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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Which province should I choose for my study? A: Canada’s education is administered and regulated by its provinces and territories. While the education systems of different provinces may vary slightly, they are largely similar, except for Quebec which has its distinctly different education system. When choosing the destination for your study, a number of factors should be taken into consideration, e.g. the choices of schools that offer the subjects you desire; the climate and the lifestyle of the province; costs of living; job opportunities after graduation; and the pathways for becoming a permanent resident if this is what you would like.

Q2. How much does it cost for studying in Canada? A: Take Ontario as an example, - The costs for public secondary schools may cost $15,800 to $17,000 for an international student. - The costs for private secondary day schools range from $19,000 to $44,000 per year; and boarding schools range from $40,000 to $77,000 per year. - Tuition fees for colleges and vocational schools vary depending on the program and school you choose. College programs vary in length. Some programs may only take a few months or others a few years. Typically, tuition can range from approximately $7,000 to $22,000 per year. - Language school costs may range from $350 to $450 per week

Q3. What are the general admission criteria for public and private high schools? A: Public high schools (Take York District School Board as an example) - School report of the current year and the previous year - Notarized custodian declaration - Letter of recommendation from parents and current school - IELTS or TOEFL Official Test Results for Grade 12 applicants (not required for lower grade students) - Have to attend English and Math placement assessment Private high schools - All of the above. - In addition, some schools may request applicants to submit SSAT results, IELTS/ TOEFL results, and to attend written assessment and admission interviews.

Q4. What are the general admission criteria for post-secondary colleges in Canada? A: Each college sets its own admission standards, which vary according to the program and the accreditation. In general, applicants are required to submit transcripts of previous education records. In addition, for the applicants from non-English speaking countries, they are required to submit test results from a certified English language test, e.g. TOEFL iBT, IELTS, CAEL, etc.

Q5. When should I apply? A: For public school boards, registration for the first term starts on December 1 and the deadline is April 30, and the registration for the second term is from July 1 to October 31. For private high schools, some of them admit new students throughout the year until classes are full, whereas some require applicants to submit applications one year prior. CanScholars can provide application schedule of the specific schools that you are interested in. For colleges in general, you will need to apply before February 1, if you want to start school in September. The admission process can take up to nine months, so it’s a good idea to get an application in early.

Q6. I have many years of working experience in a non-English speaking country and my English level may not meet the admission requirement of colleges. What are my options of studying in Canada? A: Most colleges offer their own English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or partner with English language schools that help their prospective students upgrade their English standards before being admitted officially into their academic programs.

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