Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers a range of credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Students have the opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor’s degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.


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12666 72 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W 2M8

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~ $14,000 per year


To apply as an International student, you must submit a completed application form along with copies of official educational certificates/transcripts showing courses taken and grades obtained.


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  • 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
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
Student 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!