Study in Canada

Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.

Why Study in Canada?
Canadian teenagers consistently rank among the best in the world on international tests of reading, science and math – a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is well-regarded in business, government and academic circles around the globe.

Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life and low crime and violence rates.

Canada’s largest cities – Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles. In fact the top 5 cities to live in North America are all in Canada!

High Standard of Living
Canadians enjoy a standard of living among the highest in the world. Almost 70 per cent of Canadians own their own homes.

A Safe Place to Study
Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased for ten consecutive years from 1993 to 2003. Unlike in the US, firearms are strictly controlled.

Tuition and quality education
Canada’s education system is excellent and ranks among the best in the world. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries.
Internationally recognized degrees, flexible and tiered educational system
Canada boasts a wide range of quality educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines.
More relaxed immigration rules for Canada educated individuals.
International student who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years after they receive their degree or diploma. No job offer needed to apply. Three years allows students to qualify for skilled worker permanent resident class.

Canada Fact File:
Canada became a nation on July 1, 1867 as four provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick – came together to form the Dominion of Canada.
Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US.
Second-largest country in world (after Russia); strategic location between Russia and US via north polar route; approximately 90% of the population is concentrated within 160 km of the US border.
Capital of Canada: Ottawa
Temperature: Varies from to subarctic and arctic in north.
Literacy rate: 99%
Languages: English: 59.3%, French: 23.2%, Other: 17.5%
Unemployment rate: 8.10% in August 2010
Canada Currency CAD$

Canada Education System:
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, and 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.

Universities Colleges:
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.

Co-operative Education and Internships
A co-op program enables the students to academic study and work experience. They spend one term on campus followed by another term working full-time in a position related to their field of study. These work terms are can be of four months duration. After the completion of the degree, the students have the same number of academic terms as others. Also, they will have up to 2 years of valuable career-related work experience. An internship is a supervised practical training period for a student or recent graduate. The time spent at an internship differs depending on the program and the job. These Co-ops and internships provide some of the practical experience to the students. The students require this work-ex when facing the job market after graduation.

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

Required Tests:
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.

Applying for the Visa:
Richmond International Education (P) Ltd.  Provides a wide range of services for studying in Canada. For information on Visa Service and any other services, click here or contact our helpline for further assistance.

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