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8 great reasons Choose Canada to Top quality programs Canadian universities are noted for offering the highest quality of education. A Canadian degree is recognized globally as being equivalent to degrees from the United States and Commonwealth countries. Diverse peoples and cultures YukoN Canada ranks among the most multicultural nations in territorY the world. Regardless of ethnic origin, students feel at home in our diverse communities and campuses. • Whitehorse Northwest territories Warm summers, cool winters In summer, thousands of freshwater lakes and rivers hold our attention, • Yellowknife and autumn foliage produces a stunning array of colours. Winter brings abundant opportunity to ice skate, ski and snowboard, while spring is the time to meet friends at sidewalk cafés in our numerous metropolitan cities. Healthy and safe communities British According to the World Bank, Canadian ColumBia cities rank among the best places in the alBerta world to live, work and study. 5 8 Edmonton Study in English, étudier en français 9 saskatChewaN Canada has two official languages: English and French. You may choose to study in either language 2 6 or at a bilingual university. Calgary 3 10 1 4 12 Saskatoon Lower costs, higher value 11 Tuition and the cost of living in Canada are 13 lower than in countries such as Australia, Regina England and the United States. Thriving campus communities From libraries and sports facilities to concert halls and art galleries — Canada’s campuses have it all, including student-run radio stations, newspapers and business ventures. We’re fully wired Canadian universities offer some of the most advanced learning environments in the world. Here, wired residences and classrooms and on-campus Web access are now commonplace.
Universities by Province Location on Map Location on Map Location on Map University of St. Michael’s College 20 British ColumBia manitoBa www.utoronto.ca/stmikes The University of British Columbia 3 Brandon University 14 Saint Paul University 26 www.ubc.ca www.brandonu.ca www.ustpaul.ca Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design 3 University of Manitoba 15 www.eciad.ca www.umanitoba.ca University of Sudbury 17 www.usudbury.ca University College of the Fraser Valley 4 Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface 15 www.ucfv.ca www.cusb.ca University of Toronto 20 www.utoronto.ca Malaspina University-College 2 The University of Winnipeg 15 www.mala.ca www.uwinnipeg.ca Trent University 19 www.trentu.ca University of Northern British Columbia 5 www.unbc.ca ontario University of Trinity College 20 www.trinity.utoronto.ca Royal Roads University 1 Brescia University College 23 www.royalroads.ca www.brescia.uwo.ca Victoria University 20 www.vicu.utoronto.ca Simon Fraser University 3 Brock University 24 www.sfu.ca www.brocku.ca University of Waterloo 21 www.uwaterloo.ca Thompson Rivers University 6 Carleton University 26 www.tru.ca www.carleton.ca The University of Western Ontario 23 www.uwo.ca Trinity Western University 4 Dominican College of Philosophy and www.twu.ca Theology (Dominican University College) 26 Wilfrid Laurier University 21 www.dominicancollege.ca www.wlu.ca University of Victoria 1 www.uvic.ca University of Guelph 21 University of Windsor 22 www.uoguelph.ca www.uwindsor.ca alBerta Huron University College 23 York University 20 www.huronuc.on.ca www.yorku.ca University of Alberta 9 www.ualberta.ca King’s University College Athabasca University 8 (King’s University College at QueBeC www.athabascau.ca the University of Western Ontario) 23 Bishop’s University 30 www.uwo.ca/kings www.ubishops.ca University of Calgary 10 www.ucalgary.ca Lakehead University 16 Concordia University 28 www.lakeheadu.ca www.concordia.ca Concordia University College of Alberta 8 www.concordia.ab.ca Laurentian University of Sudbury 17 École des Hautes Études Commerciales The King’s University College 8 www.laurentian.ca de Montréal (HEC Montréal) 28 www.kingsu.ca www.hec.ca McMaster University 24 The University of Lethbridge 11 www.mcmaster.ca Université Laval 31 www.uleth.ca www.ulaval.ca Nipissing University 18 www.nipissingu.ca McGill University 28 www.mcgill.ca saskatChewan Ontario College of Art and Design 19 Campion College 13 www.ocad.ca Université de Montréal 28 www.campioncollege.ca www.umontreal.ca University of Ontario Institute First Nations University of Canada 13 of Technology 19 École Polytechnique de Montréal 28 www.firstnationsuniversity.ca www.uoit.ca www.polymtl.ca Luther College 13 University of Ottawa 26 Université du Québec 31 www.luthercollege.edu www.uottawa.ca www.uquebec.ca University of Regina 13 Queen’s University at Kingston Université du Québec à Montréal 28 www.uregina.ca www.uqam.ca (Queen’s University) 25 St. Thomas More College 12 www.queensu.ca Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 29 www.stmcollege.ca www.uqtr.ca Redeemer University College 24 University of Saskatchewan 12 www.redeemer.ca Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 32 www.uqac.ca www.usask.ca Royal Military College of Canada 25 www.rmc.ca Université du Québec à Rimouski 33 www.uqar.ca Ryerson University 20 www.ryerson.ca Université du Québec en Outaouais 26 www.uqo.ca St. Jerome’s University 21 www.sju.ca
Location on Map Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 27 www.uqat.ca Université du Québec : Institut national de la recherche scientifique 31 www.inrs.ca Université du Québec : École nationale d’administration publique 31 www.enap.ca Université du Québec : École de technologie supérieure 28 www.etsmtl.ca YukoN territorY Université de Sherbrooke 30 www.usherbrooke.ca • Whitehorse new BrunswiCk Northwest territories Université de Moncton 34 www.umoncton.ca Mount Allison University 34 • Yellowknife www.mta.ca University of New Brunswick 35 www.unb.ca St. Thomas University 35 www.stu.ca nova sCotia Acadia University 42 British www.acadiau.ca ColumBia Cape Breton University 40 alBerta www.cbu.ca Dalhousie University 38 5 www.dal.ca 8 Edmonton University of King’s College 38 www.ukings.ca 9 saskatChewaN Mount Saint Vincent University 38 www.msvu.ca 6 2 Nova Scotia Agricultural College 37 Calgary www.nsac.ca 3 10 1 4 12 Nova Scotia College of Art and Victoria Saskatoon Design (NSCAD University) 38 Vancouver www.nscad.ca 11 13 Université Sainte-Anne 41 www.usainteanne.ca Regina St. Francis Xavier University 39 www.stfx.ca Saint Mary’s University 38 www.smu.ca PrinCe edward island University of Prince Edward Island 36 www.upei.ca want to know more? newfoundland and laBrador For an in-depth description of any university listed here, visit the institution’s Memorial University of Newfoundland 43 www.mun.ca website or order a copy of the Directory of Canadian Universities, an invaluable resource published annually by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. (See ordering details on the back cover of this brochure.)
Iqaluit • Nunavut Newfoundland Manitoba QuEbec St. John’s 43 Ontario 33 14 15 Winnipeg 32 P.E.I. New 36 40 Sydney Thunder Bay 27 39 Quebec Brunswick 34 16 31 37 35 29 Fredericton 42 38 Halifax Montreal Gatineau 41 17 18 26 28 30 Nova Ottawa 26 Scotia 19 25 Toronto 20 21 24 23 22
Canadian universities: Quality, value, Choice Today’s “Global Village” E ach year, Canadian universities welcome more than 100,000 new students from around the began in Canada globe — and it is easy to see why. Canada’s renowned Our institutions are home to a wide communications theorist, the late variety of internationally-respected Marshall McLuhan, a longtime programs offering incredible University of Toronto professor, educational value. established himself as a visionary nearly 40 years ago when he Canada also offers wide-ranging referred to the coming world as academic choice. Currently there are a “global village” — a community more than 10,000 undergraduate featuring the free exchange of ideas and graduate degree programs and a greater interdependency available across the country. across borders. Novelist Tom Wolfe said that McLuhan sounded like, Computer science, business, “the most important thinker since telecommunications, medicine, Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, agriculture and environmental and Pavlov … the oracle of science are just a few of the areas modern times.” in which our universities have earned a global reputation for Today, as nations around the teaching and research excellence. world become increasingly connected through media and technology, McLuhan’s ideas resound louder than ever. Read more about him A Canadian degree is at www.mcluhan.utoronto.ca. recognized globally as McLuhan is perhaps the most equivalent to degrees famous of a multitude of from the United States Canadian researchers who and Commonwealth have helped the country become an international leader in fields universities, while such as telecommunications, Canada’s lower tuition governance, computer science, early childhood development, and living costs create genomics and many others. exceptional value.
Some key advantages to of its academic programs. Canada’s university system Each university is committed • There’s an option to suit everyone to ensuring that appropriate in the more than 90 universities standards are achieved and across Canada. Study at a large, maintained in its programs research-intensive campus in an and that it is offering a high urban centre, or live in residence quality education. at a small liberal arts institution with undergraduate emphasis. • International students can save considerably by studying in • Canadian university professors are Canada. For instance, in a 2003 of the highest calibre — experts survey compiled by the Association who share their knowledge of Commonwealth Universities, clearly and effectively and make Canada offered the lowest tuition themselves accessible to students. rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia and New • You may study in either of Zealand. And, fees in U.S. public • Multiculturalism makes Canada’s official languages universities were almost one-third Canada a healthy and welcoming (English and French) or at higher than fees for bachelor’s environment for global-minded a bilingual university. degrees in Canada, while U.S. higher education. All of our private university fees were more universities have staff advisers • Each AUCC member institution than double. Factor in Canada’s and student services to help has a mission statement and low cost of living, and the overall international visitors adjust objectives which underpin the financial advantage becomes to living in a new country. development and assessment even greater. For additional details about studying in Canada, consult these helpful online resources: www.canadainternational.gc.ca www.studycanada.ca This Government of Canada site features links to services, Hosted by the Canadian Education Centre Network, this information and resources for citizens of other countries. in-depth resource details the education system in Canada, including institutional requirements, costs, and information www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.html on obtaining a visa or study permit. This Citizenship and Immigration Canada site offers a host of important information for international students www.canlearn.ca considering Canada, including visa and study permit details. CanLearn Interactive is a comprehensive bilingual site containing practical advice and a variety of self-assessment www.cicic.ca/postsec/indexe.stm tools to guide your university decision-making process. The Web site of the CICIC (Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials) can help you assess www.keepexploring.ca your educational credentials by referring you to the The official travel tourism site of the Canadian Tourism appropriate bodies. Commission features numerous maps and a wide range of information to assist in your exploration of Canada.
In Canada, you’ll feel welcomed — and amazed I t’s no secret: Canadians and visitors to Canada enjoy a quality of life that is recognized worldwide. From Bordered by the Pacific, Atlantic safe neighbourhoods in some of and Arctic oceans, North America’s most cosmopolitan cities to top-notch health care and Canada crosses six public transportation, excellence time zones and is home permeates every aspect of Canadian life — including a world-class higher to 32 million people. education system. As the world’s second-largest country, Canada offers tremendous geographic variety in a climate not nearly as cold as you might think! Visitors discover Pacific coastal mountains, sweeping prairies, sparkling skylines in sophisticated cities, the rugged beauty of the Atlantic region and much more. In a country with an estimated one-seventh of the world’s fresh water supply, beaches, boating and waterfronts are always close at hand. Scores of parks and historic sites offer outdoor activities, while tennis, golf, swimming, skiing — and, of course, ice hockey — are among the vast array of sports and recreational pursuits enjoyed across Canada.
Canada: A snapshot Landscape: Mountains, prairies, desert, Arctic tundra, glaciers, valleys, foothills, rivers, lakes Population: 32 million Capital city: Ottawa, Ontario People: British descent (28%), French descent (23%), Thanks to a superior Italian descent (3%), Aboriginal peoples (2%), telecommunications system, plus significant groups of German, Ukrainian, Canadians are extremely well Dutch, Greek, Polish and Chinese descent connected. More than half of all Languages: English, French and 53 Aboriginal languages Canadians own a personal computer and all universities offer students Religions: Catholic (45%), Protestant (36%), Judaism, high-speed Internet access. Islam and most of the world’s major religions Government: Parliamentary democracy A land of many cultures Source: Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Canada is a bilingual nation (French and English are the official languages) but our roots reach back to all five of the world’s Besides outstanding continents. In fact, one out of three quality of life, Canada Canadians has an ethnic background other than English, French or offers a stable, Aboriginal. University campuses progressive political throughout the country reflect this reality: a multitude of languages environment and are spoken and hundreds of one of the healthiest cultures interconnect. economies in the world.
7H Applying to a Canadian university: elpful Guidelines Define your goals Identify application Consult The Directory procedures of Canadian Universities In Canada, application (see ordering details at the end procedures vary by province. of this brochure) and other resources In some provinces, students can to carefully identify the universities apply through a central application and programs that match your service; in others, applications educational goals, language needs must go directly to the chosen and geographic preferences. Consider institution. The majority of applying to more than one program Canadian universities accept or institution in case you aren’t applications via e-mail, and many admitted to your first choice. have adopted a “rolling admissions” procedure to consider international Meet language students on an ongoing basis requirements throughout the year. To find Web International students in site addresses for every Canadian Canada must demonstrate university, consult the map at proficiency in either English or the front of this brochure or visit French, depending on the university www.aucc.ca, the web site of the where they apply. Many English Association of Universities and universities require that you write Colleges of Canada. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). To determine the language requirements of a specific university, check with Evaluate your eligibility its registrar. There is no nationwide set of university entrance exams in Canada. Instead, applicants Arrange to apply early are assessed individually against the Although application particular institution’s entrance deadlines vary among requirements. Graduation from a Canadian universities, you secondary school and good academic should generally apply eight months standing are typically the minimum in advance of your desired program requirements for undergraduate study. start date. The Canadian academic Some universities require SAT I and/ year usually begins in September, or II results to qualify for admission. although some programs do allow students to begin in January or May.
What international students are saying “I had heard that “I picked the greatest UBC because learning I wanted a experience school that was Submit supporting that can be just as good as documents found in a university comes any in the States, but gave me Once you apply, you may be not from textbooks but from more bang for my buck. I feel as required to forward various the classrooms. It’s the people challenged at UBC as I would supporting documentation such as: and the spirit of the university have at the schools I wanted • Official secondary school transcripts that count. York has given me to go to back home, but I can • Official postsecondary transcripts the opportunity to come out of graduate here without being • Postsecondary course descriptions myself, to meet people from all in debt from student loans… (from institutions outside over the world and, above all, While there are many similarities North America) to learn what life is all about.” between living in the States and • Application for on-campus housing Canada, the multitude of cultures Shumu Haque Home country: India I have found up here is amazing. Program: Humanities and Communications You see so many people from at York University so many different nations live, work and study together. “The array of It really opens your eyes opportunities to the world.” available at Nick Hersh the University Home country: USA (Pennsylvania) of Alberta is Program: Arts at the University incredible, from the diversity of British Columbia of classes, to sports, to volunteering, to conferences and seminars and workshops. Coming to Canada has opened my eyes and deepened my knowledge: it has changed my life.” Once admitted, apply Luis Lopez Martinelli for a study permit Home country: Mexico If you are not a Canadian Program: Commerce at the University of Alberta citizen or permanent resident of Canada you must obtain a study permit when pursuing education programs lasting longer than six months. Visit the Web site of Citizenship and Immigration Canada for details: www.cic.gc.ca/ english/study/index.html.
Frequently asked questions And some enlightening answers Will my Canadian complete an additional year to $20,000 US) to cover all expenses degree be recognized obtain an honours degree. An for an academic year. This includes in other countries? honours degree requires a high tuition and living expenses but • A degree from a Canadian level of concentration in a major not transportation to and from university is of high quality, subject and is typically needed for your home country. This figure is and is recognized as equivalent admission into graduate studies. an average only. Actual expenses to degrees from the United States • Completion of a master’s degree may vary with geographic region or Commonwealth countries. usually requires at least one year and will depend upon the specific • While Canada does not have of full-time study (beyond an tuition fees for the program you an institutional accreditation honours degree) and includes a choose and the university you attend. process similar to that found in thesis, practicum or a research • Because winters are cold in the U.S., the appropriate provincial paper. A doctoral degree, or PhD, most parts of Canada, a budget charter plus membership in requires at least three years of for warm clothing is strongly AUCC is deemed equivalent. additional full-time study, usually recommended. Expect to spend Professional and specialized with at least one year on campus. between $350 and $500 CDN programs (i.e., medicine, nursing In most cases, a master’s degree for winter clothes. and engineering) are accredited is required for admission to a • To calculate your expenses and by reliable and reputable agencies. doctoral program, but some estimate the cost of living in To ensure high quality standards, universities will accept PhD students various communities across academic programs are subject to who have completed an honours Canada, consult the Canadian regular review by the institutions degree only for certain programs. government’s CanLearn Interactive that offer them, and in some cases Web site: www.canlearn.ca. by provincial or regional bodies as What is the cost of well. Proposals for new programs living in Canada? Will I need are also reviewed to ensure their • Compared to many other countries, health insurance? quality prior to being launched. the cost of living in Canada is very • Yes, you must arrange for medical • For specific details on degree affordable. Approximate prices health coverage before you arrive recognition, please consult with your ($CDN) for basic goods and in Canada. Because medical country’s educational authorities. services are as follows: coverage varies from province Monthly rent to province and sometimes from How long will it (2-bedroom apartment): $500.00 – $1000 university to university, consult Bus fare, one way: $2.50 with an official at the Canadian take to earn a degree? Lunch at restaurant: $10.00 • Depending on the province, diplomatic post nearest you for Dinner at restaurant: $18.00 a bachelor’s (or undergraduate) Admission to cinema: $10.00 detailed information. You may degree requires either three also wish to determine whether or four years to complete. In • As a rough guideline, you will the universities you are applying provinces that grant three-year need approximately $19,000 to offer medical insurance plans bachelor’s degrees, students must to $25,000 CDN ($15,000 to for international students.
Is financial for up to 20 hours a week during What are the aid available? the school year and full-time tuition fees? • Contact the Ministry of during study breaks. These • Tuition fees for international Education in your home country agreements make it easier for students vary from province to for information on Canadian students to gain work experience province and will depend on your scholarships. Details may also in the Canadian labour market and academic program of choice. Fee be available from the financial earn extra income while studying. schedules are based on citizenship, aid office at your Canadian • In order to be eligible for the not country of origin or residence. university of choice. program, foreign students must The following table indicates • To order a free copy of the helpful have a valid study permit, and the range of tuition fees for each Iqaluit booklet Awards for Study in they must have• studied full-time at province (in Canadian dollars) for Canada, contact: an eligible public, postsecondary general arts and science programs. NuNavut Canadian Bureau for institution for at least six months International Education out of the 12 months preceding University tuition fees for full-time foreign students 220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550 their application. Institutions 2006-2007 2006-2007 Province Undergraduate Graduate Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5Z9 must sign an agreement with the tuition fees (per tuition fees (per Phone: (613) 237-4820 province or territory in which they academic year) * academic year) ** Fax: (613) 237-1073 are located in order to participate British Columbia $9,248 – $17,667 $2,600 – $33,667 Internet: www.cbie.ca in the program. The agreement Alberta $8,000 – $15,767 $5,550 – $21,546 includes monitoring and reporting Saskatchewan $8,489 – $11,482 $2,000 – $7,078 Manitoba $5,573 – $8,283 $4,170 – $7,937 Am I qualified requirements to ensure that Ontario $6,900 – $16,800 $5,650 – $26,764 to work in Canada? students retain their eligibility Quebec NewfouNdlaNd $10,068 – $12,930 $9,078 – $20,000 maNitoBa for the program. • Full-time international students New Brunswick $7,843 – $12,810 $7,260 – $9,384 may work on campus (for instance, • Working in Canada is a Nova Scotia $8,233 – $14,349 $5,735 – $19,467 at the university library) without possibility after your studies as Prince Edward QueBeC Island $8,970 $4,854 – $7,281 obtaining a work permit. Graduate an international student. Under St. John’s 43 Newfoundland or research work completed at certain circumstances, graduating and Labrador $8,780 $1,896 – $3,549 oNtario facilities associated with your international students may apply Source: Statistics Canada university is considered to work in Canada for up to two 33 * undergraduate programs in arts 14 15 Winnipeg 32 years after graduation. For more P.e.i.in all faculties ** graduate programs “on-campus” work. New 36 40 Sydney • The federal Thunder Bay government’s details on 27 part-time off-campus 39 Quebec BruNswiCk 34 • Remember: Tuition 37 fees make 16 work as well as post-graduation31 35 off-campus work program up only part employment, consult 29 www.cic. Montreal Fredericton 42 of38your total yearly Halifax allows eligible foreign students Gatineau expenses. 41 You should also budget 17 18 28 30 gc.ca/english/study/offcampus- 26 at public postsecondary for expenses Nova such as books, work.htmlOttawa 26 and www.cic.gc.ca/ sCotia institutions to work off-campus student activity fees, food, housing, 19 25 english/study/work-opps.html. travel/transportation, health care, Toronto 20 21 clothing, laundry and entertainment. 24 23 22
Take your next step toward university study in Canada by ordering the direCtory of Canadian Universities The most current and complete guide to institutions, programs, requirements and more e des Répertoir tés universi es Directory of The Directory of Canadian Universities is the authoritative source n Canadia s canadien n on everything from scholarship information and fees, to program tie Universi descriptions and housing details, for more than 90 Canadian institutions of higher learning. Published annually by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, this 600+page bilingual volume includes: • Up-to-date descriptions of each institution • An index of the more than 10,000 academic programs available in Canada • Articles on undergraduate and graduate studies • International student information The Directory is currently available for $44.95 CDN. Add shipping per copy ($7 in Canada; $9 USA; $15 elsewhere) Canadian orders are subject to taxes: • PST: Ontario residents only – 8% • HST: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland – 14% • GST: Ontario and rest of Canada – 6% 4 ways to order: 1. By phone: (613) 563-3961, ext 205 2. By fax: (613) 563-9745 3. By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Online: www.aucc.ca/dcu If you have further questions about universities in Canada: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada 350 Albert Street, Suite 600 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1R 1B1 Te l : ( 6 1 3 ) 5 6 3 - 1 2 3 6 Fax: (613) 563-9745 E-mail: email@example.com w w w. a u c c . c a Our Web site includes a searchable list of university programs and links to all universities in Canada. REV 03-2007
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