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In British Columbia you will find top-rated schools with an excellent education system. If you want to move to Vancouver consider that you children here will receive the best education.


  • Not based on memorization
  • Students reinforce their foreign language throughout the high school
  • In high school the curriculum is less intensive than in university
  • Students who get Canadian high school diploma enter in universities of Canada and of the whole world. As matter of facts, it’s one of the most prestigious of the world
  • The academic and psychological counseling help the students a lot. They help them to choose the right department, university and profession


In Vancouver public schools are free for Canadians, permanent residents and who has a working visa.

First of all, British Columbia school system is divided into two levels:

  • Elementary school: kindergarten to grade 7
  • Secondary school: grade 8 to 12

But, considering that the school is compulsory till 16 years old. As said before, here the students achieve one of the best educations. Particularly it improves moving the more affluent areas of that city.


If you are considering to apply for a private school you may know that you have to do it in advance. Unlikely from the public ones, the enrolment for the privates is more selective.

Furthermore, the private schools have their own method for accepting students and they may apply their own rules.

In conclusion, consider in advance that prospective.


In Canada there are 10 educational systems, in different states by autonomous structures. And it is considered as a wealth rather than a disadvantage.

So, each province has its own Minister of National Education. And he is responsible for primary, secondary and high school education and training programs.

Fast-track programs allow the students to complete their high school programs in less time. But, most of all, each student is constantly supervised by teachers and professional figures.

In the Vancouver area there are 110 schools and 18 accept international students. The groups include students from 13 to 18 years old.

The school starts in September and finishes in the end of June. During summer kids and students can do a lot of social activities. Kids can choose between: drama, photography, sports, concert, skiing, local services..


It’s now the moment to talk about college and university for those students who want to continue their studies. But first it’s important to understand the differences between those two paths.

  • Colleges

If you want to apply to college, be aware that it includes full-time and part-time diploma. There are certificate programs, in the field of applied art and technology.

Rather than university, it leads to a more professionalizing path, more carrier-oriented.

Specifically, what it means? Well, it means that you can obtain your certificate program in 1 year or less. While a diploma in 2 or 3 years. For making that possible, they offer a more practical programs or hand-on-training.

  • Universities

As below written, after college you receive a diploma. Instead, after university you achieve a degree: undergraduates (bachelor’s degree) and graduate (Master’s and doctoral) degree.

In that path you can choose many programs. As a matter of facts, normally, universities receive funding from Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. But, each institution is, then, self-organized and regulated.

As a consequence, each university offers its own admission program.

College takes approximately 1-2 years of study, while the university 3-4 years to complete, if you study full-time.

Besides, a honours degree  (the fourth year) is required if you want to do a graduate program (Master’s degree). But, many universities allow to combine subjects areas into a ‘double major’ (for example Chemistry and Biology).


Read here more about the best colleges and universities in Vancouver.