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Post-secondary pathways

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B.C. has some of the top-ranked universities and colleges in the world.  Students choose to study in B.C. because of the high-quality education, opportunities for work experience, moderate climate, safe surroundings, and its close geographical connection to the Asia-Pacific region.

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows post-secondary graduates from designated learning institutions in Canada to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residency in Canada, through the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry).

B.C. Transfer System

The B.C. Transfer System allows students to take academic courses in a non-degree granting institution (e.g. community college) and transfer those courses to a university for credit towards a degree down the road.

Learn more about B.C.’s Transfer System and the options that are available.

Graduating from B.C.’s K-12 education system opens the door for countless post-secondary opportunities. Many students choose to enter one of B.C.’s excellent universities or vocational programs.

Begin planning your post-secondary journey

Pathways Quote:

“A two-way flow of insights allows B.C. to showcase our multiple educational pathways and learn from our diverse international partners. We all want to ensure students get a quality education to transition smoothly into higher education, leading to good-paying jobs. The next generation is relying on us to create dynamic opportunities for student success.”
— Melanie Mark (former Minister), Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (2019)

The B.C. Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) is recognized internationally as a standard of high achievement and English language proficiency. Students are prepared to pursue several pathways to success upon graduation and many have gone on to post-secondary studies in many different countries and diverse institutions including colleges, universities and technical or trade schools.

Beyond post-secondary studies, B.C.’s growing economy also offers graduates the opportunity to live and work in the province.