Higher education. Canada.
EDUCATION IN CANADA FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS.
In Canada, which is very popular among students due to lower prices compared to the US, today there are about one hundred universities, and all of them accept foreign students on the “exponential” (Undergraduate) and & quot; step-by-step & quot; Graduate education. All Canadian universities, with rare exceptions, are state universities. The exception is small private educational institutions of a religious orientation. Thus, a high standard of quality of education is guaranteed at the state level. If you choose Canada as your country of further education, you can be sure that you will not feel there as a stranger. Canada is a country of immigrants, no matter if you came here a couple of days ago or lived here for many years. To the foreign students, both the authorities and local residents are very welcome.
Requirements for admission.
The requirements for admission to universities and colleges depend on the particular institution, the chosen curriculum and specialty. Foreigners who do not have a complete higher education and are going to enter the Undergraduate level should contact the registration office of the selected university (Registration Office) and request an application form (application form), as well as information on the order of admission, the cost of tuition and accommodation. Entering a Canadian university is not necessarily the first course – in this case, the university determines the Canadian equivalent, corresponding to your qualification.
Those interested in Graduate Studies should apply to the Dean’s Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, and no later than 12 to 18 months before the expected date of admission.
The province of Ontario has a centralized service through which enrolling in the universities of this province. Applicants to the universities of Ontario must send a written application to: Ontario Universities Application Center, PO Box 1328, Guelph ON N 1H 7P4, Canada. For those wishing to enroll in the universities of the province of British Columbia, there is an opportunity to do this on-line.
Knowledge of the language.
In Canada, the two official languages are English and French. Thus, being in the country of speakers of both languages, one can improve at once in two foreign languages, and this is another great advantage. Some universities teach in English, in others – in French, and in some (for example, at the University of Ottawa) – on both. But in any case, when entering, you need to demonstrate good ownership of at least one of them. Good is a minimum of 550 TOEFL points for English or an appropriate level of French. If you do not have a TOEFL certificate, you may be asked to take the language test on the spot. You will have to pay for it yourself.
Higher or secondary technical education can be obtained both by residents of Canada and foreigners only if they are able to pay for it, since all types of education, other than the average, are paid.
Unlike most European countries, Canada has a detailed immigration policy based on real, short-term needs of the labor market. This means that a foreigner who has lived in the country and graduated from a Canadian university has more chances to find a job here and, maybe, gain a foothold for a long time. Moreover, in Canada there is a huge number of programs that allow students to combine training with an internship. A well-established intern has a good chance of getting a job.
Choosing Canada for further education, every foreigner after graduating from college or university gets the right to legal work during the year for the acquisition of professional experience. Maybe this is your chance?
Any Canadian university provides a lot of additional services for students and will gladly tell you about them at your first request. The list of these services even hangs out in the most visited places – the trouble is that most students do not require any services and do not read the lists, but in vain. Because, for example, many universities provide their students with free medical care. Or, say, settle roommates around the room in the hostel, if they do not agree with the characters. Develop special assistance programs for freshmen, women, blind, disabled. And for foreign students.
Foreign students studying at Canadian universities are allowed to work on the campus of this university. The easiest way is to get the job of an assistant to any of the teaching staff (which is quite real for undergraduates) or some kind of work, usually low-skilled, on the campus. You were really lucky if you could find a job that is part of the learning process and coincides with it in terms of time (say, a nurse’s job for a medical student). Spouses of students Canadian immigration authorities may be allowed to work, or may refuse – it all depends on the level of unemployment in a particular province. Of course, it is possible to find some work-earnings without any permission, but this can already lead to deportation from the country.
Learn about the possible scholarships and vacancies by contacting the institution of your choice.
However, there is also a less bright side of Canadian education: it’s not so easy to get a student visa even compared to the British or German embassies. If you were refused a visa – do not despair: you can get a Canadian university diploma, doing remote.
If you are interested in the possibility of distance learning in Canada, then note that although many universities offer distance learning, including on the computer network, some of them agree to teach in absentia only those Canadians or foreigners who live in Canadian territory. In other cases, universities after 3-4 years of correspondence study assign a bachelor’s degree in the humanities, management, general sciences, etc. For 5 years, you can achieve a master’s degree. Most universities require the presence of a student in Canada at the time of registration.
Canada is the world leader in distance education, so nothing prevents you, having agreed previously with the university on conditions, to study by mail or on the Internet, without leaving Russia for a long time. At your request, any university of interest will provide detailed information about their existing programs – full-time and part-time. AUCC provides a full list of correspondence programs operating in the country on request.
How to get information.
In order to get information about all universities offering a training course on the specialty you are interested in, you can contact the Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities:
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
600-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1R 1B1.
Higher education. Canada.