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Studying in Canada. Western Academy of Beijing April 28, 2011. Location of major Canadian universities Source AUCC, 2004. Special Features of Canadian Schools. Value for the dollar Similar to US colleges Recognizes the IB Curriculum

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Studying in canada

Studying in Canada

Western Academy of Beijing

April 28, 2011

Studying in canada

Location of major Canadian universities Source AUCC, 2004

Special features of canadian schools

Special Features of Canadian Schools

  • Value for the dollar

  • Similar to US colleges

    • Recognizes the IB Curriculum

    • Offer a diverse range in: Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Environmental, Business, Engineering, Professional programs in law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, architecture, performing arts, media and communication

  • Engineering, Architecture, and Medicine all recognized around the world

Types of university in canada

Types of University in Canada

  • Comprehensive University

    • Undertake a significant amount of research and offer a wide range of programs in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.

      • (example: Simon Fraser University, Uvic, Waterloo, Guelph )

  • Medical Doctoral Institutions

    • Have a broad range of bachelor, research-based masters and PHD program and medical schools.

      • (example: McGill, Toronto, Queen’s, UBC)

  • Primarily Undergraduate Universities

    • Focused on teaching although they have some professional masters programs

      • (example: Mount Allison, Acadia, UNBC, St. Francis Xavier)

Types cont

Types … cont

  • Colleges in Canada offers academic and pre-professional certificates, diplomas, associate's and even bachelor's degrees.

  • Most colleges offer a transfers program in Alberta and BC (colleges  university)

  • Canada's community colleges sometimes go by different titles including institute, institute of technology, technical college, regional college, cégep (in Québec), university college or simply college.

  • English Bridge Program – Fraser International College (SFU); International Foundation Program (University of Toronto)

Current trends in canadian universities

Current Trends in Canadian Universities

  • More interdisciplinary programs, combined degrees

  • Innovative program delivery – virtual labs, problem-based learning

  • More industry-related programs – co-operative education and internships

  • Internationalized curricula and international partnerships – student/faculty exchanges, joint courses

Application process apply online

Application ProcessAPPLY ONLINE

  • 2 Main websites for the different Provinces

    • Ontario (OUAC)

    • British

  • Other provinces – have to apply directly to the schools

Ouac www ouac on ca


Ouac undergraduate application

OUAC Undergraduate Application

Bc www pas bc ca

BC –

Getting in what do you really need

Getting In….What do you really need?

  • Some will give Conditional Admittance (will not know until after the IB results) and others direct admittance

    • Some university are on a point system, will give conditional and expect student to achieve a certain point (ie. 34 to be admitted into program)

    • Some university will offer direct admittance based on predicated grades

  • Direct application (Online)

  • Generally no Personal Statement (unless required by university for specific program)

  • No Reference Letter - but may accept one – usually letter from a counselor

  • SAT only if not doing full IB Diploma

  • TOEFL or other English test (can sometimes be waived if have 4 years of English or doing IB English Group One course)

  • Predicted IB Grades/High School Transcript

Studying in canada

High School Transcript



  • Depend on the university – will vary. From January through to March

  • Complete the application sooner rather than later (before the Winter Holiday is recommended)

Student s responsibility

Student’s Responsibility

  • Ensure online application is completed with application fee

  • Request transcripts and Predicated IB Grades from counselor to be sent (via DHL)

  • Pay for the DHL fee (205rmb/per package)

  • Complete supplementary documents (if necessary)

  • Keep track of their OUAC/BC reference # (log into Naviance journal for safe keeping)

Counselor s responsibility

Counselor’s Responsibility

  • Advise student and ensure university list is reasonable

  • Send Transcript and Predicated IB Grades (PG)

  • IB PGs are provided by their subject teachers and given to counselors. It is the teacher’s best predication of what the student will achieve on their IB exam

  • Send High School Profile to university

Studying in canada


  • Fees for Canadians is much less than international students (about 1/3 less)

    • International Full Cost: between US$14 and US$ 22 K

  • Financial aid for Canadians

  • No financial aid for international citizens

  • Growing number of scholarship programs (especially for full IB students)

  • May have automatic merit based scholarship

    • Presidential or Entrance Scholarship (ranges from Cdn $1,000 - $5,000)



  • Association of University and College of Canada (AUCC)

  • i-student advisor

  • Naviance (Family Connection)

  • Individual University Website

  • High School Counselor

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Studying in canada


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