Education by Levels

 

Canada prides itself on having one of the best education systems in the world. More than 57% of all Canadians go through post-secondary education in their lifetime, a statistic surpassed only by South Korea. It is no wonder that more than 600,000 international students go annually to Canada to pursue higher education — a number expected to increase to a million by 2025. 

Canadian education is predominantly funded by the Government’s public funds, with a few exceptions at the provincial levels. Thousands of private schools are divided into secular and religious-based institutions. Canadian education is administered by federal, provincial and local governments.

What makes the Canadian system so unique is its effectiveness. Students can begin studying at kindergarten and then go through five levels: Early Child School Education, Elementary Education, Intermediate Education, Secondary Education, and Post-Secondary Education. International Students can integrate into any of these stages if they comply with the specific requirements.

 

Post-secondary or higher education has several distinctions:

  • College: where students can pursue technical degrees or applied arts and even applied science. The given accreditations consist of certificates, diplomas, and in some cases, bachelor’s degrees. 
  • University: universities are focused on academic courses and research. They provide different types of higher education.

 

Accreditations for Post-Secondary Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Usually referred to as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. It’s an academic course that lasts between three and four years, depending on the program, the institution, and the province.

Alexander College

Algonquin College

Bow Valley College

Brock University

Keyano College

New York Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Georgian College

Medicine Hat College

Lakeland College

Master’s Degree

Often referred to as Master of Arts or Master of Science, it takes approximately two years to complete and a student can only apply for this degree once they have completed a Bachelor’s degree.

Brock University

Lakeland College

University Canada West

Georgian College

New York Institute of Technology

Doctor of Pilosophy Degree (Ph.D)

Either if you’re thinking of extending your studies in Canada or complementing your foreign superior studies, a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree is a great option. A Ph.D is also a more attractive proposal for older students who, in many cases, have their own family and plan to bring them along while studying. 

Brock University

Certificates

These academic programs usually last less than a year for full-time students.

Alexander College

Academy of Learning

Bow Valley College

Focus College

Georgian College

Keyano College

Liaison College

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Inception Academy

Medicine Hat College

Lakeland College

Chinook School Division

Diplomas

These are academic programs that aim to give students specific preparations about different areas. The estimated time of completion goes from 18 months to two years.

Focus College

Keyano College

Lakeland College

Bow Valley College

Brock University

Medicine Hat College

Liaison College

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Trebas Institute

High School (Secondary Education)

Though special conditions apply for underage international students, many come each year to complete secondary studies in Canada.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Inception Academy

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