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A brief profile of Canada:

Capital

Ottawa

Largest City

Toronto

Area

9,984,670 sq. km.

Population (2019 estimate)

37,242,571

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Calling Code

+1

Canada is one of the best destinations for international students.

According to the data of 31 December, 2018, around 572,415 international students are currently studying in Canada. This number represents 16% increase from 2017 figures. 

Education System:

It is important to know 3 important things before applying to Canada.

  1. Canada has two official languages – English and French. So, international students can take study in English or French. Some universities offer instruction in both languages.
  2. In Canada, each province and territory is in charge of their own education system. So, it is important to know about the education system of the province and territory before starting your research. Visit the Official Canadian Government Website for international students – EduCanada
  3. Each Provinces and territories approve (or “designate”) schools that can enrol international students. These schools are known as designated learning institutions (DLI). So, if the university/ college that you want to study in is not a DLI, then, the Canadian Government will refuse your application for study permit. Check to see if your education provider is a DLI.

In Canada, there are many types of higher education providers like universities, colleges and institutes, private career colleges and vocational and technical schools to choose from.

University

Universities in Canada provide degrees like bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. On the other hand, colleges are institutions that provide diplomas. As of 2016, there are 96 universities in Canada. Research about the universities before apply to them:

Colleges and Institutes

These education providers offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term). They are typically vocational  with some general academic concentrations. After the completion, students can transfer their credit to universities (University Transfer Program). These programs are like the first two years of a four year university program. Students must transfer/apply to the university to gain admission to complete the last two years of the four year program. However, it is important to check with the college to determine which universities will accept the transfer credits.

The Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) recognizes 131 publicly funded colleges and institutes. These education providers work with many universities of Canada to provide its education services to international students. Research these institutes and find programs specific to your interests:

Career colleges

They are privately owned institutions that offer short term training programs like cookery, multimedia training, photography, computers and secretarial skills. Although privately owned, these schools are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that program standards and quality are maintained. Career colleges have highly competitive fee structures.

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