The Canadian Expert?• Born and raised outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.• Played some ice hockey as a kid.• Undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph (Ontario).• Graduate degree from the University of Toronto (Ontario).• Some ISM students seem to think I say “aboot” instead of “about”.
Canada the Beautiful• The expanse of Canadas natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled worldwide.• There are 41 National Parks• Canada has cosmopolitan cities that are clean, safe, friendly and multicultural.• In fact, Canada repeatedly is lauded as one of the worlds most livable countries.
High Standard of Living - Country• Since 1992 (almost 20 years), the U.N. has consistently ranked Canada in the top 8 of all countries in the world in their annual Human Development Report (education being one of the analyzed factors).• Except for 4 years (since 1992), Canada has been ranked no lower than 4th in the world• Canada was ranked Number 1 for 9 years.
High Standard of Living - City• 2010 Mercer Survey – Vancouver ranked 4th in the world in their Quality of Living index (Ottawa 14th, Toronto 16th, Montreal 21st, Calgary 28th -all ahead of the first U.S. city in the ranking - Honolulu 31st)• 2010 Mercer Survey – Calgary ranked 1st in the world in their Eco-city index (Ottawa 3rd, Montreal 13th, Vancouver 13th, Toronto 39th).
A Bilingual Nation• Canada has two official languages: English and French.• You have the opportunity to study in either of Canada’s official languages (English and French) or at a bilingual university.
The Weather• Range of weather with distinct seasons• The reality is that where most universities are located, we have very comfortable summers and reasonable winters• Winter really can be a beautiful and enjoyable time of year (skiing and snowboarding)• The weather is part of the cultural experience
Co-op (& Study-Abroad) Programs• Universities in Canada pride themselves in the abundance and variety of co-op placements they provide.• Excellent opportunity to gain real world experience.• University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) – largest co-op placement in the world with over 14,000 students enrolled/over 3,500 active employers
Working in Canada (while in University)?• Up to 20 hours/week for international students• On-campus opportunities (personal experience)• Summer jobs• Up to three 3 Years post graduation (*see next slide)
Work in Canada after Graduation• The Post-Graduate Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution to gain valuable work experience.• If you study in Canada for more than 2 years, you are eligible for a work permit for up to 3 years (no real restrictions on the type of work).• Citizenship and Immigration Canada www.cic.gc.ca
Permanent Residence in Canada• If you are a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you can apply to stay in Canada as a permanent resident under the Canadian Experience (Economic) Class qualification.• An easier process in Canada overall than in the U.S. (the processing time is about 10 months compared to 5 years in U.S.).• Citizenship and Immigration Canada www.cic.gc.ca
Continue to Make Yourself Unique• For those hesitant about what companies might think about a “Canadian” degree… How do you think this looks in the eyes of a global minded company?• Your unique cultural background• HS degree from International School in Manila• Undergraduate degree from Canada AND…• Graduate degree from the U.S.
Save Money $$$• In a 2003 survey compiled by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada offered the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.• Fees in U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor degrees in Canada (U.S. private fees were almost double).
Canadian International Tuition* Not including accommodations $ $
Save Money $$$ - Conversion?• British Columbia (CDN 9,750 - 19,350)• U.S. Dollar = USD 9,708.30 - 19,300.92• Philippine Peso = PHP 427,874.19 - 850,792.84• Japanese Yen = JPY 796,902.80 - 1,583,970.47• Korean Won = KRW 10,846,614.23 - 21,572,177.53 *As of January 30, 2011
2010-2011 Fees (Arts and Humanities) Domestic International • Newfoundland and Labrador • Memorial University of Newfoundland $2,550 $8,800 • Prince Edward Island • University of Prince Edward Island $4,860 $10,034 • Nova Scotia • Acadia University $5,369 - $6,391 $12,939 • New Brunswick • Mount Allison University $6,720 $14,112 • Quebec • McGill University $2,068 - $5,668 $14,462 - $16,160 • Ontario • University of Toronto $5,141 - $8,140 $20,420 - $23,478 • Manitoba • Brandon University $2,995 - $3,182 $5,990 - $6,364 • Saskatchewan • University of Saskatchewan $4,730 - $4,749 $12,298 - $12,347 • Alberta • University of Alberta $5,177 $17,995 • British Columbia • The University of British Columbia $4,518 $20,457 - $21,118
Our Global Village• Canada ranks among the most multicultural nations in the world.• Our ISM students are living in a multi-cultural “bubble”….nice fit with Canada• 1 of 3 Canadians has an ethnic background other than English, French or Aboriginal.• As a result, regardless of ethnic origin, students feel at home in our diverse communities and campuses.
Top Quality Programs• Canadian universities are noted for offering the highest quality of education.• A Canadian degree is recognized globally as being equivalent to degrees from the United States and Commonwealth countries.
Some Background• 95 universities (more than 4,000 in the U.S.)• Canadian universities receive a great deal of public funds and so their programs, particularly at the undergraduate level, are quite uniform in quality.• University definition• College (community) definition
Where are these universities?UB C Mc G ILL T of U
What about the IB?• “We find the IB Diploma to be very good preparation as it requires breadth of study, development of primary research, critical reading and writing knowledge skills, as well as involvement in creative/cultural arts, sports and volunteer service.” • McGill University Admissions
The Application Process• All applications are available online• Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) for Ontario• Apply directly to any other university• Application Deadlines (varies) – January to March• Acceptances - February to May
What are Canadian Universities looking for?• “Good students”• Strong grades with the appropriates pre- requisite HS courses• Less emphasis on extra-curricular activities in terms of the application (important but not to the degree it is for U.S. colleges).• “Officially” no quotas for international students and their citizenship/immigration status has no impact on admission
Documents? Generally Required Generally Not Required• Online Application • SAT/ACT scores (except for• Transcript (including 1st non IBDiploma students) semester of senior year) • Reference Letters• Predicted IB grades • Essays (usually some short• TOEFL/IELTS score (depends answer instead) on the # of years of study in • Information about extra- English speaking curriculum curricular activities schools)
McGill University - Required• Official Transcript• High School Profile and Counselor recommendation• Predicted IB Diploma or Certificate marks• If you have strong SAT results, send them as well• If you attended ISM for less than 4 academic years, you may need proof of your English proficiency (depends on the previous school)• Additional requirements based on department (Architecture requires a portfolio)
McGill University – Not normally Required• Personal Essays (unless applying for Major merit- based scholarship consideration)• Teacher references (unless applying for Music Major merit-based scholarship consideration)• In person interview (audition for B. Music degree)• List of extra curricular activities, positions held or resume
Other Admission InformationIB Diploma• Canadian universities will put some emphasis on the first term of your senior year during the admission process – not only this term though (but looking at everything)• Many programs will grant transfer credit for HL subjects with a strong final grade (normally 5 or better). Some (but not many) may grant advanced standing for excellent SL subject scores.
Getting a Visa for CanadaDepending on your country of origin and the type and length of study, you may require: • A temporary resident visa • A study permit • For Quebec-bound students, a CAQ (Quebec Application Certificate)Each university will help you with this process
How to Start Researching?• 95 universities (university websites – “Admissions” or “International Admissions” – Contact admissions• Family Connection (Scattergrams feature)• MacLean’s Ranking (as one perspective)• Actual University Visits – Stop in at admissions
College Visits Next Thursday January 24, 2013 11:25am – 12:05pm By the Canteen University of British Columbia University of SaskatchewanEmily Carr University of Art and Design University of New Brunswick University Canada West