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Why 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.

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.

Since the colonization by two distinct nations, France and Great Britain, Canada kept the tradition of encouraging multicultural diversity. Canadians are very receptive to immigrants from different ethnic groups and respect the habits and viewpoints that differ from yours.

Besides these facts, students coming to Canada will enjoy one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Canada has more than 2,000 national and provincial parks, wilderness areas and ecological reserves, many of these territories recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites.

Canada Area: 9,984,670 km2,the 2nd largest in the world

Population: 31,241,030 inhabitants (2006 census)

Capital: Ottawa

Largest city: Toronto

Subdivisions: Ten provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador) and three territories (Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut)

Languages: English and French

Local time: +0.5 to-4h (relative to GMT)

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CND)

High Quality Education

Education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada, but you will find quality institutions across the country. When choosing your school in Canada, consider the type, size and location of the institution. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools have more to offer in that discipline.

The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: community colleges/ technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities and university colleges.

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces

Cost of study

Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an undergraduate program is C$11,903.

Canada offers the lowest tuition rates* for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the US. Rates at U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double.

Work opportunities

International students can work legally in Canada up to 20 hour per week . There are three ways to work in the country Participate in Study + Work program

Working Holiday program

Study at university full time for at least six months

Accommodation in Canada

Living in Canada is the dream for many students. For you to have a positive experience, you should consider different options that will match your life style you want in Canada.

Information Planet recommends that you arrange your accommodation in advance. Here are the main types of accommodation for both short and long term stay in Canada. This way you have a better understanding of what to expect and can plan your finances.

Types of accommodation in Canada

In Canada, you usually pay for accommodation on a monthly basis. The prices for different types of accommodation vary depending on the neighborhood, size of the room, facilities and equipment available. Please keep in mind that The longer you stay, the lower the price

The greater the number of people in the house, the lower the price

The farther from downtown, the lower the price

Career Courses

The most popular courses in Canada among foreign students are vocational programs (VEC). The program lasts from 1 to 3 years and usually involve training at related work sites. These courses are perfect for students intending to work in Canada due to the practical content with a focus on the labor market.

Some vocational or technical schools offer university transfer programs that allow students to attend the first two years in college before they enroll in university to complete the last two years of the 4 year program. Many Canadians choose to begin their study at the top college and then transfer to universities.

The Canadian Association of Colleges (ACCC) accredits and oversees the quality of public colleges. All these institutions primarily train students in the commercial, industrial and public service. They sometimes offer certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degree as well as postgraduate degree.

Admission requirements

The basic prerequisite for entrance to college or university is an intermediate level of English demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS scores. Some English schools offer a bridge program to the colleges, which means you are accepted to these colleges without writing TOEFL.

The minimum age is 18 years old.

You must register for school in advance.

The semesters start in September and January.

Courses available

Educational system

Undergraduate Degrees

Technical Certificate - 1 year

Technical Diploma - 2 years

Bachelor degree - 3 or 4 years

Graduate Degrees

Post-Graduate Diploma or Diploma - 1-2 years

Visa requirements

Financial requirements

All Canada Living cost $10,000/year (or $833 per month) + tuition fee

Quebec province Living cost $9,600/year (or $800 per month)+tuition fee

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