Applying to study in Canada?


For international students, studying in Canada doesn't just mean studying in a foreign country, but in one of the most well-developed countries in the world, a place that attracts a lot of foreign students every year. The concept of internationalisation is enjoying its peak time for a good time now in Canada due to the well-off economy and education system.

The Canadian education system explained.

In Canada, there are publicly-funded and private schools - everything from career/community or technical colleges, language and secondary schools, to universities and summer camps. International students applying for studying in Canada will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of degrees - Bachelors (usually, of a 4- year duration period), Masters (an additional 1-2 years), Diplomas, PhDs (of approx. 3 years), Certificates or any other kind of attestations.

Both English and French-speaking universities are spread all around the country, so you have a good selection of choices to cherry-pick from. For example, there are over 70 universities with 17 of these being private, and 26 of them featuring in the QS World University Rankings (2016-2017) - McGill University is among the global top 50 best universities.

Community colleges and technical institutions (very similar to university colleges) are an alternative route to university, offering courses and qualifications in their own right. The courses here are typically more practical and related to a very specific job. That's why, they tend to be shorter than university courses (from 2 to 3 years long) and the skills learned from them can transfer into points that count towards a university degree. This is a much more attractive route for international students as it boasts lower fees and less stringent entry requirements.

Career colleges, on the other hand, are privately owned institutions offering training programmes designed to provide students with practical training for the world of employment. They have short-term courses to provide students with the skills needed for the workplace, such as computer and secretarial skills. Although the institutions are private, they are approved and regulated by the province to ensure a high-quality standard.