Ministry of Advanced Education
Education Quality Assurance - EQA
The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post-secondary education. EQA is a voluntary mechanism available to all eligible post-secondary institutions in B.C.
The EQA designation is also used to promote B.C. as an education destination of choice and enables both domestic and international students to easily recognize institutions that meet or exceed quality assurance standards that government recognizes.
The Ministry of Advanced Education is responsible for establishing the EQA designation policy, which includes setting acceptable quality assurance standards. The Ministry is also responsible for determining whether an institution will be granted or maintain the EQA designation, including permission to use the EQA certification mark.
The EQA designation requirements have been revised to include the British Columbia Criteria for International Student Program Designation. These Criteria assure the integrity of the ISP, and enhance British Columbia's standing as a destination of choice for international students seeking a quality education.
Please review the revised EQA Policy and Procedures manual for details on specific institutional eligibility requirements, including recognized quality assurance standards.
All post-secondary institutions and language schools that accept international students for study programs of longer than six months will be required to have EQA designation in order to be on the "ISP Designated List." Further details, including transition period requirements are outlined on the Ministry of Advanced Education's International Student Program webpage.