International Studies

Gain an international education at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). We are Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research.

Welcome to Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), a public post-secondary institution that is a trusted leader in public safety education, training and applied research.

International students and organizations from more than 40 countries and territories have benefited from the customized courses and academic programs the Institute offers across Canada and around the world. Many of JIBC's courses and programs are accredited to international standards, allowing our graduates to apply their education throughout the world.

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Why study at JIBC?

Top 5 reasons to choose JIBC:

1.   Study in one of the world’s best places to live, work
      and play

Canada, and Greater Vancouver specifically, has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live. A high standard of living, beautiful natural environment, diverse multicultural community, efficient transportation system, stable political environment and economy all contribute to Canada’s inviting global status.

2.   Gain transferable skills to excel in your career

An education at JIBC focuses on experiential learning. That means students gain important skills through hands-on and interactive activities and discussions. After completion of any JIBC certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree or graduate certificate, JIBC graduates have developed important transferable skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, self-learning, and the ability to resolve issues and problems. JIBC graduates have consistently said that their course or program helped them develop the skills they needed, with nine out of 10 students saying they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education from JIBC (DASCO Survey 2016).

3.   Be mentored by respected experts in their field

Each JIBC instructor has a passion for teaching, and are experts in their field of expertise, usually with decades of experience. Many instructors are leaders and active in their profession, which provides students a unique opportunity to learn about the latest best practices in their respective areas of expertise. Visit our Instructor Profiles page to find out more about the depth and breadth of our seasoned faculty at JIBC, many of whom are leading practitioners in their field.

4.   Complete an internationally recognized program

All of JIBC’s programs meet the standards set by the Province of British Columbia’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) standard that aims to ensure that students receive quality learning experiences and have certain rights and protections. Many JIBC programs and courses are also accredited by national and international accreditation bodies. For example, JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic Certificate program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. JIBC’s firefighting courses in many Fire & Safety programs are accredited to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).

5.   Obtain leading-edge academic credentials in public and
      community safety

At JIBC, students have the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to be effective public and community safety professionals. As public and community safety needs evolve, JIBC has continued to work with its stakeholders and partners to update its offerings and provide the education and training that contributes to the life-long learning and long-term success of its students and clients.

What our International Students Say

Asif Student Testimonial“The education I acquired from JIBC advanced my personal and professional skills to a higher level. It was truly a life changing experience. JIBC is an institution where the finest future police leaders are created. I will forever be thankful for the guidance I have received and the connections I made.” - Asif H., JIBC law enforcement degree graduate from Bangladesh now working as a manager at an international security company



Ciara Student Testimonial“You learn from all the instructors here because they have so much experience and they have so much knowledge. The experience the instructors have is unreal.” – Ciara M., JIBC law enforcement exchange student from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland




Wang Student Testimonial“We won’t forget the sincere teaching about how to be an excellent leader. JIBC has provided us with such a wonderful opportunity to study here and expand our horizons towards the world.” – Qinzheng W., law enforcement student from China

What programs are available for international students?

International students can apply for a number of academic programs offered from JIBC:



International Tuition ($CAD)*

Start Dates

Program Format

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies

2 years


September, January

In class

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management

2 years



In class

Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

2 years



In class

Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies

4 years



In class

Primary Care Paramedic Certificate (plus Emergency Medical Responder Certificate)

9 months



Blended (online and in class)


The following programs are open for international students, however, students might not be eligible for a Post-Secondary Study Permit or the Post-Graduation Work Permit according to the criteria determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.



International Tuition ($CAD)*

Start Dates

Program Format

Diploma in Emergency & Security Management

2 years


September, January, 


Fire & Safety Studies Diploma

2 years



Primarily online

Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS)

2 years



Primarily online

Bachelor in Emergency & Security Management

4 years (online)


September, January, 


* Tuition is accurate to March 31, 2020 and does not include additional costs such as textbook costs, equipment rental costs if applicable, accommodation, living expenses, medical insurance or travel/transportation costs.

How to apply

  1. Research which JIBC Program you are interested in completing.
  2. Determine if you meet the Admissions and English Proficiency requirements for JIBC, which are described in JIBC's Admissions Policy and JIBC's English Admissions Requirements for International Students
  3. Once you have selected the JIBC program you are interested in applying for, review the application deadline for your program.
  4. Complete your Application via EducationPlannerBC
  5. Submit all the necessary documentation such as high school and/or post-secondary transcripts, and English Proficiency Test Results, to the JIBC Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. The Registrar’s Office will provide you with the full list of documents required.
  6. After the application deadline, await for a response from JIBC to confirm whether you are accepted into the program.
  7. Once you have received the Offer of Admission Letter, you should confirm in writing that you will accept the offer to join the program and also pay by the stated deadline a non-refundable Commitment Fee that reserves your seat in the program.
  8. As soon as you have paid your Commitment Fee, you should apply for your Canadian Study Permit as soon as possible. Depending on your country of origin, the time it takes to obtain a study permit can be lengthy (from several weeks to a few months).
  9. In addition to booking your flights to Vancouver, Canada, you should also be arranging where you will live while you complete your studies.
  10. Once you arrive, you should set up any necessary banking accounts, health insurance, and other personal documentation you will need while in Canada. The JIBC Office of International Affairs can help support you while you are studying at JIBC.

Required Documents

English Proficiency Requirements

The language of instruction at JIBC is English. All international students are required to meet or exceed the English language requirements of the Institute. Students should be familiar with these minimum requirements which are detailed in:

For information about how to meet these language proficiency requirements, visit the English as a Second Language Partnerships page.

International Required Documents

In addition to the general admission requirements noted here, some programs will have additional program requirements. The program's specific requirements are listed on each program page.

Undergraduate Programs: You have graduated high school (secondary school) OR completed 24+ credits of undergraduate-level credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs: To provide proof of completion of an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from a recognized institution outside of Canada.

Note: Credentials from non-Canadian institutions may be required to be evaluated by an external organization and any related costs for this assessment will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Study Permit Information

Once students have received their formal acceptance letter and have paid their Commitment Fee, they should immediately apply for the necessary study permit and other travel documentation. This can include:

For more information about what you need prior to your arrival in Canada, please visit the EduCanadaPre-departure Guide for International Students or the WelcomeBC website.

Housing, Transportation, and Living Arrangement Costs

Once students have received an acceptance letter and paid their Committment Fee, they should begin arranging their housing and living arrangements for the duration of their JIBC program.

JIBC currently does not offer on-campus housing, so students need to make their own housing arrangements. There are various options available to Canadian and international students.

Visit the JIBC Housing & Hotels webpage for local housing options including short and long-term homestay options where host families provide room and board and additional home support.

Additional things to consider about living in Canada include:

  • Transportation options
  • Banking requirements
  • Mandatory Health Insurance registration
    • All international students who plan to stay in Britsh Columbia for more tha six months are required to enroll in the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (BCMSP). Please see the BCMSP website for detailed information.
  • Canadian tax filing requirements

Short Duration Programs

Short-Term Study Tours

JIBC also offers customized short-term study tours for student groups looking to add an international perspective to their education. Study tours can be arranged for specific areas of study, or in a customized interdisciplinary program. Areas of study include: 

  • Counselling and community safety
  • Conflict resolution and leadership
  • Corrections and court administration
  • Driver education and road safety
  • Emergency management
  • Fire & rescue
  • Health sciences
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Law enforcement, threat management and investigation skills

Educational Partnerships & Custom Training

For more than 25 years, JIBC has been the trusted leader in contract & customized training for justice and public safety organizations. 

JIBC continues to expand its international education partnerships with organizations and post-secondary institutions around the world. For a list of existing institutional relationships, please visit the Educational Partnerships webpage.

In addition to expanding international student exchange opportunities, JIBC offers customized contract training to meet our clients’ diverse and unique training needs. JIBC conducts training with government agencies and organizations across Canada, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, the United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong. JIBC delivers training anywhere in the world or international students can study at one of our campuses.

For more information, visit JIBC’s customized contract training webpage or view our International Education and Professional Training guide.

For More Information

For more information

Contact the JIBC Office of International Affairs



JIBC Office of International Affairs
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster BC  V3L 5T4

Last updated March 5, 2020