Capilano University International Students Information Guide

Capilano University International Students Information Guide | What you need to know as an international Students aspiring to study to Capilano University (CAPU).

Capilano University New Students Information & Guide

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


Find your home here

Capilano University is a “home away from home” for more than 1,900 international students from 73 countries around the world.

Our team of dedicated international education professionals is here to support and guide you throughout your CapU experience.

Surrounded by nature, close to the city

Here you can breathe the clean mountain air while you study at our forested North Vancouver campus.

Yet you’re only 30 minutes away from Vancouver’s vibrant shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options — where you can experience the arts, culture, nightlife and more.

Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Small classes with a focus on teaching

CapU instructors focus on helping students achieve academic success — and with an average class size of 25 students, they can offer support and attention to every student in class.

Real-world experience

Our instructors bring practical work experience in their industry, meaning you’ll be able to tap into their professional network of contacts.

And as a CapU student, you’ll gain valuable practical experience through group work, case studies, competitions, internships, co-op practicums, volunteerism, and community service.

Learn more about the reasons to choose CapU for your studies.

CapU is accredited

CapU is a public university. We are fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a US-based accrediting body.

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 Capilano University 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 when you’ve completed your program.


Services & support for international students

The Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience provides many services for international students. We can help you with admissions, advising, student leadership and mentorship opportunities, study abroad programs and more.

English language programs

Capilano University has an English language program called English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The EAP program will help you improve the English language skills you’ll need to succeed in your studies.

View our English for Academic Purposes programs.

Pathway partner schools

CapU has partnered with eight private English-language schools in Vancouver to accept students into our pathway programs. If you complete English levels at one of our pathway partner schools, you will meet the English language requirement for select programs.


Admission, tuition and financial aid

Learn more about CapU’s Admission Requirements. Pay special attention to the English language requirements and general admission requirements for international students.

Use our Tuition & Fee Estimator to figure out what it will cost you to study at CapU. Be sure to select “International” to get accurate results.

Some scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to help international students pay for their studies. See how to apply for Financial Aid & Awards.


Come for a visit

Coming to Vancouver and want to see our campus? We’d love to show you around. Sign up for a free guided tour for international students.


Visiting and exchange students

If you are currently studying outside of Canada and your home university is a partner institution to CapU, you can apply as an Exchange Student.

If you’re studying somewhere 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 to come to CapU as a visiting student.


Ready to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for admission to Capilano University, your next step is to visit Apply to CapU as an International Student for all the details.


Find out more

Download or request a Capilano University Viewbook.

Download an International Student Guide (pdf).


Office and Advising Hours

Regular Office Hours*
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admissions Advising (drop-in)*
Monday to Friday 10 a.m–3 p.m.
No appointment necessary

*Excluding University closures and Canadian holidays (pdf)


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