British Columbia Domestic International Education

In 2016/17 B.C. hosted over 20,000 international students to school districts and independent schools across the province.

In supporting the continued success of international education in B.C., the Ministry of Education has undertaken a number of initiatives, including:

International Education Scholarships

B.C. provides scholarship and awards for:

  • B.C. students and teachers going on mobility activities abroad to further develop intercultural skills and experience
  • International students coming to B.C. to study at the K-12 level for the first time, and for international students graduating from a B.C. public, independent or offshore school and entering an approved B.C. post-secondary institution; and,
  • B.C. students studying Chinese language and culture.

BC For High School Website

Provides orientation information for prospective and current international students, parents and agents available in seven languages: English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korea, Spanish, Italian, and Vietnamese.

MOU Agreements

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training enter into Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with long-standing and emerging governments to support B.C.’s international education sector. MOUs promote stronger ties and the expansion of new relationships between B.C. and partners around the world. Government-to-government education MOUs exist with jurisdictions in  Asia, Europe and South America. These agreements provide opportunities for all students to develop global understanding and intercultural competencies.

B.C. K-12 Homestay Guidelines

Sets Ministry expectations for international education programs, homestay programs, homestay families, international students and international agents.

The guidelines are available in the following languages: