Langara College, Canada

Langara College (snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓) is a college providing degree to the public situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It serves approximately 22,000 students in a year through its university, career, and continuing studies programs. The college got its name from the neighborhood in which it is situated, and it was named after Spanish Admiral Juan de Lángara.


The courses and Programs of Langara College were first offered in 1965 at King Edward Centre as part of Vancouver City College. Since 1970, the current campus on West 49th Avenue has housed Langara’s programs for almost 50 years. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act. Langara College Continuing Studies was established in 1997. To provide more space, a new classroom and office building was opened in the month January 1997 of and the new library/classroom building was opened in September 2007



As of January 2016, Musqueam, whose unceded territory Langara currently occupies, gave the traditional name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ to the college which means ‘house of teachings’, and snəw̓eyəɬ references advice that was given to children to built their character and guide them into an adult hood. This is the first time a BC First Nation has given an Indigenous name to a public, post-secondary institution.


Programs and courses

Programs and courses in different fields at Langara College are delivered as follows
• Arts
• Business Studies
• Health Studies
• Humanities & Social Services
• Science & Technology

University studies

Langara College provides university-level programs and courses and offers a variety of qualifications, that include baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and citations. The  4-year degree programs offered by the College are Nursing,Recreation Management, and Business Administration. The  wide range of academic programs of Langara college in more than 60 subject areas are offered over three semesters per year. Langara is considered as popular choice for university transfer students due to its smaller class sizes, excellent support services, and competitive tuition fees. More students transfer to BC universities from Langara College than from any other college in the province.


Career Studies

Langara College provides career programs leading to one-year certificates, two-year diplomas, and four-year bachelor’s degrees in various fields that lead to various professions in business, industry, community services, and the arts. Although some of Langara’s career programs require that students should complete their program within a specific time period, many of the programs can be completed on a part-time basis.

International Education

Langara has over 1,200 international students to Vancouver from over 30 countries.


Fast Facts

• We have over 130 credentials to choose from including certificates, diplomas, degrees, and post-degree diplomas.
• 98% of students were satisfied with the quality of instruction at Langara (BC Student Outcomes survey).
• There is a lot of diversity at Langara – there are 70 different countries represented by our student body.
• We attract top-trained /expert faculty. From nursing to journalism, our instructors have won awards and are well-recognized in their respective fields .
• The Langara community has a strong commitment to future needs. Optimizing energy use is top of mind and our new buildings are LEED® Gold Certified.


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