Low Student Costs
Most universities in Canada are public. Canadian international student tuition fees, accommodation and other living expenses remain competitive compared to the USA and other international education destinations.
Visa and Work Opportunities
The Canadian government has developed new visa and immigration rules to encourage international students to use their skills in Canada after graduation: The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Students may also apply to become permanent residents of Canada during this work period.
Canada is widely considered to be the most ethnically diverse country in the world. With a population of 33 million, Canada welcomes the cultural richness that immigrants from other countries can bring to its social fabric.
The province of British Columbia (BC) is on the west coast of Canada. British Columbia stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the west and the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the east. It is known for its natural beauty, mild coastal climate and outdoor recreation opportunities.
It's capital city is Victoria, home of Royal Roads University, but the largest city in British Columbia is Vancouver, the third largest in Canada with a population of over 2,200,000.
With a combination of diverse cities and spectacular scenery, British Columbia is a truly inspiring place to study.
Victoria was rated #1 destination to visit in Canada by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. Victoria is a safe, friendly, progressive and attractive city with a relaxed pace and a large community of university and college students. This is an energetic city boasting a stunning natural landscape and a rich history and culture. Victoria is a place where the casual modernism of the West Coast blends with time-honoured British, European, First Nations and Asian traditions.
Canada's Mildest Climate
Victoria has a temperate 'oceanic' climate. Its residents enjoy mild, almost snow-free winters, and relatively dry and pleasant summers. Getting over 2,200 hours of sun each year, Victoria is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia, and in Canada.
Attractions and Activities
Plenty of cafes and restaurants as well as great shopping can be found along the beautiful inner harbor. With plants and flowers overflowing in the summertime and festive lights lining the city streets in winter, Victoria is a breathtaking city whatever the season. Victoria is a tourist destination with over 4 million visitors per year who come both to stay overnight in the city and on day trips from cruise ships. Victoria is ideal for outdoor recreation such as cycling, hiking, jogging, kayaking and water sports.
Access to Vancouver and Seattle
Students can take a trip to mainland Canada and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Vancouver, the business and cultural capital of British Columbia. Victoria is only a 30 minute flight or a stunning 90 minute ferry ride to Vancouver - a big multicultural city where you really can do anything! Many green spaces in and around the city combine with clean, modern architecture to make Vancouver a truly unique and exciting place to visit.
The lively US city of Seattle is also readily accessible by plane and ferry.