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TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Canada

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TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Canada

The decision to send a child to study in Canada is made by many foreign parents who want to give their child a foreign education: this country is quite popular, and local educational institutions have good reviews. In this article, SMAPSE experts will talk about TOP-5 most important things you need to know about education and life in Canada.

According to UN statistics from 2014, Canada ranks 8th in the ranking of countries with a high standard of living. This country is hospitable towards foreign students, it is safe and comfortable: in the territory washed by oceans on three sides, there are endless forests, volcanoes, parks and lakes that perfectly blend with the "stone jungle" where the largest international companies, financial centers, headquarters. Official languages: French and English, which makes it possible to learn two languages at once during the stay - many educational institutions support a bilingual system of education.

Every year, the number of foreign students in Canada only increases, which is associated with an increase in the quality of education - there are more opportunities for students, while the cost of education remains reasonably acceptable for foreign people.


TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in Canada

1. In Canada, public schools are available for Russians, but exclusively on a fee basis - Canadians study in them for free until 15 years of age. As a rule, Russian students choose private boarding schools in Canada, where they receive education and live on a full board basis. It is worth noting that tuition prices are much lower than, for example, in the USA, Great Britain or Switzerland.

2. There is no generally accepted academic curriculum in Canadian schools - provincial curricula differ, teachers use unique teaching methods and techniques

3. Grants or scholarships for studying in Canada are available for foreign students, which allows them to partially reduce costs or fully cover them. It is also allowed to combine studies with work, but not more than 20 hours / week

4. Foreign students enter Canadian universities immediately after the end of the school: completing an international pre-university program is voluntary - usually students who lack academic or linguistic knowledge to continue studying abroad enter the preparatory courses

5. Registration of guardianship for the duration of the stay of a child under 17 years old is a prerequisite for admission. Requirements for a guardian based on local legislation: permanent residence in the country, willingness to look after a foreign student and provide assistance, conclusion of a formal guardianship agreement.

Education in Canada for foreign students: requirements and prices

Children start studying in Canadian schools from the age of 7, the same conditions apply for foreign students: you need to prepare for admission in advance (it is important to submit documents about a year before the start of study). Students can enroll, even if they do not speak English or French at a high level - some educational institutions allow students to be enrolled with a minimum level of knowledge of a foreign language.

The organization of education in Canadian schools consists of a large number of subjects to choose from, starting from the middle grades, students have the opportunity to independently choose the subjects that are of interest to them and include them in their curriculum. Teachers of international private schools have experience working with foreign students and take into account all the features of education.

Basic requirements for foreign students upon admission:

  • translation of documents into English or French
  • provision of a time sheet with estimates for the last 2-3 years
  • provision of a language certificate
  • passing test in individual subjects
  • interview with a school representative.

The most common requirements for foreign students are listed above, but some schools provide a more streamlined admission process.

After the school administration processes the student’s application, you must go through the following steps:

  • housing searches if the school does not provide accommodation on the school campus
  • round-trip air tickets purchase, transfer organization
  • purchase health insurance
  • getting a visa
  • conclusion of a contract with a guardian if the child is under 17 years old.

In the costs of studying abroad, it is necessary to include not only the cost of the academic program, accommodation and air tickets, but also the additional costs associated with obtaining a visa, paying the entry fee, deposit on admission, the cost of medical insurance, educational materials. The average cost of a long-term academic program is from 14,000 CAD $ to 70,000 CAD $ per year of study.

Why you should send your child to study in Canada: main advantages:

“How to choose the best school for a child in Canada?” - many parents ask this question, but you can’t answer unequivocally which of the schools is the best, it all depends on personal preferences. In some schools, education is available only in English or French, there are separate schools for girls or boys. Each educational institution may have its own unique advantages, therefore, SMAPSE experts strongly recommend that you choose a school responsibly or contact SMAPSE - experts will talk in detail about each educational institution and help you make the right choice.

  • Studying in Canada is very easy to combine with an active lifestyle: walking, trekking, camping - it is worth noting that not every country can offer this to travelers who prefer adventure programs.
  • The modern equipment and developed infrastructure of the campuses will also please students: right on the school grounds you can play sports, attend extra classes or study groups, study independently in spacious classrooms, and visit laboratories for scientific research.
  • Education in Canadian schools can be considered an excellent preparation for entering foreign universities: this helps to adapt to the education system, life abroad and to feel the rhythm of life of the local population. Secondary education is confirmed by the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), but there are also American schools in Canada where you can get a High School Diploma, and then take an advanced placement course - Advanced Placement.

Preparatory Courses for Students in Canada: University and College Preparation

The passage of pre-university programs in Canada for foreign students is voluntary - students immediately after after graduation can enter a Canadian university or college.

Preparatory programs in Canada:

  • Transfer Program - from 18,000 CAD $ / year
  • International Foundation - from 5,000 CAD $ / semester
  • University Pathway Program - from 1,800 CAD $.

Each of the programs allows you to get additional academic and linguistic knowledge, which simplifies studying at a university and allows you to quickly learn a foreign language. It is not necessary to continue studying in Canada after the completion of the preparatory program: the doors of international educational institutions will be open for the student - received diplomas or certificates are accepted in different parts of the world, which expands the capabilities of the modern student.

Anyone who is thinking of continuing to study in Canada can be sure that prestigious and popular universities are located here, where you can get a higher education of high quality. According to the latest data, Canadian education is almost not inferior to American, and the cost of education is significantly lower than in the United States.

Scientific research was especially popular in Canada, as a result of which important scientific discoveries were made by local specialists and modern technologies were developed.

Admission to the best schools of Canada on the example of Brookes Shawnigan Lake

There are age limits for students to enroll in a private boarding school Brookes Shawnigan Lake - admission is possible for students over 12 years old. Today, the school offers a middle course and the international program International Baccalaureate, graduates often enter the top and prestigious universities in Canada or the United States.

The cost of education for the academic year is 47,500 CAD $, additional costs:

800 CAD $

school uniform

2,500 CAD $

registration fee for admission

1,500 CAD $

student contribution

1,500 CAD $

contingency fee


application fee


consular fee


visa support, translation, certification of documents


air flight, transfer.

As with all universities abroad, it is important to apply for admission one year before starting studies.

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