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
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.