5 reasons why you should study in Vancouver

Kristina Spencer
Kristina Spencer

Last Updated: 28 January 2021 • 3 min read

The New York Times has described Vancouver as “Manhattan with mountains, a tomorrow city, the cool North American sibling.” 

Located on the West Coast of Canada, Vancouver is surrounded by idyllic landscapes — water, mountains and endless opportunities to get out of a bustling city. 

Canada has a variety of desirable options for international students, but Vancouver is among the top destinations for education abroad. With its eclectic mix of cultures and traditions, and the 2015 ranking by The Economist as third most liveable city globally, Vancouver is a great choice for international students.

 

1. Vancouver is committed to a green and sustainable future

In 2020, the city has launched the Green City Initiative, sponsored by Vancouver’s municipal government. The initiative aims to reduce waste and emissions while providing the population with easier access to clean water, expansive green spaces surrounding the city, and limiting the overall carbon output. 

It comes as no surprise — the city is surrounded by the greenery and water, and its Stanley Park is actually larger than New York’s Central Park. 

2. Safety and diversity are what you will find on the West Coast

Being away from home is stressful enough, so you will want to think about choosing a new home that can provide security and feel safe. 

Vancouver is extremely ethnically and culturally diverse, and its residents have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. 

The city is a melting pot of cultures, with vibrant festivals such as the Persian celebration of Nowruz, the German Christmas market and the Chinese New Year festival illuminate the city with food, performances and people from around the globe. The residents welcome new people with open hearts, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex or gender. 

3. Vancouver is becoming the hub of innovation

According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, the technology industry in British Columbia is one of the strongest contributors to the province’s GDP. 

The city is brimming with programmers and IT experts (after all, Silicon Valley and Seattle are not that far — by North American standards), but there is always hunger for more professionals.  

4. There are many graduate opportunities

Canada supports its student population by providing them with a Post Graduate Work Permit, which grants recent graduates with a work visa valid for up to three years. 

As one of the country's biggest tech hubs, Vancouver offers jobs for those in software and biotechnology, as well as video game development and programming.

Interested in something more artsy? You’d be fascinated to know that a lot of films and TV series are actually filmed in Canada. Vancouver, Montreal Toronto frequently masquerade as some of America’s largest cities. 

So if you are a movie aficionado, Vancouver has a breadth of opportunities for those interested in animation, broadcasting and film production. 

5. The academics are superb

The city’s universities are recognised as some of the best in the world. The University of British Columbia is one of the world’s experts in forestry and dentistry, while University Canada West provides excellent business studies, including both bachelor and MBA programs, preparing its students to be an effective leader in the workplace. 

The city offers a great variety of well-recognised and respected courses in communication, law, languages and arts, among others. 

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Kristina Spencer
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Kristina Spencer

Kristina Spencer is a writer, editor and producer based in London, UK. She’s written for Vanity Fair, Vogue Business, The Business of Fashion and more.


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