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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently a number of questions are received from those wishing to attend Metropolitan Community College.  Of these questions, the following are predominant.

Q1: Is your Metropolitan Community College recognized?

A: Yes, Metropolitan Community College is a recognized College. It is fully registered with and designated by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Advanced Ministry of Education, British Columbia.  The designation represents an assurance to the public that the College has met (and continues to satisfy) the rather expansive academic and administrative oversight of the PTIB.  The College is also in good standing with and an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau of British Columbia.  We accept students, who are funded through Service Canada, Canada Student Loan, WorkSafe BC-Workers Compensation Board of BC, Native Bands and other funding agencies.

Q2: Why should I attend Metropolitan Community College?

A:

  • Enjoy paid co-op work experience while studying.
  • Accelerate your diploma (save time and money) and be eligible to apply and enter degree studies in selected programs, earning your diploma and degree between 2 and 3 years.
  • Competitively low tuition fee.
  • Flexible tuition fee payment plan.
  • Funding opportunities may be available to eligible students.
  • Assistance with employment and practicum placement.
  • Flexible course schedule with continuous intake.
  • Career-focused, academic- and success-oriented.
  • Small class sizes for optimum student-instructor interaction.
  • Tutorial support and individual attention to students in class.
  • Collegial environment.
  • Quality instruction and qualified faculty.

Q3: How much is the tuition fee for each program?

A: The tuition fees vary between programs of study, and are considered reasonably competitive, low and affordable. You can see one example of our low fee structure from the paralegal advanced diploma table of fee comparison.  See also our program and tuition fee guide. Our fees are probably one of the lowest among similarly categorized institutions in British Columbia, and by extension in Canada. In all, our fees will not hinder your quest for knowledge as we have flexible payment plans to suite your needs. Please contact the Admissions Office for more detail.

Q4: Do you offer co-op with your programs?

A: Yes, the paralegal advanced diploma program offers a 24-week co-op requirement. The College assists students with finding suitable host sites, but the responsibility to find a site is solely that of a student.  In any event, where a site is arranged by the student, that site must be approved by the College for reasons of safety.

Q5: Do you offer employment preparatory training to students?

A: Yes, in addition to the 24-week paid co-op, every program of study has a mandatory 2-week career development strategies course with employment search simulation exercises, networking, and role-playing exercises.  All of these are designed to hone your employment skills.

Q6: Do you provide financial assistance to students?

A: Yes, we have a program of financial assistance, ranging from bursary (tuition fee discount),  to scholarship awards and to external funding sources by financial institutions.  Canada student loans are available to eligible applicants.  As well, there may be partial or full funding through Service Canada, WorksafeBC, First Nations or Native Bands for eligible applicants.

Q7: What are my chances for employment when I complete my program?

A: The College provides employment assistance to all of its students, and a two-week course on Employment Strategies is a mandatory requirement for the mainstream programs. Programs delivered in partnership with the Provincial Ministry under a contractual agreement boast 98% successful outcome rate. Current paralegal advanced diploma graduates experienced 92% employment rate within the first three months of completion.

Q8: What level of English is required for the admission of international students?

A: College Admissions Test with a minimum score of 60%, and IELTS or TOEFL score  (unless you are from one of the English Language Exempt Countries

Q9: Is accommodation available for out-of-town or international students?

A: Yes, accommodation is available through our homestay program, and prospective international students and those who are from out-of-town are encouraged to explore this opportunity.

Q10: How much is your registration fee?

A: Our registration fee is $150 for national (domestic) students, and $170 for international students.

Q11: What kind of instruction will I receive at your College?

A: The College offers quality instruction, using different instructional methods, including simulation exercises (for job-search training), moot/mock court trial sessions (for paralegal training), guest lecturers and guest speakers.  The College boasts adequate instructional equipment in a modern facility, and offers small class sizes for efficient student-instructor interaction.

Q12: What is the proximity of your campus to public transportation?

A: The campus is conveniently located within easy walking distance from bus stops and train station, and bus stops are directly in front of the campus.  There are also ample car parks if you have your own vehicle.

Q13: What kinds of programs do you offer?

A: At the moment, we offer an Advanced Paralegal Diploma. In all, our program is exciting; and developed and taught with student success in mind.

Q14: What is your maximum student capacity in a class?

A: The College promotes small class sizes for efficient student-instructor interaction. The majority of the classes are limited to ten seats.

Q15: Why are tuition fees higher in private post-secondary institutions than in public ones?

A: A number of factors account for the fee differential between private and public institutions.  The most notable reasons include: a) Public institutions are funded by the government.  Their fees are subsidized by the government, unlike those of the private institutions, b) Class sizes in public institutions can range up to 120 students, particularly in introductory level courses, and higher level courses hold up to 40 students each.c) Instructor-student ratio can be quite high in public institutions, and long-waiting lists to register in a course is not uncommon.  On the other hand, private institutions stand out favourably against their public counterparts for reasons of which the follow are foremost.

  • private institutions have the luxury of flexibility both in course duration and delivery, and so you can complete your course of study faster and  in a shorter period of time, saving you a lot of money. Plus, you can have a better head-start in employment, sometimes up to over a year than someone attending a public institution;
  • there is seldom a waiting list because admission is continuous;
  • classes are much smaller in size than in public institutions.  The small-class size means a low instructor-student ratio for efficiency in classroom interaction. Plus you are not simply a number.  You are, in fact, a person, and the instructors are personable, allowing you to address your immediate learning needs.

So, come and join our Community of Learners, and make the best of your learning experience.

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