Canadian International Education Websites & Transfer Guides
• BCCAT (BC Council on Admissions and Transfer)
• BCCIE (BC Council for International Education)
• CBIE (Canadian Bureau for International Education)
Passport Information & Foreign Representatives
• Canadian Embassies and Consulates Abroad Directory is a comprehensive list of Government of Canada diplomatic & consular missions overseas
Health & Safety
• Centre for Disease Control provides health information for students studying abroad
• Health Canada website has travel alerts and immunization information.
• Transitions Abroad Magazine is a resource for finding meaningful experiential work abroad, study abroad, cultural travel overseas, and international living.
History & Statistics
• Mobility International empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development
• NAFSA Rainbow SIG has links and resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students
• World Travel Guide has Information for travellers with special needs
In order to enter your destination country and to apply for a student visa, you will need to have a valid passport.
Gathering all the documents required for a passport application can take a significant amount of time. Passport processing times can also be quite lengthy so please ensure that you apply for your passport as soon as possible. If you are a Canadian citizen, you can apply online at the Passport Canada.
If you already have a passport, it must be valid for at least 6 months after your expected return date to Canada in order to facilitate entry into your destination country.
If your school is listed on this website as a participating British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium institution, credits from any abroad program on this website will transfer. However, it is up to you to find out exactly how many credits will transfer, and that you meet the academic and language requirements for the program you are applying for.
The decision to Study Abroad is a major one. Students report that going overseas or to a foreign country to study forever changes their lives – in a fantastic way. They learn new language skills, make new friends and connections, and most importantly challenge their perspectives. When returning home, many find that these new skills increase their employability and inspire them for years to come.
Although it’s never easy to adapt to a new culture – especially when it’s your first time travelling abroad - with careful planning and preparation, this can be one of the best parts of your academic experience.
Today’s world is interconnected. To be successful, you must become a global thinker. Students who are flexible and open minded to new ideas, languages, and ways of life, will have an advantage both professionally and personally. Some experts even say international experiences make you more creative. You’ll be able to challenge traditional ideas and draw on your unique experiences from international living.