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International Students

Welcoming Students from Around the World

A unique feature of City University is its international dimension. CityU could not call itself a global university if international students were not a huge part of who we are. More than 400 students from around the world attend CityU in greater Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. We have been helping students worldwide earn U.S. degrees and better their lives for over 40 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality education that is accessible to anyone, whether they want to study in or outside of the U.S. CityU students become part of an international community with students from over 40 countries and alumni who hold executive positions around the globe.

CityU has locations in Canada, the United States (Washington State), China, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vietnam. As a private, nonprofit university, CityU offers competitive tuition rates and accepts transfer credit from accredited institutions.

If you are an international student who is interested in pursuing your education in CityU in Canada, please contact our student advisors at IntlAdmissionsCanada@CityU.edu

If you are an agent interested in promoting our programs please contact our International Admission Advisors at AgencyInquiriesCanada@CityU.edu

Who is considered an international student?

The population of Canada is divided in three main categories: citizens, permanent residents also known as landed immigrants and temporary residents. Temporary residents are legally in Canada for temporary needs, including foreign workers, tourists and international students. In other words students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada are considered international students; this includes US citizens without a dual citizenship (Student Permit, Work Permit, Temporary visa or any other type of Visa).

Approval, Consent and Accreditations

City University of Seattle is a not-for-profit, accredited institution that has offered post-secondary academic programs in Canada since 1984. CityU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Regional accreditation serves as the most important means of assuring the quality of higher education through rigorous peer-review and evaluation. CityU has maintained continuous accreditation with the Commission since 1978, earning reaffirmation of accreditation in its last seven-year review in 2018.

Canadian Approval and Consent

British Columbia, Canada

In British Columbia the term “university” is used under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education effective April 11, 2007; having undergone a quality assessment process by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister.

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Component of the CityU Academic Model

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  • A Focus on Student Learning
    CityU learning experiences are designed to support clearly articulated outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels. Educational experiences are carefully designed by faculty to encourage self-directed learning within an appropriately defined structure of expectations. With the focus on applying theory to practical experience, learning activities form explicit links among the crucial abilities of an educated professional: critical thinking, self-exploration, and ethical practice. Multiple paths to demonstrating competency are available to students when appropriate. Students are actively encouraged to define and take responsibility for their own contributions to the learning process, with the understanding that their engagement is critical for substantive learning to take place.
  • Reflective Practitioner Faculty
    CityU faculty are highly regarded practitioners who bring real-life experience to the learning environment. We consider students to be collaborative partners in the creation of learning opportunities. To support practitioner faculty in their teaching roles, the institution provides orientation, training, mentoring, and coaching, all designed to foster a respectful and empowering learning environment. Faculty are rewarded for quality teaching, and encouraged to continue their development as facilitators of learning.
  • Relevance to the Workplace
    A CityU education is founded on carefully selected goals that are intended to provide our graduates with up-to-date knowledge and practical skills required in the workplace, as well as a framework for continued development. Institution-wide learning goals that emphasize personal and professional growth are embedded in all programs offered at the University. Our current goals include professional competence and technical expertise, communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, ethical practice and community involvement, development of a diverse and global perspective, and lifelong learning. The overarching goals of a CityU education enhance the professional skills and knowledge of individuals who in turn add value to their organizations.
  • Service to Students
    CityU strives to provide a respectful atmosphere in which all students are valued for their contribution and individual needs are honored. A diverse and international student body requires a variety of services to support the learning endeavor. We strive to be sensitive to your needs, to respond in a timely and professional manner to your questions or concerns, and to uphold high standards.
  • Accessibility and Responsiveness
    CityU is committed to making high-quality learning opportunities as accessible and responsive to the needs of our diverse student population as possible. This includes maintaining affordability, removing unnecessary barriers to entry, providing support for students with differing levels of educational background and preparation, and offering a variety of class schedules and modes of delivery.

CityU Learning Goals

City University Learning Goals (CULGs) represent the critical competencies necessary to be successful in today’s workforce. In addition to program learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge and skills for an area of study, CityU students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the City University Learning Goals upon graduation. These learning goals are practiced extensively across the curriculum and within the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards.

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  • CityU graduates exhibit professional competency and a sense of professional identity.
    Our graduates bring to the workplace the knowledge and skills intrinsic to success in their professions. They understand the basic values and mission of the fields in which they are working. They are able to use the appropriate tools to facilitate their work and are able to demonstrate understanding through practical application.
  • CityU graduates have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    CityU graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. They are able to interact and work with others in a collaborative manner as well as to negotiate difficult interpersonal situations to bring about solutions to problems that benefit all involved.
  • CityU graduates demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy.
    CityU graduates are able to think critically and to reflect upon their own work and the larger context in which it takes place. They are able to find, access, evaluate, and use information in order to solve problems. They consider the complex implications of actions they take and decisions they make.
  • CityU graduates demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical practice and service in their professions and communities
    CityU graduates take responsibility for their own actions and exhibit high standards of conduct in their professional lives. They are aware of the ethical expectations of their profession and hold themselves accountable to those standards.
  • CityU graduates demonstrate diverse and global perspectives.
    CityU graduates embrace the opportunity to work collaboratively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and to learn from the beliefs, values, and cultures of others. They realize that varied viewpoints bring strength and richness to the workplace. CityU graduates demonstrate an awareness of the interrelation of diverse components of a project or situation.
  • CityU graduates are lifelong learners.
    In a world where knowledge and skills must be constantly updated, CityU graduates are inquisitive and self-directed in seeking out ways to continue learning throughout their lifetimes.

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