Monday 20th November 2017

Why do International Students choose to study in Richmond?

  • Student Achievement: consistently one of the highest achievement rates in Western Canada
  • English Language Learning (ELL) Support: the standard for the province of British Columbia
  • Community: inclusive, multicultural, urban, upper-middle-class, and welcoming with cosmopolitan amenities in a park-like setting
  • School Campuses: new, modern, expansive, and inclusive learning environments
  • Course Options: a wide range of academic and elective courses, specialty programs, including Sports Academies, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Engineering, and Senior and Junior Years’ International Baccalaureate (IB) programs
  • Homestay: all of our homestay program host families offer all of our students a warm, supportive English-language, urban West Coast Canadian family immersion experience
  • Student Support: comprehensive, proactive, and multi-lingual

Richmond School District at a Glance:

  • Richmond City Population: 207,500
  • Students in Richmond Public Schools: 21,000
  • Staff Members: 3,566
  • Richmond School District: 5th largest in the province of British Columbia
  • Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 6
  • Elementary Schools: 38
  • Secondary Schools: 10
  • School Completion Rate: 90%
  • ELL Completion Rate: 93%
  • School Gardens: 34
  • Student Environmental Green Teams: 38
  • Intermediate Band Programs: 38
  • Secondary School Fine Arts Programs: 10
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs: 2
  • International Students, Long-Term Study: 850
  • Countries of Origin: 22
  • iPads: 2,050
  • Mac Computers: 6,700
  • Windows (PC) Computers: 1,000

Richmond City – There’s no Better Place to Learn

Richmond City, British Columbia, Canada, was Co-Host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Richmond is an awarding winning, multicultural, upper-middle-class, and dynamic city of 207,500 people nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in Metro Vancouver.

Ideally located within 22 minutes of downtown Vancouver and 40 minutes from the ski hills on the North Shore Mountains, few communities are as well served by public transit – bus and SkyTrain – and superbly maintained public services. A temperate West Coast climate means that Richmond residents enjoy comfortable temperatures year round. Unlike anywhere else in Canada, flowers bloom in February and last well into autumn.

Richmond is home to 14 of the top 100 high technology companies in the province of British Columbia including Microsoft and Nintendo. In addition to the high technology industry, the core of the Richmond economy comes from aviation, information and computer system technologies, biotechnology development, hospitality and tourism, and education.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) both have vibrant Richmond campuses. The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Langara Univeristy College (LUC) are all within short commutes.

Richmond is world famous for its welcoming and nurturing multicultural community, and is nationally and internationally recognized for its accessibility to people of all backgrounds and abilities. Its livability and healthy environment contribute to Richmond residents having Canada’s highest life expectancy.