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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

KPU is a public university in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We offer more than 140 academic programs in 7 different faculties. About 20,000 students call KPU home every year, making it one of the largest universities in British Columbia.



The Polytechnic Approach

Some universities focus only on theory and textbooks, but KPU is different. As Canada’s only polytechnic university, we’re uniquely positioned to give you the opportunities to learn through hands-on experience while still providing top-quality classroom learning. KPU prepares you for the future you want by helping you graduate with the skills and experience you need.

Many of our programs include work experience terms, practicums, and co-op terms. KPU also works closely with industry professionals to ensure our graduates are prepared and ready to enter the workforce.



Supportive Student Experience

At KPU, our students are our top priority:

  • KPU classes have a maximum of 35 students, and many of our classes are even smaller than that. You’ll develop real connections with your instructors, peers, and industry professionals.
  • Our instructors have extensive real-world experience in their field, and a passion for teaching. Currently, 70+ researchers are working on active sponsored research projects.
  • Our dedicated team of International Student Advisors are here to support international students with their transition to Canada, academic course planning, and more.



Popular Programs for International Students from the Philippines

KPU is a popular study destination among Filipino students. There is a large Filipino community living in Metro Vancouver, making it a “home away from home” for newly arrived international students.  

Business programs are a top priority for many students. Our two-year Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Diploma programs offer affordable yet quality study options. Favourite programs include human resources management, global business management, operations and supply chain management, etc. All of our programs are eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit program. Total program costs run between $25,000 - $35,000 CAD for two years!

  • Credentials Offered at KPU

    KPU offers a wide range of programs and credentials for both undergraduate and graduate students, including:  

    • Certificates (6 months – 1 year)
    • Diplomas (2 years)
    • Associate’s Degrees (2 years)
    • Bachelor’s Degrees (4 years)
    • Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas (1-2 years)
    • Graduate Certificates (1-2 years)
    • Graduate Diplomas (1-2 years)
  • Admission Requirements

    Undergraduate Admission Requirements

    To be admitted as a student in an undergraduate program, you must show that:

    • You meet KPU’s Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement
    • You have graduated from high school (secondary school) or completed 24 or more undergraduate-level credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0*

    *Don’t meet this requirement? If you will be 19 years of age or older on the first day of classes, it’s possible to be admitted as a mature student at the discretion of the Registrar. Get in touch with us for more info.

    Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Admission Requirements

    To be admitted as a student to a post-baccalaureate or graduate program, you must show that:

    Some programs will have other admission requirements or program recommendations in addition to the general requirements noted here. Check out the Program Details in our International Viewbook for more information on each program.

  • Scholarships and Awards

    Starting a university in a new country is a major decision. It deserves a major scholarship.

    We know that post-secondary education is a big investment, but we’re here to help with that. We’re proud to offer a range of scholarships, awards, and financial assistance to all students studying at KPU.

    • Nearly $2 million in scholarships and awards are available to KPU students each year
    • $265,000 in scholarships and awards are reserved every year for new students
    • Major entrance scholarships of $20,000 (6 recipients) and $5,000 (18 recipients) are awarded each fall
    • International financial awards of $1,000 per year for up to a total of $4,000!

    Want to know which scholarships you’re eligible for? Connect with us!



Dorcas Colina
Health Care Assistant Graduate

At KPU, not just knowledge is built to every student but also the attitude and skills to care for others with respect and dignity while applying the advanced technology and equipment with updated researches, making you one step ahead among the rest. Additionally, living in Canada is a fun experience where I learn to discover things I have not seen or done before. Aside from appreciating the rich nature, I also learned to associate with people from different cultures. Furthermore, KPU instructors and friends helped me to be confident of myself in facing challenges. Canada is truly a highly suggested place for education.

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Noel Victoria
Computer Information Systems Student

After deciding that I want to study in British Columbia, I started searching for the universities that would have the course that I wanted to take — Computer Information Systems. I have been working in the I.T. industry for over 15 years and my previous course was Information Technology, so I wanted to continue my studies in the same field. After researching 4 or 5 universities, I chose KPU. Why? First, the IT program at KPU offers the courses I’m interested in. Second, the location of the university is very convenient. There are campuses in Surrey, Langley and Richmond. Third, it's a polytechnic university, which would give me more hands-on experience while learning compared to other traditional universities. Finally, the student community at KPU is diverse and makes me feel at home!