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  • 1. O Canada International School Manila 2013/2014
  • 2. The Canadian Expert? • Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Kitchener-Waterloo) • home to Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo • Undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph (Ontario) • Graduate degree from the University of Toronto (Ontario) • Some ISM students think I have an accent.
  • 3. The BIG Three?
  • 4. Where are the BIG 3? Vancouver to Toronto/Montreal is a 5 - 6 hour flight UB C Mc G U T of ILL
  • 5. More than the BIG 3
  • 6. The Plan for this Afternoon? AAsu s su mi leeve mnngaaVV l vels i g AA RI l yyou shheeeinnt REETYoof our rk er r i e I TY f r rm no CCan anaa knowee temssoo ff ddaan wl l ddge i in E ge oo f fthh Educ du c a aitoon t ee t in syyte s s ste m m
  • 7. 3 Simple Things 1. Why Canada? 2. Canadian University 101 3. What to do now Juniors? Resources? Learn about and consider a few universities outside of the BIG Three
  • 8. Why Canada?
  • 9. Top 10 Reasons to go to University in Canada
  • 10. #10
  • 11. Canada...the BEAUTIFUL! • The expanse of Canada's 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 world's most livable countries.
  • 12. Commerce (Business) Arts/Sciences Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 13. Liberal Arts Keystone Project Squamish, British Columbia
  • 14. Engineering Health Care (Bio-Medical) Vet Medicine Calgary, Alberta
  • 15. Urban Planning Toxicology Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 16. Environment and Urban Sustainability Journalism Acting International Business Digital Media Space Engineering Toronto, Ontario Engineering Cell/Molecular Biology Commerce/Business Illustration Industrial Design
  • 17. Business and Computer Science (5 years) Kinesiology and Physical Education Music Nano Technology Engineering Environment/Business) Math and Computer Science Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
  • 18. Life Sciences Commerce/Business World Languages Kingston, Ontario
  • 19. Finance Communications Civil Engineering Montreal, Quebec Fran coho ne U nive rsity Kinesiology Business Geography Engineering Law Music
  • 20. Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) International Development Agriculture Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 21. #9
  • 22. High Standard of Living - Country • From 1992 - 2011, 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 (1992 - 2011), Canada was ranked no lower than 4th in the world • Canada was ranked Number 1 for 9 years during that time.
  • 23. High Standard of Living
  • 24. High Standard of Living
  • 25. #8
  • 26. IB Diploma = No SAT • In most, if not all cases, you DO NOT need an SAT score to apply if you are doing the FULL IB Diploma • However, an SAT score is required for the partial IB Diploma/Certificate students.
  • 27. Quest University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UG79lK69zM
  • 28. Quest University? QU ES T
  • 29. #7
  • 30. 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
  • 31. Toronto, Canada
  • 32. #6
  • 33. 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
  • 34. #5
  • 35. Working in Canada (while in University)? • Up to 20 hours/week for international students • On-campus/off campus opportunities • Summer jobs • Up to three 3 Years post graduation (*see next slide)
  • 36. 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).
  • 37. 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
  • 38. #4
  • 39. 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 an International School in Manila, Philippines • Undergraduate degree from Canada AND… • Graduate degree from the U.S. (or elsewhere)
  • 40. #3
  • 41. Save Money $$$ • In the “latest survey” (2003) compiled by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada offered the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, for the same or higher quality of education. • Also, fees in the United States public universities were almost 30% higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private universities are 100% higher than the same program in Canada. Canada’s cost of living is considerably affordable among developed nations
  • 42. World Comparison (2013) On uni ly pu b ver siti lic bel iev es, I e 
  • 43. Canadian Tuition (2013)
  • 44. Save Money $$$ - Conversion? • Queen’s University (CDN 19,522 – 22,249) • • • • • U.S. Dollar = USD 18,667 – 21,271 Philippine Peso = PHP 817,471 – 931,532 Japanese Yen = JPY 1,874,346 – 2,136,526 S. Korean Won = KRW 19,801,315 – 22,568,028 Chinese Yuan = CNY 113,695 – 129,572 *As of November 11, 2013
  • 45. #2
  • 46. 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.
  • 47. #1
  • 48. 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.
  • 49. Other World Rankings
  • 50. MacLean’s Magazine
  • 51. Reputation IN Canada Ranking
  • 52. Canadian University 101?
  • 53. Some Background • 95 universities (more than 3,000 in the U.S.) • Canadian universities receive a great deal of public funding and so their programs, particularly at the undergraduate level, are quite uniform in quality. University • University definition • College (community) definition College
  • 54. Where are these universities? UB C Mc G U T of ILL
  • 55. 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
  • 56. Queen’s University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujtpTBeLWDc&feature=c4-overviewvl&list=PL1Wcn1HVup5i1WHl2O-deLOJ7iW5v596p
  • 57. Queen’s University? QU EE N’S
  • 58. The Application Process • All applications are available online • Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) for Ontario • www.ouac.on.ca • Apply directly to any other university • Application Deadlines (varies) – January to March • Acceptances - February to May
  • 59. Apply through OUAC
  • 60. Apply through University Site
  • 61. What are Canadian Universities looking for? • “Good students” • Strong grades with the appropriate 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
  • 62. Documents? Generally Required Generally Not Required • Online Application • Transcript (including 1st semester of senior year) • Predicted IB grades • TOEFL/IELTS score (depends on the # of years of study in English speaking curriculum schools) • SAT/ACT scores (except for non IBDiploma students) • Reference Letters • Essays (usually some short answer instead) • Information about extracurricular activities
  • 63. 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)
  • 64. McGill University – Not normally Required • Personal Essays (unless applying for Major meritbased 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
  • 65. Other Admission Information IB 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.
  • 66. Getting a Visa for Canada Depending 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
  • 67. Financial Aid/Scholarships Canadian Citizens • Provincial Assistance may be possible (Ontario Student Assistance Plan = O.S.A.P.) • Institutional Aid (Merit based) • IB Awards/Scholarships • Private Scholarships International Students • Limited Institutional Aid • Limited Private Aid
  • 68. O.S.A.P. https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal
  • 69. IB Scholarships http://blogs.ibo.org/funding-opportunities/
  • 70. Private Scholarships http://www.scholarshipscanada.com http://www.scholarships-bourses.gc
  • 71. What to do now Juniors? Resources?
  • 72. Timeline (the next 1 and 1 /2 years or so) • • • Now – June 2014 – Academic performance – Standardized testing? • SAT, ACT, TOEFL June 2014 – August 2014 – Exploration • Service work, Internships, travel, college visits – Research universities & narrow down list (ISM limit of 10) September 2014 – December 2014 – Academic performance IMPORTANT!!!! – Standardized testing? • SAT, ACT, TOEFL – Essays • December 2014 – January 2015 – Submit applications – Submit financial documents • January 2015 – April 2015 – Wait…. • February 2015 – April 2015 – Decisions • February 2015 – May 2015 – Deposit to ONE institution
  • 73. Where should I be in the process? • Determine your own criteria for a “good college” • Create a college list – Now: 20-30 colleges (maybe less if only Canada) – August: 5-10* colleges • Be open-minded • Create an organizational chart, including deadlines and requirements *ISM strictly limits students to 10 applications (UC, UCAS count as one)
  • 74. What to do now? • Self-reflection; Determine priorities • Research • Junior college meeting #1 (get to know each other) – December - February • Junior college meeting #2 (includes parents) parents – February - April • Register for: – SAT, if appropriate (Janauary) – TOEFL, if appropriate • Junior Parent Survey (in Naviance) due: Jan 10 • Senior profile due: First Day of Senior Year
  • 75. Resources • 95 universities (University Websites – “Admissions” or “International Admissions” – Reading websites and Contacting Admissions • • • • Family Connection (Scattergrams feature) Publications/Rankings (as one perspective) Attend Canadian University visits to ISM Visit Canadian Universities yourself…next summer • ISM Alumni
  • 76. University Websites
  • 77. Family Connection
  • 78. Family Connection
  • 79. Publications/Websites
  • 80. Canadian University Visits • Most university college visits are September to December • Subscribe to the ISM College Visits Google Calendar (next slide) • August (University of British Columbia) Columbia • October (Group of Canadian Universities including…University of Saskatchewan, Kwantlen Saskatchewan Polytechnic University, Emily Carr University of University Art and Design and Dalhousie University) University • Spring (???)
  • 81. College Visits Calendar http://guidance.ism-online.org/
  • 82. College Tours (www.tscollegetours.com)
  • 83. Your Own College Tour? You could easily fly to Toronto and see a number of universities…driving distance away (University of Toronto, McGill University, York University, Queen’s University, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, University of Ottawa etc.)
  • 84. ISM Alumni? If you don’t know… talk to your Grade 11/12/ Counselor
  • 85. Just in…December 3!
  • 86. University of Waterloo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atd2jnY8tiQ&feature=c4-overviewvl&list=PLWpr8q11gMv5IL-h45EiVyuGRo6l6uuAi
  • 87. University of Waterloo? Uo fW
  • 88. Any Questions?
  • 89. For Future Reference Doug McQueen Grade 9/10 HS Counselor (Surnames A-Lh) mcqueend@ismanila.org Thank-you

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