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An Overview for Agents promoting Education in Canada

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In 2012, Canada was clearly recognised as a global destination of choice, hosting more than 265,000 international students across the country, representing an increase of 11% over the previous year and a remarkable 94% increase since 2001.

This meaty presentation by Thilo Lenz, Public Affairs & Education Officer, Embassy of Canada, provides information that helps educational agents better understand the culture of Canadian education, the offerings available, and how to find the best programmes for their students including the full spectrum of levels: primary/ secondary, language study in English and French, college, institute, and university undergraduate and graduate.

For more background information on where Canada's growth is coming from as well as students' perspectives on studying in Canada, please see our article "Canada's international student enrolment up 94% over past decade" - http://monitor.icef.com/2013/11/canadas-international-student-enrolment-up-94-over-past-decade.

For more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for free daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

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An Overview for Agents promoting Education in Canada

  1. 1. A Key to Success: Education in Canada. An overview for agents. ICEF Berlin Workshop, November 3, 2013
  2. 2. • Introduction • Education in Canada • K-12 and Language Study • Universities and Colleges • Application Guidelines • Finances • Resources for further information
  3. 3. • 35 million people in 10 provinces and 3 territories • Stable parliamentary democracy • Officially bilingual • More than 200 languages spoken • Consistently among the top 10 countries in the United Nations Quality of Life Index since 2004
  4. 4. RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE FOR SOME OF ITS FAMOUS BRANDS…
  5. 5. • Ranks in the top 10 entrepreneurial economies in the world • Ranks #1 in the G8 as “the best place to invest and do business” • Soundest banking system in the world • 1st in the world in management practices
  6. 6. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  7. 7. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  9. 9. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  10. 10. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  11. 11. TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS IN CANADA (2010)
  12. 12. • Among the top 3 OECD countries in spending per capita on public postsecondary education • Consistent high quality of education across the country • Academic credentials valued worldwide • Stimulating and innovative research environment
  13. 13. • 3 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 50 of the QS University Ranking and 22 in the Top 500. • 4 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 100 of the ARWU Ranking and 23 in the Top 500. • 6 Canadian MBA schools in the Top 100 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings • Canada’s secondary school students excel in science, reading, and mathematics
  14. 14. CANADA’s EDUCATION SYSTEMS
  15. 15. CANADA’s EDUCATION SYSTEMS
  16. 16. PATHWAYS BETWEEN LEVELS
  17. 17. PATHWAYS BETWEEN LEVELS
  18. 18. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION • Excellent student-teacher ratio • Nurturing environment focuses on student needs • Canada’s secondary school graduates excel in science, reading and mathematics • Consistent high quality education prepares students for post-secondary study • Programs for international students range from kindergarten to high school
  19. 19. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION • High-quality curricula provincially accredited and government-approved • Canadian secondary school diplomas recognized worldwide • Direct pathway to high ranking universities and colleges • Carefully screened and selected host families are welcoming, caring and supportive
  20. 20. LANGUAGE TRAINING • Canada is officially bilingual, a community of immigrants and a world leader in English and French language training • Canada is culturally diverse: Practise speaking English or French while participating in local exciting activites.
  21. 21. Three levels of degrees: • Bachelor’s: 3-4 years of undergraduate study • Master’s: 1-2 years of study after the bachelor’s degree, including a thesis, practicum, or research paper or course-based • Doctoral or PhD: 3-5 years of study including a thesis, usually after the master’s degree N.B. Certificate or diploma courses at the undergraduate, graduate or diploma level, as well as short career-focused programs, are also available.
  22. 22. • More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate programs at more than 100 universities and university degree-level colleges • Institutions range from large, research-intensive to smaller undergraduate campuses • Caring and supportive professors • Cutting edge technology and research labs • Co-operative education and internship options • Opportunities to work on and off campus
  23. 23. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: COLLEGES, INSTITUTES AND CEGEPS • Campuses in 1000 communities across Canada offer over 8000 programs • Program length varies from a few months to four years • Practical programs meet the needs of specific industries and employers • Work placements available through apprenticeship or co-op education • Cutting-edge technology enables flexible program delivery • Average of 90% of college graduates obtain employment within 6 months of graduating
  24. 24. Colleges may also be known as: • Institutes of technology • Community colleges • Polytechnics • University colleges • Colleges of applied arts and technology • In Quebec, Collèges d’enseignement général et professionnel (CÉGEPS) Credentials include: • Certificates • University transfers • Diplomas • Applied degrees • Apprenticeship programs • Combined programs (joint degrees) with a university partner
  25. 25. • Home to the BlackBerry, flat-screen technology, SMART boards and IMAX film • Highly innovative research • Ongoing R&D collaboration between Canadian business and academic communities • More than 1/3 of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities – one of the highest rates among OECD and G8 countries. • Highest rate of intl co-publication with the US – the world’s largest producer of research
  26. 26. BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION • Canada’s academic institutions collaborate with business and industry: co-op work placements are part of many university and college programs • 8 Canadian universities in the 2012 ARWU Top 100 for their business and economics programs • The Financial Times 2012 ranked 6 Canadian Masters in Business and Administration (MBA) programs in the top 100
  27. 27. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY • Canada is the 5th energy producer in the world • Canada’s ICT sector is among the world’s strongest - 30,000 ICT firms generate over $140B in revenues each year • Canada is pioneering new technologies involving nuclear, oil and gas and hydrogen fuel cells • Canada is a major producer of green energy using solar, biomass, wind, tidal, thermal and hydroelectric power • 6 Canadian universities in the 2013 ARWU Top 100 in Computer Science • 3 Canadian universities in the 2013 QS Top 50 in Engineering & Technology - Computer Science
  28. 28. LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLGY • Canada ranks fifth worldwide in biotechnology thanks to its world-class academic institutions • 3 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Psychology • 4 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Medicine • 4 Canadian universities in the Top 50 QS World University Ranking in Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  29. 29. WHAT YOU NEED TO STUDY IN • Acceptance from Canadian institution • Study Permit (if program is over 6 months)
  30. 30. APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR ADMISSION at a Canadian Institution • Study all year: programs offered in fall, winter, spring and summer • Apply early: at least 8 months before term starts • Submit official academic transcripts and language test scores (if applicable) • Acceptance is based on academic merit • Apply by mail or online
  31. 31. APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR STUDY PERMIT • You need the following documents to apply: • Proof of acceptance at the Canadian institution • Proof of identity • Proof of financial support • Additional supporting documents • Apply online at www.cic.gc.ca under the study section
  32. 32. INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE Average full-time annual fees for study in Canada K-12 College University Tuition and student fees $5,000 - $14,000 $5,500 - $15,000 $8,000 - $26,000 Accomodation and food $5,500 - $9,000 (Homestay) $7,000 - $13,000 $7,000 - $13,000 Personal & health Insurance $400 - $800 $500 - $2,500 $1,000 - $3,000 Books $100 - $200 $800 - $1,500 $1,000 - $2,000 TOTAL (CDN) $11,000 - $24,000 $13,800 - $32,000 $17,000 - $44,000 TOTAL (EUR) EUR 8,000 – 17,200 EUR 10,000 – 23,000 EUR 12,200 – 31,600 Source: Statistics Canada Notes: These figures will vary across Canada according to fees at selected institutions and programs, as well as housing options and individual spending habits.
  33. 33. COMPARATIVE AVERAGE TUITION COSTS (US$) Comparative Tuition Costs CANADA AUSTRALIA UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES Bachelor of Arts $9,924 $11,706 $14,609 $26,294 Bachelor of Business $10,197 $12,265 $15,044 $27,178 Bachelor of Science $9,924 $13,926 $18,956 $27,445 Bachelor of Education $9,867 $11,687 $14,346 $25,916 Bachelor of Engineering $11,303 $14,469 $18,992 $28,048 Bachelor of Information Technology $10,431 $13,415 $18,301 $27,445 Source: Deloitte “ Comparative costs for international students in NZ, Australia, Canada, UK and the USA” May 2009 Education New Zealand Report 2009
  34. 34. COMPARATIVE AVERAGE LIVING COSTS (US$) Comparative Cost of Living (per year) CANADA AUSTRALIA UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES Accomodation $6,823 $5,624 $10,339 $8,357 Fuel & power $839 $858 $963 $851 Food $1,865 $2,031 $1,969 $2,675 Transportation $244 $344 $242 $367 Clothing $444 $724 $468 $490 Telephone $130 $77 $61 $119 Other additionnal Expenses $652 $680 $1,018 $1,216 TOTAL $10,997 $10,337 $15,062 $14,076 Source: Deloitte “ Comparative costs for international students in NZ, Australia, Canada, UK and the USA” May 2009 Education New Zealand Report 2009
  35. 35. • Research availability of scholarships at your host institution and check what your government may offer • Entrance scholarships are generally based on academic merit • Bursaries or grants by institution/government may also be made available once studies are underway • Scholarships offered by the Canadian government www.scholarships.gc.ca Vanier Scholarships for graduate students ($50,000/year over three years) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships ($70,000/year for two years)
  36. 36. WORK WHILE YOU STUDY IN • On campus • Off-campus • Co-op work placement • Work after graduation • For more info on work permit programs and eligibility criteria, visit www.cic.gc.ca
  37. 37. Official Study in Canada portal……………………………….. Program finder, cost calculator and study permit information. Links to provincial, territorial and individual school information. Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials… Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada..……… Association of Canadian Community Colleges……………... Polytechnics Canada…………………………………………… Canadian Bureau of International Education………………… www.educationau-incanada.ca www.cicic.ca www.aucc.ca www.accc.ca www.polytechnicscanada.ca www.cbie.ca
  38. 38. News
  39. 39. www.educationau-incanada.ca
  40. 40. Education pathways are flexible and offer students more options • Formal or informal arrangements • Allow students a streamlined approach • Arrangements between programs, institutions, provinces, and countries Types of pathways • K-12 to post-secondary • College to University • University to Post-graduate Diplomas (Colleges) • Language school to post-secondary • Private school to public school – public

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