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Capilano University



Capilano University's main campus (formerly Capilano College) is located in North Vancouver, nestled in a natural setting on the slopes of the North Shore Mountains. Since it was founded in 1968, Capilano University has earned a reputation for excellence and innovation. Surveys indicate that one of the main reasons students choose Capilano is the quality of its teaching. The University is known for its expert faculty and its wide range of program offerings, including several bachelor degrees, Arts & Sciences courses, career and vocational programs, and English as a Second Language. Courses are offered in the fall (September), spring (January), and summer (May) terms.

Areas of Expertise

Capilano University specializes in bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, Tourism Management, Early Childhood Care & Education, Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism, and Motion Picture Production. In addition, Capilano features Arts & Sciences transfer courses and associate degrees (Arts and Science), plus a variety of diplomas and certificates in programs like Commercial Animation, Studio Art, Theatre, and more.

On Campus Housing

Capilano University does not have housing, dormitories, or residences.

Off Campus Housing

Host family programs are available. The campus is located in a suburban area in which rental accommodation can be found within easy travelling distance. It is advisable to arrive early to arrange suitable accommodation. The Capilano Students Union provides a weekly accommodation listing on the website.

Incoming Students

At the beginning of each term, there are orientations, workshops, and information sessions. Each student will receive a campus handbook.

Career Planning

The Counselling Department assists students considering career options by providing information and reference materials on a wide variety of occupations. The Career Resource Centre has self help books, calendars, and brochures from various educational institutions, copies of past and current course outlines, and a computer to allow students to find career and occupational information on the Internet.


Sports facilities available to Capilano University include the Sportsplex and Fitness Centre. Intercollegiately, Capilano Blues teams compete throughout the province of British Columbia each year. Our many exceptional athletes, working with the experienced Blues' coaching staff and managers, have combined to produce both provincial and national championship teams. For athletes seeking information about their sports status, contact the Athletic Director, Joe Iacobellis, at


The department offers an expanding intramural program, utilizing the University's Sportsplex facility and the Weight Training Centre, together with recreation and fitness programs, which are available during fall and spring terms. Some examples of the scheduled activities are co-ed volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, yoga, badminton, aerobics, Tae Kwon Do, rowing, weight training, and many more.


There are many clubs on campus, for example, International, Ski, Ski-boarding, Mountain Bike, Women’s, Gay/Lesbian, Chess, Book and many more. See the website for more information.

Information Technology

A library and several computer labs are available to all students. The Computer Learning Centre provides instructional services to students in a microcomputer lab setting. These services include an introduction to word processing, setting up of e-mail accounts, solutions to hardware and software problems, and general information about computing resources.


Cultural facilities include the art gallery and the theatre where local, national, and international artists perform regularly.

Special Services

The Capilano University Childcare Centre provides both full-time and part-time care for children ages three to five. Full-time care is available for infants and toddlers. Applications may be submitted at any time, priority is given to Capilano University students' children. Disability Support Services provides a variety of services including transition and educational planning, registration assistance, taped texts, interpreting services, note takers and scribes, and exam invigilation.

International Involvement

Capilano University is strongly committed to international education and plays an active role in the development of international projects, some of which are unique to Canada. Capilano University actively promotes student and faculty exchanges with colleges, universities, and other agencies outside Canada. The faculties have taken part in exchanges or professional development activities in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, England, France, and Italy. The University has several formal faculty exchange relationships as well as several annual student exchanges with overseas' colleges and universities. As part of its International Student Advising and Counselling Services, the University offers a variety of programs for international students working toward an undergraduate degree or diploma. In addition, short term, non-credit English language programs offer students an opportunity to increase their proficiency and confidence in conversational English and their understanding of Canadian society and culture. Language programs can be designed to meet the needs of business and industry, as well in areas such as early childhood care and education, tourism, environmental management, and business administration.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are a feature of the orientations, which are scheduled at the beginning of each term. To book a campus tour, contact the International Student Centre at


Services and facilities available at Capilano University are the International Student Centre, the Advising Centre, the Career Resource Centre, the Counselling Department, the Mathematics Learning Centre, the Computer Learning Centre, the Student Employment Centre, the Students' Union, the Women’s Centre, the Writing Centre, a bookstore, food services, health services, a student store, Sportsplex, Library, and public transit.

Modified on June 11, 2012