Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Langara College is a leading undergraduate institution providing university studies, career studies, and continuing education programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually. The College is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, house of teachings, a name given to Langara by the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded traditional territory we are located.
Langara provides accessible undergraduate education opportunities that meet the needs of its diverse community. Over the years, Langara has developed an extensive array of certificate, diploma, and degree programs that broaden student horizons and train productive and engaged citizens. The institution has distinguished itself numerous times. For instance, in 2013, the Langara School of Nursing was named “School of the Year” at the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA). The Langara School of Management has also been ranked in business competitions as one of the top business schools in Canada. In 2002, Langara College Continuing Studies was recognized by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association of lifelong learning. Continuing Studies allow students to improve business know-how, acquire language skills, enhance a career path, expand individual creativity, or develop a more holistic approach to personal well-being. Online courses, co-operative education, and degree partnerships are also offered. The College gives an opportunity to its students to live unique, real-world experiences that equip them to succeed at work or further post-secondary study.
- 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-notch faculty. From nursing to journalism, our instructors have won awards and are well-recognized in their respective industries.
- The Langara community has a strong commitment to sustainability. Optimizing energy use is top of mind and our new buildings are LEED® Gold Certified.
Our programs include:
Our research specialization:
- Nursing and Health Sciences
- Chemistry and Environmental Field Techniques
- Developmental Psychology
- Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology
- Design and Visual Culture
- Learn more about our Applied Research
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Contribute to our Community
Students: Volt is defined as a unit of potential. Langara’s VOLT program empowers students to connect with rewarding volunteer opportunities on-campus, and in the community. We promote community engagement, social awareness, and student development through volunteerism. Hundreds of students volunteer in different capacities including: tutoring, mentoring, assisting at campus events, assisting in hospitals, and working on special projects overseas. Learn more.
Staff & Faculty: Langara has been fundraising for United Way for over 30 years. The annual workplace campaign incorporates a range of campus events to raise money towards building strong communities, helping kids excel, and moving people from poverty to possibility. Learn more.
Sponsorships: Langara actively participates in and supports community events all year round. Examples include: Bike to Work Week, CreativeMornings Vancouver, World Community Film Festival, Canadian Nursing Students’ Association Conference, Vaisakhi celebrations, and many other public lectures, festivals, and events. Learn more.
Foster Student Success
Jade Arignon’s commitment to volunteerism has changed the face of Langara. Two years ago, the business student was busy picking up volunteer positions around campus to gain work experience when she realized that there was no College program to identify opportunities for volunteers. Together with fellow student Warren Springer and mentor Clayton Munro, Jade proposed a new volunteer plan to the Langara Board of Governors that led to the foundation of the VOLT program. Fast forward two years and the program boasts more than 600 members who have amassed thousands of hours of volunteer time – proof that a little idea can go a long way. Learn more.
When he was a student in Langara’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, Boris Martin began drafting a business plan. An avid biker and bicycle mechanic, he realized that while innovation in technology had resulted in faster and lighter bikes, bicycle repair service has remained relatively unchanged. Martin envisioned a mobile bicycle-repair shop that would deliver all the services of a bike shop right to the customer’s door. After leaving Langara, Martin put his plan into action, incorporating Velofix Holdings Ltd. Starting with a single truck, the world’s first fully integrated mobile bicycle-repair shop was born. Velofix grew 400% in its first year, and is now selling franchises nationwide and looking to expand into the United States. Martin was recently named one of BC’s “30 Under 30” by BC Business magazine. Learn more.
Randy came to Langara as a mature student after spending years in his community working for a variety of charities, mainly focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. He quickly emerged as a leader of the College’s Aboriginal student community – Randy is Algonquin from Timiskaming First Nation – taking on the position of Aboriginal Liaison for Langara’s Students’ Union. His commitment to community is evident in everything Randy does, and after completing his Associate of Arts Degree in Aboriginal Studies at the College, he transferred to the UBC Law School to pursue his dream of becoming an Aboriginal-rights lawyer. Learn more.
Partner with Business and Community
Langara was awarded it’s first National Science and Engineering Research Council grant under the College and Community Innovation Program. The grant provides valuable funding to the biochar project developed and led by chemistry instructor Kelly Sveinson in partnership with McCue Engineering Contractors. The goal of this new research is to explore the potential of biochar as a filter medium in wastewater-cleaning technologies. Sveinson and his team will work with their colleagues at McCue Engineering to ensure the work has direct relevance to industrial applications. Sveinson launched the biochar project at Langara College in 2011 to explore the science of biochar production and use. The project uses Langara’s experimental biochar reactor to convert a variety of biomass wastes into biochar, a substance similar to charcoal. Biochar has been shown to improve soil quality and can be used as a renewable solid fuel. Learn more.
Since 2013, Langara College Continuing Studies has fostered an ongoing partnership with Canuck Place, British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider that supports over 600 children and their families. Each semester, Langara provides Canuck Place with fee-waived computer courses for two staff and two volunteers, making the college Canuck Place’s Official Training Partner. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for continued professional development for Canuck Place staff and volunteers. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
Leadership: Langara implemented the first formal Aboriginal Education Policy in BC. It was implemented to increase the representation and retention of Aboriginal students.
Services: Aboriginal students at Langara have access to a number of special services including: education, personal, and career counselling; advocacy with band/tribal administration, sponsoring agencies, and community resources; and assistance with transitioning to and from Langara. An Elder in Residence Program offers counselling, traditional teaching, and ceremonial events throughout the year.
Space: Our Gathering Space is a welcoming, multi-purpose environment for Aboriginal Students to connect while studying with us.
Scholarships: A number of scholarships are available for students including Irving K Barber Aboriginal Awards and New Relationship Trust: Aboriginal Scholarship Program.
University Partnerships: Langara and University of British Columbia have a formal partnership to help First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students access university education by overcoming barriers to entry.
Programs & Services of Interest
Date modified: 2016-10-27