Kelowna the heart of okanagan

Kelowna Facts

With big city comforts and small town charm, Kelowna provides all the amenities of big city life: one of-a-kind shops, entertainment, festivals, and vibrant culture. Nestled between Okanagan Lake and rolling mountain ranges, Kelowna provides year round outdoor fun.
Local farms, orchards, and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core, and provide fresh summer produce and delicious winter wines. From summer fun to winter ski hills, this community has something for everyone.

Vanwest Kelowna

Located in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Kelowna is an ideal destination for international students looking for a truly Canadian experience. The bright modern campus is an easy walk to both the main bus station and the lake. At our Kelowna campus you will be greeted with a warm smile every morning and a feeling of ‘family’ everyday.

104-532 Leon Ave, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 6J6 Canada
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downtown kelowna

9 classrooms

12 computer labs

lounge & patio

high-speed wireless internet


Staying with a Canadian family is the fastest ways to improve your English. VanWest College will ensure safe, comfortable and friendly host families. Our homestay families have worked with us for more than 10 years. Homestays are a wonderful way to experience Canadian culture, and allow you to get to know and learn about the surrounding areas as part of a Canadian family.

A large part of your experience will be after school hours when you will meet new friends and enjoy all that Vancouver and Kelowna have to offer. VanWest College organizes a variety of activities to suit people of all nationalities and interests. VanWest College activities are educational, cultural, entertaining and athletic. A number of our activities are also travel and work related. Our activities include hocky games, pub nights, festivals, concerts, hiking, biking, cultural days, yoga, restaurants, skating, skiing, movie nights, football games, beach parties and free conversation clubs. Remember, English Only is still the policy during all VanWest activities

After-Class Activities

These activities are designed to help you explore Vancouver, whilst making new friends and practicing English! Students are highly encouraged to attend the activities, as it is a great way to enjoy your stay and make new friends with VanWest!

Weekend Trips

This is a great way for students to travel and see the surrounding cities and wildlife of Vancouver. Students will get to experience cultural activities to challenging outdoor fun!

Signature activities

VanWest has once-a-month signature activity that students enjoy. From our BBQ Days to Culture Days to VanWest's adaptation of Amazing Race! Students are thrilled to see and experience our signature activities! Tune in to our photo gallery to witness the fun!