Monthly Archives: September 2012

International Admission Deadlines for Studying in Canada

If you plan to study in Canada for September 2013, now is the time to start making inquiries about which university or college you should go to for your studies in Canada.  You maybe planning on waiting until you have written your Intermediate Board or O/A Level exams before applying to a Canadian university, but if you wait until then, you may be too late to apply.  You will have missed many international admission deadlines!

Many universities and colleges in Canada have international admission deadlines that are early in 2013, so if you want to study in Canada for the September 2013 session you must start your search now.  You will want to get into a good university in your choice of program.  If you wait, you may find that the program is full and unavailable or you have missed the deadline.  You don’t want that to happen!  You also need to allow plenty of time for your Study Permit for studying in Canada.

The table below shows the international admission dates for a small sample of Canadian universities and colleges.  There may be some variations in deadlines depending on departments and programs but this will give you an idea of the absolute deadline by which you must apply.  As you can see, now is the best time to start making inquires.  You may wish to consult a Canadian representative in Pakistan to help you choose a university or college that is best suited to your academic aptitude and career goals.

 

If you are planning on doing graduate work; either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Canada, then you will certainly want to start now to search for the best place for you to study in Canada.  Most universities recommend that you begin the application process one year prior to your desired start date.  That is because there are many steps in the process to becoming a graduate student at a Canadian university, such as finding a supervisor and getting funding and scholarships.

Whether you want to study in Canada as an undergraduate or graduate student in September 2013, you will need to start the process now, October 2012.

Getting an Education at the Lahore Museum

Besides the enjoyment of having family come to visit, there is the added benefit of going the tourist route.  I have now lived in Pakistan 4 and ½ years and had not yet visited the Lahore Museum.  So when our daughter came to visit, we decided to visit the museum and what a delightful and educational experience that was!

The Lahore Museum is an educational must-see for everyone who wants to know about the history of Pakistan.  I was impressed with its spacious interior, well-laid out galleries and attractively presented display cases.  The number of artifacts and/or replicas were numerous and exhibited in a way that enhanced learning Pakistan’s history through these visual displays.  Alongside the artifacts, there was a detailed caption as to what the exhibit represented or the significance of the articles shown.

I learned a lot about Pakistan by going to the museum and every school should make a point of including a tour of the museum in their Pakistan Studies or History syllabi.  Students would get a true education because their history would come alive; these courses would no longer be dry, dull and uninteresting.  I learned about the diversity of influences on Pakistan’s history.  I saw figures with Greek, Roman and eastern impressions.  I saw original artifacts and replicas from the Indus Valley and learned how old the civilisation really was.  Some of the pieces on display date back to 7000 BC.

If you want to have an enjoyable education about your country, or if you are a tourist and what to learn about Pakistan, a trip to the Lahore Museum is an absolute must.  When you go, plan to spend at least three to four hours so you can absorb all you can.  You will have an educational experience you will be glad you didn’t miss.

Studying in Canada in One of Its Richest Provinces

If, after your study period in Canada you intend to work in Canada, you will want to consider beginning your Canadian study experience in one of the richest provinces in Canada.

Based on the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $70,826, oil rich Alberta is the place to study and work.  Studying in Canada where prospects of employment and a good salary are high is an incentive to study in Alberta or one of the other oil rich provinces, Saskatchewan or Newfoundland.  Where there’s oil, there’s gold!  Saskatchewan, the 2nd highest has a GDP of $60,878, which is then followed by Newfoundland, Ontario and British Columbia at $55,213, $46,303 and $44,847 respectively.

Some of these provinces mentioned claim many excellent colleges and universities where you can complete your studies in Canada.  Alberta has some of the finest educational institutions in the country.  This is home to the University of Alberta which is ranked 67th in the top 100 universities in the world and boasts of 18 Faculties and 400 programs.  Not to be underestimated is Grant MacEwan University which has university transfer and collaborative agreements with the University of Alberta.  A smaller university, it is often the first choice of students who want to study at a smaller institution for the first 2 years before transferring to a major university like the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary.  Alberta has two well recognized polytechnic institutions, NAIT and SAIT and if you are looking for a way to fast track yourself into working in Canada, you will want to consider these fine technical schools.

British Columbia (BC), although it only ranks 5th on the GDP per capita, is no slouch in an expanding international market.  The City of Vancouver, ranked as the No. 1 city for the highest household net worth is a prime place to study and find work in Canada.  The University of British Columbia, ranked 25th in the top 100 universities worldwide, is located in Vancouver.  Douglas College, in a student survey rated an A grade in quality of education provided to their students, has university transfer and collaborative program agreements with both the University of BC and Simon Fraser.

Ontario, the 4th richest province in Canada has a number of fine universities and colleges; the University of Toronto, McMasters, Waterloo and York are to mention only a few.  Several feeder colleges, such as Seneca or George Brown are also sound choices for a place to start your studying in Canada experience.

Saskatchewan, the 2nd richest province in the country does not have too many universities where you can study in Canada.  But it does have the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.  The University of Saskatchewan is known throughout the country for its excellent agriculture program and especially its School of Veterinarian Science.  It is a researched based institution and also has one of the best Medical Colleges in Canada

So, as you consider your options for studying in Canada, look out on the horizons of Canada, look at all of Canada’s provinces, not just the one you know about.  You will want to explore what is your best option.  You will want to take into consideration the wealth of the province because that means dollars into their educational facilities which means a better education.  You will want to consider the wealth of the province because that means that you will be able to find work in Canada after you graduate.  If you want assistance as you consider the different studying in Canada choices, then call a Canadian Representative in Pakistan near you.

How Many Pakistani Students Are Studying in Canada?

You may have heard the statement, “Since 911 it is very hard for Pakistani students to get Study Permits for Canada”.  Now, is it myth or is it true?

The following graph based on Citizenship and Immigration Canada statistics would indicate that Pakistani students continue to study in Canada and even at a higher rate since 911 than ever before.

The graph shows the number of international students from five Asian countries who studied in Canada between 2006 and 2010.  Throughout those four years Pakistani students led the pack with even a dramatic increase in 2009 and that trend continued on into 2010 with slightly more than 2000 students in Canada.  If the number of Pakistani students continued to rise each year with a major influx in 2009, then we can make the assumption that this trend is continuing and will likely continue.  This is in contrast to Singapore and Indonesia where there has been slight decline in their students studying in Canada.

What this chart does not explain is the international student recruitment activities of Canadian universities and this is what makes the statistics pleasantly surprising.

It is not that Canadian universities and colleges do not recruit in Pakistan, they do; but by and large they do not actively recruit in Pakistan as much as in the other four countries shown in the graph.  Therefore the fact that Pakistani students are studying in Canada is due mainly to their own efforts and not the solicitation and recruitment endeavours of employees from Canadian universities and colleges.

One can argue that the Pacific Rim countries have a smaller population than Pakistan and that is why there are so many Pakistani students in Canada; that per capita the numbers are about the same.  According to the 2011 statistics from the World Bank (see chart below) Bangladesh has a population of just over 150,000,000 and Pakistan more than 176,000,000 so the population size is not significantly different.  Yet, in 2010 Pakistan had over 2000 students studying in Canada, whereas Bangladesh where there is active international student recruitment, only about 1300 students were studying in Canada in the same year.

Based on the above statistics, political sentiments are not a deterrent to Pakistani students studying in Canada.  Merit and determination are still the winning factors that help a student study in Canada.

Where is the Best Place to Study in Canada?

What do these words mean to you: college, university or technical institute?  Depending on where you live in the world, these words can mean different things.

Colleges – don’t underestimate the value of studying at a college in Canada.  In some countries the terms college or university are interchangeable; there isn’t much difference which one you study at.  But if you live in Pakistan, the word college is often associated with secondary schools.  In Canada, the word college is seldom associated with secondary schools.  Our high schools are simply called high school or public high school.

A college usually differs from a university in that it provides a hands-on or applied studies experience.  It is usually more career or employment focused than the university and prepares the student for the workforce in a practical sense.  Many colleges today also provide university transfer courses whereby the student can take his/her first two years at a college before transferring to study at a major recognized university.  Many colleges and universities have signed agreements for collaborative programs and university transfer credits.  In this type of arrangement, the student can study for his/her first 2 years in a smaller classroom setting where professors have time to spend on a one-to-one basis with their students.  Students find that they can obtain better marks in a college and many Canadian students prefer to start their post-secondary education studying at a college before transferring to university.

Other factors that distinguish a college from a university are:

  1. Generally tuition costs are less than at a university
  2. Many diploma and certificate programs are offered, although some colleges have now been permitted by provincial governments, degree granting status
  3. The time spent at a college is generally less than at a university.  Diplomas, certificates, etc are 1 to 2 years in length with the intent to give you credentials so you can work sooner than if you go to university
  4. University academic preparation courses.  Students who do not have sufficient marks (GPAs) can study at one of these colleges and upgrade to college or university program admission requirements.
  5. Graduates who train for a specific job or applied field often are quickly employed in the workforce because of the practical experience obtained while studying

Technical Institutes – Canada needs trades people and technicians.  Canada needs qualified plumbers, mechanical and computer technicians, etc.  Our polytechnic institutes meet this need and our graduates from these institutes are usually quickly hired and work in well-paying positions.  Computer technologies are hot programs in these institutions.  Admission requirements are often high, the work is definitely applied and hands-on training and these certified graduates have a very high chance of being hired upon graduation.  Canadian employers often prefer a graduate who has practical knowledge over theory.

Today, some of these institutes also offer degree programs but they are limited in number.  If you want to learn a trade, become a qualified technician, or start working in Canada soon after graduation, then this is the place for you.

Universities – the coveted place to be for prestigious academic credentials.  Several of our universities hold positions in the top 100 universities in the world.  Even so, there is not a significant difference in the quality of education between our different universities.  All must provide high quality education and courses in all our universities are taught by the finest of scholars.

Universities differ from colleges and technical institutions in that they offer a full range of degrees, from undergraduate to graduate degrees, the Bachelors to the Ph.D.  They also offer a full spectrum of academic disciplines to students.  Research also makes up a big part of the university, something you will not find at a college or technical institute.  And where there is research there is funding.  Graduate students are more likely to get funding at a university than elsewhere.  Theory is king over practical experience although some universities now offer co-op programs with their Engineering programs.  If you want to work as a teacher, nurse, psychologist, etc, you will want to go to university.  Also for professional programs such as Business, Medicine and Law, you must go to a recognized university.

While looking for that ideal place to study in Canada; as an international student, do not rule out any of Canada’s fine institutions.  Don’t get sidetracked by the name college as opposed to university.  The college might be more suitable for you or vice versa.  Or maybe the technical school is the place you ought to be.  Call a Canadian representative to help you plan your future well.