Qualification Awarded: Certificates, Diplomas, Full Bachelor degrees
Typical Age: 18 – 24 (Depends on the individual)
Semesters: Early September to late December = Fall Semester; Early January to Mid/Late April = Winter Semester; May/June to August = Summer Semester
After secondary school, students can attend either vocational schools, colleges or universities. At a university they will earn a Bachelor’s degree first, (which usually takes three to four years, depending on the student and the part of Canada where the school is situated). The student can continue studies to obtain a Master’s degree (which usually takes two years to complete). Some go on to pursue a doctorate degree (which takes between 3 to 5 years).
Canada has over 10,000 post secondary degree, diploma and certificate programs. This means that students are not pigeon-holed into conventional courses; instead they have the opportunity to study courses that they are actually interested in and are inclined towards.
International students are entitled to a work permit visa upon graduation from University or College, and can work in Canada for three years. However, after one year of working, those students can apply to become Canadian Permanent Residents under the Canadian experience class.