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Columbia College
Vancouver, Canada


University description (as per official university website)

Columbia College is a liberal arts college providing first and second year university transfer courses, Associate Degrees in Arts and Science, a university preparatory foundations program conforming to British Columbia Ministry of Education guidelines, and excellent intensive English language instruction in the English Language Centre.

Columbia College is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada's west coast. Students enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Vancouver, one of the most spectacular cities in the world, and one of its cleanest and safest. The College is in the midst of downtown Vancouver, very close to some of the best shops, restaurants, and theatres. There is also excellent bus and subway service nearby.

Founded in 1936, Columbia College first offered high school completion programs to hundreds of students. In 1965 the College added university transfer courses to its offerings, and in the 1970s introduced an English as a Second Language Program to meet the needs of the increasing number of international students.

In 1985 Columbia College moved from downtown Vancouver to Burnaby, to a location near Metrotown Centre. Over the next twelve years the College's programs expanded significantly; in particular, the College broadened its offerings in the areas of business and engineering. During this period Columbia College established its reputation as Canada's premier university-preparatory school for international students.

In 1997 the College returned to a downtown Vancouver location, to share a new facility with the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In this building the College is able to provide new, expanded science laboratories, state-of-the-art classrooms, improved and expanded library facilities and a refurbished Testing and Tutorial Centre, as well as student lounges and study areas.

The College's current student body is drawn from countries around the world. The countries of the Pacific Rim are represented particularly well, though students from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa also mix with our Canadian contingent to create a truly international atmosphere.

For over 70 years Columbia College has provided quality education to young adults. Many thousands of Canadian and international students have completed their qualifications at Columbia College and proceeded to university. The College will continue to provide excellent preparation for university entrance in the years to come.

General Admission to the College is based on acceptance into one of the College's programs. Admission to all academic programs is selective and is based on the College's evaluation of the applicant's probable success in undertaking studies at the secondary and/or post-secondary level. Students under the age of 16 are not admissible into any of the College's programs.

Acceptance into a specific program at the College does not guarantee subsequent advancement into higher-level programs. Such advancement is dependent on performance in the original program.

Following acceptance into a program at the College, selection of specific courses to be taken is made with the assistance of a counsellor, and is subject to the College's approval.

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