Studying abroad can be life-changing, but that only happens when students have the best people, college and environment for their education.
Calgary, a hub for business with a thriving ecosystem for innovation, is where many international students can find this self-growth. At Bow Valley College, ranked one of the top 50 research colleges in Canada, they can achieve their dreams through academic and student-life experiences.
Here are five reasons why you should choose Bow Valley College in Calgary:
Learn from the best
Experienced faculty members and leading industry experts, like those from BMO Mentorship Program and the highly successful Venture Quest, mentor students to become in-demand professionals. They encourage, inspire and guide aspiring business professionals to build their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.
Through case challenges such as the Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition, The Canadian Institute of Financial Planning Case Challenge and HRC West: Human Resources Business Case Competition, Chiu School of Business students test their knowledge, show their talents and build a career-winning resume.
Customise your academic journey
No two aspirations are the same here — but each will gain the skills and knowledge to pursue their future careers with confidence. Take the Center for Entertainment Arts, for example. It offers the Foundation in Entertainment Arts and diplomas that cover Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling, Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production), Advanced Film Production and Advanced Game Development.
Jumpstart your career
Those pursuing Work Integrated Learning opportunities will benefit from hands-on learning experience with a host organisation or in a workplace setting. This includes an award-winning Entrepreneur-in-Residence, who works with students and alumni who are aiming to start a new business or grow an existing one.
The best part? Bow Valley College provides a direct pathway to various Canadian institutions through established transfer agreements. For example, General Business Diploma students qualify for several bachelor’s degree programmes in business at Athabasca University, Royal Roads University, and the University of Lethbridge.
An unrivalled location with many opportunities
Anything is possible in Calgary, which is home to one of the most diversified economies in the world – think of a startup ecosystem valued at 2.7 billion Canadian dollars, a city with the highest concentration of high-tech workers and head offices, along with a culturally-vibrant landscape.
International students seeking a spot within its multinationals can apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit, which will allow them to remain in Canada for up to 36 months to gain valuable Canadian work experience. With Calgary experiencing double-digit growth in tech talent and total tech jobs over the past five years, Bow Valley College graduates stand to work among the best.
Pair that with a large metropolis that is home to a community that speaks over 120 languages, and it’s little wonder why Calgary is classified as the world’s third most livable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit 2022.
Living here is affordable — with no shortage of fun. Over 270 annual events cater to students of different hobbies, passions and interests.
Job Ready Results
Whether you are looking to advance your career goals or build one from the ground up, the programs at Bow Valley College are designed to help you achieve outstanding outcomes. Look at their Business Administration Diploma in Accounting, and you’ll find 86% of graduates secure employment six to 12 months after graduation.
Calgary is just as ideal for local, national and international filmmakers, thanks to award-winning talent and crews, globally competitive incentives and world-renowned locations. Hollywood blockbusters based in Calgary have included “Inception,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Brokeback Mountain” and many more. Where better for students at the Center for Entertainment Arts to reach for the stars?