Canadian colleges offer programs including a one-to-three year Diploma, Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma. One million students attend college and university full time in Canada, and there are an additional 1.5 million part-time students.
Canadian colleges are known for small class sizes and intensive hands-on training in many fields that will equip students to participate in the global workforce.
Canadian schools have transfer agreements with many educational institutions internationally.
Canadian colleges have affordable tuition plans, and their short-term programs enable international students to join the workforce sooner. Should students choose to continue their education with a university degree, they will have the added benefit of work experience.
FAS-T Education Consulting has a detailed chart of the college-work visa-university process and the savings you can achieve.
Take the TOEFL/IELTS tests before you begin the admission process. Canadian schools require international students to take these tests as proof of English language proficiency.
Demonstrated competency in English and Math are required for admission in most programs; depending on your field of study, you may need to complete specific courses with high marks before admission. Some schools will grant conditional acceptance that is dependent on you successfully passing required English tests.
Provide evidence of demonstrated leadership skills, a strong work ethic and community involvement. These may give you a competitive edge in being accepted into your desired program.
Obtain a valid passport and a Canadian visa.
Arrange for a place to live as soon as you are accepted by the college.
Have a copy of your acceptance letter, passport, visa and documentation of proof of funds ready forimmigration officials.
Get a study permit from immigration officials when you arrive at the airport in Canada.
Set up a bank account near your residence. A representative from the International student services department can accompany you if you need help. Get a debit card for daily purchases; many banks offer cards designed for students. There are many large national banks in Toronto including TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and CIBC.
Explore transportation options. Toronto and nearby areas have an excellent public transportation system including the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), GO Transit, and Mississauga Transit. Students can purchase transit passes from their college in advance of their arrival.
If you bring a cell phone, be sure it is GSM (Global System for Mobile communication). If you buy one in Canada, there are many plans with student discounts available. Companies offering cellular phone services include www.rogers.com, www.fido.ca,www.telus.ca and www.bell.ca
Report to International Student Admissions/Registration. Submit a photocopy of your study permit and provide your Canadian mailing address and telephone number.
Attend your college orientation. This briefing will help you adjust to the college environment and set up a schedule if you need to complete any admissions requirements.
Visit your college’s international support department. They are equipped to help you with orientation, getting a student ID and giving you information about health insurance, transportation and support in locating a residence (on-campus or off-campus housing). They can also help you choose appropriate courses for your field of study.
The Canadian government has recently introduced an off-campus working program for Canadian international students. This program allows you to work off campus for 20 hours per week during school term and up to 40 hours per week during your summer (break) term. To be eligible, students must have good grades and have been in school for at least six of the last 12 months. This means that you won’t be able to work off campus for the first six months.
Students who are on vacation, not in class yet or on a leave of absence and are staying in Canada, must contact the International Student Center / Registration to arrange for health insurance coverage. FAS-T Education Consulting can provide more information on health insurance plans and organizations.
Tuition fees (2 Semesters) $12,000 – $13,000
Living expenses (Food, Rental on/off Campus) $5,500 – $9,000
Books & Supplies $1,000 – $1,500
Miscellaneous (entertainment, general supplies) $2,000
Bus / Transit $800 – $1000
Telephone (not including long distance) $500
Total Cost $23,250 – $27,450