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what it’s like to study in vancouver, the 5th most liveable city in the world
What it’s like to study in Vancouver, the 5th most liveable city in the world
what it’s like to study in vancouver, the 5th most liveable city in the world

What it’s like to study in Vancouver, the 5th most liveable city in the world

1st in North America, 5th in the world

Vancouver, known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, lively atmosphere, and high quality of life, just achieved some exciting milestones this year! The city placed 5th in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index of 2023 and ranked as the most liveable city in North America. Although this is the second time in a row Vancouver has been ranked in the top five, it surpassed Calgary this year and took the place of Canada’s most liveable city. 

This year, Vancouver was given an overall score of 97.3, which was determined by measuring various components including:

  • Stability: 95.0
  • Healthcare: 100.0
  • Culture & Environment: 97.2
  • Education: 100.0
  • Infrastructure: 96.4

Not too shabby, eh? What’s even more fascinating is that Canada is just 1.1 points behind the most liveable city in the world – Vienna, Austria. 

The top 10 positions, as determined by the Index, are as follows:

1. Vienna, Austria – 98.4
2. Copenhagen, Denmark – 98.0
3. Melbourne, Australia – 97.7
4. Sydney, Australia – 97.4
5. Vancouver, Canada – 97.3 (that’s us!)
6. Zurich, Switzerland – 97.1
7. Calgary, Canada – 96.8
7. Geneva, Switzerland – 96.8
9. Toronto, Canada – 96.5
10. Osaka, Japan – 96.0
10. Auckland, New Zealand – 96.0

    World-class education with the Vancouver School Board

    Vancouver isn’t just the 5th most liveable city in the world; it’s one of the top destinations in North America for students seeking world-class education. Secondary schools in Vancouver offer various extracurricular activities, clubs, and academic courses that follow British Columbia’s provincial graduation requirements. 

    Academic courses include:

    • English, English Literature, and/or Communications
    • Social Studies, History, Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science

    Elective courses include:

    • Band, String Orchestra, Chorus, Drama, Dance, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design, and more!
    • French, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin credit courses
    • Information Technology, Accounting, Drafting, and CAD credit courses

    The Vancouver School Board also offers the Advanced Placement (AP) program for students who are looking to challenge themselves academically. AP courses in calculus, computer studies, literature, history, and sciences offer a more rigorous curriculum than standard classes and provide an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. 

    Notable achievements from July 2023

    In July, the school board celebrated the achievements of the VSB International Student Scholarship recipients. The recipients were chosen based on their contributions to their schools and communities. 

    Applications for September 2024 enrolment now open

    International high school students who wish to study in Vancouver can now apply for September 2024 enrolment. Applications can be filled out here

    Please note that the VSB is not currently accepting applications for international students in elementary school. 

    Sources: Vancouver ranked 5th most liveable city in the world, VSB International Education – Programs, VSB International Education – News, VSB International Education – September 2024 Application Update

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