Monthly Archives: January 2015

Admission Deadlines at Canadian Universities

If you are planning on studying a Master’s degree or a PhD in Canada for the September 2015 intake, you had better move on it.  In fact, for most universities the admission deadline has passed.  Most universities in Canada have admission deadlines in January or February and some as early as December 2014.

The University of Alberta does have some programs with a March 1st deadline, but not all departments hold that date.  For example the Department of Computing Science had January 15th as their cut-off date but Electrical and Computing Engineering has a March 1st deadline.

The Universities of Windsor and Saskatchewan may still have open admission dates; Windsor having April 1st and some of Saskatchewan’s departments have rolling admissions.  So if you are planning on studying in Canada this Fall, make sure of the deadlines now so you can get the application process completed and documents sent before the deadline.  If you need to find a supervisor prior to admission, you may be out of luck for this year and will have to consider January 2016 or even September 2016.

The education consultants at Alberta Rose Education Centre in Lahore are now advising graduate applicants that they are now looking at 2016 so that everything can be accomplished and appropriately processed.

There is still time for undergraduate applications but please don’t leave it too late either.  March 2015 should be the deadline for applying to study at a Canadian university or college even if the institution where you want to study in Canada gives a later date for International students.  In Pakistan it can take 3 to 6 months for a student visa to be processed so you want to get that application in as soon as possible.

Best MBA Schools in Canada

When choosing a study destination in Canada for an MBA program you will want to take a look at several factors:

  • Business School’s Rank
  • Cost of Tuition
  • Living Costs
  • Job Opportunities

Business School’s Rank – The latest from the Financial Times of London reveals that four Canadian Schools of Business do well on the international front.  Four Canadian universities were in the top 100 worldwide.

MBA Ranks Study CanadaTuition Costs – of the four top universities, the University of Toronto is by far the most expensive and the University of Alberta for the least expensive just edges out UBC.

Cost of Living – The two most expensive cities in Canada for cost of living are Vancouver and Toronto.  So for an international student, these two cities might not be your first choice for living.  Edmonton falls well behind that and Kingston may fall within the same cost range.

Job Opportunities – although one doesn’t always have to work in the same province where one graduates from, the job opportunities in that province do need to be considered.  As of November 2014, unemployment overall in Canada was at 6.6%.  Province wise, Alberta’s unemployment rate was 4.5%, BC’s was 5.8% and Ontario’s rate stood at 7%.  Clearly, from a job perspective Alberta is still the best place to find a job.

So when looking for a top ranking university where you can conceivably yearn a handsome salary when you graduate, you will want to factor all of the above into the equation when choosing the best place in Canada to study for your MBA program.

A Great Reference Letter Can Take You Places

Study work CanadaReference letters are a must for graduate studies in Canada and for landing that perfect job after you graduate.  A reference letter that shines the spotlight on you is a determining factor in accepting you into a graduate program.  It can also be the deciding factor in landing that to-dream-of-job.

So how does a student get a super-duper reference letter?

Credible Referees:

  • Contact your desired referees (not the football variety) in plenty of time so they have time put thought into what they want to write.
  • If you need a reference letter for graduate studies in Canada or elsewhere, some universities provide reference letter forms which are a guideline for referees to know what universities are looking for in a graduate student.
  • Use of academic referees is preferred for graduate studies but also works well in the workforce.  Employers are also good choices.
  • The referee is someone who should know you well enough to comment on your work ethics, your research and academic abilities and/or your knowledge and skills.  Former supervisors in a lab or on a project and immediate work supervisors are likely candidates for referees.  Even an undergraduate student can work in a lab or on a project for a professor so they can build a positive relationship that would make that person a suitable referee for graduate studies or employment.  Any collaboration you do, either voluntarily or for salary will help you get that great reference letter you need whether it is for graduate studies or employment in the Canadian employment scene.

Any work you do at university, whether voluntary or salaried is considered work experience and gives you the edge in the Canadian employment sector.

Note that these days most universities require online reference letters that are issued from their admission application system; so a hard copy may not be the preferred method of sending the reference letter.  Check university admission requirements prior to getting your referee to do a reference letter and let them know how the university wants the reference letter to be sent.

If you plan on studying in Canada next year, you can use the consulting services of Alberta Rose Education Centre.  They have over 28 years in the Canadian university and education sector.

UK International Student Policies Turn Students to Other Destinations

image001Since the UK has tightened its work visa policies for non-European Union international students, many of aspiring students are looking to other English speaking countries as the desired destination to study.

One of the new policies is that the employer must advertise for a sufficient length of time and interview sufficient EU applicants before it can even consider offering a non-European student a interview for the job they might have applied for.  Also, under some conditions, international students must leave the country after they have completed their courses.  Additionally, diploma graduate students are not allowed to be employed but must return to their home country.

More and more international students are looking to Australia, Canada and the USA as their desired country where they can study the program of their choice.

Canada offers many excellent work incentives to the international student.  They offer programs for students while they study and also after graduation.

Part-time Employment While Studying – International students can work up to 20 hours per week, either on campus or off campus while they are students.  Students can work on or off campus immediately.  Students can work full time during holiday periods.  (Restrictions may apply for some institutions).

Co-op Work Experience – Many universities and colleges offer co-op work experience programs with their degree and/or diploma programs.  These are excellent programs which allow students to get practical training and Canadian work experience.  It also shows for credit on your college/university transcripts.  Students who opt for a co-op work experience are often hired very quickly either by the co-op employer or another employer in the industry.  These are paid positions

Internships – Internships work very much like a co-op term although they may be shorter; for example two months versus four or six months.

Post-graduate Work Program – This government sponsored program permits graduating international students to get valuable work experience in their chosen field.  Students may work up to the length of time of their studies to a maximum of three years.  This allows them to meet the time requirement for permanent residency for which they may be eligible.

Students will certainly want to consider Canada as a possible study destination, not only becomes of its great work incentives but also because Canada offers one of the best education systems in the world.  A degree from a Canadian university is recognized worldwide.

If you are a graduating high school student you might want to pursue a bright future by studying in Canada.  There are many undergraduate programs to consider.  Or if you have completed your bachelor’s degree with a CGPA of 3 or more, you might want to consider Graduate Studies.  For more information contact a Canadian university representative in Pakistan to find out if you are eligible to apply.