Why Canada?
  • One of world’s wealthiest nations
  • Well-respected & sophisticated education system
  • One of the top destinations for international study
  • Huge area, relatively small population, beautiful natural environment
  • Offers Multicultural society with many immigrants
  • Safe and interesting place to study
Location and Geography

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, with a total land area of 9.9 million square kms. With the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Canada covers most of the northern part of the North American continent. Northern Canada reaches into the Arctic Circle, while southern Canada stretches below the northern points of the United States with which it shares the longest border in the world. The capital city is Ottawa.

Climate

The country is known for its cold and sometimes long winters, beautiful and mild “shoulder seasons” (fall and spring), and hot but often short summers. Because it’s so big, Canada’s climate varies considerably across its regions.

Education System

Canada has one of the highest rates of post-secondary education completion in the world. While Post-secondary institutions are located throughout the country; there are approximately 70 universities and 80 colleges in Canada. In Canada, the provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including colleges and universities. Canada offers a wide range of independent private boarding schools for younger students which are famous for their excellence in preparing young men and women for university and college placement.

Canadian universities offer high-quality education and are very well respected around the world. A degree from a Canadian university holds substantial prestige, thus making Canada a primary target for many international students.

University Education

University degrees are offered at three successive levels – bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral. Bachelor’s degrees normally require three or four years of full-time study, depending on the province. An honors bachelor’s degree involves a higher degree of concentration in the major subject, as well as a higher level of academic achievement, and in some cases, an additional year of study. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study after completion of either a general or an honors baccalaureate program. All Canadian universities are public institutions, which is the main difference between Canadian and American universities.

College Education

A community college is a public post-secondary educational institution that offers a variety of programmes to high-school graduates and adults seeking further education or employment training. Public colleges offer vocational programmes in a wide range of professional and technical fields including business, health, science, agriculture, applied arts, technology, skilled trades, and social services. Diplomas are awarded for the successful completion of two- or three-year programmes, while certificate programmes most often take one year to complete. Most colleges offer university transfer programs, providing the first two years of a university undergraduate program. Many also offer bachelors and applied degree programmes.

Specific Information for International Students

In 2008–09, there were over 80,000 international students in Canadian universities. The main countries from which students came were China, the U.S., France, India, and South Korea. Admissions to Universities and colleges in Canada are highly competitive in nature and hence it is strongly advised that International students applying directly from high school to a university or college in Canada should begin planning the earliest possible.“Each Canadian province has different laws and regulations.”

Employment & Stay back Options

Full-time students registered at an eligible post-secondary educational institution participating in the Off or On-Campus Work Permit Program will be eligible for part time work options while studying in Canada. For part-time work on campus for the first six months of studies which is limited to a maximum 20 hrs per week, students must prove that they are in good academic standing and are able to manage their studies with utmost priority. Students can get access to up to three years of full-time employment in Canada after graduation.

Related Links for more information:
http://canada.gc.ca/home.html Government of Canada website
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107386.html Information about Canada
http://www.canadianeconomy.gc.ca/english/economy/ Canadian economy information
http://www.cicic.ca/382/education-in-canada.canada Education Department of Canada
http://www.cicdi.ca/395/directory-of-universities-colleges-and-schools-in-canada.canada List of Canadian university home pages
http://www.educationau-incanada.ca/index.aspx?lang=eng Information related to cost of studying, immigration, courses and universities available
http://www.livingin-canada.com/cost-of-living-in-canada.html Cost of living in Canada
www.aucc.ca Association of university and colleges
www.accc.ca Association of community colleges