Research has shown that diversity in the classroom enriches the educational experience for all students.

Students learn from those whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives are different from their own. These types of interactions can lead to increased innovation and collaboration both inside and out of the classroom.

Interacting with people from different countries and backgrounds on a daily basis presents students with opportunities to learn how to communicate differently, and often more effectively, than what they are accustomed to. And students who regularly interact with racially and ethnically diverse peers show improvement in their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Overall, when presented with opportunities to critically explore these experiences, students can become more accepting and tolerant, and it sets them up to be good citizens in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society.

In post-secondary education, especially for students pursuing a graduate degree, it promotes personal and professional growth and gives them the potential to expand their international network while still pursuing their degree.

Having a strong international network allows professionals to stay on top of global opportunities and collaborate with companies to share ideas and resources or offer complementary products or services.

Vancouver’s University Canada West (UCW) has 8,000-plus students hailing from more than 110 countries. This diversity means that domestic students get the benefits of a truly multi-cultural experience at UCW while earning their degree in Canada.

Established in 2004, University Canada West has positioned itself as an innovative business and technology-oriented institution with undergraduate and graduate degrees for domestic and international students.

UCW, which has a five-star rating from QS Stars, the world’s most popular source of comparative data on university performance, offers four applied undergraduate and graduate degrees, including its ACBSP and NCMA-accredited Master of Business Administration program.

The university also offers flexible schedule options with both online and on-campus graduate and undergraduate programs available, making earning a globally recognized degree accessible to more students and working professionals.

Recognizing that getting a post-secondary education is a major investment for many, UCW has several awards, grants and scholarships available. As well, domestic students may qualify for a student loan or other financial aid option. There are both provincial and federal student loans available to residents of Canada who demonstrate financial need. 

For more information about UCW’s programs, scholarships and financial aid options, visit ucanwest.ca/admissions.

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