Canada

canadiaCanada rates extremely highly if you seek a high quality of life and education. It has been consistently ranked by the UN as one of the best countries in the world to live in.

Canada is a very attractive destination for students not just for its quality of academics but also the off-campus work opportunities for international full-time students.

A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is highly valued in business, government and academic circles around the globe. Canadian students consistently rank among the best in the world in science and math – a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools.

Canadian Attractions

All major urban centre’s have a variety of shopping malls, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and museums as standard. Canadian cities provide numerous parks, gardens and beaches for public use, as well as excellent sports and recreation facilities. There are currently forty one (41) national parks and reserves in Canada. National parks are located in every province and territory, and many have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors: from the lush coastline of British Columbia, the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the big skies of the prairies, to the ‘maple sugar country’ in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the rugged hills and picturesque coastline of the Atlantic provinces.

Canada plays host to more than 175,000 international students in any given year. Increasingly Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world and it hard not to see why!

Canada occupies the most northern stretch of North America. It is the world’s second largest country by area and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Artic Ocean. Canada shares land borders with the United States to the northwest and south.

A habitat of aboriginal people, Canada was founded in 1867 as a union of British North American colonies. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in an incremental process that ended in 1982. It remains a Commonwealth Realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

Canada is a federal constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy. Comprising of ten provinces and three territories, Canada is a bilingual and multicultural country, with both English and French as official languages. A technologically advanced and industrialised nation, Canada maintains a diversified economy that is heavily reliant upon its abundant natural resources and trade – particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship.

TOP 10 Reasons to Study in Canada

  • It has been consistently ranked by the UN as one of the best countries in the world to live in. Based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational accomplishment, life expectancy, national income and overall quality of life. It also included Canada’s abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and a health care system that is a model for the world.
  • Canadian universities are ranked among the best in the world. Its degrees are valued and acknowledged all over. Moreover, Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries.
  • Canada boasts of world class educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines. Over 148,000 international students attend Canadian colleges and universities from all over the globe. This means that you can meet people from around the world as well as domestic students. Who know, you may even meet a few Nepalese students?
  • International students are encouraged to take up jobs after their graduation. Students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus and off-campus without a work permit.
  • Safe and peaceful country, Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country with laws that protect the rights of its citizens. Almost 65 per cent of international students in a CBIE survey cited that Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
  • Excellent health care, Canada has very sophisticated yet inexpensive health care facilities compared to other countries. Medical insurance is also inexpensive in Canada.
  • Expertise in Language! Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative abilities in Canada with language training. Over a century, Canada’s two official languages (English and French) have been taught as second languages.
  • A multicultural country, Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people, called ‘First Nations’. Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Every year, some 200,000 new immigrants arrive here making Canada – a diverse and rich cosmopolitan country. Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.
  • While Canada has big cities, it also has a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system. The temperature varies a great deal in Canada. Certain cities almost never have snow in the winter while other cities may get a lot. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
  • Canadians can be reserved with newcomers but are generally very welcoming, amicable and respectful of differences. Educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and many have targets to increase their numbers of international students. One thing is for sure, study in Canada will be a memorable experience!

Education System

Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories and as such, there is no federal education system in Canada. In keeping with the national commitment to education, public education in Canada is free upto and including secondary school in all the provinces

However, each provincial system, while similar to the others, reflects its specific regional concerns, and historical and cultural heritage. At the post-secondary level, institutions are divided into community colleges and universities.

There are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces of Canada. Secondary schooling in Canada could go up to Grade 11, 12 or 13, depending on the province unlike in India, where Grade 12 is standard all over the country.

Post secondary education is offered by four types of educational institutions:

  • Universities
  • University Colleges
  • Community Colleges/Technical Institutes
  • Career Colleges. 

Universities:

Canadian universities are largely public funded, and, as a result, offer consistently high quality education at lower tuition rates for international students than their counterparts in competing countries. They offer a broad range of courses and degrees from undergraduate to doctorate and also certificate and professional degrees.

 University Colleges:

As a component of the Canadian university system, university colleges offer students a choice of either academic oriented university degree programmes or the more practical-oriented college diplomas and certificates. As a part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. They also offer combined degree/diploma programmes and university transfer programmes

 Community colleges and technical institutes:

They typically have a more vocational-related curricula, with small classes, off-campus course offerings, a greater ratio of laboratory space to class room space, and an interactive teaching style. The uniqueness of Canadian colleges lies in the combination of employer-centered curricula. These institutes have the primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry, and public service sectors. Most colleges and technical institutes offer diplomas and certificates rather than degrees, however, more and more now grant degrees and applied degrees.

 Technical/ Career College :

This is a privately owned and operated school with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction. The emphasis at career colleges is on practical skills over a broad range of programmes. They specialize in such areas as business, computers, and secretarial skills. Although privately owned, these institutes are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that programmes standards and quality are maintained.

The academic year usually starts in September and ends in May, and is normally divided into two semesters. Some institutes operate on a semester or trimester system and admit students in January and/or May as well as September. Many institutes offer a limited number of courses and special programmes during the summer session.