There are two different types of options available for post-secondary education in B.C. - public and private.
Over 1,900 programs are offered by B.C.'s 25 publicly funded post-secondary institutions:
Universities offer an array of undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs. Some also offer courses and programs in trades, vocational, and career technical studies leading to certificates and diplomas, as well as developmental programs that prepare adult learners for post-secondary studies. Some universities undertake original and applied research in a range of disciplines, while others focus on applied research and scholarly activities in support of their programming.
Colleges offer courses and programs in trades, vocational, career technical and academic studies leading to certificates, diplomas, associate degrees and applied degrees. They also provide developmental programs that prepare adult learners for post-secondary studies.
Institutes are organized according to career, vocational and technical specialties, covering a variety of occupations. They may offer credentials ranging from certificates to degrees. One B.C. institute has an Aboriginal focus.