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The 5 Best Business Diplomas in Vancouver

Updated: Aug 17, 2023


Immigrating to Canada through studies is one of the most popular and easy ways to stay. And while many schools teach language courses, most of those same schools also offer business programs that teach anything from business administration courses to marketing, communications, and hospitality management, to name a few. Take into account that if you want to study a business diploma, you need to be over 18 years old.


Please note that all the colleges in this list have a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. This means that all these schools are approved by the government to receive international students - making your study permit valid.



The 5 Best Business Diplomas in Vancouver

1. Cornerstone College - International Business Management


Cornerstone College is a fully accredited private college that offers flexible start dates and a multicultural learning environment.


Incorporated in 1980, Cornerstone’s diploma in International Business Management is a comprehensive course that helps you develop the skills and confidence to present information in business environments. This is a 6-month Co-op course with a one-year duration. This means that you will study in a classroom for 6 months and then work full-time for 6 months. You will need to complete the work portion of the program to receive a certificate.


As part of this diploma, you will learn:

  • Accounting fundamentals

  • Strategic Business

  • Marketing essentials

  • Business communications

  • Business entrepreneurship

  • Project management


If you are interested in this program, they have 9 intakes throughout the year, which means there is a new student intake almost every month.


Can this school’s programs help with PGWP? No.




2. BCIT - Business Management


BCIT is an institution that has been active for more than 100 years and they have 5 campuses in British Columbia.


Its Business Management Diploma prepares you to manage the direction and operation of a company and make strategic decisions. This is a two-year diploma program in which you will go through 31 courses and have practical experience by working with real companies throughout your studies.


As part of this diploma, you will learn:

  • Micro & Macroeconomics

  • Accounting

  • Human Resources

  • Operations Management

  • Business Consulting

  • Organizational Change, and much more


If you are interested in this program, they have an intake in September each year. Keep in mind that a lot of people want to study in this school so there might be waiting lists.


Can this school’s programs help with PGWP? Yes. Confirm with the school if this program makes you eligible.



3. Douglas College - General Business Diploma


Douglas is the largest public degree-granting college in BC and wants to inspire students to do what they love and be good at it.


Founded in 1970, its General Business Diploma is a four-semester program that prepares you to start and manage a business and will give you access to industry certifications. Studying this program gives you a certain freedom to choose your own path since you will be given options and have the freedom to select some courses. By the end of your program, you will have to choose if you want to graduate with a Capstone in Entrepreneurship or Business Strategy.


As part of this diploma, you will learn:

  • Accounting

  • Management Essentials

  • Business Math

  • Excel for Business

  • Marketing

  • Economics


If you are interested in this program, they have intakes every season (4 per year).


Can this school’s programs help with PGWP? Yes. Confirm with the school if this program makes you eligible.





4. ILAC International College - Business Administration


ILAC is a private career college with beautiful campuses that wants to build successful futures for students from around the world.


This accredited learning institution’s Business Administration diploma is a program that ranges from 52 to 92 weeks, depending on your choice of Co-op or non-Co-op format. The classroom part of the program consists of 10 courses and if you decide to do a Co-op, you will have the knowledge to apply to entry-level positions in sales, retail and marketing.


As part of this diploma, you will learn:

  • Professional Communication

  • Organizational Behaviour

  • Project Management

  • Accounting

  • Digital Marketing

  • Analytics for Business Decisions


If you are interested in this program, they have 5 start dates that happen almost every 2 months (except for the summer break in July).


Can this school’s programs help with PGWP? No. However, ask about their pathway programs and how they can help you access a PGWP.



5. VGC International College - Business Communications


VGC is a 20-year-old college in Downtown Vancouver that started as an English school and opened as a business school in the early 2010s.


VGC’s Business Communications Diploma is one of their three diploma programs in the School of International Business. This program consists of 6 months of study and 6 months of work experience in a Co-op format. Keep in mind that you can study the program without the Co-op if you choose to.


As part of this diploma, you will learn:

  • Business Presentations

  • Applied Leadership

  • Communication for Customer Satisfaction

  • Practical Business Calculations

  • Business Communication Essentials

  • Canadian Business Management


If you are interested in this course, there are intakes every 4 weeks, with the exception of the Summer break in July.


Can this school’s programs help with PGWP? No. However, ask about their pathway programs and how they can help you access a PGWP.




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