Live and Study in Canada
A total of 26 universities in Canada feature in the QS World University Rankings 2018, of which four are in the worlds top 100, with nine more making the world top 300 a feat matched only by a handful of other nations. The two highest Canadian entries are the University of Toronto (31st) and McGill University (32nd), located in Toronto and Montreal respectively (the two largest cities in Canada). Also ranked within the global top 220 are the University of British Columbia. Of course, it’s not just educational quality that draws students in. you will have the opportunity to encounter vastly different cultural and natural experiences from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural.
The sheer volume and variety of educational establishments also means that you can be pretty confident of finding a suitable institution in your preferred surroundings. And if you don’t get it right the first time, moving between universities is not uncommon in Canada.
Canadian undergraduate degrees last four/ three years. You will spend the first two studying a wide range of subjects – you can choose which ones, but you will be required to cover certain subject areas set by your university – after which you choose the subject on which you want to focus.
Provinces of Canada:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario , Prince Edward Island , Quebec, and Saskatchewan
Living in Canada
While in the Canada, you will want to do more than just study. You will have many opportunities to discover more about the country through daily contact with Americans, by exploring all that your area has to offer, and by taking some time to travel to other corners of the Country. You will have to deal with such matters as banking, shopping, postal and telephone services, automobiles and traffic laws, tipping customs, and so on. This section gives practical information to help you become familiar with the services, conveniences, opportunities, and ways of daily life in Canada. If you are traveling to Canada with your family, it also provides information to help you help them settle in your new home.
One of the most important thing you will have to take care of before you start your studies in Canada is to find a place for living. This is an important decision since it will be one of your biggest expenses and will affect your personal and academic adjustment. Everyone is happiest and most productive in surroundings that are comfortable to them.
You may arrive at your school in advance of the date when you can move into your permanent housing, or you may need to look for housing. There are a number of choices when temporary, overnight accommodations are required. The most expensive are hotels and motels, but some “budget” motel chains can be quite reasonable. Other options include the local YMCA or YWCA, youth hostels, and international houses. At some schools, university residences may be available, or you may be able to stay with a local family or current student. It is always best to check with the international student adviser in advance for information on overnight housing options.
Almost all Canada colleges and universities provide their students with the option to live in residence halls or dormitories (also called “dorms”) and townhouses.These are usually for single students, not for married couples or families, and are situated on or close to the campus. It is a great place to meet students and make new friends rapidly. Dormitory rooms are equipped with basic furniture, and many dormitories in Canada also have a cafeteria. In some dorms there may be a kitchen for those who would rather cook for themselves. Dormitories usually have common rooms where students can get together to watch television, play games, or simply be with friends. Supervisors, often called “residence advisers” or “resident directors,” often live in dormitories to keep an eye on safety and cleanliness and to make sure the rules are observed. Most of the time, these residence advisers are students themselves, employed by the university. The residence adviser can also be a great source of information and support throughout the academic year.
Many rooms in dormitories are shared with one or more roommates. Many universities require first year students to share a room. Your roommate will be someone of the same sex, whom you will not know. Be prepared to live with someone who could be very different from you. Roommate arrangements often lead to life-long friendships, but on rare occasions roommates can prove mismatched. If you have problems in your living arrangements with your roommate, do not hesitate to contact your residence adviser or anyone else in charge of housing at your university to discuss the situation. In extreme cases, it is possible to change rooms or roommates.
Dormitory rooms usually do not have a private bath or toilet. Instead, residents share large “community” bathrooms, which are separate for men and women. In the United States, a bathroom includes a toilet, a sink, and a bathtub or a shower.
Generally, students living in a dormitory have to follow a set of rules to ensure smooth community living. There are rules to control the noise level, the cleanliness, the number of visitors, and other aspects of living. These rules can vary from building to building to cater to different student tastes. For example, some dormitories might be designated as “24-hour quiet” buildings for students who prefer a more studious lifestyle, while some others might not have strict noise regulations for students who have a more spirited lifestyle. Make sure you are familiar with the rules before you move into a residence hall to avoid unnecessary discomfort or misunderstandings.
List of Universities in United States:
Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
Vancouver Island University (VIC)
University Canada West (UCW)
University of Fraser Valley
Royal Roads University
College of New Caledonia (CNC)
North Island College (NIC)
Vancouver Film School
University of Waterloo
University of Manitoba
International College of Manitoba
University of New Brunswick
Culture shock is the process of adjusting to a new country and a new culture, which may be dramatically different from your own. You no longer see the familiar signs and faces of home. Climate, food, and landscapes, as well as people and their ways all seem strange to you. Your English may not be as good as you expected. You may suffer, to an unexpected degree, from the pressures of Canada academic life and the fast pace of life.
If you feel this way, do not panic. Culture shock is a normal reaction. As you become adjusted to Canada culture and attitudes and begin to know your way around, you will start to adapt to and understand your new surroundings and way of life.
International students experience culture shock in varying degrees; some hardly notice it at all, while others find it terribly difficult to adapt. There are usually four stages of culture shock that you will experience.