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INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

Types of higher education institutions:

University

Université

University College

Collège universitaire

Community College

Collège communautaire

Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (cégep)

College of Applied Arts and Technology

Collège d'arts appliqués et de technologie

College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Provincial Institute

Private Career College

Private Vocational College

Collège professionnel privé

Autres établissements spécialisés

Other Specialized Institutions

 

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Diplôme d'études secondaires

Secondary School Diploma

College Diploma

Diplôme d'études collégiales

Attestation d'études collégiales

College Certificate

Associate Degree

Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate

Applied Degree/Bachelor

Baccalauréat

Bachelor

Licence

Doctorat de premier cycle

Applied Master

Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées

Maîtrise

Master

Graduate Diploma/Certificate

Master of Philosophy

Doctorat

Doctorate

 

 

STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

Higher education:

In Canada, education is the responsibility of each province and territory.For specific information, consult the individual provincial/territorial descriptions of each educational system provided in the WHED database. Because ministers of education needed a forum in which to discuss issues of mutual concern, they established the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) in 1967. With today's rapid technology growth, many students are opting for distance education via Internet or Virtual TV education. The degrees available online are endless, from online MPH (Master of Public Health) degrees, online Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees and online MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) degrees are among the most persuaded online degrees.

Languages of instruction: English, French

 

 

NATIONAL BODIES

Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)/Conseil des Ministres de l'Éducation, Canada

Head: Joan Burke, Chair

Administrative officer: Raymond Théberge, Director-General

International relations: George Molloy, Director, International Programmes and Special Projects

95 St Clair  Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto
Ontario M4V 1N6
Canada

Tel: +1(416) 9628100

Fax: +1(416) 9622800

EMail: cmec@cmec.ca

WWW: http://www.cmec.ca

 

 

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)/Association des Universités et Collèges du Canada (AUCC)

Head: Claire M. Morris, President and CEO

Administrative officer: Bonnie Patterson, Chair

International relations: Karen McBride, Vice-President, International Relations

350 Albert Street, Suite 600
Ottawa
Ontario K1R 1B1
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 5631236

Fax: +1(613) 5639745

EMail: info@aucc.ca

WWW: http://www.aucc.ca

 

 

Association of Canadian Community Colleges/Association des Collèges communautaires du Canada (ACCC)

Head: Gerald Brown, President

Administrative officer: Serge Brasset, Chair, Board of Directors

200-1223 Michael Street North
Ottawa
Ontario K1J 7T2
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 7462222

Fax: +1(613) 7466721

WWW: http://www.accc.ca

 

 

Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada/ Association des Registraires des Universités et Collèges du Canada (ARUCC)

Head: Yves Jodoin, President

Administrative officer: David Hinton, Vice-President

c/o France Myette
Secrétaire-Trésorière, ARUCC
2500 boul. Université
Sherbrooke
QC J1K 2R1
Canada

Tel: +819 8217685

Fax: +819 8217966

EMail: france.myette@usherbrooke.ca

WWW: http://www.arucc.ca

 

 

Association of Atlantic Universities/ Association des Universités de l'Atlantique

Head: Axel Meisen, Chair

Administrative officer: Peter Halpin, Executive Director

Suite 403, 5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax
Nova Scotia B3J 3R4
Canada

Tel: +902 4254230

Fax: +902 4254233

EMail: admin@atlanticuniversities.ca

WWW: http://atlanticuniversities.ca/

 

 

Association des Universités de la Francophonie canadienne (AUFC)

Administrative officer: Guy Gélineau, Vice-President Director General

260, rue Dalhousie, bureau 400
Ottawa
Ontario K1N 7E4
Canada

Tel: (613) 2445231

Fax: (613) 2440283

EMail: direction@aufc.ca

 

 

 

ADMISSIONS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Foreign students admission

Admission requirements: Canadian universities treat equivalent certificates from other countries as qualification for entrance.

Entry regulations: Students must hold a valid passport and must apply for a Student Authorization and visa, if required, at the nearest overseas Canadian diplomatic mission.

Language requirements: Students must be proficient in English or French. Many universities offer second language upgrading courses.

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada/ Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation des diplômes

Head: Yves E. Beaudin, Secretary

95 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto
Ontario M4V 1N6
Canada

Tel: +416 9628100/ 9629725

Fax: +416 9622800

EMail: info@cicic.ca

WWW: http://www.canalliance.org

 

 

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)/Centre d'information canadien sur les diplômes internationaux (CICDI)

Head: Yves E. Beaudin, National Coordinator

95 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto
Ontario M4V 1N6
Canada

Tel: +416 9628100/ 9629725

Fax: +416 9622800

EMail: info@cicic.ca

WWW: http://www.cicic.ca

 

Multilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign studies

Name of agreement: UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees Concerning Higher Education in the States Belonging to the Europe Region

Year of signature: 1989

References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

Title: DestinEducation (http://www.destineducation.ca)

Publisher: Canadian Bureau for International Education

Title: Information for Students Educated Abroad … (http://www.cicic.ca/factsheets/factsheet1en.stm)

Publisher: Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Title: Notes for International Students (http://www.aucc.ca/publications/auccpubs/brochures/notes_e.html)

Publisher: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

 

STUDENT LIFE

National student associations and unions

Canadian Alliance Student Associations (CASA)/Alliance canadienne des associations étudiantes (ACAE)

180 Metcalfe Street, Suite 600 PO Box 3408, Station D
Ottawa
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 2323457

Fax: +1(613) 2362386

EMail: casacomm@casa.ca

WWW: http://www.casa.ca

 

Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)/Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants

170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 500
Toronto
Ontario K2P 1P3
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 2327394

Fax: +1(613) 2320276

EMail: info@cfs-fcee.ca

WWW: http://www.cfs-fcee.ca

 

Student expenses and financial aid

Student costs:

Average living costs: 11000 (Canadian Dollar)

Home students tuition fees: Minimum: 1800 (Canadian Dollar)

Maximum: 17000 (Canadian Dollar)

Foreign students tuition fees: Minimum: 5000 (Canadian Dollar)

Maximum: 45000 (Canadian Dollar)

Bodies providing information on student financial aid:

CanLearn

 

EMail: info@canlearn.ca

WWW: http://www.canlearn.ca

 

Deals with: Loans

Publications on student services and financial aid:

Title: Academic Exchange and Financial Aid Resources (http://www.cicic.ca/xchange_en.stm)

Publisher: CICIC

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION & EXCHANGES

Principal national bodies responsible for dealing with international cooperation and exchanges in higher education:

Association of Canadian Community Colleges/Association des collèges communautaires du Canada (ACCC)

Head: Gerald Brown, President

Suite 200 - 1223 Michael Street North
Ottawa
Ontario K1J 2T7
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 7462222

Fax: +1(613) 7466721

EMail: blachance@accc.ca

WWW: http://www.accc.ca

 

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada/Association des universités et collèges du Canada (AUCC)

Head: Claire Morris, President

350 Albert Street, Suite 600
Ottawa
Ontario K1R 1B1
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 5631236

Fax: +1(613) 5639745

EMail: info@aucc.ca

WWW: http://www.aucc.ca

 

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)/Bureau canadien de l'éducation internationale (BCEI)

Head: Rob Turner, Chair

220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa
Ontario K1P 5Z9
Canada

Tel: +1(613) 2374820

Fax: +1(613) 2371073

EMail: info@cbie.ca

WWW: http://www.cbie.ca

 

Participation of country in multilateral or bilateral higher education programmes

Name of exchange programme: Canada/China Scholars Exchange Program/Programme d'échanges universitaires Canada-Chine

Name of exchange programme: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan/Programme de bourses d'études et de perfectionnement du Canada

Name of exchange programme: Exchange of Cultural Personalities/Programme d'échanges de personnalités culturelles

Name of exchange programme: Government of Canada Awards/Bourses du gouvernement du Canada

Name of exchange programme: International Youth and Young Worker Exchanges/Programmes internationaux d'échanges jeunesse et d'échanges jeunes travailleurs

Name of exchange programme: OAS Fellowship Program/Programme de bourses d'études supérieures de l'OEA

Name of exchange programme: Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP)/Programmes de vacances-travail pour étudiants (PVTE)

Name of exchange programme: The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States (Fulbright Program)/Fondation pour les échanges éducatifs entre le Canada et les Et

Name of exchange programme: The Jules Léger Fellowship/la bourse Jules Léger

Name of exchange programme: The Norman Robertson Fellowship and The Marcel Cadieux Fellowship/La bourse Norman Robertson et la bourse Marcel Cadieux

Name of exchange programme: Working Holiday Programs (WHP)/Programmes de vacances-travail (PVT)

Name of exchange programme: Young Workers' Exchange Programs (YWEP)/Programmes d'échanges de jeunes travailleurs

Name of exchange programme: Youth International Internship Program (YIIP)/Programme de stages internationaux pour les jeunes (PSIJ)

 

 

NOTES ON HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

 

Data for academic year: 2005-2006

Source: IAU from Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), 2006



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