Monthly Archives: December 2013

Immigration and Working after Studying in Canada

One of the reasons that students want to apply for studying in Canada is for the opportunity to work after graduation and then if desired obtain permanent residency in Canada.  The Canadian government has no problems with dual intent as long as the student’s first intent is to upgrade their current academic status so they can be more gainfully employed either in their homeland or in Canada.

There is lots of information available on the Government of Canada’s websites directed to students who want to study in Canada.

This site not only states how long a student can work after graduating, depending on how long their study program is, but it also addresses the issue of a student taking a one year degree and then applying for a diploma in Canada and how that benefits them with the available work programs.

I could explain it all here in this article but sometimes it is best to read it directly from the site itself:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2010/ob194.asp.

 

Making the Grade for Graduate Studies in Canada

airport-studying in canadaMost students have great ambitions; many want to study abroad and many of these prefer Canada as the destination where they want to study.  I often hear, what do I have to do to get to Canada as a student?  I tell them study hard and get good grades.

If you are planning on going as an undergraduate and study in Canada to obtain your bachelors degree, then you should have a minimum average of 70 to 75%, depending on the universities you prefer.  If you have a lower average, you limit the choices of universities where you may attend.

If you are planning on studying at the graduate level in Canada, then the grade is much higher.  Most universities post a minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4, but we need to remember that Graduate Studies is a competitive field.  There may be over 100 applicants and only 20 to 40 positions per year are given in any one department.  Therefore, you should never aim for the minimum requirement, but strive for the top marks.  The higher your CGPA, the higher your changes of getting accepted to the university of your choice and the program of choice.

The plus side of Graduate Studies at most universities is funding, sometimes guaranteed.  That means that much of your university tuition will be covered by some funding offered by the university; thus reducing costs.  You will work as a teaching assistant or a research assistant in your department.  This, and the need for a supervisor, is a reason why spaces are limited.

Although other factors contribute towards a student’s admission, e.g.:  CV, Letter of Intent, etc., you increase the likelihood of admission if you have excellent marks.  Even if your first two years are lower, around the 3 mark, it is the last 2 years of an undergraduate degree that really count.  For example, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada states that they require a certain CGPA in the last 2 years of study.  So, if you are doing a 4 year degree, it’s the last 2 years that really count.

So what do you need to do to study in Canada?  Study hard, get good grades and if you would like to avail the services of a consultant who is very familiar with the Canadian post-secondary education scene, contact Helen Khan at Alberta Rose Education Centre located in Lahore, Pakistan.

Taking a Science Class into Rural Pakistan

Sometime ago I wrote an article on how everyone can love science and math as long as we don’t leave these subjects in the classroom.  Well the time has come to take the science class out of the school and into the fields of Pakistan that surround Lahore.

Kingfisher science class lahoreFrom my veranda I have the opportunity to watch nature unfold its lovely colours and events as I bask in the winter sunlight.  From this vantage point I get to watch science in all its glory.

For months I have been watching this gorgeous blue bird.  I had seen it in South Waziristan but didn’t know its name.  It was called the Bombay Bluebird there, but I have since found out it is called a kingfisher, a White-throated Kingfisher to be exact.  It is so beautiful, that the curious scientist in me called me to explore more about it on the Internet.

I must say it doesn’t like to have its picture taken so this picture is a rare moment.  He is a bit afraid of the click of a camera.

So for an outdoor science class today, here it is:

The White-throated Kingfisher is one of five varieties that live in Pakistan and can be found in the open plains (as around Lahore) but has also been seen as far away as the Himalayan Mountains.

They can usually be seen perched on top of trees, wires or other high perches.  Although you do not see many at a time, they are not an endangered species so they should be around for viewing for a long time to come.  They can fly very fast and have powerful beaks (called bills because of the shape and size) so they do not have many predators.

Their diet is made up of large crustaceans, insects, earthworms, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs and there are plenty of those in the fields around Lahore so they have lots of food to eat.

Kingfisher science lahoreThree hundred years ago the Kingfisher was hunted for its beautiful blue feathers.  The feathers were used to decorate hats.  One such hat is on display in a museum in Scotland.  I think the feathers should have stayed on the bird because the hat is, in my view, quite ugly.

I enjoy observing natural science at its best out in the rural areas of Lahore and it is this love for science that I want to instill in students.  Yes, we do have to study textbooks, but sometimes it’s worth studying science outside the classroom.  It certainly is more exciting!