Over 350,000 students come to Canada to study every year. This does not include those who come to study English or French. Canada offers one of the best education systems in the world at all levels, from public schools to colleges and universities.
Education in Canada is a provincial responsibility and each province decides about the length of each educational level as well as the curriculum to be taught. Most provinces have three levels of education:
- Elementary (Grades 1 to 8)
- Secondary (Grades 9 to 12)
- Tertiary (Colleges and Universities)
There are two years of Junior Kindergarten (age 5) and Senior Kindergarten (age 6) prior to the Elementary School.
Colleges usually offer technical or occupational programs (up to three years) and programs in applied arts and sciences preparing graduates for the job market. Colleges do not offer academic degree programs; the graduates colleges are usually offered Certificates, Diplomas, and Associates or Bachelor Degrees.
Universities, on the other hand, are considered long term educational endeavors. They are institutions of higher education focusing on academic development and research. Universities offer undergraduate education (Bachelor's Degrees), graduate education (Master's Degree) and post-graduate programs (PhD).
Because of its quality education systems and programs, Canada has always attracted students who want to advance their education and gain access to first rate education.
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