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Institution Types

State/Public Uni

Most Common

Private Uni

A few, most have a religious affiliation

Undergraduate Only

A few - specifically the Maple League

Junior College

Many, more commonly known as Community College

Arts Schools

Several

Business Schools

None for undergraduate Study

American Schools

There are 2 in Vancouver

Research Focused

Many universities are research focused with the most emphasis in the top medicial/doctoral universities and comprehensive universities

Teaching Focused

All state universities are required to focus on teaching, but the undergrad only institutions put the greatest emphasis on undergrad teaching

Good to Know

Degree Length

Honours Bachelors degrees in Canada are 4 years. Associates Degrees are 2 years and earn you a Diploma, you can then top these up to a full degree. It is also possible to complete a 3 years non-honours degree, but it is not common.

Education Model

Most universities in Canada offer a faculty based education where you can major/minor and take some electives. They have a credits based system and having a higher number of credits in one area can earn you a specialisation or an honours title in your degree. This gives you flexibility to create a degree that is quite broad, or fairly specialised. There is also a lot of flexibility to change direction during your degree.

Canada has some undergraduate focused Liberal Arts and Science Colleges, specialist Art Colleges and vocational colleges as well as community colleges.

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Gap Years

Gap Years are widely accepted in Canada. You can either apply during IB2/Senior Year and then ask for deferral once you have received your offer, or apply from your gap year.

Placements

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Application Process

 

Grade Conversion

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Research Resources

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OUAC

Application Portal

The application portal for Canadian Universities in the province of Ontario.

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Concourse Global Clearing

Application Portal

Concourse is a platform where universities search for candidates they want, rather than you completing lots of complex, time consuming and expensive applications. You complete one profile, which institutions view an anonymised version of. If they feel you are a fit for them, they will make you an offer and if you're interested, you can connect with them, share your full details and speak to them about what they can offer you.

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Studying in Canada

Explore

Study in Canada is a searchable database of Canadian universities and university programs. It also contains information about studying in Canada and careers in Canada.

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Maclean's Education Hub

Explore

University and Programme Rankings for Canada alongside institution profiles and blog stories

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EduCanada

Explore | Finance

The government run website providing information to students from abroad wishing to study in Canada including information about being able to stay in Canada after you graduate.
It has a course search and scholarship search.

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UniversityStudy.ca

Explore | Finance

Created by Universities Canada, UniversityStudy allows you to explore university profiles, search for courses, and find scholarships in Canada.

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Scholarship Positions

Finance

A blog of scholarship opportunities globally for undergraduate students

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IEFA

Finance

A global resource for students wanting to study internationally to find scholarships and grant opportunities

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Costs

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Funding

 

Universities

Explore the university profiles for this country on the CareersExplore Platform.

 
Bishop's University

Three words: Community, Engagement and Flexibility. Our students are engaged in and part of our purple community where they have the flexibility to combine passions and interests both inside and outside the classroom.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Education Model

Suburban Campus, Rural Campus

Small Institution <5000

Areas of Study

Art & Design
Business
Computing & ICT
English & Media
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Performing Arts
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences

University of Toronto

Choose from 700+ programs at Canada's #1 university. With three campuses in one of the world's most diverse regions and a half-million-strong alumni network spanning 150+ countries, the University of Toronto is your best place to build lifelong friendships and unlock doors to any industry, anywhere.

UofT is a leading comprehensive research institution where students can mix & match programs areas.

City Island Campus, Suburban Campus

Very Large Institution >30,000

Areas of Study

Art & Design
Business
Computing & ICT
Engineering
English & Media
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Medicine & Healthcare
Performing Arts
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences

UBC - University of British Columbia

UBC is modern, diverse, progressive and campus-based, with countless opportunities to create your own unique university experience.

We are a comprehensive, research-based institution with flexible study options to suit individual learners’ needs.

Suburban Campus

Very Large Institution (Vancouver)
Medium Institution (Okanagan)

Areas of Study

Art & Design
Business
Computing & ICT
Engineering
English & Media
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Medicine & Healthcare
Performing Arts
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences