Today, the difference is cost and study experience. The first two years of College is less expensive than the first two years of university and students can either transfer on to a university or complete their degree at the college if they decide to continue on.
Colleges usually offer smaller classes and generally more personalized and applied education. Colleges proudly focus on preparing students for careers while universities are focused on research and academics.
Colleges in Canada offer career, degree and post-degree programs while universities offer degree and post-degree programs.
a. Bachelor’s degree; recognizes completion of a group of courses in a career or academic specialty. Usually 120 credits, (40 courses) and takes about 4 years of full time study.
b. Certificates & Diplomas; prepare students to enter a new job or upgrade to a higher position in a field. Usually 60-credit programs, take 2 years of full time study, (required by international students)
c. University Transfer and Associate Degrees; students can start at a college then transfer to another institution to complete studies. This route is easier, (smaller campuses/classes/greater support by instructors) and less expensive than going straight in to university.
d. Post-degree, Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate diplomas; once a degree is earned, these offer additional, career-oriented specialities.
Medical insurance is required in Canada for international students. The quotation for costs will include the medical costs while you study at the institution you choose. (Some institutions pay a portion of the insurance like FIC/SFU). If you arrive earlier or stay longer, you must arrange your own medical insurance independently or through the provincial medical plan or the private plans used by the institution. We will help you make these arrangements. This insurance does not cover dental or travel costs.
a. Because there were many companies from around the world charging international students to prepare study visa packages, the government of Canada decided to create a registration system to certify immigration consultants to accurately offer this service.
b. You do not need to use the services of a registered, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and can complete your paperwork yourself through the Canadian Government website
Only If you study in a program 6 months or more. You do NOT need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
Source: Government of Canada, Citizenship & Immigration Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-who.asp
You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if you are a full-time student at:
- A public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec or
- A private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or
- A Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees and you have a valid study permit.
And, as of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:
- Work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
- Work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
To qualify, you must:
- Have a valid study permit,
- Be a full-time student,
- Be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
- Be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.”
Source: Government of Canada, Canadian Immigration & Citizenship website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=495&top=15
Students have the option to stay with a family, which has the additional benefits of learning the culture and practicing the language in every day settings; to stay in a student residence offered at some colleges and universities; or for more mature students, to find and stay in a private apartment or house rental.
The majority of educational institutions in Mexico and other countries in Latin America, recognize foreign studies but in some cases they may require a validation of the credentials or grades.
If your objective is to study abroad and complete your studies in your home country, check the policies of your home school. If they require written validation of your grades while away, we will help you work with the school that you are enrolled in to prepare one.
All of the educational institutions that we represent can prepare a validation report. On some occasions, if the report requires translation or to be presented in a specific format, this service may come with an extra charge by the educational institution.
Once you have entered Canada with the appropriate documents, whether it is a tourist visa or student visa, you can travel within Canada.
If you are studying more than 6 months and have a valid student visa, you can leave and re-enter Canada to continue your studies.
For international students applying for a study visa of more than 6 months, a student must prove that they have enough money for;
- Tuition fees
- Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to
- Canada Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
The Canadian government may ask for all or some of the following documents as proof;
- Proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada
- Proof of a student/education loan from a financial institution;
- Your bank statements for the past four months;
- A bank draft in convertible currency;
- Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees;
- A letter from the person or institution providing you with money
- Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship
The information provided is from the Government of Canada Citizenship and Immigration Canada website
My daughter, (son), is under 18 years old. How can you help us find a good school experience for her in Canada?
Sending your underage child to study abroad can be exciting but it can also make you or your child a bit nervous.
We commit to helping each family of an underage child by providing one-on-one guidance through the entire process of selecting the best school and experience suited to your child. We will give you detailed information about the school, the destination, the climate, cultural activities and sports and recreational activities, and anything else of interest, so that you and your child have a clear vision of what the study and living experience will be like in Canada.
All underage children require a legal guardian during their stay in Canada and each of our partner schools offers this service. We will work with you to understand who will be assigned as your child’s legal guardian while in Canada.
Each of our partners has a schedule of application, registration and examination deadlines.
Popular programs or programs with limited enrollment for international students should be applied to with anticipation.
In general, a minimum of six months is required to present an application for registration, regardless of level of education.
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