Spring trade missions showcase B.C.’s diverse export market in Asia

MARCH 20, 2015     Source: BC Newsroom

VANCOUVER – Promoting exports in B.C.’s priority sectors such as digital media, education, clean technology and life sciences is the focus of upcoming spring trade missions to Asia by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson. Wat will be travelling to China and Indonesia […]

Why studying in BC Canada might be a good option, Part 1

MARCH 17, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a recent college tour sponsored by the British Columbia Council for International Education, a number of Pacific Northwest high school counselors and independent educational consultants were given a peek at some well-regarded and surprisingly affordable post-secondary educational options. After a week’s whirlwind tour I’ve come away with several observations […]

Canada, China agree on 10-year, multi-entry visa

MARCH 13, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Canada and China have reached a reciprocal agreement to introduce a 10-year, multiple entry visa for business, travel and tourism in a move that will boost bilateral trade ties and people-to-people exchanges. Under the new visa, which came into play this week, Chinese citizens can enter Canada on multiple occasions […]

Indian government to draft new education policy

MARCH 6, 2015     Source: The PIE News

The director of education at the British Council in India has called the country’s new education policy discussion points “very encouraging” because of the inclusion of internationalisation of HE as a top 20 priority. For the first time in more than two decades, the government of India is drafting a […]

Upcoming Competition: Student Exchange Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

FEBRUARY 25, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) will soon be launching the competition for the Student Exchange Program (SEP) for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Canadian institutions will be  invited to submit applications for college, undergraduate, and graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as faculty and international […]

Canada introduces new process for international students to immigrate

FEBRUARY 25, 2015     Source: ICEF

At the beginning of January, the Canadian government introduced a new application process for international graduates of Canadian universities and colleges wishing to immigrate to Canada: the Express Entry programme. Under the new programme, international students who have graduated from a Canadian institution are placed in a “pool” with other groups of […]

Welcome to our new website!

FEBRUARY 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Welcome to our new website! You’ll notice things don’t look the way they used to. We freshened up the website, giving it a clean, modern look that will help you find the information you need quickly. Usability You’ll find it easier to navigate the website with the new layout. We […]

Hotel-style housing for international students opens in Vancouver

FEBRUARY 11, 2015     Source: BCCIE

The story is all too familiar – international students arriving to Vancouver for homestays only to find their rooms located under a stairway, or in a far removed suburb hours from their school. But this is now changing with the help of companies like CIBT Education Group. Last week, CIBT […]

Exploring Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus

JANUARY 29, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is a multicampus private university founded in 1942 and headquartered in New Jersey, USA. In 2007, FDU opened its newest campus in Vancouver, BC. BCCIE recently had the opportunity to tour the FDU Vancouver location and meet with some of its key administrators. Today, FDU is one […]

Congrats to Rohith Manhas, a 2014 BC Export Award winner

JANUARY 28, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently interviewed Rohith Manhas, a fourth-year student at SFU’s Beedie School of Business on his win of the 2014 BC Export Awards’ International Business Studies Award. Manhas earned the 2014 Award for his term as a co-op student in Mumbai, India, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on […]

National survey shows Canadian universities more focused on internationalization

JANUARY 26, 2015     Source: ICEF Monitor

A significant majority of Canadian universities – 82% – now place internationalization among their top five strategic priorities, says a new survey of Canada’s degree-granting institutions. This represents a 5% increase over a previous survey in 2006, and leads a broad set of findings that all clearly point to an […]

One year later: Progress on Canada’s International Education Strategy

JANUARY 23, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

A year ago last week, the federal government unveiled Canada’s first International Education Strategy (IES), signalling that global perspectives and experience are needed to ensure Canada’s prosperity in the 21st century. The IES is a major achievement for the education sector, which had been urging a pan-Canadian strategy for two […]

Scholarships available for Canadian students to study abroad through the Organization of American States (OAS)

JANUARY 19, 2015     Source: DFATD

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is happy to announce the launch of the competition for the Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program. The OAS offers scholarships to Canadian students for study or research at the Master’s or PhD level that lead to a degree at a […]

Host short-term tour groups (Shugaku Ryoko) of Japanese K-12 students

JANUARY 13, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

BCCIE has been working with the Japanese Consulate General in Vancouver, BC Ministry of International Trade, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skill Training, the Japan/Canada Tourism Association (JACATA) and tourism marketers from Destination BC to explore how to best grow and develop BC as a preferred destination for Japan’s Short-Term International […]

Snapshot: International students in Canada

JANUARY 6, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

Is it your new year’s resolution to study in Canada? Will you study in a university, college or secondary school? Where will you study? Where do international students in Canada come from? To answer these questions, we have developed a snapshot of international students in Canada. Canada is the world’s […]

Introducing COMPASS, a new publication on BC’s emerging education markets

DECEMBER 18, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

The BC Council for International Education has collaborated on a new publication, COMPASS, to keep stakeholders informed about the exciting and ever-shifting landscape of International Education (IE). We hope you enjoy the first edition, launched December 2014.   COMPASS includes contributions from BC’s Education Marketing Managers (EMMs), who are employed […]

The growing case for building institutional links with India

DECEMBER 17, 2014     Source: ICEF

India is planning a massive expansion of its higher education system over the next decade. The Indian government has a stated goal to increase higher education participation rates to 30% by 2020 from 18% today – a target that will require the creation of an additional 14 million spaces in […]

Vietnam Agency Sector Overhaul is Underway

DECEMBER 12, 2014     Source: The PIE news

After the Vietnamese government passed sweeping regulations to clean up the education agency industry at the beginning of 2013, the first cohort of agency businesses has undergone the certification course necessary to continue operating. Despite introducing strict rules including a required escrow account containing US$23,800 (VND500m), the government has not […]

Internationalization listed as a top priority for more than 80% of Canadian universities: Survey

DECEMBER 11, 2014     Source: AUCC

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities are becoming more internationally engaged, placing a premium on  more global experiences for students to prepare them for success in today’s global knowledge economy. That’s among the findings of a new survey by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on internationalization at the country’s […]

Early bird registration open for Summer Seminar 2015

DECEMBER 10, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

From now until April 6, save $100 when you register online for BCCIE's annual Summer Seminar conference. This year, Summer Seminar will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC at the Chateau Fairmont Hotel. Please note: the 2015 full conference registration rate includes the Opening Reception and the Awards Banquet ticket. To learn more […]

Interview with Randall Martin from BC Canada

DECEMBER 1, 2014     Source: Inside Canada - Seoul Blog

1. I looked up your career and it was so impressive that you have been into international student programming more than ten years. What inspired you to be a respectful educator for international students?     Thank you very much.   I have 25 years’ experience in post-secondary education, development […]

City of Light to host newest BC offshore school

NOVEMBER 27, 2014     Source: BC Government

VICTORIA – Voila! B.C.’s Offshore Schools Program is about to mark another milestone as the first offshore school in Europe has been approved to open its doors in Paris, France. Since it was launched 16 years ago, the program has developed into a global network, promoting B.C.’s world-class education system […]

Saskatchewan launches new International Education strategy

NOVEMBER 26, 2014     Source: Saskatchewan Government

Today, Saskatchewan's Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty announced the launch of the province’s International Education Strategy. “We want our young people to acquire the skills they need to work in a global context and strengthen our province’s cultural business expertise worldwide,” Doherty said.  “This will help to build relationships with our […]

Survey shows growing interest in education agents among US colleges

NOVEMBER 26, 2014     Source: ICEF

International students, already so key to the internationalisation goals and revenue streams of many American institutions, seem poised to become even more important in the world’s leading study destination. US colleges and universities are facing increasing pressure to hit recruitment targets, and anxiety about not meeting them is creeping up. […]

Celebrating International Education Week in BC

NOVEMBER 17, 2014     Source: BC Government

As the world prepares for International Education Week, a growing number of international students are seeking the benefits of learning and living in B.C. Under B.C.’s International Education Strategy, the province is celebrating a thriving international education sector. Today there are about 112,800 international students in B.C. – an increase […]

Spotlight on 2014 StudyinBC contest winner!

NOVEMBER 7, 2014     Source: StudyinBC

The winner of our grand prize of an iPad Air is Juliana Galbiatti from Brazil. She is a Langara College graduate and has recently returned to British Columbia after a semester studying at King’s College in London. She shared with us her reaction to finding out that she had won the […]

More International Students are Choosing Canada

NOVEMBER 7, 2014     Source: CIC

Study permits issued to international students up by 26 percent since 2012 Canada is on track to welcome a record number of foreign students this year, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced today. 103,999 study permits were issued from January to September this year, an 11-percent increase […]

CBIE announces winners of 2014 International Education Awards

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: CBIE

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), a partner of BCCIE, recently announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence Awards for innovation and emerging stars in International Education. A total of 10 awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who have made significant commitments to leadership in the […]

BC trade mission to India promotes strong educational partnerships

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: Randall Martin

The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), working together with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of International Trade, was recently asked to assist in the planning of the Premier’s Trade Mission to India this October. We’re pleased to report the Mission was a great success enabling close […]

UBC’s Vantage College – a new business model for international students

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

Each quarter, the BC Council for International Education highlights one public or private K-12 or post-secondary educational institution in the province that is making headlines in International Education. The August edition of Bulletin featured VanArts, a private digital arts college that attracts top talent with a student body that is […]

Northern Exposure: Canada’s push for international students

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: Inside Higher Ed

In conversations about international student recruitment in the United States, some things are taken as given: the decentralization of the landscape and the absence of a coordinated recruitment strategy at either the national or state level (save for some consortiums that are narrowly focused on marketing of a specific state), and the perceived […]

Dr. Randall Martin, BCCIE Executive Director, speaks to the PIE

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: The PIE news

British Columbia is one of Canada’s international education success stories. Randall Martin, executive director of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) talks to the PIE News about the province’s achievements, goals and how it could be a model for national level activity. The PIE: You’re a provincial organisation […]

Silicon Valley North: Vancouver tech surges as U.S. immigration reform idles

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: The Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Software engineer Pablo Guana nearly refused a job with Facebook when the company redirected him to Vancouver from Silicon Valley because his United States visa application was rejected. “I will not go to Canada,” said the 25-year-old from Argentina of his initial reaction. “Twenty degrees below zero, are […]

Study Travel Magazine announces 2014 Star Award winners

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: BCCIE

STM Star Awards 2014 winners announced The study travel industry gathered in style at London’s Hilton on Park Lane Hotel at the weekend to celebrate peer-voted excellence in service at the prestigious Study Travel Magazine Star Awards 2014. With study travel agents voting for their school and service provider partners […]

ELS selected as only private language school pathway for UBC Vantage College

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: ELS

Congrats to ELS Language Centers Canada! Language Centers Canada is pleased to have been selected as the only private language school pathway partner for University of British Columbia (UBC) Vantage College. UBC Vantage College is the only international college of its kind at a top-tier university in Canada. Vantage One […]

Study in BC Contest now on!

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014     Source: BCCIE

Are you an international student studying in BC? From September 16–November 1, enter our 3rd Annual StudyinBC Contest for the chance to WIN.  It's easy: Submit photos, blog posts and videos that capture the what the BC lifestyle means to you. If your entry is randomly selected, you could win an iPad […]

Dr. Kyra Garson receives George L. Geis Distinguished Dissertation Award

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014     Source: BCCIE

SFU’s Faculty of Education, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, Dr. Kyra Garson was recognized at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education's (CSSHE) annual meeting as the winner of the 2014 George L. Geis Dissertation Award. Dr. Garson's thesis is entitled, "Are We Graduating Global Citizens? A Mixed […]

Record numbers of international students choose BC

AUGUST 26, 2014     Source: BC Government

More international students than ever are choosing British Columbia as a study destination, with latest figures showing a 20% increase in international students and a 28% increase in direct spending by international students. “British Columbia is a world-class destination for tens of thousands of international students who bring economic, cultural […]

Changes to the International Student Program

AUGUST 20, 2014     Source: CIC

New rules that will reduce the potential for fraud or misuse of the program while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education and improving services to genuine students will come into force on June 1, 2014. The new rules will: limit the issuance of study permits to applicants who will be […]

Vancouver one of the world’s top places to study media arts

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

It comes as no surprise that Vancouver, known to some as Hollywood North, produces many of the world’s top talents in media arts. As a recent Globe and Mail article reports, Vancouver is home to “over 800 companies in digital film, animation and visual effects, video games, mobile content and applications, and e-learning.” There […]

Dr. Kyra Garson receives George L. Geis Distinguished Dissertation Award

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

SFU’s Faculty of Education, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, Dr. Kyra Garson was recognized at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education's (CSSHE) annual meeting as the winner of the 2014 George L. Geis Dissertation Award. Dr. Garson's thesis is entitled, "Are We Graduating Global Citizens? A Mixed Methods Study […]