Resources for international students

Last reviewed: March 12, 2024 

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Resources available through your school

Many post-secondary institutions have international student centres or student advisory offices. Your school may be able to help if you are experiencing challenges related to:
  • finding suitable accommodation
  • financial aid
  • learning about your ability to work on/off campus
  • building connections with other students & making friends

BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) Program

If services are not available through your own school, a local settlement service provider may be able to assist you. To learn more about what services may be available to you, contact your local BCSIS service provider

Resources for post-secondary students

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is an independent assessment of your foreign degree, diploma, certificate, or other credential. Visit the IRCC website for ECA requirements and designated agencies.

Resources for elementary and high school students

International students of all ages choose to study in British Columbia for many reasons, including top quality, wide-ranging education opportunities at all levels. For more information about studying in B.C., including homestays, visit the BC Government or the B.C. For High School websites.

B.C. Early years and preschool programs help children from three to five years old prepare for elementary school.
Visit the Daily Life page for more information about early years and Kindergarten to Grade 12 education. 

Resources for learning English

Good English language skills will help you in your school studies, work, and daily activities in B.C. For more information on learning English, visit the Start Your Life section. 

Continuing education and adult basic education

For more information on continuing education for adults and adult basic education, visit the Start Your Life in B.C. section.