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About Canada

Canada, also known as the "Land of Opportunities" has been assessed as one of the best countries in the world to live-in. The principal natural resources are natural gas, oil, gold, coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, potash, uranium and zinc, along with wood and water. These include automobile manufacturing, pulp and paper, iron and steel work, machinery and equipment manufacturing, mining, extraction of fossil fuels, forestry and agriculture.

Canada's leading exports are automobile vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, high-technology products, oil, natural gas, metals, and forest and farm products.

Why Study In Canada?

Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.

A Safe Place to Study
Canada has the lowest crime and violence rates in the region making it a safe place for international students to study and live. Unlike its US neighbors to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted.

Best Places in the World to Live
Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada's largest cities -- Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal -- have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.

Low cost of Studying
Canada offers the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the US. Rates at U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor`s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double.

The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an undergraduate program is C$11,903.

High Tech Destination
Canada provides a stimulating environment to do business and to learn due to the contributions of many talented scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The country is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and opto-electronics, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, geometrics; and ocean and environmental industries.

Work
You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit, if you are a full-time student at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution or a private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees. You require a work permit if the intended employment is an essential and integral part of your course of study (this does not apply to accounting students, medical interns or medical residents); or if the intended employment is related to an approved research or training program.

Off-campus work is an option for students studying at certain publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Negotiations are underway to make off-campus work more widely available in other provinces.

Understanding the Education System

School Education
Private Schools
Private schools exist in every province and provide an attractive alternative for families seeking an overseas education for their children. All private schools must be registered with the Ministry of Education in their province or territory, and must meet the curriculum and other standards set by their respective ministries. Families can choose schools that are boys-only, girls-only or co-educational. Some private schools offer full boarding programs, others are day schools, and many offer both. Many private schools adhere to a particular religious faith, emphasize particular moral teachings and apply rigorous academic standards.

Public Schools
Many Canadian public schools are now accepting international students into their programs. Publicly-funded schools are managed at the local level by elected school boards. Almost all public schools are co-educational and offer day programs only. Many school boards offer secular or non-religious education while others have religious affiliations. However, this varies from province to province. Policies on accepting international students and the fees charged vary from district to district.

Career Colleges
Career College are privately owned institutions that offer diploma and certificate training programs with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction.

Colleges and Technical Institutions
Colleges and Technical Institutions are popular education choices in Canada. They offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market.

University Colleges
University Colleges combine Canadian university and college traditions, with a strong base of applied and academic programs offered in campus environments. A university college offers university degrees as well as college diploma and certificate programs. Students can expect to find a wide range of program choices at university colleges.

As a component of the Canadian university system, university colleges offer students a choice of either academically-oriented university degree programs or the more practically-oriented college diplomas and certificates. As part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. They also may offer combined degree/diploma programs and university transfer programs.

Universities
Universities are internationally known for the quality of teaching and research. Degrees from Canadian universities are considered to be equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities. Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. As well, they all retain a high degree of academic autonomy.

They offer a broad range of courses and a full range of degrees from undergraduate to doctorates, and can also offer certificates and professional degrees. Fees for universities differ depending on the province, institution and program of study.

Academic Calendar
The university year in Canada usually runs from September to May. Some universities are on a semester system, the fall semester (Sept-Dec), and the winter semester (Jan-May), or trimester system, with all courses available even in the summer beginning May.

Useful Links

Study In Canada
www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.asp

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
www.cic.gc.ca

Canada Border Service Agency
www.cbsa.gc.ca

 
Region Northern America
Currency Canadian
Dollar (CAD)
Surface Area 9984670
Sq. Km.
Population 33573000
Population Density 3.4 / square kilometre
Capital City Ottawa - Gatineau
GDP (million current US$) 1336070
GDP per capita (current US$) 39795.3
CPI: Consumer Price Index 120
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