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What To Expect As An International Student

Since opening our first campus in 1995, Vancouver Career College has become one of the leading career training colleges in British Columbia.


We offer accelerated, practical programs and courses led by industry-experienced instructors in art and design, business, healthcare, legal studies, teaching education, technology, and trades. Our student-focused approach to learning ensures that our curriculum is tailored to meet the demands of the job market.


Our work experience placements allow you to test your newly developed skills and knowledge in a professional setting. Work in your field under the supervision of an independent host organization, and gain valuable practical experience.


At Vancouver Career College, we equip you with the knowledge and applied education to excel in your career!


International students at Vancouver Career College will not only enjoy a first-class education, but have access to the City of Vancouver and Canada beyond. Consistently ranked among the best cities to live in the World, Vancouver is located on Canada's Pacific coast with mountains, islands, and lakes all within a few hours travel of the downtown core, with many activities just a short trip on the city's world-class transit system. Whether you hike, ski or snowboard, or just enjoy taking in the view there is something for everyone. 

Applications, Visas and Permits

Vancouver Career College is an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Designated Learning Institution. International students who are coming to Canada to study must first apply for an International Study Permit. Students without a permit will not be allowed to begin their studies in Canada. Fortunately, the process is straightforward, but it can take some time, so be sure to start the permiting process as soon as you are accepted to your program. 


To apply for a study permit you will need to include the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #), which is the number that begins with the letter “O”, on your application form. The complete information will be included in the letter of acceptance which is issued upon completion of your registration.


Our DLI# is O19395299664 and is registered in Burnaby, British Columbia under the legal business name Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc.


For more information about the DLI, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare/designated-learning-institutions-list.html


For information about country-specific visa applications, study/work permits, visa extensions, and more, please choose one of the links below from the Government of Canada’s website:


Admission Requirements

Many of our programs have similar admission requirements:

High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**.

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s English admissions test.


However, some programs, particularly those in healthcare related fields  may have their own unique and specific requirements. It is important to check the individual program pages or speak with your admissions representative to determine if you meet the requirements for your prefered program.


For certain programs, we need the student to provide proof of English proficiency exams result such as IELTS  


The Following documents may be required for enrolment purpose. For detailed info, please inquire at our international admissions department:

  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Copy of your high school or post-secondary transcript (if available)  
  • Photocopy of valid study permit (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Proficiency such as IELTS (if applicable) 
  • Additional pre-requisites may be required for certain programs


Certain programs (especially healthcare related and regulated programs) will not accept mature students without proof of high school graduation and may require additional documents, for example:

  • Proof English 12 or equivalent/IELTS
  • Criminal Records Check
  • Immunization report
  • Interview with Campus Director
  • Other high school courses (example: Biology,  Physics, Chemistry, Math)


Programs to Consider

Vancouver Career College offers a wide range of programs in areas like business, healthcare, and techonology, but here are some programs to consider if you're not sure where to start:


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