A Look Into the Canadian Education System

Upon searching for places to go for higher education, has Canada seemed the most appealing to you? Have you decided on Canada as your preferred destination for further studies? If this is the case, diving deep into the Canadian education system will definitely help you in your journey.

Canada is well regarded as one of the few countries of the world that spends a significant portion of money on improving and delivering top-notch education. Truth be told, it has some of the most excellent education provided anywhere in the world, with the government subsidizing a large part of the public sector schools and colleges—from primary right through to post-secondary; which in fact solidifies a notion on the table – education definitely is one of the highest priorities of the Canadian government.

The Canadian education system has 3 levels, which are:

  1. Primary
  2. Secondary
  3. Post-Secondary (Elsewhere it is referred to as Tertiary or Higher Education)

The post-secondary level of education is further sub-divided into the following categories:

  1. Certificate (around 1 year)
  2. Diploma (for 1- 2 years)
  3. Advanced Diploma (2- 3 years)
  4. Bachelor’s/ Undergraduate (4 years full-time)
  5. Master’s/ Postgraduate (can only be accessed after completion of no. 4 on this list; 1- 2 years)
  6. PhD/ Doctoral (4- 7 years)

More often than not, Canadian universities, colleges, and other tertiary institutions run on sessions. Classes in the winter session usually start in early September and run in two separate divisions: September- December (followed by a short winter vacation), and then January to April. International students can also look into various summer programs offered during the summer vacation (from May till August) to make use of the time in between two semesters. Certain institutions will also let students take classes throughout the year—so if that is something that interests you, you could ask for our help to look into this further.

Your choice of course to study can influence how long your degree will take to complete. Often, degrees like Medicine, Architecture, or Biotechnology can take longer compared to other undergrad courses—particularly because they involve quite a few lab/studio/practical components that are part of the study materials. Typically though, undergraduate degrees will usually require 3-4 years; while postgraduate degrees will need 1-2 years. PhD or Doctoral programs in Canada will last the longest, anywhere between 4 to 7 years. You could also choose a postgraduate degree that will transition into a PhD moving forward.

Canada takes pride in having a great quality of higher education, where the post-secondary/tertiary level of education is dedicated to doing the best research and using the most modern techniques of teaching in-class. Canadian universities will not only give you an amazing learning experience but will also help you network with the best in your field of interest—and help you pave your way to building the best career and life you are capable of. Most classes are a mixture of tutorials/labs and lectures,—and sometimes the tutorials can even be in the form of studio or external visit sessions. More often than not, the lab class or tutorial will help explain class topics further in-depth. While ordinarily class sizes can range anywhere from 30 to 200; tutorials will often be shorter for there to be better focus amongst students—so around 20 to 30 in a batch.

As it is already old news, compared to the cost of studying in other English-speaking countries, studying in Canada is quite inexpensive. On top of that, the Government of Canada provides numerous scholarships (as do individual universities, NGOs and other private/public sector organizations) that international students can apply for. As an international student, you would need to have anywhere from 7,000 to 33,000 in CAD per year to continue studying in Canada. Do have it in mind that this is just a symbolic cost; real costs might differ based on the choice of course/program, the institution of choice, location of the campus, and lifestyle you choose to follow while there.

For international students who want to go to Canada for higher studies will need to make sure their qualifications are up to par with the requirements of their chosen institution and program. For diplomas, advanced diplomas—the requirements can vary between institutions and courses, so it will be best to contact your institution of choice. Usually, for admission into an undergrad level program—international students will need to have a degree that is equivalent to the high school certificate in Canada. For Master’s applicants, it is necessary to have an undergraduate degree of minimum four years. To check if your past degrees qualify by Canadian standards, PFEC Global can help you contact your university of choice. Additionally, as a majority of the programs in Canada are in English, international students must prove their proficiency in English through the IELTS or TOEFL.

The quality promised by the Canadian education system is unparalleled across the world, and equal treatment of students from all around the globe is a cherry on the top. Excited yet? To start on your journey to study abroad in Canada—get in touch with PFEC Global today!

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