· Strength and Specialty
Diploma/Certificate programs with employment-oriented are run by colleges in Canada, attracting domestic and international students who want begin their professional career sooner. College programs tend to offer many paid internships for students to experience the industry of their choosing before officially entering the job market. The education system of Canadian colleges is more flexible than that of universities. College programs carry a minimum length of one year, with the maximum being three years. After completing all requiredcourses, students can earn a college diploma or certificate. After graduation, students can directly apply for a work permit to work in Canada or go to university for further academic development.
Graduation Means Employment
Different from universities, colleges pay more attention to the cultivation of students' professional skills and provide them with technical training that increase and accelerate the students’ chance of securing employment post-graduation.
Lower Application Requirements
Many college programs can be applied after high school graduation. The application requirements are low, and these programs will enhance the students' English ability. For those without qualified language scores (TOEFL, IELTS etc.), if they fail to pass the language placement test before entering the college, they can apply for the dual enrollment of ESL (English Language program) along with their chosen academic program. Students can go on to enroll in their majors’ required courses after completing the language courses offered by the college.
Variety of Programs
Each province in Canada has its own variety of colleges with unique specializations that offer a wide range of majors. Students can choose their major according to their work experience or personal interests.
September (Fall) is the most common intake for Canadian universities, but many colleges offer multiple intakes throughout the year (January/May/September) to allow students to apply at any time.
Lower Tuition fee
In Canada, the tuition fee will vary according to the school and the chosen major; . generally, internationaltuition fee of a college is about 10,000 to 20,000 Canadian dollars per year, which is lower than those of universities, reducing financial burden for the student’s families.
Transfer to the University
Most colleges in Canada have cooperative relationship with their universities. If the applicant strive to study in a university, but their grades do not yet meet university’s admission requirements, they can choose to enroll in a college that can transfer credits to a university, then transfer to a university after completing a portion of their college studies.
Good Employment Opportunities
Some of the college programs in Canada have Co-op programs. Through the Co-op program, students can enter a collaborative company for their internship as required to receive their diploma; this is extremely beneficial as students can not only gain practical work experience in Canada, but also receive credits and financial compensation for their work. Many students are also offered the chance to stay in the same company directly after graduation, which means their post-graduation employment is often secured early on Work experience is highly valued in Canada, so the experience gained by college students during their studies is significantly contributes to postgrad employment search.
Good for Immigrants
After completing a 1–3-year college program in Canada, the language score must be well above the IELTS 5.0 level, and you can get a 3-year work permit. In Canada, it is not difficult for college graduates to find job oppportunities and work for more than one year. Therefore, international students who go to college can easily meet the requirements for experience immigrant applications.
· Suitable Group
College in Canada is suitable for applicants with previously completed college or high school diploma , who are eligible to study regardless of work experience. There is no age restriction.
1. Application Form
2. Application fee of around C $50-200 (depending on the college)
3. Complete transcripts of three years of high school, graduation certificate/study certificate
4. Passport/ID card
5. English Language Proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo, etc.)
Since the entrance time of Canadian colleges is relatively flexible, there are usually three available intakes in January, May and September, allowing year-round applications.
September (Fall) intake as an example:
∙Enroll in a Canadian language school, such as ILAC, in advance to study English through online courses, or prepare for official language tests such as IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo, etc., to receive competitive language scores (most colleges offer dual enrollment).
∙From October to December, the applicant can choose the school and major, prepare the application materials and submit the application
∙From November to January of the next year, the applicant will receive the offer and admission letter from their college
∙From February to April of the next year, the applicant can prepare study permit materials and submit application
∙From May to August of the next year, if the applicant can successfully obtain the study permit, they can book the flight tickets to Canada, and contact the school for accommodation, and make preparations for the trip
∙In September of the following year, the applicant can leave for Canada to enroll in their studies