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Study in Canada at Selkirk College

The Selkirk College Advantage

Selkirk College, situated in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, has provided almost 40 years of quality postsecondary education services. With an average annual enrollment of 2, 400 students, approximately 30, 000 students have graduated from Selkirk College since first opening its doors in 1966. Selkirk offers certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in a wide array of academic, career, vocational, and technical programs.
* Paid work study / co-operative education options available.
Comprehensive English Language programs, including a certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), are also available.   Graduates of the TESOL program are now working in China, Japan, and Korea.  Opportunities for internships are being developed in Mexico and Chile.

Excellent articulation agreements with universities and university colleges
provide a seamless transition into degree programs. Selkirk College embraces technology, providing students with access to online learning and services.
Selkirk College, located in the West Kootenay Boundary Region, is about halfway between Vancouver, on the Pacific Coast, and the Rocky Mountains that border the province of Alberta.  The regional airport just minutes away, has several daily flights to Vancouver and Calgary with connecting flights to Europe, Asia, and South America.  It is only a few hours drive to Spokane, Washington, USA, where there are also easily-accessible flights to Mexico.

The area enjoys a moderate four-season climate and is famous for its
natural beauty. The environment of forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers provides many opportunities for recreation and adventure, including world-class skiing, snowboarding, hiking and golf.  Our small, friendly and safe communities welcome international students.

Schools and Programs

Selkirk College offers a wide range of programs organized in several schools:

School of Digital Media, Music and Information Technology
School of Health and Human Services
School of Hospitality and Tourism
School of Renewable Resources
School of University Arts and Sciences
Kootenay School of the Arts

Selkirk College is a part of the CISCO Network Academy Program as a CISCO Regional Academy, providing students the opportunity to prepare for industry-recognized certification exams.
The Contemporary Music and Technology Program at Selkirk College is the only one of its kind in Canada.  This program has an articulation agreement with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The School of Renewable Resources (Forestry Technology, Integrated Environmental Planning Technology, and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology) is attracting students from different parts of the world.  Excellence of field work opportunities and instruction within a spectacular natural environment are what have brought students from Germany, Japan, and Chile to join Canadian students at Selkirk College.
The Golf Club Operations and Management Program offers cooperative work study placements in such diverse places as Toronto, Canada; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Cancun, Mexico.
New international components and opportunities in these and other programs are rapidly being developed.

The 'selkirk College Advantage includes smaller classes, direct access to instructors, free tutorials all in one of the original community colleges in British Columbia.
The campus is beautiful with modern facilities computer labs, gymnasium (including weight room, squash, racquetball courts), library, cafeteria, bookshop are accessible to all students.
The list of programs and unique learning opportunities is extensive. Visit to learn more.

International Education and International Development

Since 1986, Selkirk College has welcomed international students from all over the world. There are currently over 150 international students from more than ten countries enrolled in a broad range of programs across the institution. 
Support for international students is one of the reasons students from different countries of the world come to Selkirk College and stay.  Individual attention from well-qualified instructors with their own international experiences, help and support from the International Student Coordinator, Canadian Cultural Assistants, and International Admissions Officer make studies and life easier, more enjoyable, and unforgettable.

Customized English Immersion Study and Recreation tours, offered primarily in summer and winter, are very popular with international schools.
Selkirk College has sister college agreements with two colleges in Japan and one in China and active exchange agreements with institutions in Mexico, Chile, and the USA. The College has experience in international projects, with the most recent being the School of Renewable Resources current involvement in a development project in Vietnam.


Research is a growing focus at Selkirk College. Two years ago, Selkirk College was the only college in Western Canada to receive funding from the Canada Fund for Innovation and the BC Knowledge Fund for its proposal to develop a Geospatial Research Centre. As a result, Selkirk College is poised to become a national leader in the field of geographic information systems.

In partnership with our communities, and the federal and provincial governments, Selkirk College is bringing innovative technology to the Kootenay Boundary region.
Special Initiatives
Interaction with the community is enhanced with community-based learning that includes subjects ranging from recreation to business skills.

The MIR Centre for Peace, located on the Castlegar Campus, is an excellent example of the College's interface with the people and spirit of the Region. The MIR Centre provides physical space for human cultural activity--education, seminars, institutes, community gatherings, artistic expressions--all of which express the common
purpose of more fully understanding and expressing what is meant by cultures of peace. The MIR vision honours the traditional cultures of peace which have existed, and still exist, within our communities---First Nations, Docahobor,
Japanese-Canadian---and at the same time seeks to engage in a larger dialogue with the world.

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301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 3J1