Friday, June 17, 2016

Finding Canadian Education Programs and Scholarships

By Kevin Kamal
World Education Services

Contrary to some perceptions, Canada is not equal to winter season! Actually, all Canadian cities experience four seasons throughout the year. With its vast, beautiful geography, rich history of indigenous people, and a national policy for multiculturalism, Canada is a gem for prospective international students.

Canada has a formalized immigration policy and annually welcomes approximately 250,000 immigrants. Canada is one of the few countries with a well-established pathway from being an international student to becoming a permanent resident and a Canadian citizen.

Canadian international student tuition fees and living expenses are one of the lowest among popular English-speaking countries. Additionally, the country has many internationally renowned universities. According to one report, a total of 26 Canadian universities ranked within the top 800 universities worldwide. Of these, three top universities in Canada are ranked within the global top 50, and a further 10 in the top 300.

These numbers must be looked at based on the total number of universities in Canada. With about 36 million in total population and 13 provinces and territories, there are about 100 universities and over 125 publicly funded colleges to choose from.

If you are considering studying in Canada, you should familiarize yourself with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and its Student Centre. You will find CBIE’s Search Canadian Programs and Scholarships tool very handy for gathering essential information on universities and colleges in Canada.

 CBIE’s Search Canadian Programs and Scholarships tool
CBIE’s Search Canadian Programs and Scholarships tool. 

This online tool allows you to search Canadian universities and colleges by name, program of study, undergraduate- and graduate-level programs, and, yes, available scholarships. Just like the country itself, the tool is bilingual and it is available in French and English.

Kevin Kamal, World Education Services
Kevin Kamal is senior manager, client relations at WES. He has managed institutional client development and relations for WES over the past 16 years. He works closely with all stakeholders in the academic credential assessment community in Canada.

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