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Why Canada? This country is one of the leaders of the international educational market. Canadians spend more on education than any other G-8 country. Canada has announced a policy of building a “knowledge-based economy”. The result is excellent quality and teaching conditions in universities, colleges, private and public schools.
In terms of the “price / quality” ratio, Canada confidently competes with the United Kingdom and the United States, and even Australia. By the way, many US citizens go to study in Canada because here, with high quality and educational level, prices are much lower.
Interest in Canada as an educational destination continues to grow every year.
Education system of Canada.
The Canadian education system is modeled after the British. It is distinguished by high quality of teaching, close contact between students and professors, emphasis on scientific research. You can learn in any of the two official languages of the country – English or French. At the same time, the cost of education and living can be called moderate.
In general, education is financed from the state budget, although other sources of funds are involved. The needs of education are 6.6% of the gross national product. No other G-8 countries spend so much money on these goals.
In Canada, there is no federal Ministry of Education, regulation is carried out at the provincial and territorial levels. In general, educational standards are roughly the same throughout the country.
In the educational sphere there are many professional associations and associations. For example, the influential Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). And the interests of parents and pupils of private schools, for example, are protected by FISC (The Federation of Independent Schools in Canada).
The basis of the entire system is free compulsory schooling. Its quality confirms the success of Canadian students in passing international tests. Schools have an excellent infrastructure, including expensive sports facilities, laboratories for experiments, modern computers and Internet access.
They go to school at the age of six and study compulsorily for at least 10 years. First in primary school, then in secondary school (grades 7 to 12). The academic year lasts from September to July. Upon completion exams are taken.
The next step is colleges and technological institutes. In various forms (day, evening) in them is trained about 500 thousand people. To get a professional certificate or diploma, you need to study 1-3 years. Very popular co-op programs, combining theoretical training with internships at enterprises. There are also “transfer” programs that allow you to first wean two years in college, and then two more – at a partner university and get a bachelor’s degree. Finally, a number of colleges have the right to issue applied bachelor’s degrees (applied bachelor degree).
Further in the hierarchy of educational institutions are universities and university colleges (similar in status, only with fewer students). A total of about 70. The number of students in various universities varies from one to 63 thousand people.
The level of Canadian universities as a whole is approximately the same. This is facilitated by the fact that all higher educational institutions are under strict state control. As a rule, educational institutions are well equipped, have a strong research base.
The bachelor’s degree is usually four years. A small part of the students continues their studies on two-year master’s programs. A doctorate can be obtained on average over three years.
Canadian schools offer a wide range of specialties. Among the most popular are information technology, business and commerce, psychology.
It is worth paying special attention to those areas in which Canada is the undisputed world leader. This is computer graphics and animation, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Budget for study.
Training in Canada is, on average, cheaper than in the US and the UK. For foreign students, the year of study at a university or college costs 10,000 Canadian dollars (CAD).
A certain saving can be achieved through additional work during study. Foreign students have the right to work on campus to 20 hours per week. For example, you can work in the library, in the department for work with foreigners, etc. The salary at the same time is 8-12 CAD per hour. However, due to the training load, the actual opportunity to work appears usually only from the second year. Work is also allowed if it is an integral part of the training course (for example, for co-op programs).
If the applicant has a high average score, there is an opportunity to receive a small (2-3 thousand CAD) scholarship upon enrollment. In addition, the scholarship can also be counted upon falling into the number of the best students (“dean list”, Dean’s List). Finally, it is possible to qualify for scholarships provided by various public organizations and foundations.
In many ways, the total cost of study determines the choice of accommodation option. The first year usually everyone lives in a hostel on campus. At the same time, the meal plan is provided, and it can be of different types. On choosing an advantageous option, you can save up to 1.5-2 thousand CAD.