Best Universities in Vancouver

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Sep 2, 2022 18:21 IST

Best Universities in Vancouver

In this article, you’ll learn about the best universities in Vancouver and their features. We’ll also discuss more about why you should study in these universities and what are things you can expect from Vancouver. With a large number of immigrants coming to this beautiful city from the last many years, so, it provides an environment where one can learn about different cultures and meet people from different backgrounds. The higher education institutions in Vancouver focus on imparting practical experience and also provide excellent research opportunities to students. In order to give you a more clear picture, we’ll provide the list of top universities in Vancouver:

  1.       University of British Columbia
  2.       Simon Fraser University
  3.       University Canada West
  4.       Vancouver Island University
  5.       Capilano University
  6.       Columbia College
  7.       Emily Carr University of Arts & Design
  8.       Kwantlen Polytechnic University

After USA and UK, Canada has the largest number of top-rated universities in the world. In comparison to universities in the USA, colleges in Canada offer quality education at a reasonable cost. Learn more about some of the best colleges and universities:    

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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is one of the best universities in Canada that follows dynamic teaching methods combined with modern facilities to educate students. The university is placed in the 37th spot globally by the Times Higher Education (UK) 2022 ranking. The university boasts of an excellent student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Students from more than 162 countries are studying at the university, which also provides students with a diverse environment. The University of British Columbia is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. It has produced 8 Nobel Laureates, 3 Canadian Prime Ministers, and 65 Olympic Medal Winning athletes. 

Popular subjects offered by the University of British Columbia:

  • Mineral and mining engineering
  • Sports-related subjects
  • Geography

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a public university established in 1965, Simon Fraser University is counted among the best universities in Vancouver and the top 250 universities in the world. The university has tied up with various international educational institutions and offers student exchange programmes with universities in Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, the US, Australia, and Europe. SFU is one of the top 15 research universities in Canada and it is renowned all over the world for its scholarships and research excellence. Simon Fraser University has 65 research institutions and over 40% of research articles appear in the world's top 10% journals. 

Simon Fraser University highlights:

  • Awarded the top spot by Maclean’s Magazine University rankings 2017
  • Consistently ranked among the Times Higher Education’s top 100 universities under 50

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University Canada West

Founded in 2004, the University Canada West (UCW) is a contemporary independent university located in the heart of vibrant Vancouver. It is known for offering an excellent learning environment to students at affordable rates. UCW is a member of the prestigious Global University Systems, an international education group including some of the world’s best institutions. Apart from this, it allows students to transfer academic credit from other recognized educational institutions to pursue UCW courses and programs. UCW is a business-oriented university that provides vital industry experience to students by giving them the opportunity to understand the nuances of business by offering practical skills. Over 8,000 students from more than 110 countries study at the University Canada West. 

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University is a public university founded in 1936, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is widely recognized for its research-centric approach. The university offers quality education programs at a reasonable cost. The class size in VIU is relatively very small, so dedicated, talented faculty get to know students by name and provide attention and any help that a student need. It offers undergraduate courses in various disciplines like arts, sciences, interior design, graphics, and business. Moreover, the university has an excellent student-faculty ratio of 6:1. VIU is considered one of the best universities in Vancouver.

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Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university in North America. CapU is a public university founded in 1968, Capilano University offers more than 100 programs in diverse areas ranging from early childhood education to animation and tourism management. Almost 96% of the graduates found employment within the industry. Also, with students from more than 57 countries, it offers a diverse culture to students which helps in the overall development of students.

Capilano University offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:

  • Childhood Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Business Administration,
  • Visual Communication
  • Liberal Studies
  • Music Therapy
  • Tourism

Columbia College

Canada’s oldest independent international two-year university transfer college is part of the Student Partners Program (SPP) in India and China. It is highly popular among international students. Columbia College was established in 1936 and serves as one of Canada's longest-established international not-for-profit colleges. Considering the need of international students, the university started offering an English as a Second Language Program. One of the best colleges in Vancouver, Columbia College aims to provide excellent preparation to students’ university entrance. Columbia College is a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) and Languages Canada. The college has currently 2,100 students from more than 61 countries around the world. 

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

Emily Carr University of Art and Design is a public university established in 1925. The university is a world leader in art, media and design. The ECU is one of British Columbia's oldest and the only one dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. The university has over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,900 active non-credit students. international students come from more than 50 countries and throughout the year have more than 35 exchange students and researchers from around the world on campus. The university is ranked 24th in the world for arts and design by QS Subject World University Rankings 2022. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University was established by the government of British Columbia in 1981. It has five campuses located in the Vancouver region of B.C. The university offers over 140 bachelor's, associate degree, diplomas, and certificate programs. KPU is Canada's only public polytechnic university. More than 20,000 students annually come to KPU for higher education. 

Reasons for studying in Vancouver are plenty, but the quality of education along with the friendliness of the local people are the major factors which attract students from across the globe to pursue their higher education here.

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Ravi Kumar

a month ago

Hlo, I'm Esha Sheoran. I've completed my 12th from India. Now I want to start my further education related to physics. So, which college I should prefer in Vancouver,,, canada

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Ramandeep Kaur

11 months ago

hi, i am ramandeep. currently purrsuing my bba in india. i want to do hotel management from vancouver for further studies
kindly please tell me which university should i prefer.

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Aprant Agarwal

9 months ago

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Ravneet Kaur

a year ago

Hlo, I'm Ravneet. I've completed my 12th from India. Now I want to start my further education related to physics. So, which college I should prefer in British Columbia, Canada

Reply to Ravneet Kaur

Simon fraser would be the best


Rajamanickam E

2 years ago

Hi, Please let me know the colleges which offer 1 year P.G supply chain and logistics course in Vancouver, BC.

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Raj Gaurav

2 years ago

I have completed my 12th from INDIA (CBSE BOARD) and was learning about music (EDM mostly) from last two years,
So I needed help in deciding what course(like Diploma in Sound Engineering or Arts related to music ) should I go for and which University I should choose

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hi Raj, please go through the below link and learn more about the best top ten music schools in the world:

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