popular shooting location for Hollywood movie companies, and the Vancouver Film School is one institution that offers training in acting, 3D animation and film production.


Popular entry level jobs for British Columbia university students

Leading industrial sectors in Vancouver are biotechnology, film production, mining, software development, and more. Of course, you can use your schooling to enter the field that you want and put your skills to work for you. Occupations and average hourly wages in Vancouver include:

  1. Chemical engineers: CAN $37.35
  2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers: CAN $30.14
  3. Film and videocamera operators: CAN $23.75
  4. Midwives and practitioners of natural healing: CAN $20.02
  5. Mining engineers: CAN $34.72
  6. Producers, directors and choreographers: CAN $26.52
  7. Software engineers: CAN $31.22

With training at one of the province's many schools, you can gain the skills that you need to make a start in your career and have the ability to establish a successful life in British Columbia.

See also: BC Vocational Schools and Career Training

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            Other Colleges & Universities in BC

            The following list of schools in British Columbia has been resourced from The Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC).

            Language Spoken
            Year Established
            University of British Columbia
            Vancouver & Kelowna
            Emily Carr University of Art and Design
            Trinity Western University
            University of Victoria
            Simon Fraser University
            Burnaby, Surrey, & Vancouver
            Vancouver Island University
            Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, & Powell River
            Thompson Rivers University
            University of the Fraser Valley
            Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission
            Kwantlen Polytechnic University
            Richmond, Surrey, Langley, and Cloverdale
            University of Northern British Columbia
            Prince George
            Royal Roads University