Regardless of the program, a Canadian degree is globally recognized and considered equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities.
Each university has a style of its own. You can study at a large, research-intensive campus in an urban centre, or if you'd prefer, you can enrol at a small liberal arts institution with a focus on undergraduate education, where most of the students live in residence.
Our universities also play a vital part in their local communities - offering concerts and plays, day care centres, sports and fitness facilities, lectures, museums, on-campus radio stations and art galleries. Together, our universities make up a diverse, vibrant, dynamic, and high-quality system. Visit Canada's universities online (www.aucc.ca/can_uni/search/index_e.html) to see for yourself how varied and enriching their offerings can be for you.
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is a not-for-profit organization representing 95 Canadian universities and university-degree level colleges. AUCC's advocacy priorities are improved funding for Canada's universities; enhanced support for research; increased internationalization of higher education in Canada; improved student assistance policies; and intellectual property policies that allow university education and scholarship to flourish.
AUCC is the most trusted source of information on higher education in Canada, as well as a trusted administrator of corporate scholarship programs and international development projects.
Universities are educational institutions that one attends, usually after completing 12 years of primary and secondary school, for studies that lead to a degree. All members of AUCC offer three or four-year bachelor degree programs; most offer master's and doctoral (PhD) programs as well.
Qualifications for Acceptance
Each university has its own entrance requirements and determines the equivalency of your academic experience. It is usually the registrar's office of each university that provides details about the application procedure.
Canadian universities normally admit students to commence studies in September or January. And although it may not be necessary in all cases, it is generally recommended that an international student apply to a Canadian university eight months prior to the expected program start date.
Selecting a Program and University
The AUCC Directory of Canadian Universities (www.aucc.ca/DCU) provides an excellent overview of every university in Canada. For many years, it has allowed students and counsellors to compare programs and facilitate educational decision-making. The detailed national program index will help you uncover the options you have for studies, as well as determine where you can study a certain program.
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