We welcome international students, with the programs and support to make your studies at Capilano University memorable and successful.

Find your home here

CapU is a “home away from home” to more than 2,500 international students from 80 countries around the world. Join our global yet close-knit community!

Surrounded by nature, close to the city

Minutes from CapU’s main campus in North Vancouver, B.C., you’ll find hiking and mountain biking trails, secret beaches and world-class ski resorts with spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. Yet, you’re only 30 minutes away from Vancouver’s vibrant shopping, restaurants, and arts and culture scene.

Preparing you for a changing world

Study for success in interactive and focused classes, dedicated to providing you with hands-on experiences and education of the highest quality.

Gain industry-relevant knowledge with experienced instructors who are here to coach and guide you along the way.

Build new friendships with student mentors who are excited to introduce you to CapU and all the resources we offer for a smooth transition.

Discover your path through practical studies and a range of credentials offering volunteer, study abroad and/or work-integrated learning opportunities.

CapU’s credentials are recognized worldwide

We’re a public university that is fully accredited by both the Government of British Columbia (Canada) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (USA). We’re also recognized by British Columbia's Education Quality Assurance [EQA] designation, which is Canada's first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education.

This means that your CapU credentials will be recognized around the world, whether you’re interested in pursuing graduate studies or employment in Canada or abroad. It also means you may be eligible to apply for your Post-Graduation Work Permit after you've completed your program requirements.

Services & support for international students

The Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE) provides many services for international students. We can help you with application processing, admissions advising, student leadership and mentorship opportunities and peer-to-peer supportstudy abroad programs and more.

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program helps you improve the English language skills you'll need to succeed in your studies. At CapU, you'll also find a wealth of Student Life resources to support your academic journey, health and wellness and connection to our campus community.

Admission, tuition and financial aid

Learn more about CapU’s Admission Requirements. Pay special attention to the English language requirements.

Use our Tuition & Fee Estimator to figure out what it will cost you to study at CapU. Some scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to help international students pay for their studies. See how to apply for Financial Aid & Awards.

Exchange and visiting students

If you are currently studying outside of Canada and your home university is one of CapU’s partner institutions, you can apply as an Exchange Student.

If you’re studying in an institution that doesn’t have a partner agreement with CapU, and want to experience a semester abroad, or if you’re a recent international high school graduate interested in a gap year experience, you can apply as a visiting student.

Join us for a campus tour

We’d love to show you around our beautiful campus. Sign up for a complimentary and guided campus tour for international students.

International Student Guide 2020 – 2021

International Student Guide 2020-2021

Looking for a quick peek at CapU, including application steps, fees, admission requirements and important contacts for international students?

Download the International Student Guide 2020-2021 (pdf).

Ready to apply?

Apply Now

Check out the steps to Apply to CapU as an International Student.

CIE Office and Advising Hours

CIE Office Hours*
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
CIE Admissions Advising (drop-in, no appointment necessary)*
Monday to Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
*Excluding University closures and Canadian holidays (pdf)