Directory of Canada Schools & Programs
Canada has many large, mid-sized and small schools that have earned well-deserved respect in the educational community. Students from all over the world choose Canadian colleges to pursue their studies, and international students contribute more than $6.5 billion to Canada's economy each year. The majority of colleges in Canada are publicly funded campuses serving more than 1.6 million students in roughly 900 rural and urban communities throughout the country. Among the nearly 150 colleges, enrollment has grown the past 13 years, according to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Benefits of Canadian schools
Canadians consider post-secondary education a provincial or territorial responsibility, so the mandates of college campuses vary across the country. However, the main focus of many colleges in Canada is to provide training in business, industry and public services, as well as a wide range of vocational training. Curriculum at Canadian colleges tends to be more job-related. Classes often are smaller in size, have a comfortable teacher-to-student ratio, and include a great deal of hands-on laboratory work. The goal: easier assimilation into the workforce for both native Canadians and newcomers to the country.
Foreign students can excel at Canadian schools
Canada's many colleges offer diplomas, certificates and degrees in a wide range of traditional educational paths, and most of the country's post-secondary institutions have programs in place to assess and identify students' prior educational and work experiences, including foreign credentials, so that foreign students can obtain equivalent college credits. Students undertake a rigorous examination procedure with Canadian experts who ultimately award credits for prior experience.
Canadian Universities: Quick Facts • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada