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Okanagan College (OC) is a public post-secondary institution recognized by the Government of British Columbia. OC is a member of the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC) and the British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE). At the present time, OC hosts approximately 320 international students from several countries in Asia, Latin America, and Europe at its three campuses located in the cities of Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon, British Columbia. The Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia is located less than one hour east of Vancouver by air. It is famous for its beautiful mountains and lakes, and delicious fruit and wine. The area's warm, sunny summers are ideal for water sports, mountain biking, and hiking. The Okanagan offers mild winters with excellent skiing and snowboarding.

Areas of Expertise

In Kelowna, international students may study in OC's high quality ESL programs (six levels from beginner to advanced). Each level takes one, four month semester to complete. Intermediate and advanced students may study ESL alone or combine ESL and academic courses. At the Vernon campus, students are offered one month sessions in conversational ESL. A variety of degree, diploma, and certificate programs are also available. For details, please visit the Web site.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:Lowest: $350Highest: $600

Space is limited, so early application is recommended.

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:Lowest: $650Highest: $650

e Homestay Placement fee is $250. A payment of two months' rent, $1,500, is required in advance to Okanagan College. This is forwarded directly to the host family. Rent for following months is paid directly by the student to the host family on the first of the month at the rate of $750 a month. If the student arrives before the first of the month, the rent will be prorated from the date of arrival. A $375 damage deposit is also payable in advance. This will be refunded when the student leaves, provided all bills and expenses are paid, proper notice has been given, and no damage has been caused to the home.

Incoming Students

Homestay families will meet their student at Kelowna Airport at no charge. New students take the English Language Assessment Test to determine their level of English. An orientation is provided to all new students with the assistance of Cultural Liaison staff who are fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. An Educational Advisor assists students to choose courses and plan their academic short term and long term programs.

Career Planning

Career counselling is provided at no cost through the Student Support Office.

Activities

International Education Office offers social, recreational, and cultural activities, and field trips to help students to learn more about Canadian culture, the local economy, and the region’s recreational opportunities.

Clubs

Students Association (social events, sports, etc.).

Information Technology

The International Student Computer lab is available to all international students to practice speaking and listening skills, complete homework assignments, do Internet research, and the computers are multi-language capable. The ISC lab has programs specifically designed to improve English speaking and listening skills. We also have wireless Internet throughout all campuses, a 'Laptop Computer Borrowing Service', and computer access for all students.

Cultural

Okanagan College offers social, recreational, and cultural activities, and field trips to help students to learn more about Canadian culture, the local economy, and the region’s recreational opportunities. International Education has a Conversation Partner program where Canadian students meet with international students and discuss various topics.

Special Services

Notable services offered through the College include the Learning Centre, International Computer Lab, campus health services, campus recreation, counselling services, disability services, First Nations student services, student associations, human rights advisors, libraries, and bookstores.

Affiliated Institutions

Okanagan College is a member of the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC) and the British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE). The Okanagan College ESL program has been approved by the CLC (Canadian Language Council).

International Involvement

Please visit the Okanagan College international Web site.

Modified on August 16, 2016