Consistently considered one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, Vancouver is a welcoming city in Canada, and a great destination for international students to feel right at home. Over 10,000 foreign students coming from over 80 countries choose to study in Vancouver (including Australia, China, England, France, Italy, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Vietnam, and U.S.), enrolling in a wide range of programmes. Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, located in the South-Western corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, having over 2.6 million people.
Over the last years, Vancouver has become an increasingly important centre for industries such as software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation studios and a vibrant television production and film industry. Universities provide industry relevant degree courses preparing you to enter the job market upon graduation.
Important companies based in Vancouver or with local offices include names like: Telus Corp, the Jim Pattison Group, Citizens Bank of Canada, Hootsuite, Pixar Canada, Tenke Mining, Goldcorp Inc., and HSBC Bank. Internships in companies in the city are frequently available to students during their studies, in vacations or after graduation.
Vancouver is a wonderful city to explore, counting numerous places to see and a lot of activities to enjoy. The most popular attractions you can visit are: Vancouver Opera, Stanley Park (includes a beautiful aquarium), the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Museum, The Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Nitobe Japanese Garden. Modern architecture buildings worth visiting include: Shangri-La, the tallest building in the city, and the Sheraton Wall Centre.
The entertainment life in Vancouver is represented by many night clubs, theatres and music festivals. Vancouver is also popular for snow sports, so you can enjoy some of the world’s best ski resorts. You can also engage in other outdoor activities like mountain biking in the North Shore or playing golf in Queen Elizabeth Park. Discover the Chinese culture at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown downtown – free of charge.
Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the world, with over 50% of the population not speaking English as their first language. Almost 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage and other ethnic populations includes Scandinavian, Italian, Ukrainian and Greek.
As the number of immigrants has continued to increase over the last 30 years, Vancouver is the home of a multicultural environment that will enable you to learn about many different cultures and make long lasting personal or professional relationships.
Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities in the winter. The Oceanic climate is marked by hot summers, typically dry, with maximum temperatures of 28-32°C (82-89°F). Rainfalls occur only in one out of five days during July and August. In contrast, snow precipitation falls more frequently from November through March.