Langara College

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Langara College
snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓
Langara COA.jpg
Motto Latin: Eruditio Libertas Est
Motto in English
Knowledge is Freedom
Type Public
Established April 1, 1994
Endowment C$5.8 million[1]
President Lane Trotter, EdD
Students 21,000[2]
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
49°13′30″N 123°6′30″W / 49.22500°N 123.10833°W / 49.22500; -123.10833Coordinates: 49°13′30″N 123°6′30″W / 49.22500°N 123.10833°W / 49.22500; -123.10833
Campus Urban
Colours                Orange, black, white
Nickname Langara Falcons
Affiliations ACCC, CBIE, CUP
Mascot Falcon
Langara logo.png
Langara College

Langara College (snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓) is a public degree-granting college in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which serves approximately 22,000 students annually through its university, career, and continuing studies programs. The college takes its name from the neighbourhood in which it is situated, which was named after Spanish Admiral Juan de Lángara.


Langara College courses and programs were first offered in 1965 at King Edward Centre as part of Vancouver City College. Since 1970, the current campus on West 49th Avenue has housed Langara's programs for almost 50 years. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act. Langara College Continuing Studies was established in 1997. To provide more space, a new classroom and office building was opened in January 1997. The new library/classroom building was opened in September 2007.[3]


As of January 2016, Musqueam, whose unceded territory Langara currently occupies, gave the traditional name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ to the college meaning 'house of teachings', and snəw̓eyəɬ references advice given to children to guide them into adulthood and build their character. This is the first time a BC First Nation has given an Indigenous name to a public, post-secondary institution.[4]

Programs and courses[edit]

Programs and courses at Langara College are delivered in the following subject areas:[5]

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Health
  • Humanities & Social Services
  • Science & Technology

University studies[edit]

Langara College provides university-level programs and courses and offers a variety of qualifications, including baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and citations. The three 4-year degree programs offered by the College are Nursing,[6] Recreation Management,[7] and Business Administration.[8] Langara's wide range of academic programs in more than 60 subject areas are offered over three semesters per year. Langara is a popular choice for university transfer students due to smaller class sizes, excellent support services, and competitive tuition fees. More students transfer to BC universities from Langara College than from any other college in the province.

Career Studies[edit]

Langara College offers career programs leading to one-year certificates, two-year diplomas, and four-year bachelor's degrees in fields that lead to careers in business, industry, community services, and the arts. Although some of Langara's career programs require that students complete the program within a specific time period, many of the programs can be completed on a part-time basis.

Continuing Studies[edit]

Langara College's Continuing Studies department offers over 700 courses and 35 certificate programs year-round. The department's strategic objective is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to meet the individual needs of students. There are 4479 Continuing Studies students in the Fall 2016 term.

International education[edit]

Langara has over 1,200 international students to Vancouver from over 30 countries.

Studio 58[edit]

Studio 58, Langara College's School of Theatre Arts offers professional theatre training for actors and production personnel. The program ranked within the Top five theatre schools in Canada in 2006. The school auditions hundreds of people across Canada but only sixteen students are accepted per semester. The school has around 72 students for both its three-year acting program, and two-year production program. The School of Theatre Arts is currently led by Artistic Director Kathryn Shaw.


Langara's intercollegiate athletic program is one of the top college athletic programs in Canada. Langara is a member of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), formerly known as the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA), and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). In 1999, Langara College was the runner-up for the Overall CCAA Sport Supremacy Award for athletic achievements between the years of 1974 and 1999.

Student media[edit]

Student media include the newspaper The Voice, operated by the College's Journalism Program.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Financial Statements of Langara College: Years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012" (PDF). KPMG. Langara College. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "FTE Enrollment Report of Langara College: Years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012" (PDF). Langara College. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "Langara. About Page". Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ "snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓" (in English and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓). Vancouver, BC, Canada; Unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of Musqueam: Langara College. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Langara. Programs & Courses". Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  6. ^ "Langara. Programs & Courses: Nursing". Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  7. ^ "Langara. Programs & Courses: Recreation Management". Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  8. ^ "Langara. Programs & Courses: Business Administration (BBA)". Retrieved 2013-08-18.

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