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Spotlight on Post Secondary Schools in Burnaby

It’s never too early to start thinking about university applications.

So, what are your next steps?

How about looking at the opportunities in our own backyard. Burnaby is home to two amazing post-secondary schools and only a short trip from the beautiful University of British Columbia.


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British Columbia Institute of Technology

When the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) first opened its doors, in 1964, the institute had under 500 students. Today, the school has a student population of nearly 50,000! Almost 30,000 are part-time and over 3,000 are international students.

BCIT’s main campus is located in Burnaby on Willingdon Avenue. But, it also has five other campuses: Downtown Vancouver, East Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, and North Vancouver.

BCIT prepares students to hit the job market running. With co-op programs and intense workloads, students should be ready to put in long hours of studying. Their university degree programs are typically longer in length and focus on the practical side of education, as opposed to the theoretical.

Learn more – Spotlight on BC Institute of Technology

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University (SFU) has been innovating the delivery of higher education since it opened its doors to students in 1965. Located at the top of Burnaby Mountain, SFU has been ranked as the Top Comprehensive University in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine.

In more recent years, SFU has made a focus of actively engaging their students and the community. Home to 25,000 undergraduate students and over 5,000 graduate students, SFU lives up to its tagline — “Engaging the World”— with nearly 20% of its population being international students.

Learn more – Spotlight on Simon Fraser University

University of British Columbia

Recognised as one of the top 20 research universities in the world, UBC has a breathtakingly beautiful campus, surrounded by ocean and forest. Like a city unto itself, UBC is home to over 54,000 students on its Vancouver campus alone.

24% of the student population comprises international students. From sports complexes to the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology, and so much more, UBC has a little something to entice every student. It’s no wonder why UBC is a top choice for people from all over the world.

Even if you’re not interested in attending, UBC is worth a visit for international students. Check out these 5 great reasons to visit UBC to learn more!

Learn more – UBC 101: Tips for International Students

Why study in Burnaby?

With superior academic programs and modern facilities, all located within a city of vibrant green spaces, modern shopping malls, safe residential neighbourhoods, and state of the art public transit, choosing an education in Burnaby is the right choice.


Burnaby School District has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada.


Burnaby is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver. Its world-class SkyTrain public transit provides access to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes.


Burnaby schools feature modern facilities and state of the art technology.

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