As your partners in higher education, we endeavour to support your academic aspirations and help you through your transition from high school to the University and beyond.
Applying to university can seem like a daunting task with forms to fill out, standardized tests to prepare for, essays to write, recommendations to obtain, dates to keep track of, and decisions to make. We know it can seem overwhelming and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. In Unity Education and Settlement Inc, we work with students located throughout the world to help navigate the US, UK and Canadian educational system, providing advice on colleges and universities, as well as the admissions process. We are sensitive to the need to find a community that is welcoming, and work to identify the best schools, based on your areas of interest.
There are times that you feel bewildered when it comes to choosing the right academic path. This can happen at any level of education. Relying on more than 15 years of outstanding experience obtained in the field of education, Unity’s advisors can help students to pick the right major or suitable educational pathway in a timely manner. Our educational advisory covers the secondary school students as well as the post-secondary levels including but not limited to Bachelors, Masters, College certificates or vocational diplomas.
The Education System in Canada
The Canadian education system draws students from all over the world and is maintained to a high standard by each of the provinces and territories. The Council of Ministers of Education is a forum for education ministers to discuss matters related to education, coordinate education activities and share information. Canada boasts one of the highest rates of post-secondary education in the world, with 6 of every 10 adults between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed some form of post-secondary education.
There are more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available in Canadian universities, from certificates to PhDs and everything in between. Universities and university colleges focus on degree programs but may also offer some diplomas and certificates, often in professional designations. University degrees are offered at three consecutive levels:
- Bachelor’s level students can enter after having completed secondary school or the two-year cégep program in Quebec. Bachelor’s degrees require three or four years of full-time study, but this depends on the province and whether the program is general or specialized.
- A Master’s Degree typically requires two years of study after the bachelor’s degree.
- For a Doctoral Degree, three to five years of additional study and research plus a dissertation are the normal requirements.
For regulated professions such as medicine, law, education and social work, the education system in Canada generally requires a work placement to obtain a license to practice.
Degree-granting institutions in Canada focus on teaching and research. Teaching is the other key function, whether at the small liberal arts universities that primarily offer undergraduate degrees or at the large, comprehensive institutions that offer more. Registration varies from about 2,000 students at some institutions to a full-time enrollment of over 62,000 at the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest English-language university. Keep in mind that unregulated educational institutions in Canada are privately run commercial enterprises with no regulations. It’s recommended to know the states of an educational institution to understand the quality of a certain program.
Types of Schools & Institutes in Canada
Universities in Canada
Universities in Canada range in size from a few hundred to 35,000 students, and offer over 10,000 high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
A Bachelor’s degree program in Canada usually lasts from three to four years, sometimes with an extra year for honours programs.
Master’s degree programs in Canada generally run for two years, and doctorate research and study go on for four to five years. Some universities also offer diploma and certificate education programs. Besides offering educational programs and qualifications, universities in Canada usually have athletics, accommodation, counselling, scholarships, study-skills workshops and career-placement services for its students.
Universities in Canada are almost always publicly funded with varying tuition fees. The school year runs from September through May, divided into either semester (two study terms) or trimesters (three study terms). University education programs in Canada are usually offered in either French or English. Degrees earned at universities in Canada have the same merit as those earned in the US or other commonwealth countries like Australia and the United Kingdom. It is often possible for a student to continue their education which was started in another country at a school in Canada, and vice versa, depending on the university.
Technical Institutes and Colleges in Canada
There are over 170 technical institutes and community colleges located in Canada. These educational institutions focus on offering certificates, diplomas, and attestation programs, the completion of which earns graduates a diploma, degree or applied degree. Class sizes are usually smaller than those at universities. Technical institutes and community colleges in Canada provide education through professional programs ranging from one to three years in duration. These programs are career-oriented, meeting the needs of businesses, industries, adult education and secondary school graduates. Programs often change their curriculum according to the economic and social needs of the community. Many students choose to attend community college for two years before transferring to a four-year university.
Career colleges in Canada are privately owned educational institutions which provide students with practical skills moulded specifically for the job market. Study periods are usually relatively short, and the courses emphasize practical skills. Canadian career colleges specialize in areas such as business, IT and secretarial skills.