Selkirk College began in the hearts and minds of citizens who shared a common vision of providing access to high-quality, post-secondary education in the West Kootenay. Selkirk College’s roots can be traced back to 1964 was named for the Selkirk mountains, which surround the college. Though often considered part of the Rocky Mountain Range.
Selkirk International is a multi-faceted department that understands relationships with learners, organizations and communities throughout the world. Our international department fosters great cross-cultural understanding and awareness, while enhancing learning and program opportunities. We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to all students. Selkirk College offers over 60 different University Transfer, Diploma or Career focused programs. Popular program areas include Business, Kootenay School of the Arts, Health and Human Services, Environment & Geomatics, and Industry & Trades Training.
Website for International Students
Castlegar is the second largest city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. It is located within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. It is a regional trade and transportation centre, with a local economy fueled by forestry, mining and tourism. It is home to Selkirk College, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several small sawmills. The population of 7,259 people includes a large number of Doukhobors, who were largely responsible for much of Castlegar's early development and growth.
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students
Business, Hospitality & Tourism, Art, Music, Technology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Psychology, English, Creative Writing, History, Peace Studies, Anthropology, French, Sociology, Women's Studies, Psychology, Early Childhood Care & Education, Social Work, Health Care, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Planning, Recreation,
for course offerings
||September 6- December 9
||January 9- April 14
||December 12- 21
||April 18- 26
*Please note, these are estimated dates and are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit the host university website
Estimated Monthly Costs in CAD
- Homestay: $750 per month(Castlegar), $800/month(Nelson)
- Residence: $1,920/semester(Castlegar), $1,980~$2,550/semester(Nelson)
- Off-Campus: $450- $1,000 per month
- Approximately $300~$400 per month if not in homestay (food is included in homestay fees)
- $150 - $700 per semester depending on your program.
Homestay: the best choice for new students
Staying with a Canadian family offers the best opportunity to speak English and learn about Canadian family life and culture. Homestay is only available in Castlegar at this time. Meals are included. A minimum of 4 months (1 semester) is recommended.
Residence: a good choice for independent students
The residence provides independent-style living on the Castlegar campus and Nelson's Tenth Street Campus for both Canadian and International students. Meals are not included.
Off-Campus: arrange your own accommodation
Students can find their own apartment by searching local newspapers and online classifieds.
For more information please visit the university's housing website
for more information about host university.