The continent of North America should truly be a blessed one. It is home to not just the world’s richest economy – the U.S.A – but also another country that is one of the most beautiful in the world and flourishing with everything good on Earth. Yes, we are speaking about Canada, a land with a rich history and an exuberant present-day stature. The world’s second-largest country by total area, Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean. These provinces and territories may be grouped into regions – Western Canada, Central Canada, Atlantic Canada, and Northern Canada. These provinces have more autonomy than territories and are responsible for most of Canada’s social programs such as health care, education, and welfare.
Canada is one of the world’s most developed economies. Thanks to its abundant natural resource, it has good trade relations with many countries, especially the United States of America. Canada is also a developed nation that has prospered in various fields like health, science and technology, education, commerce and so goes the list. It is a bilingual country with English and French being the official languages at the federal level.
The success story of Canada in the field of education, especially the higher education sector is a much lauded one. Students from various parts of the globe fly in to Canada seeking quality higher education prospects which could lead them to a good career. The country has in offer for international students and local students alike, world-class universities preaching a global curriculum.
Post-secondary education in Canada is managed by individual provinces and territories. The majority of funding to their public post-secondary institutions is provided by these governing bodies, with the remainder of funding coming from tuition fees, and research grants. Nearly all post-secondary educational institutions in Canada have the authority to grant academic credentials such as diplomas or degrees. Universities are responsible for the grant of degrees like the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degrees, while colleges, which typically offer vocationally-oriented programs, grant diplomas and certificates.
For an international student, a degree or a certificate or any other such credential from Canada is easily a matter of pride. Needless to say, even the education programme and the stay in this country itself could be an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream-come-true for an international student. So, keep your attention always targeted at Canada. You could be among the most fortunate students who could make it big in life with world-class Canadian education.
WHY PREFER CANADA FOR EDUCATION?
Canada has the distinction of being ranked by the United Nations as one of the best places in the world to live in. This honour came in view of the achievements the country made in various fields like quality of life, national income, life expectancy, healthcare, low violent crime rate and soon. Anyhow, an important factor that contributed to this was the impressive attainments Canada made in the sector of education. The gains of Canada in this sector has attracted students the world over to come to this land to pursue their higher education dreams.
There are various reasons why Canada is a much preferred destination for quality education. Some of those are:
- The degrees that Canada offers are internationally recognised and ranks among the best in the world. Also, diplomas in technical and professional disciplines are also widely acclaimed.
- International students have every chance to secure a good job in Canada and work up to one year, immediately following the completion of their degree or diploma. They can also work on campus and earn their living, even without a work permit during the tenure of their course.
- Among all the English-speaking nations, the tuition fees charged in Canada is the lowest. This makes Canadian education easy on the wallet for international students, especially from developing and under-developed countries.
- International students coming to Canada have an advantage of securing proficiency in multiple foreign languages, that is, English and French. Apart from this general advantage, the high quality the country maintains in teaching languages would also be an added advantage.
- The job market in Canada is in a sprawling state and is growing per day. An international student has a golden opportunity here to make the most of it.
- International standards of healthcare have always been Canada’s much highlighted factor. Every student will be medically insured in order to meet emergency situations or illnesses.
- Canada is a safe country to live in. It is secure and stable with low crime rates and outstanding rule of law in every field.
- Canada is a multi-cultural country. There are people from every part of the world who study, work and live in Canada. Also, Canadians are generally open to mingle with a multi-ethnic population, warmly and gently.
What can be assured is the fact that there would surely be more reasons than these for you to enjoy every minute of your stay in this wonderful country.
TESTS TO CLEAR FOR ADMISSIONS TO CANADIAN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Studying in a Canadian educational institution has many advantages. Especially when it comes to the recognition you would get as an international student. But you simply cannot even think of applying to a college or university in Canada if you aren’t qualified enough. In other words, there are certain tests you will be asked to clear to be considered for the grant of admissions. These tests will vary depending on the university or college you apply for or the province or territory you wish to be in. However, the most common ones are given underneath.
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS)
This test aims at judging the knowledge and proficiency of a prospective student in the language of English. Canada, being a country with English as one of the official languages, would certainly ask for a minimum prowess in the language for an international student.
TEST OF ENGLISH AS FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)
This test is recognised by over 130 countries across the world. Most educational institutions prefer a fresh score of TOEFL, even though one result is valid for two years. The test assesses the candidate’s reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.
CanTEST is a standardized English proficiency test used to determine whether a candidate is able to meet the admission requirements of Canadian post-secondary institutions or fluency requirements of professional licensing associations. It measures the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills of a candidate.
THE CANADIAN ACADEMIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT (CAEL)
The CAEL is a standardized test of English in use for academic purposes in Canada. It is designed to describe the level of English language of the candidates planning to study in English-medium colleges and universities. The CAEL Assessment assesses the ability to use English as it is used in Canadian universities and colleges.
These are some of the most common tests a prospective student is required to clear to secure an admission. There might be more. Specific information on the same can be acquired only through your selected university or college.
COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CANADA
Studying outside your country obviously requires a lot of financial planning, especially when it comes to higher education. The same applies with Canada too. If you wish to pursue education in Canada, it is important that you have sufficient funds ready and have planned to utilise it in the most effective manner. Education in Canada is world-class. So it is only natural that an international student would need to pay a good amount as fees to secure it.
Now, each province and territory in the country has separate fee structures, taking into consideration a lot many factors. An average of the fee structure as on 2009 is given underneath. These figures aren’t authoritative and are based on the findings from certain researches.
- Nova Scotia – $5,952
- Ontario – $5,643
- New Brunswick – $5,590
- Alberta – $5,361
- British Columbia – $5,040
- Saskatchewan – $5,010
- E.I – $4,530
- Manitoba – $3,276
- New Found Land – $2,632
- Quebec – $2,167
|– All academic documents|
|– Letter of Recommendation -2 for UnderGraduate and 3 for Graduate(one from Principle and one from Teacher would be fine)|
|– IELTS/TOEFL/SAT/GRE/GMAT Score Sheet|
|– University Application|
|– Updated CV with all academic/work and training details|
|– Work Experience Letter (if Gap)|
|– Offer Letter will be Issued. (It takes 3-4 months to get offer letter)|
|– Get NOC( No Objection Letter) from Ministry of Education|
|– Paying the fee for a semester or one year. We recommend you to advise student to pay the fee for a year.|
|– Letter of Acceptance (LoA) will be provided after paying the fee.|
|– Applying Visa to Canada by VFS.|
|– Financial Documents required during visa applying for Canada as below;|
|– Education Loan from (A Grade Bank) or Bank Balance three months|
|– Financial Documents|
|– Property Valuation Certificate|
|– Other Supportive documents for Income & so on.|
Post Study Work Permit
What is PSW?
•The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institution (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
•completed a study program. (the course must be at least 8 months)
•maintained full-time status as a student in Canada during each semester of your study program
•graduated from one of the DLI intuitions in Canada.
•(Note; You have 180 days after you get your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
You cant apply for PGWP if student,
•already received a PGWP once before.
•completed the majority of a study program by distance learning (online courses, e-learning or correspondence)
•completed a study program at a non-Canadian institution located in Canada
•took general interest or self-improvement courses