Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Discover ILSC University Pathway Partners

With its roots dating back to 1981, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has proved itself to be a one-of-a-kind destination for a learning experience beyond traditional education. At KPU, you can benefit from a fusion of academic education paired with experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities where you can apply your knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Welcoming nearly 20,000 students, including ILSC University Pathway students, to its five campuses across Metro Vancouver each year, you’ll be sure to find a community at KPU as you embark on your unique learning journey. Read on to learn more about the opportunities that await you at Canada’s only accredited polytechnic university!

Three students cross the street outside one of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's campuses on a sunny day.

Why should international students choose Kwantlen Polytechnic University?

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is the only polytechnic university in Canada. With over 140 programs for students to choose from, we offer opportunities for classroom learning and real-world experience, including work-based training, practicums, applied research, studios, labs, field schools, co-operative education, and internships. KPU has five campuses located across Metro Vancouver, which means students have the flexibility to find accommodation that fits within their budget while enjoying a vibrant city life. We also have a department solely dedicated to international students. At KPU International, we’re here to support international students from admission to graduation.

What Kwantlen Polytechnic University programs are popular among international students? Why? 

Melville School of Business is a popular choice for many students interested in business. Students can get practical experience, professional connections, and extensive knowledge to succeed in their business ventures. We offer a variety of programs; students can choose from four Post-Baccalaureate degrees to two Graduate Diplomas that fit their interest and commitment. Wilson School of Design offers competitive programs in fashion. Our small classes are led by experienced industry professionals with access to industry-grade equipment and the latest design technology. Finally, we offer a range of unique diplomas that help students gain knowledge and experience in their specialized fields; some of these programs include Brewing and Brewery Operations, Horticulture, Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) Technologies, and Entertainment Arts.

What nationalities are represented at Kwantlen Polytechnic University?

KPU has over 20,000 students annually and over 70 countries are represented in our student body. At KPU, we are proud of our diversity and committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment that enables every member of our diverse community to belong.

Any comments about the quality of ILSC University Pathway students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University?

We are confident that ILSC University Pathway students are prepared to successfully perform in any of our programs. Language pathway students are uniquely prepared for undergraduate studies, equipped with not only linguistic proficiency but also essential academic skills and cultural insights. ILSC’s intensive language training and tailored academic support helps students develop the fluency, critical thinking, and intercultural competence necessary to excel in higher education.

What kind of support do you offer international students?

From admission to graduation, KPU is here for students at every step of their academic journey. We offer a wide range of student services. Some of our highlights include:

  • Student Life – We host informative Pre-Arrival Webinars, New Student Orientation, and multiple events throughout the year to help students find their community at KPU.
  • International Peer Mentorship – New international students are paired with a Mentor, a current KPU student, to help them have a successful first semester.
  • Education & Immigration Advising – Our International Student Advisors can support students with course planning and selection, immigration matters, career goal planning, and more!
  • Learning Centre – To provide individualized learning assistance and free one-to-one and small group tutoring in a range of writing, math, and content areas.
  • Career Development Centre – With multiple job and career fairs, info sessions, resume reviews, and co-op opportunities, we are here to help students transition from a learning experience to a working experience.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We are very excited to embark on this new partnership with ILSC and work with one of the best language schools in Canada. For questions about KPU, please contact us; we would love to help!

If you wish to study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University but need to improve your English to meet the language entry requirements, check out our University Pathway Program in Canada. Our Pathway Program offers you conditional admission to our partner institutions and equips you with the English language skills you need to succeed in your higher education journey!



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