• Why study in Canada

    Top reasons to study in Canada

    Academic excellence
    Canada has one of the world’s best education systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields.
    At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines, as well as in professional fields.

    Internationally recognised degrees
    Students applying for jobs in the UK and in other countries round the world with a degree from Canada are highly sought after by employers.
    This is because employers seek graduates with a global perspective and completing your degree overseas is a great way of achieving this.

    Opportunity of employment in Canada
    International students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma.
    International students can work on campus without a work permit.
    Plans are being made to allow international students to work off-campus, too.

    A multicultural country
    Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people, called First Nations.
    Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants.
    Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people's customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

    Inexpensive medical insurance
    Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among some of the most advanced and accessible in the world.

    While Canada has big cities, they also preserve a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system.
    The temperature varies a great deal in Canada. 

    Certain cities almost never have snow in the winter while other cities may get a lot.
    There's something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost.
    Canada's four distinct seasons means you'll always be surrounded by a variety of weather, each affording their own special pleasures.

    A welcoming destination
    Canadians can be reserved with newcomers but are generally very welcoming and respectful of differences.
    Canada's educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and many have targets to increase their numbers of international students.
    One thing is for sure - the time you spend studying in Canada will be an experience you will never forget!

  • Universities & Colleges
  • Canadian Higher Education System

    Higher Education in Canada

    Canada offers a wide range of higher education options and life-enriching experiences at its universities and colleges.
    These institutions are diverse in both their size and the programs they offer, and are located across the country, with at least one in every province.
    The provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including universities.
    There's no federal ministry of education or formal accreditation system.
    Instead, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, coupled with the university's provincial government charter, is generally deemed the equivalent.
    There are currently 95 universities with membership in AUCC.

    Degree programs
    Universities offer programs that range from fine art, biology and commerce to astronomy, media studies and religion.
    Currently, there are more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in Canada, as well as professional degree programs and certificates.
    Regardless of the program, a Canadian degree is globally recognized and considered equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities.

    Academic quality
    Canadian universities receive a huge amount of public funds. This means their courses, particularly at the undergraduate level, are uniform in quality.
    While Canadian universities design their own missions and pursue their own futures, they consistently demonstrate an excellent ability to cooperate with one another and work collectively.

  • Choosing a University

    Choosing a university in Canada
    You should start searching for potential Canadian universities you might like to attend at least 12 months before beginning your studies, as it can take some time to complete the application process.
    First, you should have a good idea what course(s) you would like to study, plus a rough idea of where exactly in Canada you would like to be located.
    This will help you to narrow down your choices.

    The best place to find out more information on particular institutions is their website.
    Most universities have a section dedicated to international students. This should provide information on student life, accommodation, the admissions process, entry requirements and more.
    Each university in Canada has its own unique style. You can study at a large, research-intensive campus in an urban centre, or if you'd prefer, you can enrol at a small liberal arts institution with a focus on undergraduate education, where most of the students live in residence.

    Here we outline some factors you may wish to consider when deciding which Canadian institutions to apply to.

    Academic excellence
    First of all, be sure the courses provided by the institution are of high quality, with an excellent standard of teaching.
    You can look at Canadian university rankings to see which ones score the highest at Macleans.ca.

    However, keep in mind that the best universities in Canada according to rankings does not include all the variables that make up an ideal place to study. 

    All universities have strengths and weaknesses, and although a list of top universities might have greater strengths than weaknesses relative to other institutions, any student who completes a degree at one of these top universities might encounter the 'weakness' when they might have experienced the 'strength' of another university.

    International student support
    It’s worth investigating how good the course is for international students by seeing if the institution has an International Student Program Director, help with housing, an orientation to the university, city and Canadian education system, as well as advice services specifically for international students.
    In other words, make sure that help will always be there when you need it.

    A good course will also provide opportunities to meet Canadian students and will offer social events and an opportunity to get involved in student activities.

    Look at a map on the internet to see exactly where the institution is located and investigate the area it is in.
    Consider whether it is a place you would like to live for a prolonged period of time, and the sort of cultural and social activities it offers.
    Would you prefer to live in a large urban city, or somewhere more rural? 

    Find out if your accommodation will be on the campus, and if not, how good the transportation links are.

    Most of Canada experiences long and very cold winters - this is due to the high latitude of much of the country, along with the low-lying land east of the Rocky Mountains, which offers no barrier to the cold air from the Canadian Arctic.
    Much of the interior of Canada has a very continental climate with surprisingly high summer temperatures, in spite of the shortness of the summer, although the winter is long and extremely cold.
    If you want to avoid the bitter winters, opt for an institution in the area West of the Rockies, in British Columbia.
    Here winters are mild and summers warm, with rain falling all through the year but with a maximum fall in winter.

    You will also need to take into account financial considerations, as costs can vary greatly from institution to institution. 

    You will find that your living costs will be more expensive if you attend a university in a big city such as Toronto or Vancouver, and your accommodation is located in the centre.
    To save yourself some money, try to find accommodation further out of the city, though make sure transport links are accessible and reliable.

    Compare living costs carefully so you can stay somewhere convenient at a reasonable price.

    Scholarships and awards for international students are available at some Canadian institutions for students with exceptional results.
    The amount and type of award varies from one institution to another.
    Obtaining a scholarship is competitive and applications must be made directly to each university.
    Private institutions can sometimes discount or reduce the costs of tuition, though public institutions rarely have this option.

    Ask the institution for information on financial aid when you request an application form from their admissions office.

    You can read more about funding your higher education in Canada in our finance section.

    Further research
    If you have any friends or relatives who have studied in Canada, it’s worth talking to them to find out about their experiences, and what advice they can offer you in choosing a place to study.

    It’s important to research universities and colleges carefully so you choose the ones that will meet your needs and interests – spending time and effort on choosing an institution can ensure you have a successful and rewarding experience. 

    If you can not find all the information you require about a particular institution on their website, contact them and ask for it.

  • Choosing a degree in Canada

    Choosing a degree in Canada
    We recommend you consider the following factors when deciding which degree to study in Canada.

    Do I have the right qualifications?
    Although universities in Canada accept A levels to enter a course in higher education, you will need to check carefully that you have, or will expect to have, the right grades to get onto the course, as well as the right subjects.
    Each Canadian university should have a list of qualifications on their website that are required from overseas students to enable them to study a particular degree.
    For example, to study a Science degree at McGill University, you must have A level Mathematics, and at least one A level in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
    You will also find that the more prestigious the university, the higher the grades you will be expected to achieve, and competition for places will be greater.
    If the exact admission criteria for the course you wish to apply for is not clear on the university website, or if you have any concerns about the entry requirements, contact their International Office.

    What will I learn?
    Read all the details about the course in the university prospectus.
    This doesn’t mean just skimming the summary – you need to look at what the module options are and their content, as these can vary significantly.
    Although a particular course may have the same or similar title at two different universities, the content can vary a great deal.
    Each course may place emphasis on different areas of the subject, so find out exactly what you'll be learning.

    You may also find it useful to make a list of your academic strengths and weaknesses, so you can see which courses you think you will be better at and enjoy more.

    How will I be taught?
    The teaching style of the course is important, as some courses will consist of more practical work, essay assignments and group tasks than examinations. 

    If you take this into account, you can play to your strengths and ensure you’ve chosen the course that is best for you.
    Think about previous experiences – do you achieve better marks in essays and exams? If yes, you may want to choose a course that is more exam-based. 

    Look at the weighting of marks, too – it may not want to take a course that allocates a majority of the total marks to coursework, and then have to do lots of revision for an exam at the end of the year that doesn't carry many marks.

    Does it include a work experience placement?
    Some courses include a period of work experience – this is normally for a year between the second and third year of your degree, though can vary slightly depending on the subject and the university you are attending. 

    A work experience placement will be very useful if you only have limited experience of the field you want to go into, or no experience at all, as it will provide you with invaluable skills employers will look for when you start applying for jobs. 

    Working for a year can also be a welcome break from all the stresses of studying for your degree and give you an insight into what the real world will be like when you’ve graduated.
    It can also help you develop important skills such as communication, team work and problem solving, as well as being an opportunity to meet new people and make some friends. 

    You don’t have to work somewhere in the UK either – some courses offer students the chance to take a job at a company abroad.
    This would allow you to experience a different culture, language, and possibly even a different climate!

    How many modules can I choose from?
    Usually your first year modules will be compulsory, but you should get a choice of modules in your second and third years.
    This allows you to study the particular areas of your subject that you find most interesting. 

    For example, if you wish to take a biology degree, you may want to choose modules that cover cellular topics, such as immunology and biochemistry, rather than modules that focus on nature and the environment.

    You may also want to pick modules that go into more depth on a certain subject, or if you prefer, ones that give more of a general overview of a topic.
    Check there is a wide choice of modules and that the topics you are keen on are included in the range.
    You'll be disappointed if you get to choosing your modules for the final 2 years and discover you can't learn about the topics you wanted to.

    Can I change my course once I’ve started it?
    Although you may have pretty much decided on a course based on the details of the content and the nature of the work involved, you might want to consider whether you are able to change your course after you’ve started it.
    Most universities will let you change your degree as long as it’s within the first 4 to 6 weeks or so.
    This is an invaluable option if you haven’t yet decided which career path to follow.
    Making a final decision
    If you take these factors into account when choosing which degree to undertake, hopefully you will find it easier to make the right decision and you’ll be happy with your choice once you’ve started your course.
    It’s important to try and pick the right course first time, otherwise you could end up wasting thousands of pounds on a degree that you won’t even use in your career once you’ve graduated. 

    If you already have a career path in mind, such as IT, journalism or medicine, then this should make your decision much easier.
    However, if you’re still undecided, it’s probably worth taking a subject that you enjoy doing and/or are quite good at.
    At least this way you will be enthusiastic about it and feel like you can stick with it until the end.

  • Application process

    Application Process

    Applying to Canadian universities and colleges can vary depending on your level of education. Please contact us directly to find out more information on how you can study in Canada and begin your path to career success. 
    Note: Stunet will ensure your application is complete and accurate as the colleges will not process any incomplete applications. 

    Admission Requirements:
    1. A completed International Application Form
    2. A Non-refundable application processing fee 
    3. Notarised High School graduation transcripts (grades) for Grade 10, 11 & 12
    4. Certificates, Transcripts for any post-secondary College/University courses completed
    5. University degree transcripts for all years
    6. Valid passport
    7. English Proficiency requirements are as follows for consideration:
    o A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based with no test below 20) - TOEFL code 9212, OR 
    o Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.0 (with no single test score below 5.5), OR
    o CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 50

    Provide All The Documents To STUNET
    Stunet will send all the documents to the admission office. Once accepted, the Acceptance letter arrives.

    Accept Your Offer Of Admission
    By paying your tuition fee, you are accepting your offer of admission to your choice of college as well as guaranteeing a seat in the program. Remember to pay by the deadline date or you will lose your seat.

    Review Your Conditions Of Acceptance
    Your acceptance may be conditional, which means the College still needs more information before you can begin your classes. Check the Offer of Admission page in your acceptance package for any conditions.

    Housing & Accommodation 
    Residence provides you with the opportunity to meet new friends and get involved with activities on campus and in residence. International students often find apartments or share houses with other students after they have settled in the community.

    Study Permits
    International students will need a permit to study in Canada if their course of study is longer than six months. Before you submit a study permit application you will need:
    A letter of acceptance 
    Financial proof that you can support yourself while studying (tuition fees and living expenses)
    To be willing to submit to a medical exam if required

    Please visit the following links for more information on applying for your study permit:

    Confirm Your VISA Status
    Email us to let us know if you have received your visa. Don't forget to include your full name and ID number. This will help to make your registration process go smoothly and will help to avoid delays related to the processing of your timetable.

    Book Your Skills Assessment Appointment
    New students need to make an appointment to write the Skills Assessment test, even if you’ve already written a pre-admissions test. The test will help us determine the best level of English, and for some programs math, for you to study. Getting your first-semester timetable depends on a completed assessment.

    Medical Insurance & Pre-Arrival To CANADA
    Whether you will be studying in Canada with a Visitor’s Visa or a Study Permit you need medical insurance for the time you are studying in Canada. We help you with a pre-arrival check list.

    These mandatory orientation activities are very important and all new international students are strongly encouraged to attend.
    Good luck in your preparations. We look forward to greeting you on Canadian soil!

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