University Canada West



GUS University Canada West was founded in 2005 by a former president of the University of Victoria located in a former elementary school building. In 2008 it was on the brink of collapse with just 24 enrolled students but was bought by new owners and saw its fortunes turned around. In 2014 it was sold again, this time to Global University Systems.

Today it has more than 6,000 students enrolled, including international students from more than 100 countries around the world. In September 2021, University Canada West received 5 stars rating from the QS Stars higher education rating system. It also achieved five stars in teaching, employability, online learning, academic development, social responsibility and inclusiveness.

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University Canada West is located at a downtown campus in Vancouver, which is a city that is a melting pot of cultural opportunities. Even better, it’s perfectly placed for students to explore the local area, whether it’s skiing down Grouse Mountain or exploring the huge Stanley Park.

At many universities an average class size can be more than 100, making it hard for individual students to be heard and to learn and grow. However, at University Canada West, the average class size is just 25, making it much more easy to get a more personalised education.

At the Global Student Satisfaction Awards, University Canada West scored more than four stars for overall satisfaction and quality of student life. They also scored four for student-teacher interaction, student diversity and the admission process.


University Canada West’s Career Development Centre facilitates an engaging partnership with its students and alumni as they transition from higher education into the workforce and beyond. It provides career advising, consultations on career planning and management as well as employment coaching to facilitate career development learning and success. Students and alumni can access career development programs via the MyUCW Student Portal or Alumni Portal for information, resources and events relevant. 96% of University College West’s MBA students are working or have a job lined up within a year of graduation.