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Overview of Canada

9.971 million square kilometers (the second largest in the world, about 27 times the size of Japan)
34.88 million (2012)
English, French
(About half of the people close to) Roman Catholic

Why Study in Canada?
Canadians are lucky to have access to one of the best educational systems in the world. By combining world class education with Canada?fs diverse multi-cultural landscape, students have every chance to broaden educational and cultural horizons! Here are some quick facts on Canada, and what makes it so special:

Educational Diversity and Quality
? Over 150 public colleges and institutes
? Over 90 public and not-for-profit universities
? 20 of Canada?fs research universities are ranked in the THES-QS Top Universities rankings (3 in top 50!)
? All types of programs available (certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, degrees, masters, doctorate, etc.)

Support for International Students
? Over 150,000 international students enter Canada to study for periods of six months or longer (DFAIT)
? 5% of foreign students worldwide enrolled in Canada (OECD)

One of the Best Places in the World to Live

  • Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • ?In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates.
  • Canada’s largest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.

Work while Studying
? Work during study ? after 6 months full time academic study in good standing
? Co-op education ? semester-long, paid work placements
? Post-graduation work permit ? 3 years after diploma or degree

Education system of Canada
Education system varies greatly from state to state in Canada, once you’ve decided, let’s be sure to examine the educational system of the state.

Language school
The ESL of university colleges and intermediate English proficiency or more is the body gets, where you can attend a class of academic courses is a big feature.

Secondary School (High School)
Secondary school, also referred to as high school or senior high, is from Grade 8-12 (age 14-18). In Quebec, secondary or high school is from Grades 7-11, followed by two to three years at a junior college. For most provinces education is compulsory up until the age of 16 years but again, this varies from province to province; for example, in Manitoba, education is compulsory up until the age of 17 and in New Brunswick and Ontario, up until the age of 18. Most students continue education until they graduate at the end of Grade 12. 

Community college 
In Canada, the term community college is not widely used. There are 150 institutions that could be roughly equivalent of the US community college in certain contexts. They are usually referred to simply as “colleges” since in common usage a degree granting institution is almost exclusively a university. There may be an agreement between colleges and universities to collaborate on the education requirements toward a degree. Only in Western Canada is the term Associates degree used as in the United States. In other parts of Canada a degree is usually attained as a 4 years study program, and to a much lesser degree now (except in Quebec, where it is the norm), in 3 years.