Do you have a dream of studying in a globally reputed university, especially in an institution in a wonderful place with a diverse landscape, climate, people and way of life? Then Canada might be the right option you can rely upon. Canada, which has a population of 37 million, is ranked as one of the best places to live in the world by the UN. The country provides high-value education in terms of standards of teaching and research. Another amazing fact is that there are 18 Canadian universities in the top 500 of the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds – QS World University Ranking! To name a few highly placed Universities include the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, etc. When it comes to the fee structure and financial aspects of studying in Canada, it is found to be less expensive than the similar universities in the US, the UK and Australia. Moreover, compared to the strict immigration policies of its neighbor, Canada is renowned for its friendliness towards immigrants, a fact accentuated by the large international part of its population. Indeed, along with Germany, Canada has risen through the ranks of popular educational destinations.
How is Canada for International Students?
Canada is one of the most desired destinations by international students for undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are certain schemes like ‘Express Entry’ (Skilled Immigrant), Atlantic Immigration Pilot, etc. that support the students of foreign nationalities to study and work in Canada. According to the Times Higher Education, there has been 11% rise in the number of international students at Canadian Universities in the year 2017. The employability and job opportunities is much higher in Canada and students get placed within six months after graduation. This is, in fact, a result of the courses being industry-oriented. A useful online tool has been developed by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) which helps the students to estimate the cost of studying at different places in the country. In addition to this, the Canadian government provides a myriad of scholarships and tools of financial aid to international students.
According to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, jobs in Canada are classified by the Canadian Government based on a) the job duties b) work a person does. For immigration purposes jobs are grouped as follows:
- Skill Type 0 (zero): Management jobs (Restaurant managers, mine managers, etc.)
- Skill Level A: Professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university (doctors, architects, dentists, etc.)
- Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice (electricians, chefs, plumbers, etc.)
- Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training (industrial butchers, truck drivers, etc.)
- Skill Level D: labor jobs that usually give on-the-job training (fruit pickers, oil field workers, etc.)
What is the cost of studying in Canada?
The average tuition fees for international students in 2017/18 in Canada is CAD 25,180 (i.e., USD 20,540) per year for undergraduate courses. The courses in engineering, technology and medicine are much more expensive than those compared to courses in Arts and Humanities. Business and Management courses cost lesser than the national average. In the case of Post Graduate courses, according to Statistics Canada, the average tuition fees comes to CAD16,252 in 2017/18, which is approximately USD13,250. In management courses, Executive MBAs cost much higher than regular MBAs throughout the globe. The Canadian student-visa requires that the international students must possess at least CAD 10,000 per year. But the actual living expenses might tend to extend beyond this range. The living expenses which includes food, accommodation, course supplies, books, phone charges and other miscellaneous expenses. Most of the reputed universities in the country estimate the cost of living expenses to be around CAD 15,500 per year, excluding the medical insurance which might add up to say around CAD 864 per year in the case of University of British Columbia.
What is the Admission Criteria?
Inspite of certain variation in the admission requirements between the different provinces of Canada, there are some common and mandatory criteria for admission to international students in universities of Canada. One of the important requirement is the 12-13 years of minimum formal education for a Bachelor’s degree course. School Reports and other documents of previous education and achievements form the next criteria along with the grade system details followed in the previous school. Other language documents must possess their English translations. There are also minimum score criteria in tests like TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE, etc. Additional mandatory requirements include Letters of Recommendation from people of professional level, Statement of purpose, valid passport and photographs. In addition to this, it is essential for students to prepare for the visa interviews and take into consideration any changes in the visa process.
What are the details on Courses in Canada?
Courses and university rankings are not provided officially by the Canadian government. Hence it is important that a candidate seeking admission to the institutions in Canada must research upon the course popularity and scope of the subject that he or she is willing to take up, as well as the reputation of the university. This is vital especially in cases of the short-term courses as it is important for the courses to be recognized globally.
What are the Diploma and Graduate Certificate Courses for International Students in Canada?
Based on the area of your interest, there are numerous short-term, i.e., 1-year courses that can be pursued in Canadian universities. One of the best options would be diploma courses. Such courses provided a specialized in-depth knowledge in the particular field of study.
Popular fields for Diploma in Canada:
- Fine Arts – including game development, graphics-design, etc.
- Health Sciences
- IT and Networking
- Business & Management
The undergraduate diploma courses in Canada are typically 4-semester courses which vary between a duration of 1-2 years and a prerequisite of minimum 19 years of age form a criteria in many universities.
What are the Diploma Courses (short-term) in Canada?
These are some of the top short-term diploma courses in Canada
- Business Graduate Certificate Programs
- Communications, Media, Arts and Design Graduate Certificate Programs
- Community and Health Studies Graduate Certificate Programs
- Engineering Technology and Applied Science Graduate Certificate Programs
- Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Graduate Certificate Programs
- Developmental Services Worker
- Military Arts and Science
- Police Foundations – Part-time
- Police Foundations Leadership program
- Social Service Worker
- Advanced Health Care Leadership Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
- Advanced Project Management & Strategic Leadership program
- The Advanced Teaching – E-Learning and Instructional Design, Ontario College Graduate Certificate (1 year)
- Autism & Behavioural Science Program (1 year)
- Big Data – Science & Informatics (2-year)
Fast track programs in
- Biotechnology (Advanced)
- Chemical Engineering Technology
- Environmental Technology
- Law Clerk Advanced
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology
- Police Foundation
- Protection, Security, and Investigation
Graduate Certificate Programs in
- Accounting and Finance Practice
- Advanced Care Paramedic
- Autism and Behavioural Science
- Autism and Behavioural Science
- Brand Management
- Building Automation System Operations
- Building Information Modelling – Lifecycle Management
- Financial Services
- Energy Management
- Human Resources Management
1-year Graduate Courses (Undergraduate) for International Students
There are few UG courses in Canada that vary between a duration of 1-2 years, depending upon the subject or field of study. Most of these courses are offered by community colleges in Canada which are run by government regulated post-secondary institutions. These institutions offer one to two-year academic programs as well as pre-professional certifications and diplomas. But in choosing to pursue a 1 year UG course, one may have to consider taking up an internship or co-op experiences in order to gain Canadian work experience. A 1-year course would provide only a one year stay-back period, whereas 2-year courses can provide 3 year stay-back period, which might be suitable for an international student to find a job of his passion.
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada?
When you think about pursuing a Master’s level program in Canada, you might just busy thinking about the subject of specialization! A few subject domains and the respective short-term (1-year) courses are detailed as follows.
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada In the field of Economics?
The Master of Applied Economics at Saint Mary’s University SOBEY School of Business. It is a 1-year (12 months) program, with a flexibility of part-time option as well.
MA International Economics and Finance at Ryerson University program. A 12 months program which requires entrants to have passed the Mathematics and Statistics Review Course.
Economics graduate program by The Department of Economics, University of Manitoba is also a 12-months program.
Economic Policy by McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada – 1-year program
Home Economics Education by University of British Columbia – 1-year program
Business Economics by Brock university – 1-year program
Economics course by the University of Windsor – 1-year program.
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada In the field of History?
MA program in History by Concordia University Montréal – 12 months program
M.A. in History by University of Northern British Columbia – 18 months program
M.A. in History (Thesis)-Development studies by McGill University – 12 months program
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada In Finance?
Financial Management Diploma from University of Winnipeg – 12 months program
Master of Finance (MF), offered by Schulich School of Business, York University – 1-year program
Sobey School of Business Master of Finance (MFin) at Saint Mary’s University– for strategic financial skills – 1-year program
Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM) by the University of Toronto. It is a course that is designed for people who are good at finance and quantitative analysis. – 8-month program
MA International Economics and Finance at Ryerson University program – 12 months program
M.Sc. in Finance by HEC Montréal École de Gestion – 16 months program.
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada In pharmacy?
M.Sc. in Pharmacy by Memorial University of Newfoundland – 2-year program
M.Sc. in Pharmacology by Dalhousie University – 2-year program
M.Sc. in Pharmacy by University of Manitoba – 2-year program
What are the Master’s Degree Programs in Canada? In Engineering
The Technology-enhanced Learning and Design programme offered by the Royal Roads University – 1-year program
Learning and Technology (Blended) Post-Graduate Diploma programme by Royal Roads University is a 12-month, 18-credit program.
The Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saint Mary’s University – 16 months course
What are the Short Certificate courses?
Culinary Arts Certificate from Thompson Rivers University. This course Is suitable for students looking for a career in the food preparation industry.
Project Management and Professional Communication Certificate from MacEwan University, School of Continuing Education – to enhance and improve organizing, delegating, motivating, time management and budget management.
Software Construction – Data Abstraction Certificate by University of British Columbia
Global Logistics Management Certificate from MacEwan University, School of Continuing Education in association with the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta (SCMA AB)
Business Analysis and Professional Communication Certificate by MacEwan University, School of Continuing Education
What are the benefits of 1-year courses in Canada?
With a very transparent and quick PR system, Canada provides wide opportunities to settle down in the country. The foreign student’s master degree must be recognized by Canada as a Master Degree, adding to which a one-year program would be of great benefit to the candidate in terms of opportunities. PR process is the same for someone who is already in Canada as for someone outside of Canada. The only advantage is that it will fetch you points for Canadian work experience. When it comes to the cost of education, taking up courses in Canada could become a heavy burden after employment too. This is when the short-term courses are much sought after. Moreover, for a person looking for highly specialized study in a particular field, such courses come in handy. This is, in fact, the best choice for people preferring a short student life and easy access to the Canadian job market.
What are the Future Job Prospects?
It is important that the student wishing to pursue courses abroad must be well aware of the market trends and opportunities that are abundant in the country that he or she plans to go to. This is as well applicable in the case of Canada too. The current demand for technical skills in the job market, especially the fields of Data Analytics and Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, there seems to be a huge demand for Engineering and technology-based careers. Apart from these fields, the research and development in the fields of Medicine, Environmental Science as well as Management have always provided wide scope and opportunities for students in the recent past and is speculated to continue even in future