-Canada is recognized internationally for its consistently high quality of life - due in large part to the strength of its economic, political and educational institutions; -It is therefore consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to live and work (according to organizations like the United Nations); -Each year more and more international students from around the world choose to study in Canada as they are attracted by our high quality of education and cosmopolitan communities and campuses.
[SLIDE 4 - WHY STUDY IN CANADA – 1]-Consider polling the audience to see if they know anyone who has studied in Canada;
[SLIDE 5 - WHY STUDY IN CANADA – 2]-Of the G8 countries, Canada dedicates the second highest level of funding to post-secondary education and our universities enjoy a well-earned reputation for quality, affordability and portability; -The majority of Canadian universities are publicly-funded and government-regulated, assuring that students receive the highest quality of education available; -The quality of post-secondary education in Canada is high across the board, so students have to worry less about rankings in their university search, and more about finding the right fit; -Education in Canada is also affordable, relative to other countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, so students receive great value for their financial investment; -A degree from a Canadian institution is portable and will be well-recognized around the world for employment opportunities, advanced degree programs and other professional opportunities; -Graduates from our universities are making valuable contributions to just about every important industry in the world; -In fact, choosing Canada can often be a first step to becoming a global citizen. Internationalizing one’s education can enhance the overall educational experience and make students more marketable when they graduate.
[SLIDE 6 - ADMISSIONS]-In general, academic achievement is the key criterion for an admission decision at a Canadian university; -Requirements on academic prerequisites and standards for academic achievement will vary from institution to institution, and from program to program within an institution, so do not hesitate to do research, collect materials and ask specific questions about our options; -Other information may be required or considered in an admission decision (e.g. English language proficiency, standardized test scores, etc.); -Examples of programs that may require supplementary information: performing or visual arts; -Advanced standing or credit may be offered to students in enriched programs on a course-by-course basis.
[SLIDE 7 - APPLICATION PROCESS]-Applications normally open in October; -Students typically apply to a specific faculty of program (e.g. Bachelor of Science); -Online and paper applications are available on institutional websites; -Our application process is straight-forward; -There is a common application in Ontario (visit: www.ouac.on.ca); -Application deadlines vary, but tend to be later than in the U.S. (e.g. – February onward); -Admission decisions are normally made on a rolling basis; -The typical academic year runs from September to April.
[SLIDE 8 - FINANCES]-A Canadian education is a sound personal and financial investment; -Tuition and fees are relatively affordable, compared to similar post-secondary institutions in the United States and Europe; -The cost of living is also generally lower in Canada, offering students exceptional value; -Many Canadian institutions offer entrance scholarships to honour the academic achievement of international students; some institutions also have academic awards earmarked for international students.
[SLIDE 9 - ESTIMATED COSTS]-This is a breakdown of the approximate cost of study for one academic year in Canada; -It includes tuition, room and board, and other fees associated with university study; -Cost does vary per institution, so please review the materials provided by each university, or visit their individual websites to learn specific costs.
[SLIDE 14 - EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES]-It is possible to work in Canada as a university student; -On-campus employment does not require a work permit;-After six months on campus, many students are eligible to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the school year (and up to 40 hours during breaks and holidays); -Further information is available online (visit: www.cic.ca/english/study/work.asp); -Post-graduate work permits available upon graduation, currently for three years.
[SLIDE 15 - STUDY PERMITS]-Students will require a study permit to complete a degree program at our institutions; -An official acceptance letter is required to get the process started; -Students interested in Canada should use the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website as their most reliable resource (visit: www.cic.ca).
[SLIDE 16 - STUDENT SERVICES]-Networks of student services are available to help students succeed, academically and personally; -Examples include, but are not limited to: airport pickup, medical clinics, advising, orientation, etc.; -We have the facilities and people needed to help students make a smooth transition to university life in Canada.
[SLIDE 17 - Q&A] -Encourage students to ask questions at the mini-fair.
Why study in CANADA?•90 + publicly–funded universities•Internationally recognized, high-quality education•Affordable tuition and living expenses•Flexible and portable degree programs•Clean, safe, cosmopolitan campuses and communities
Admissions.•Admission requirements vary by institution•Academic achievement is the most important criterion•Students normally apply to a specific faculty or program•Proof of English language proficiency may be required•Supplementary information may also be required (or considered)•Transfer credit or advanced standing may be granted for enrichedprograms on a course-by-course basis (e.g. A-level, IB and AP)
Application process.•Applications normally open in October•Online applications are available (visit: institutional websites)•Common application in Ontario (visit: www.ouac.on.ca)•Application deadlines vary, but tend to be later than in the U.S.•Admission decisions are normally made on a rolling basis•The typical academic year runs from September to April
Finances.•Tuition and fees compare favourably to those at similar post-secondary institutions in the U.S. and Europe•Low cost of living in Canada•Merit-based scholarships awarded•Some scholarships earmarked for international students
Estimated Costs.Tuition & Related Fees 15,000-25,000 CADLiving Costs 7,000-12,000 CAD(Books & Supplies, Room & Board, etc.)Estimated Total 22,000-37,000 CAD
Employment Opportunities.•Opportunities to work part-time on- and off-campus•Opportunities to work full-time during study breaks•Co-op programs available (paid internships)•After graduation, start your career in Canada
Study Permits.•Required for students who are not Canadian citizens orPermanent Residents•Students with an offer of university admission must applythrough the appropriate Canadian Embassy or High Commission•For details and more information, visit: www.cic.gc.ca
Student Services.•Airport Pick-Up•International Student Advising•Housing Services (on- and off-campus)•Orientation•Academic Advising and Social Support•Career Development Services
Questions to Ask.•What programs are available?•What are the admission requirements?•When are the application deadlines?•Location in Canada? Urban, suburban or rural campus?•What extra-curricular opportunities exist?