BC Government Launches Website to Attract Foreign Students
British Columbia’s provincial government recently launched a new website to help establish Canada as a destination for foreign students. www.learnlivebc.ca provides would-be students with new information and new tools to make it easy to live and study in BC.
“New government data shows B.C. hosted 100,700 international students in 2010-11 – up from 94,000 in the previous year, representing an increase of seven per cent,” said the government’s website.
“B.C. will gain an estimated 1,800 jobs and $100 million in GDP for every 10 per cent increase in the number of international students coming to the province.”
The site is currently available in English, with plans for multiple other languages, including Korean, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese, by early 2013.
The site gives would-be students a chance to:
- Access information on B.C.’s post-secondary and kindergarten – Grade 12 education system.
- Use toolkits to find a B.C. school or institutions, apply to a school and make travel arrangements.
- See B.C.’s spectacular natural settings
- Read about B.C.’s rich cultural diversity
The new site is part of British Columbia’s International Education Strategy and Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan, which was released in May of 2012.