Studying in Canada can have many advantages. Some students are more concerned about cost-effectiveness, while parents are more concerned about the safety of their country of study. Today, let's take a look at the advantages of studying in Canada and the application conditions that you are most concerned about~
Public education, high-end educational standards
Canada is one of the countries with a complete education system and a high level of education in the world, a high-quality North American public education system, and a globally recognized graduation diploma!
A safe and comfortable country suitable for human habitation
Canada has a very comprehensive social welfare system in the world and is recognized as a safe country. The learning and living environment is beautiful, safe and comfortable!
Low cost and high cost-effectiveness for studying abroad
Studying abroad in Canada, the average annual tuition and living expenses are approximately 180000-250000 RMB. The low cost of studying abroad and excellent teaching quality make it a cost-effective country to study abroad.
Fast immigration and relaxed immigration policies
The Canadian government encourages international students to study, work and live in Canada. The policy stipulates that as long as they study in Canadian higher education institutions for more than two years, they can obtain a three-year work permit after graduation; After working for one year, you can apply for Canadian experience immigration.
Application Conditions for Canadian Public Primary and Secondary Schools
Overall, the application requirements for primary and secondary schools in Canada are very relaxed, but it is not so easy to learn well.
Canadian public education emphasizes civic education and does not have university admission targets. So for international students, the same goes for education without discrimination. Any Chinese child with basic English communication skills can be admitted to public primary and secondary schools.
And regardless of your academic progress, when you come to Canada, you will generally be enrolled in different grades of school based on age. Because Canadian high schools can choose their own courses, students in the same grade can learn courses of different depths.
The STEM courses in Canadian primary and secondary schools (before Grade 9) will lag behind those in China, so most Chinese children need not worry too much about mathematical physics and other courses when they arrive in Canada. However, basic education in Canada has always attached great importance to the training of English proficiency. It can be said that Canadian schools have a much deeper training depth in English than Chinese children's Chinese language.
So, the biggest challenge that Chinese international students will always face after arriving in Canada is the gap in English. Many international students who come to Canada will face a prolonged inability to graduate from ESL (English as a Second Language) courses, thus preventing them from entering other courses with English requirements.
If you are a student studying in a public school after the 11th grade, it may even cause progress delays due to English, which can affect timely graduation and university application.
Application conditions for private primary and secondary schools in Canada
The application for private schools is more complex. Overall, the requirements will also be higher. Private schools in Canada are divided into three categories:
Top local private schools
Most of these schools have obtained CAIS certification and have a history of running schools for decades or even over a century. For example, common rankings such as Canada's TOP25 or Toronto's TOP10 are not officially recognized, and some private schools outside of these rankings are also very excellent. Public schools in Canada are free, and private schools that can survive have their own advantages and characteristics.
The tuition fees for top private schools are relatively high (not expensive compared to China, usually around 30000 Canadian dollars, and the maximum is no more than 35000 Canadian dollars), but they are not paid to attend. On the contrary, the selection is very strict.
Top private schools generally do not have any chance to enter after 8th grade because the quota is already full. Applications before 8th grade require SSAT scores, IELTS scores, and successful interviews with students and parents before admission.
Local elite (day) private schools
Local elite private schools are characterized by a predominance of local students and day studies, with a limited proportion of international students. These schools also have high teaching quality, many of which are Montessori or IB certified schools, and some are characterized by sports or art. When recruiting international students, these schools generally require IELTS scores. Admission selection is not very strict.
Private International School
Private international schools are a highly controversial group. They recruit a large number of international students, and many schools, from investors, managers, to students, are all Chinese, known as the "Tsinghua" International School.
The admission threshold for private international schools is relatively low, and the teaching level varies, but it is not entirely beyond consideration. On the contrary, for students who only arrive in Canada in grades 11 and 12, they may be the best choice.
Because their advantage is that they value university education, have flexible course selection and grading, and provide good service to international students. Some of these Chinese private international schools are even referred to as "Hengshui, Toronto".
Canada's higher education has a balanced quality, rich levels, and flexible choices. Public colleges generally offer courses at different levels, ranging from one-year junior colleges to undergraduate, postgraduate, and master's degrees; Public universities mainly offer undergraduate and master's and doctoral courses.
The admission requirements for general public colleges are: a high school diploma, a high school GPA of 70-75 or above, and an IELTS score of 6 or above. If English is not enough, you can double enroll, that is, first take language courses, and then enter professional courses after passing the exam.
The requirements of universities vary greatly, with some popular majors from prestigious universities such as Life Sciences, Engineering, and Business at the University of Toronto; In computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, even local students face fierce competition and require a GPA of 90 or above. For Chinese high school graduation applications, IELTS scores of 6.5 to 7 or above are generally required, as well as excellent results in the National College Entrance Examination and above the first tier of the college entrance examination.
If it is a regular major from a prestigious university or a non prestigious university, the admission requirements are not high. Taking the University of Toronto as an example, the average admission rate for all majors in the past 10 years has been as high as 45%. The University of Toronto, Scarborough, Xi'an University of Ontario, King's College, and others are more "friendly" to international students and have relatively low admission thresholds.
The admission requirements for general Canadian universities are: IELTS score of 6-6.5, high school GPA of 75-80 or above.
Due to the significant differences in admission rates between local and international students from prestigious Canadian universities or prestigious majors, it is recommended to study in Canada before the 12th grade of high school and obtain a Canadian high school diploma to apply for university, which will result in a much higher admission rate.
Canadian Master's and Doctoral Application Conditions
It is difficult to apply for a master's or doctoral degree in Canada, especially in Ontario. Because Ontario is Canada's population, economy, and education center, and its immigration policy is very favorable.
Especially for highly educated individuals who graduate from Canada with master's and doctoral degrees, they can directly enter the provincial nomination program without the need for job search, English proficiency, or admission to the Express Entry scoring system, and are directly invited to immigrate.
So Ontario master's degree applicants generally require a bachelor's degree, a university GPA of 85 or above, an IELTS score of 7, or even a GRE or GMAT score for some majors. Only a few schools in Ontario have slightly lower requirements for MBA or other business majors, which can exempt them from GRE/GMAT.
The difference between a Canadian graduate diploma and a master's degree is that the length of study is short, there is no degree, and there is a bias towards application. The admission requirements for a graduate diploma are generally a bachelor's degree (some may be extended to a college degree), a GPA of 75 or above, and an IELTS score of 6-6.5. So research and writing are helpful for employment and immigration, but one cannot go through the master's program and can only enter the EE program for scoring.
Canadian Student Visa Conditions
Canada's student visa has always been rumored to be the most difficult in the world, but it is not a fact.
Firstly, on the one hand, the conditions for Canadian student visas are clear, and on the other hand, the vast majority do not have face-to-face visas, and there is no "unreasonable refusal" that occurs during the US visa process.
Secondly, Canadian student visas provide a "shortcut" for many international students, reducing requirements and improving approval speed. The current 'shortcuts' are based on GIC's three fast channels: the primary and secondary school program; Higher education programs; SDS Learning Direct Program
The key point of the SDS Learning Direct Entry Program is that there must be four 6's in the IELTS. Students who meet the requirements can purchase a GIC "wealth management product" of CAD 10000 as a financial guarantee, and the admission school can be included in the DLI list, thus eliminating the cumbersome financial proof.
The DLI list includes all formal public colleges and universities in Canada, and even a few private colleges, with a high SDS approval rate.
Compared to the SDS program, the primary and secondary school programs and higher education programs do not require the IELTS Four Six, but require additional asset certificates such as parental work certificates and real estate certificates.
Overall, Canadian visa applicants prefer those with good English, good schools, high average scores, and good financial situation.
If it involves older individuals (aged 25 or above, or graduated for more than 2 years), those who have reversed their education, and some common immigrant tendencies (single women, history of visa refusal, etc.), it will be more difficult to obtain a university visa. We generally recommend obtaining a travel visa before applying for a student visa for these groups. If a student visa is rejected, they will enter the country through a tourist visa as soon as possible and transfer to another student visa within the country, which has a high success rate.