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Why Choose KPU?
Where thought meets action
KPU is Canada's only polytechnic university. We focus on hands-on skills, in addition to traditional academics.
Your education will go beyond books, with experiential learning opportunities like group projects, presentations, guest speakers, and more
Many of our
programs include work experience terms, practicums, or cooperative education options
International learning opportunities all over the world through field schools, exchanges, study abroad opportunities, and more We work closely with industry partners and organizations to ensure our graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce
KPU was formed in 1981, after separating from Douglas College. The university then took over the campus south of the Fraser River, where KPU continues to be present today.
In 1995, the institution became a degree-granting university college, and in 2008 became a polytechnic university
More than 20,000 students annually (over 12,000 full-time equivalency students)
alumni around the world Over 200,000 students educated at KPU to date
Study your way
Over 120 diverse degree, diploma, certificate, and citation
programs Foundation and in-school apprenticeship training
KPU offers many unique programs that can't be found at other post-secondary institutions
Flexible scheduling allows you to take courses full-time or part-time with classes in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Some online courses are also available.
Work and volunteer opportunities on-campus
Our classes have a maximum of 35 students. Many of our classes are even smaller than that!
Student-centered learning environment that brings together students, instructors, guest lecturers, and industry experts
Our faculty have extensive real-world experience in their field, and a passion for teaching
Over 1,400 faculty and staff members
70+ researchers working on active sponsored research projects
Student support services
We offer more than 30
student services to help you succeed School can be expensive, but we're here to help. We provide almost $2 million in scholarships and
awards, and over $250,000 annually is available for students starting at KPU for the first time. Bursaries and other financial aid are also available.
Advising to help you succeed throughout your educational journey — course planning, major/minor selection, career options, and more! Supports and resources for
Aboriginal students, including KPU's Elder in Residence, Lekeyten, from the Kwantlen First Nation We have a
Learning Centre on each campus offering tutoring services, study resources, and workshops Free
intercampus shuttle that travels between Surrey, Langley, and Cloverdale Range of student clubs and organizations, or, start your own!
High-tech labs, studios, classrooms, and facilities
Five campuses across Metro Vancouver, including
Richmond, Langley, Cloverdale, Surrey, and Civic Plaza. New Wilson School of Design building opened at KPU Richmond in early 2018
Fitness centres and workout spaces on each campus with a variety of
sport and recreational activities for all students including fitness classes, personal training, and intramural leagues
Multi-Faith Centre and Sacred Spaces at KPU Surrey and KPU Richmond
The skills you need for the career you want
Earn while you learn and build professional networks with
co-op education options in several arts, business, and science and horticulture programs Hands-on practicums are built-in to many programs to provide professional work experience alongside your in-class education
Study abroad and field school opportunities prepare you for a global marketplace
Career Services offers coaching and job-finding resources for graduates, and can also help you find part-time work and summer employment