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  1. 1. O Canada International School Manila 2011/2012
  2. 2. The Canadian “Expert”? <ul><li>Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada ( Kitchener-Waterloo ). </li></ul><ul><li>Played some ice hockey as a kid. </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph (Ontario). </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate degree from the University of Toronto (Ontario). </li></ul><ul><li>Some ISM students seem to think I say “aboot” instead of “about”. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Kitchener-Waterloo <ul><li>University of Waterloo </li></ul><ul><li>Wilfrid Laurier University </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Plan for this Homeroom?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Canadian University 101 </li></ul><ul><li>How to Choose? (Factors to Consider when Applying to Canadian Universities) </li></ul><ul><li>How to Apply? </li></ul><ul><li>(What do you need to do when Applying to Canadian Universities) </li></ul><ul><li>The Process at ISM? (What do you need to do here)? </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  6. 7. Canadian University 101
  7. 8. Some Background <ul><li>95 universities (more than 4,000 in the U.S.) </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian universities receive a great deal of public funds and so their programs, particularly at the undergraduate level, are quite uniform in quality . </li></ul><ul><li>“ Uniform in quality ” </li></ul>
  8. 9. Classification of Universities 3 types
  9. 10. Medical Research Universities <ul><li>• Wide range of program offerings including medical schools </li></ul><ul><li>• Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD/Doctorate degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Examples … </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto McGill University University of Calgary Dalhousie University University of Saskatchewan McMaster University University of Western Ontario University of Alberta UBC </li></ul>
  10. 11. Comprehensive Universities <ul><li>• Wide range of program offerings, research activity and some professional degrees </li></ul><ul><li>• “ Medium” sized </li></ul><ul><li>Examples… </li></ul><ul><li>University of Victoria York University University of Waterloo University of Guelph Simon Fraser University </li></ul>
  11. 12. Primarily Undergraduate Universities <ul><li>• Smaller student populations </li></ul><ul><li>• History and tradition </li></ul><ul><li>• A wide range of program options but fewer graduate options </li></ul><ul><li>• Largely focused on undergraduate programs </li></ul><ul><li>Examples… </li></ul><ul><li>EduNova Consortium (University of King’s College; Acadia University; Saint Mary’s University; Cape Breton University…) </li></ul><ul><li>Wilfrid Laurier University Trent University </li></ul>
  12. 13. Other Stuff
  13. 14. Co-op (& Study-Abroad) Programs <ul><li>Universities in Canada pride themselves in the abundance and variety of co-op placements they provide. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent opportunity to gain real world experience. </li></ul><ul><li>University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) – largest co-op placement in the world with over 14,000 students enrolled/over 3,500 active employers </li></ul>
  14. 15. Working in Canada (while in University)? <ul><li>Up to 20 hours/week for international students </li></ul><ul><li>On-campus opportunities (personal experience) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Up to three 3 Years post graduation (*see next slide) </li></ul>
  15. 16. Work in Canada after Graduation <ul><li>The Post-Graduate Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution to gain valuable work experience. </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship and Immigration Canada </li></ul>
  16. 17. Permanent Residence in Canada <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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.). </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship and Immigration Canada </li></ul>
  17. 19. How to Choose? <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>The Program </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul>
  18. 20. Quality <ul><li>Canadian universities are noted for offering the highest quality of education. </li></ul><ul><li>A Canadian degree is recognized globally as being equivalent to degrees from the United States and Commonwealth countries. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Uniform in quality ” </li></ul>
  19. 21. The Program <ul><li>Is the program what you are looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>Are their study abroad opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>Are their co-op opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of support do they have for International Students? </li></ul><ul><li>What % at the university are international students? </li></ul>
  20. 22. Location
  21. 23. Location <ul><li>Mountains, the ocean, lakes, the Prairies </li></ul><ul><li>Big cities, smaller city/town </li></ul><ul><li>International Feeling? </li></ul><ul><li>Urban/Rural </li></ul><ul><li>Airport routes and traveling time (UBC vs. Mount Allison) </li></ul><ul><li>The Weather </li></ul>
  22. 24. The Weather <ul><li>Range of weather with distinct seasons </li></ul><ul><li>The reality is that where most universities are located, we have very comfortable summers and “reasonable” winters </li></ul><ul><li>Some areas…the winters can be a little cold </li></ul><ul><li>The weather is part of the cultural experience </li></ul><ul><li>UBC vs. Toronto </li></ul>
  23. 25. Toronto vs. Vancouver,
  24. 26. Winnipeg, Canada
  25. 27. University Size <ul><li>Big vs. small and everything in between </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto (about 60,000 undergraduates) </li></ul><ul><li>Quest University (150 undergraduates) </li></ul>
  26. 28. Cost $ * Not including accommodations
  27. 29. 2010-2011 Fees (Arts and Humanities) <ul><li>Newfoundland and Labrador     </li></ul><ul><li>Memorial University of Newfoundland $2,550 $8,800 </li></ul><ul><li>Prince Edward Island     </li></ul><ul><li>University of Prince Edward Island $4,860 $10,034 </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Scotia     </li></ul><ul><li>Acadia University $5,369 - $6,391 $12,939 </li></ul><ul><li>New Brunswick     </li></ul><ul><li>Mount Allison University $6,720 $14,112 </li></ul><ul><li>Quebec     </li></ul><ul><li>McGill University $2,068 - $5,668 $14,462 - $16,160 </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario     </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto $5,141 - $8,140 $20,420 - $23,478 </li></ul><ul><li>Manitoba     </li></ul><ul><li>Brandon University $2,995 - $3,182 $5,990 - $6,364 </li></ul><ul><li>Saskatchewan     </li></ul><ul><li>University of Saskatchewan $4,730 - $4,749 $12,298 - $12,347 </li></ul><ul><li>Alberta     </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alberta $5,177 $17,995 </li></ul><ul><li>British Columbia     </li></ul><ul><li>The University of British Columbia $4,518 $20,457 - $21,118 </li></ul>International Domestic $
  28. 30. Reputation
  29. 31. Other World Rankings <ul><li>University of Toronto - #17 </li></ul><ul><li>University of British Columbia - #30 </li></ul><ul><li>McGill University - #35 </li></ul><ul><li>McMaster University - #93 </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alberta - #127 </li></ul>
  30. 32. Reputation in Canada?
  31. 34. How to Apply? <ul><li>All applications are available online </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) for Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Post Secondary Application Service for B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply Alberta for Alberta </li></ul><ul><li>Apply directly to any other university </li></ul><ul><li>Application Deadlines (varies) – January to March </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptances - February to May </li></ul>
  32. 35. What are Canadian Universities looking for? <ul><li>“ Good students” </li></ul><ul><li>Strong grades with the appropriates pre-requisite HS courses </li></ul><ul><li>Less emphasis on extra-curricular activities in terms of the application (important but not to the degree it is for U.S. colleges). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Officially” no quotas for international students and their citizenship/immigration status has no impact on admission </li></ul>
  33. 36. Documents? <ul><li>Generally Required </li></ul><ul><li>Online Application </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript (including 1 st semester of senior year) </li></ul><ul><li>Predicted IB grades </li></ul><ul><li>TOEFL/IELTS score (depends on the # of years of study in English speaking curriculum schools) </li></ul><ul><li>Generally Not Required </li></ul><ul><li>SAT/ACT scores (except for non IBDiploma students) </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Essays (usually some short answer instead) </li></ul><ul><li>Information about extra-curricular activities </li></ul>
  34. 37. McGill University - Required <ul><li>Official Transcript </li></ul><ul><li>High School Profile and Counselor recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Predicted IB Diploma or Certificate marks </li></ul><ul><li>If you have strong SAT results, send them as well </li></ul><ul><li>If you attended ISM for less than 4 academic years, you may need proof of your English proficiency (depends on the previous school) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional requirements based on department (Architecture requires a portfolio) </li></ul>
  35. 38. McGill University – Not normally Required <ul><li>Personal Essays (unless applying for Major merit-based scholarship consideration) </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher references (unless applying for Music Major merit-based scholarship consideration) </li></ul><ul><li>In person interview (audition for B. Music degree) </li></ul><ul><li>List of extra curricular activities, positions held or resume </li></ul>
  36. 39. Other Admission Information <ul><li>IB Diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian universities will put some emphasis on the first term of your senior year during the admission process – not only this term though </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  37. 40. Ontario Universities
  38. 41. UBC (“youbc”)
  39. 42. Let’s look at a couple applications…
  40. 44. The Process @ ISM? “ College Transcript Request”
  41. 45. College Transcript Request
  42. 47. Resources
  43. 48. Resources
  44. 49. Useful Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  45. 50. For Future Reference <ul><li>Doug McQueen </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 9/10 HS Counselor (Surnames A-Lh) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Curt Nichols (HS Guidance Dept. Head) </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 11/12 HS Counselor (Surnames J-N) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  46. 51. Best of Luck!