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Columbia College

Established in 1936, Columbia College proudly serves as Canada’s longest established international private college. Thousands of Canadian and international students have completed their qualifications at Columbia College and used these as a platform for successful university careers.

Over the years, Columbia College has consistently been one of the top three providers of international students to the University of British Columbia. Columbia College also sends large numbers of students to Simon Fraser University, Vancouver’s other major university.

Columbia College offers first and second-year university level courses that can lead to a Columbia College Associate Degree and are fully transferable to local universities. Columbia College also offers High School programs, including a British Columbia Ministry of Education Certified Senior Secondary Program and an English for Academic Purposes Program that is accredited by Languages Canada.


Equip students to become responsible global citizens who can communicate, think critically, and make a positive impact in communities around the world.


An inclusive society where students can access the education of their choice and contribute to positive social change.


Bachelor's degree
Business Delivery method Length Location
Business On campus 2 years Vancouver
Adult Education
University Preparatory On campus 4 months Vancouver
Engineering On campus 8 months Vancouver
Journalism & Communication
Communication On campus 2 years Vancouver
Computer Science
Computer Science On campus 2 years Vancouver
Diploma / certificate
Adult Education
Adult Secondary On campus Vancouver
General Education
High School Completion On campus Vancouver
Accelerated Secondary On campus Vancouver
Senior Secondary On campus Vancouver
Associate's degree
Fine Arts
Arts On campus 2 years Vancouver
Natural Sciences
Science On campus 2 years Vancouver
Physical Sciences
Science - Mathematics On campus 2 years Vancouver
Computer Science
Science - Computer Science On campus 2 years Vancouver


Attending college in a new place can be daunting if it is your first time away from home – especially in a city as vibrant and exciting as Vancouver. Many international students choose to live with a homestay family during the first few months they arrive so that they can transition to life in Vancouver more easily. Our Homestay Coordinator will find the best fit for your new home by personally matching you with a homestay family who will care for you and make sure your needs are met. Experience new customs, traditions, and different ways of seeing the world. Columbia College Homestay will support you every step of the way.

Every year approximately 300 students are placed in CC homestay. As mandated by the Government of Canada, all students under the age of 19 must have a custodian who will take care of and support them. If you are in need of a custodian, we will match you with one. Custodians and homestay families are screened and selected for the best fit. We also provide airport transportation services, if needed, to get you from the airport to your homestay family.


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