Why choose study in Canada
Live in a bilingual environment
Canada is a bilingual country which makes studying here an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills and boost your prospects for an interesting career. Coursework in French and English is an integral part of Canada’s educational system, which enriches its cultural and community life.
Gain work experience in Canada after you graduate
The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is an excellent way to continue to live in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.
Enjoy an excellent quality of life
According to QS World University Rankings
Three Canadian cities, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, made the list of the top 50 student cities. The ranking was based on several criteria, including affordability, the diversity of the student population, and employers’ perception of graduates on the job market.
Canada boasts an enviable quality of life, with a cost of living (e.g., housing, transportation, tuition) that is lower than in other countries, such as the US, France and the UK, and offers safety, stability and respect for the rights of individuals and communities.
Have an enriching cultural experience
Canada has a highly diverse population resulting in a rich and vibrant cultural scene. To begin exploring what Canada has to offer, visit each province’s tourism website. Below are a few recommended experiences that should not be missed. Enjoy the sounds of the Montreal International Jazz Festival: A must for music lovers, this world-renowned event brings together over 3,000 artists from some 30 countries every year.
More than 2 million festivalgoers flood the city’s streets for the 1,000 concerts on offer!
Don a pair of cowboy boots for the Calgary Stampede: The Calgary Stampede is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. In the space of just a few weeks, the city becomes one big party, with its residents dressed as cowboys, its buildings and storefronts decorated with western flair, and barbecue and pancake breakfasts served everywhere.
Take in a hockey match: Hockey is to Canada what soccer is to Europe. It’s more than a national sport; it’s practically a religion! Canada has seven national hockey teams (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa). To truly experience the frenzy over hockey, you need to watch a match during the playoffs, which generally take place around May.
Indulge in some poutine: This perfect blend of French fries, gravy and cheese curds is a treat enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at any time of day or night. Several Canadian cities even hold an annual Poutine Week!
Visit a sugar shack: Mid-march to mid-April is the sugaring-off season in Quebec, when sap (also called maple water) is harvested to make maple syrup. To sample all sorts of treats made with this wonderful product, nothing beats a visit to a sugar shack, a festive place to eat, dance and put on a few pounds!
Discover the country’s natural beauty
Canada is an extremely vast country
Its surface area is 14 times larger than that of France. It offers a multitude of magnificent landscapes that can be explored throughout the country’s four distinct seasons. Many Canadians complain about the country’s harsh winters, but the cold season provides an opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings. Here are just some of the most scenic places to visit: the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, the impressive fjords of the Saguenay and the Percé Rock of the Gaspé in Quebec, the fascinating Rockies and Lake Louise in Alberta, Niagara Falls in Ontario, Jasper National Park also in Alberta and Whistler Mountain in British Columbia. From the sea to its mountains, prairies and forests, Canada is an endless source of natural beauty!
For international students, very few places offer the advantages that Canada does. Its universities, among the best in the world, are at the heart of its rich and diverse culture.
Canada is a country with an excellent standard of living and where there are many opportunities to get some experience in your field of studies. As a bilingual, safe and welcoming place, Canada won’t disappoint students who are looking to broaden their horizons.
English Language Learning
Douglas College offers international students the opportunity to improve their English language skills through its English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) programmes. The College is a leader in ESL education for international university and college students in Metro Vancouver.
At Douglas, students of the ELLA programmes enjoy benefits such as:
Studying at one of the largest public colleges in Canada
Accessing all the services available to the Douglas College Community
Learning in courses professionally designed by highly-qualified instructors
These courses are designed to develop the essential academic language skills needed for success in a Canadian college or university. They also help hone students i research and critical thinking skills that are vital components of post-secondary studies, and prepare them to communicate effectively in an English learning environment.
Students who successfully complete the highest level of courses are considered to be qualified for admission into any Douglas College course and may be eligible for the Certificate of Proficiency in College Preparatory English.
International students applying to study at Douglas College must meet the necessary admission criteria, as outlined below:
For undergraduate diploma and associate degree programmes:
Students should have graduated from high school or be a minimum of 17 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College.
Students should have maintained a minimum overall grade average of 60%, or equivalent, in the final year of high school.
Students should have obtained a minimum final grade of C or 60%, or equivalent, in Grade 11 Mathematics or equivalent for most programmes.
For Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programmes:
Students should have graduated from a recognised degree granting post-secondary institution with a minimum of a 3-year bachelor degree.
Students should have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 60%, or equivalent, during the bachelor degree programme.
English Language Proficiency
Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission to Douglas College. A wide variety of test scores are accepted as proof of English language proficiency, the most common being:
A score of 83, with a minimum of 20 in all sections for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programmes, in the TOEFL (Internet Based Test).
An overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0 for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programmes, in the IELTS.
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Douglas College offers its students the very best in terms of modern facilities and amenities, in order to make their stay on campus pleasant and fruitful. The Facilities Services Department at Douglas College is responsible for planning, development and maintenance of the College facilities.
The Department is committed to maintaining the building, grounds, and equipment at a high operational level, and to ensure that students, faculty, and staff enjoy a well-maintained and pleasing campus environment.
Getting around campus is easy at Douglas and it is easy to get to Douglas College from anywhere in the Lower Mainland. For those who prefer to ride bikes, Douglas College has secure bicycle storage - open to students free of charge.
Other essential facilities at Douglas include a well-stocked library, a bookstore with the textbooks that students need which can also be accessed online, and a modern fitness centre. There are also a number of student clubs and groups on campus, administered by the Douglas Students Union. Students can join one or more of these groups to keep up with their recreational interests, and to generally meet and mingle with other students.
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Located on Canada is majestic West Coast, Douglas College combines the foundations of a university with the applied skills of a college, enabling students to achieve academic and career success.
Recently ranked as #1 by Forecasted Future Economic Growth, Vancouver is home to over 7,000 companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung and Cisco, creating excellent potential graduate employment opportunities.
Douglas is New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses are accessible by SkyTrain, bus or car with an array of trendy restaurants and entertainment on the thriving waterfront community. Douglas is First Choice International Placement service offers advice on homestay accommodation, and private rentals can be found through the Student Union.
Beautiful natural landscapes and a fantastic range of events, clubs and sports encourage a fun, active and vibrant lifestyle.
Lower fees allow students to make significant savings by taking two years at Douglas and then transferring to renowned Canadian universities for their third year. Additionally, entrance scholarships are available for top incoming international students and further funding for current students demonstrating academic excellence.
Small classes taught by dedicated staff create meaningful connections and encourage strong academic development and practical training.
The Douglas College Career Centre helps students find work and develop their skills. Canadian immigration laws allow students to work up to 20 hours a week during their studies. Graduates can then apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program to stay in Canada for up to three years, a key step towards becoming a permanent resident.
The Global Engagement Team offer great advice about a fantastic range of global exchange programs and field schools and Douglas alumni maintain lifelong relationships between the College community and its graduates.
Scholarships & funding
There are a range of scholarships and funding opportunities available for international students at Douglas College, to ease the financial burden upon them.
Douglas College offers nearly CAD100,000 in entrance scholarships to new international students each year who have consistently exhibited high levels of academic promise. There are different categories of entrance scholarships available for Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters at Douglas College, for students from specific countries or regions.
Douglas International Merit-Based Scholarships
These are limited scholarships for CAD2500, which require separate applications. These will be applied towards the recipient's 2nd semester tuition fees at Douglas College.
To be considered for this scholarship, students should have already applied to Douglas College and must email the entrance scholarship form along with all supporting documents.
Students from all countries are eligible for these scholarships, and are selected based on their previous academic performance and their engagement in their school, community and personal development.
In addition to the entrance scholarships, Douglas College also offers a series of continuing awards based on students i performance throughout the academic year.
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At Douglas College, international students can choose from a wide range of study programmes, offered under the following categories:
University Transfer courses allow students to begin their degree at Douglas and transfer to another school to complete their studies. Douglas College is the launch pad to over 1,000 different degree programmes around the world including University of Victoria, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and many more. Subjects on offer span the entire arts and science spectrums, from Anthropology to Psychology, and from Mathematics to Environmental Science. Transfer courses give students more time to engage in meaningful discussion with professors due to the relatively small class sizes.
Douglas College is bachelor is degrees are applied degrees, which give students the opportunity to take what they ive learned and actually do it - before they graduate. Bachelor is degrees offered to international students cover the following subject areas:
Business Administration, Accounting
Business Administration, Financial Services
Child and Youth Care
International students opting for post-degree programmes at Douglas College have the opportunity to pursue a one-year Post Degree Diploma (PDD) or two-year Post Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD).
These are comprised of upper-level courses that will equip students with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.
What is new
Being the dynamic institution that it is, Douglas College always has some new developments for students to look forward to. Whether it is a new building on campus or a new course of study being offered, growth and development are constants in the College.
A second campus
Douglas College is in the process of adding a second campus in downtown New Westminster at the Anvil Centre Office Tower. The 6,132 square Campus, spread over four floors, is slated to house 21 new classrooms, a host of new student collaboration spaces, and a simulation lab for financial and Amazon-style supply chain management modelling, and is expected to support anticipated growth in student numbers over the next three to five years.
The R. Howard Webster Foundation has approved a research grant for Douglas College which will enable students, especially those enrolled in designated humanities and social sciences courses, to research urban problems affecting the Lower Mainland. Student groups will also have the opportunity to share project findings in presentations to city councils and business organisations.
Douglas College has plans to add a bachelor is degree in Social Work to its extensive offerings following approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.
The degree is aimed at preparing graduates for a wide range of careers, including work with public and private agencies focusing on child welfare, health care, addiction and mental health, immigrant and refugee settlement, community development and social policy, and the justice and education systems.