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Considering Post-Secondary Education

Considering Post-Secondary Education

It’s a time of year that you’re going to hear and see ads that promote post-secondary education opportunities. These ads will tell you that it is the perfect time to consider applying to various institutions. It’s not.

Most public, post-secondary institutions have already had students registering for courses which means that there are no (if not very few) seats left in the courses that you anticipate yourself registering for.

If you are considering to apply to a post-secondary institution, do your research now to be ready for a January or September 2019 intake. A little research will make for a better long-term outlook for you. Take time to understand the BC post-secondary system and you will save money and time in the long run.

BC has a number of different post-secondary education options:

  • Colleges offer programs in: trades/apprenticeship, vocational, career, technical, and academic studies (often called university transfer). They offer a range of credentials, including certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and applied undergraduate degrees (called Bachelor degrees).
  • Universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Universities undertake original research, applied research, and/or scholarly activity in a range of program and content areas.  They offer an array of undergraduate degree programs and a range of programs at the graduate level.
  • University Colleges offer undergraduate and master’s degrees, often in specialized subject areas, as well as courses and programs in trades (i.e. automotive service technician, welding), vocational (i.e. office procedures, computer training) and career technical (i.e. applied business technology, architectural drafting technician) studies leading to certificates and diplomas.
  • Private post-secondary institutions in BC offer two main types of education leading to credentials: degree programs, and career training programs, leading to diplomas and certificates, regulated by the Private Career Training Institutions Act.

Examine all options available by going to the BCCAT website (British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer). This website lists all of the public and private post-secondary institutes in BC. Understand the admission requirements, the program requirements, and the program outline. Know how programs operate and the exact outcome you should expect. Determine whether your chosen program can give you credit towards a future program, or not. You can also find information about post-secondary education on our website here:

The Richmond Public Library is hosting an information session on August 1st: Introduction to Post-Secondary Education in BC 省專上教育介紹. You will learn more about school categories and options, eligibility and tuition, and choosing the right programs學校分類和選擇,申請資格和學費,選擇適合的科系. This workshop will be offered in English with Mandarin interpretation

英語講座 國語翻譯. If you’re considering post-secondary education, do yourself a favour and and attend this workshop.