The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: Universities & Universities Colleges, Community Colleges / Technical Institutes, Career Colleges, Language Schools, Secondary Schools.
Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.
Qualifications offered in Canada:
First Professional Degree, Diploma, Associate Degrees, Applied Degrees, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, Doctorate.
Canada has a large selection of Universities and Universities Colleges located in both urban and rural settings in every region of the country. Degrees from Canadian universities are considered to be equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities. Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. As well, they all retain a high degree of academic autonomy.
The university year usually runs from September to May. Some universities are on a semester or trimester system, with all courses available even in the summer.
University Colleges combine Canadian university and college traditions, with a strong base of applied and academic programs offered in campus environments. As the name suggests, a university college offers university degrees as well as college diploma and certificate programs. As a component of the Canadian university system, university colleges offer students a choice of either academically-oriented university degree programs or the more practically-oriented college diplomas and certificates. As part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. They also may offer combined degree/diploma programs and university transfer programs.
Colleges & Technical Institutions:
Colleges and technical Institutions are popular education choices in Canada; they offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market. Some community colleges offer university transfer programs that allow students to take courses that are parallel to those offered for the first two years of a four year university program. Students must still apply to the university to gain admission to complete the last two years of the four year program.
The 175 post-secondary institutions which are members of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) are officially known by a range of titles, including Community College, College, Technical Institute, University College, and Cégep. The two- to three-year (or shorter) college programs typically offer specific, vocationally-oriented curricula. Colleges typically have more vocationally-related curricula than universities.
Advantages of Studying in Canada:
Low Tuition Fees
Gain Canadian Work experience while studying by working part-time on- campus without a work permit and off-campus with a work permit
In Co-op and Internship Programs, where work experience is part of the curriculum, with a Work Permit
Post-graduate work permits upon completion of studies and related to field of study
Can help you obtain higher score for Immigration to Canada
Nomination for Immigration to Canada under Provincial Nominee Programs
Chance to stay in Canada while your permanent resident application is in process
New Canada Experience Class to be announced soon will help Foreign Students apply for Permanent Residence while remaining in Canada
Spouses/common-law partners of international students are eligible to work in Canada while their partners study
Canadian Colleges & Universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as a proof of English proficiency. Depending upon the institution, the score requirements may vary between 80-100 for TOEFL and 6.0 – 7.0 bands in IELTS.
For MBA admission a good score in GMAT is required.
Cost of Studying
Studying in Canada is quite affordable when compared to other western countries.
Diploma & Advanced Diploma Courses range from CAD$11,000 – CAD$13,000 per year depending on the course.
Bachelor’s Degrees range from CAD$13,000 – CAd$19,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees
Post-graduate Degrees begin from CAD$12,000 and ranges up to CAD$22,000
Cost of living:
For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, home stay etc.
Cost of living for students in Canada would be between CAD$ 8,000-12,000, depending upon the location of their residence.