Benefits of studying at UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. UFV is a great place to study because it has a wide variety of study options, work opportunities, and extra-curricular activities.

Studying at UFV

We are nationally recognized for having an excellent learning environment and successful students.


Choose from more than 70 programs, including:

  • Master’s degrees
  • Undergraduate bachelor’s degrees
  • College certificates and diplomas
  • Co-operative education opportunities
  • English-language upgrading

UFV has flexible programs throughout the academic year. While you study full-time you can also choose to: 

  • Work on or off campus
  • Volunteer
  • Participate in activities and clubs

Learn more about UFV programs for international students


UFV is a fully accredited public university. As a teaching university, we have a mandate to provide a quality classroom experience to students. We have a five-star rating from QS Stars, which ranks international post-secondary institutions, in the following categories: teaching, employability, inclusiveness, internationalization, and online learning. Our programs meet educational standards at the provincial, national, and international level, including a prestigious EFMD EPAS accreditation for our School of Business.

Provincial accreditation

National memberships

International accreditation

  • Chinese Ministry of Education

Working at UFV

As a student, you can volunteer and work while you study in Canada.

Work on and off campus

Our Work-Study Program allows you to work on campus during your semester. You can get work experience and schedule your work hours so they do not interfere with your courses.

After you have been a student for six months, you can also apply for an off-campus work permit.

Practical training

You can earn money and get practical work experience through our Co-operative Education Program (Co-op). With Co-op you can alternate paid work terms in your field of study with full-time study terms. Your work terms will be at Canadian companies, institutions, and government organizations.

Learn more about jobs and co-op for international students

Living in Abbotsford

Abbotsford is one hour from Vancouver, Canada, close to the United States (Washington State) border. It is the third-most culturally diverse region in Canada, after Toronto and Vancouver.

Abbotsford has a library, recreation centre, hospital, and cultural centre.


All UFV students get a U-pass, which gives you unlimited access to local transit. It also gives you free entry to the recreation and fitness facilities, including swimming pools and ice rinks, in Abbotsford and surrounding communities.

The Fraser Valley stays warm year-round, and averages less than 14 days of snow each year. You can enjoy many local outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Rafting
  • Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing

Learn more about life in Abbotsford

Nearby attractions

Many famous destinations are within driving distance of UFV, including:

  • Whistler: one of the most popular mountain resorts in North America
  • Victoria: the capital of British Columbia
  • Banff: a world-renowned national park
  • Seattle: a major coastal seaport in the United States

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