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Study Abroad? and it’s Canada to Consider

Study Abroad? and it’s Canada to Consider

Canada is known for its excellent quality of life. Visualize vibrant cities, beautiful spaces and welcoming multi-cultural communities. Besides providing exceptional standards of living, safety and first class healthcare, Canada is also internationally recognized for a competency-based teaching approach that prepares students to be productive in the workplace immediately after graduation. Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics are primarily publicly-funded and highly accountable for quality assurance in teaching, research and campus facilities. What’s more, tuition and living costs are very competitive when you compare top ranking destinations for study abroad. 

Canada’s Systems of Education

Canada’s college, polytechnics and university system commences after high school.  You can also choose to complete some or all of your primary and secondary school in Canada in either the public or private system.  Both offer global graduation standards to continue post-secondary studies, as well as exceptional student services.  Beyond high school, career choices are endless with thousands of post-secondary options to suit every interest! 

Canada not only provides students a broad range of top-ranked colleges, polytechnics and universities, but also provides them opportunities to work and gain professional experience which helps open doors globally. Last year, more than 265,000 international students, chose Canada for a premier education, access to global career opportunities and an exciting cross-cultural experience. Over 80,000 were from China, making China the #1 source country for international students in Canada by far.

Universities

Canada’s 125 public and private not-for-profit universities offer high quality education at relatively low costs. The universities offer vast choice of undergraduate and post-graduate programs, as well as professional designations, certificate and diploma courses, and short career-focused programs. Canadian institutions are known for their cutting edge technology and research labs. They also provide opportunities for cooperative education and internships. International students can often work while they study. Tuition fees for international students range from C$8,000 to C$26,000 per year depending on the program and location.

Research Focus

Canada’s universities, colleges and polytechnics are engaged in innovative research in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals and renewable fuels, among other sectors. R&D cross-funding between the private sector and post-secondary education institutions is high by international standards.

New economic research is also highlighting the important role of universities, colleges and polytechnics as knowledge hubs connecting business, government and post-secondary education institutions with commercial firms that help deliver on discovery. If you’ve got ideas to change the world, we’ve got the programs to help you realize them!

The College System

Programs are taught by highly experienced faculty. Canada’s colleges and polytechnics are leaders in applied higher education. Over 8,000 programs at 150 public institutions offer credentials that prepare students for the job market. Colleges and polytechnics offer a variety of recognized credentials including certificates, diplomas, university transfer programs, academic and applied degrees, and post-graduate diplomas. Programs are available with varying lengths of study, from a few months to four years. Practical programs are designed with potential employers that offer work placements. Some colleges have transfer agreements with universities and can be an alternate pathway to a top-ranking Canadian university. Tuition fees for international students range from C$5,500 to C$15,000 per year depending on the program.

Language Training – French and English 

Canada is a world-leader in second language training, whether for academic upgrading, entry to further study, preparation for language proficiency tests, business applications, or personal use and enjoyment. Language studies are often seen as a pathway to further post-secondary education opportunities in Canada. English and French Second language programs that can shape your accent and vocabulary to fit Canadian educational needs and professional life is offered at elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. A number of private language schools and colleges also offer programs exclusively to international students and immigrants. Languages Canada provides a database of public and private programs that have met or surpass the standards of internationally recognized quality assurance.

Work-study Options

Eligible full-time international students can work either on or off-campus to gain valuable experience, and to help finance their stay, while studying in Canada. Off-campus work permits allow eligible students to work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, however, they can also work full-time during regularly scheduled academic breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break). The Post Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to work in Canada for up to three years. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through this program helps graduates who wish to stay longer qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Balancing academic achievement with direct learning in a career-related job can provide these students with a competitive advantage after graduation. Learn more: www.cic.gc.ca

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships are generally based on academic merit and are often awarded automatically at the time of admission. Some scholarships are specifically for international students and researchers and require a separate application outlining your extracurricular activities.

Learn more: www.scholarships.gc.ca

Admission Cycle

Students can do their own research to identify the schools that are the best match for them. The Government of Canada’s official site www.educationincanada.ca  is a key step in accessing useful information. Students can use the site’s search feature to generate a list of schools and programs that meets their needs. The admission process usually begins in the summer months [May/June/July] when students would begin to do research on their schools and programs of interest. Application deadlines vary from institution to institution as well, depending on when their main intake is. For schools which accept students in September, deadlines range from the fall to winter. For schools with intakes in January, and/or May-June, the deadline could be several months ahead.

Universities

Canada’s 125 public and private not-for-profit universities offer high quality education at relatively low costs. The universities offer vast choice of undergraduate and post-graduate programs, as well as professional designations, certificate and diploma courses, and short career-focused programs. Canadian institutions are known for their cutting edge technology and research labs. They also provide opportunities for cooperative education and internships. International students can often work while they study. Tuition fees for international students range from C$8,000 to C$26,000 per year depending on the program and location.

Research Focus

Canada’s universities, colleges and polytechnics are engaged in innovative research in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals and renewable fuels, among other sectors. R&D cross-funding between the private sector and post-secondary education institutions is high by international standards.

New economic research is also highlighting the important role of universities, colleges and polytechnics as knowledge hubs connecting business, government and post-secondary education institutions with commercial firms that help deliver on discovery. If you’ve got ideas to change the world, we’ve got the programs to help you realize them!

The College System

Programs are taught by highly experienced faculty. Canada’s colleges and polytechnics are leaders in applied higher education. Over 8,000 programs at 150 public institutions offer credentials that prepare students for the job market. Colleges and polytechnics offer a variety of recognized credentials including certificates, diplomas, university transfer programs, academic and applied degrees, and post-graduate diplomas. Programs are available with varying lengths of study, from a few months to four years. Practical programs are designed with potential employers that offer work placements. Some colleges have transfer agreements with universities and can be an alternate pathway to a top-ranking Canadian university. Tuition fees for international students range from C$5,500 to C$15,000 per year depending on the program.

Language Training – French and English 

Canada is a world-leader in second language training, whether for academic upgrading, entry to further study, preparation for language proficiency tests, business applications, or personal use and enjoyment. Language studies are often seen as a pathway to further post-secondary education opportunities in Canada. English and French Second language programs that can shape your accent and vocabulary to fit Canadian educational needs and professional life is offered at elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. A number of private language schools and colleges also offer programs exclusively to international students and immigrants. Languages Canada provides a database of public and private programs that have met or surpass the standards of internationally recognized quality assurance.

Work-study Options

Eligible full-time international students can work either on or off-campus to gain valuable experience, and to help finance their stay, while studying in Canada. Off-campus work permits allow eligible students to work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, however, they can also work full-time during regularly scheduled academic breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break). The Post Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to work in Canada for up to three years. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through this program helps graduates who wish to stay longer qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Balancing academic achievement with direct learning in a career-related job can provide these students with a competitive advantage after graduation. Learn more: www.cic.gc.ca

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships are generally based on academic merit and are often awarded automatically at the time of admission. Some scholarships are specifically for international students and researchers and require a separate application outlining your extracurricular activities.

Learn more: www.scholarships.gc.ca

Admission Cycle

Students can do their own research to identify the schools that are the best match for them. The Government of Canada’s official site www.educationincanada.ca  is a key step in accessing useful information. Students can use the site’s search feature to generate a list of schools and programs that meets their needs. The admission process usually begins in the summer months [May/June/July] when students would begin to do research on their schools and programs of interest. Application deadlines vary from institution to institution as well, depending on when their main intake is. For schools which accept students in September, deadlines range from the fall to winter. For schools with intakes in January, and/or May-June, the deadline could be several months ahead.

Immigration Considerations
International students studying for more than six months must receive a study permit before arriving in Canada. In some cases, a temporary resident visa may also be required depending on your country of citizenship. Note that for Chinese nationals, students destined for public universities and most public colleges may be able to apply for their study permits through one of the streamlined processes: Study Direct Stream or Student Partners Program. Details regarding applications and requirements can be obtained from the Canadian embassy, consulate or high commission (www.cic.gc.ca).

Students planning to study in the province of Quebec must also obtain a certificate of acceptance (CAQ) from the Quebec government before applying for the study permit.

Key Figures on Education

  • Consistent high quality of education across the country
  • Academic credentials valued worldwide
  • Canada is among the top 3 OECD countries in spending per capita on public postsecondary education according to the OECD.
  • Canada consistently invests highly in education. According to the OECD, Canada invests the third-highest amount per tertiary student among OECD countries every year.
  • Canada has one of the most educated populations. According to the OECD, Canada has the highest percentage of individuals 25-64 year-olds (51%) achieving at least college or university education, among OECD member countries.

Key Figures on Research and Development

  • Canada is a world leader in post-secondary research, outpacing other G-7 countries on higher education investment according to the OECD.
  • More than 1/3 of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities according to the OECD – one of the highest rates among OECD and G8 countries.
  • Canada in the rankings
  • Overall Scores
  • 5 Canadian universities ranked among the Top 100 of The Times Higher Education’s 2013 World University Rankings – The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Montreal and McMaster University and 3 others ranked among the Top 200 - The University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa and the University of Victoria.
  • 4 Canadian universities ranked among The Times Higher Education’s 2013 100 Under 50 world ranking - the University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and the University of Guelph.
  • 4 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 100 of the 2012 ARWU Shanghai Ranking and 22 in the Top 500.
  • 3 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 50 of the QS University Ranking and 20 in the Top 500.

Specific Programs

Business Schools and MBAs

  • 10 Canadian universities in the 2012 ARWU Top 100 for their business and economics programs.
  • 5 Canadian schools of management are ranked among the top 100 in the world according to the Financial Times (UK) Global MBA rankings for 2012. University of Toronto (Rotman) 44th; York University in Toronto (Schulich) 59th; McGill University (Desautels) 61st ; Western University (Ivey) 68th and University of British Columbia (Sauder) 82th.

Psychology, Medicine and Pharmacolgy

  • 4 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Psychology
  • 3 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Medicine
  • 4 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Science and Engineering

  • 7 Canadian universities in the 2012 ARWU Top 100 in Computer Science
  • 4 Canadian universities in the QS Top 50 in Engineering  & Technology - Computer Science

For additional details about studying in Canada, consult these helpful online resources:

Useful Links

Official Study in Canada portal

  1. educationau-incanada.ca

Government of Canada Scholarships

  1. scholarships.gc.ca

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)

  1. international.gc.ca/education

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

  1. cic.gc.ca 

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

  1. cmec.ca

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)

  1. cicic.ca

By Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada

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