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2019-08-14 16:40:11

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

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

Canadian education is one of the best in the world in terms of quality and accessibility. Before sending your child to study in Toronto, you should pay attention to TOP-5 most important things you need to know about the education system in Canada.

According to the QS rating, Toronto is in the top of the best cities to study in the world and is the most desirable place of study according to students. The reasons for this are the international community of the city, active nightlife, natural beauties and, of course, the best universities in Canada.

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

  1. More than a third of the population are migrants, therefore it is easy for foreign students to adapt among their peers. In addition, studies have shown that foreign students are more diligent in their studies, which encourages Canadians to also study at full strength.
  2. All schools and universities in Toronto teach in English. For children with poor language skills, language courses and support programs exist.
  3. To enter for study purposes, foreign students need a student visa, but before applying for it, you must first obtain a study permit in Canada (study permit) on the basis of an invitation from the institution. For short-term programs (summer camps, language courses, vacation programs ) up to 6 months a tourist visa will be enough.
  4. A study visa allows you to work in Canada without additional work permits.
  5. A distinctive feature of the province of Ontario is compulsory education up to 18 years (in other provinces up to 16) and the practice of mixed age in classes. You can start learning from the age of 3, so the age boundaries are very blurred by senior grades.

More than half of parents in Toronto prefer to send their children to popular schools with alternative academic programs:

  • Montessori - the Italian method of free education
  • Waldorf schools based on anthroposophical beliefs
  • Reggio Emilia: experimental schools where students are allowed to supervise and guide the learning process
  • Arrowsmith - for students with specific learning difficulties (the method is based on the characteristics of brain neuroplasticity).

According to parents, alternative forms are more adaptive to the needs of children. Classes are held in small classes, where maximum attention is paid to each student. Moreover, such elite schools in Toronto allow parents to attend classes and participate in the education of their own child.

Admission to school in Toronto by the example of Upper Canada College: prices, admission conditions

Upper Canada College is a prestigious boarding school founded in 1829. It is one of Canada's leading private schools. Accepts foreign students to study under the IB international undergraduate program from 5 to 18 years. The school adheres to the principle of separate education: boys and girls study in different classes.

The cost of one year of study in classes

Primary School

31,400 CAD $

Middle classes

59,524 CAD $

High school program

62,524 CAD $

IB program

62,524 CAD $

List of documents for admission when transferring from a your local school:

  • copy of a foreign passport
  • language certificate
  • report card for the last 2-4 years
  • school registration form
  • letters of recommendation from teachers
  • interview with a school representative
  • a photo
  • medical certificate on the general state of health of the child, statement of vaccinations
  • birth certificate

Toronto Higher Education for foreign students

According to OECD reports, Canada leads the world in terms of education: over 55% of Canadian citizens have higher education. About 2,000 students undergo studying annually in small universities, and 62,000 in the largest university in Toronto. Canadian universities focus on the practical application of knowledge and research, and therefore the requirements for admission are quite serious - be sure to consider this fact if you decide to send your child to study in Toronto:

  • high GPA average from 4-4.5
  • English proficiency is not lower than Upper Intermediate ( IELTS 6.5-7.0, TOEFL - from 83).

University of Toronto

  • Biology,
  • Psychology,
  • Medicine.

York University

  • Economics,
  • Fine Arts,
  • Ecology.

Ryerson University

Business Management

The cost of higher education in Toronto for foreign students


7,500 CAD $  - 50,000 CAD $


13,200 CAD$  - 56,000 CAD $

It is not possible to enter the bachelor's program immediately after graduating from a your local school due to differences in school education systems, but even one year of study in Canada by the International Foundation or Transfer Year Program will be enough to complete secondary education by Canadian standards. In these classes, foreign students study together with the locals, so this is a good way to join the academic and cultural environment.

Individuals over 25 years old have special admission rules in Canada. Even if your level of education does not meet the entrance requirements, but you demonstrate your academic abilities to the admissions committee, you can also apply for a place at a prestigious university in Toronto.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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