Pick a great school in Canada
Save money, too
While all colleges and universities charge thousands of dollars for tuition, significant savings can be had by enrolling at a suitable facility in Canada. Tuition is partially based on the nationality of the student and even though an American would pay much more than a Canadian resident, the total education bill would be lower than any similar school in the United States. Unfortunately, the dollar exchange rate now results in more cost to the American student than in years past, but value can still be found by obtaining a degree or diploma in Canada.
Students wishing to obtain post-secondary education must evaluate both the cost and relative quality of their tuition expenditure. While Canadian tuition amounts are lower than those at comparable US schools, the entire cost should be considered from beginning to end. Also of major importance is the amount of respect that the resultant diploma or degree confers on a graduate. Canadian schools are held in high esteem so the question of credential authority should not pose a problem in your future.
In the business world, all college and university credentials are essentially similar except for those from world famous institutions. A Harvard, Stanford or Oxford degree, for example, is quite prestigious due to the reputation of those schools. While this is primarily due to the name recognition of the school, such degrees may also indicate that the graduate is an expert in their field. Or not.
With the problems in the economy now, it is often vital for people to have more educational qualifications than ever before. Jobs that were previously unskilled now require a college diploma. Applicants, even to entry level positions, are often highly educated. Jobs are hard to find now so it is natural that graduates are looking for whatever they can get. This can mean that the bar is raised for jobs you wish to obtain. You may be forced to pursue post-secondary education.
If you do intend to obtain a diploma or degree from a Canadian school, you should contact the institution staff to find out the specific requirements. Staff will have all of the paperwork required by the various agencies involved. Americans wishing to attend a Canadian school will need to be admitted by the federal immigration agency. This means that potential students must meet the basic entry eligibility criteria. The potential student can not have a crime conviction in their history. They must have appropriate documentation of their citizenship. They will require a passport.
When the potential student follows the procedures, they will be admitted to Canada for a period of time matching their study interval. Be aware that the application process takes time. In recent years, online submission of applications has been supported. This is a good way to apply for a study permit since the processing time typically is about a month faster than with a paper application. This is likely due to the verification checks built into the electronic application.
With a valid study permit, the student can consider whether they wish to get a job while in school. The immigration rules allow for eligible students to work at the school or off campus. Again, check with school officials for details as there are significant differences between various schools.
As a student attending a Canadian school, the student will be eligible to obtain medical insurance coverage. Depending on the province of Canada, there may be a monthly fee for this. The school staff will usually have information describing the application process. There is usually a provincial government office in most larger Canadian towns and cities. Staff in those offices can also assist with medical insurance questions.
Canadian post secondary institutions are located throughout the country. Since many of the most populated areas of Canada are very close to the border with the United States, many colleges and universities are located close to the USA. In fact, in some areas a Canadian institution may be closer to American border towns than schools in their own state. Obviously picking a school close to a home residence can make the overall process less expensive.
Each year, the Canadian news magazine, Maclean's, publishes an extensive analysis of dozens of colleges and universities in Canada. There are several different rankings given with reasons. This include the best schools for technology, medical and other programs. The best graduation rates are shown. Many other factors are used to rank schools as well. In the end, a list of the best schools is shown. The rankings should be fully reviewed, however. If a school is shown at the top of the list due to the performance of medical students, that may have no importance to a fine arts student. The listings should be used as a guide.
With a diploma or degree from a Canadian institution, an American student will find that their future employment opportunities are enhanced. Canadian credentials are well received by American schools and employers. With a degree from Canada, employment opportunities within Canada may be available to the graduate. Should the graduate wish to pursue higher degrees, their Canadian undergraduate degree is usually accepted by most any American university. Of course the cost of an MBA or PhD in Canada should also be examined.
Canada contains a large number of colleges and universites located in large towns and cities across the country. These facilities are quite eager to accept American students and they provide ample assistance when needed. Students can choose large or small institutions in large cities or smaller towns. The University of British Columbia, for example, is located at the edge of downtown Vancouver in a dedicated park-like area. The conveniences of downtown are a short 10-15 minute bus ride away. The University of Toronto is located fully within the downtown core of that city while York University is located at the northern edge of Toronto. Other cities like Victoria, BC, have universities located a short distance from downtown but in settings that are very convenient to housing or work locations.