So, you want to make sure that you’re picking that right neighborhood that offers you all those sort of things, so that living is just a bit more fun. (ring of a bell) – Hey, it’s Zee here. Thanks for dropping by for thesecond video for the series “How to apply for universities and colleges in Canada.” Now, why should you be watching this video? Many of you would just rather hire a consultant to do it, but here is what it is: Watching my videos will helpyou become more knowledgeable about the whole immigration process, so that agencies won’t beable to take advantage of you and scam you by, bycharging any extra money for things that are really simple.
So in today’s video I’ll betalking about four things: 1. Factors that are important to deciding on the right institution. Selecting your program of study. Know the important terms,and funds, and cost. First, the factors that are important to deciding on which university or college you should go to. Stop looking at rankings. Take it from me, it doesn’tmatter a single bit. We usually think thebetter the university, the better my career will be. Not necessarily.
A big mistake that students make while choosing their university is look at rankings of theuniversities or colleges. It really doesn’t matter if you’re going to the top university, or even the 170th ranked university. It’s really about the opportunities that you get exposed to, and your efforts into going after them, and how your institutionsupports you in that journey. But here is what matters: (ring of a bell) Location, the reason for which you’ll be exposed to alot of opportunities.
Very, very important. I cannot stress enough how location is one ofthe key things to consider when deciding which university or college you want to go to. Here are two reasons why: 1. Opportunities foremployment and growth. An institution in a big city, or in close proximity to downtown will offer more opportunities for employment and growth, than say, an institution in a small town, or an hour away from the city.
A school that offers you countless number of networking opportunities should always be on top of your list. In downtown, which is thebusiest area of the city, you’ll be exposed to a lot ofbusinesses and organizations, as well as off-campus events, which will allow you to participate in a lot of networking opportunities. Having a great network actually helps you land that job that you’re working towards. So be sure to place close attention to the environment and surroundings of your institution, inorder to make the most out of your educational experience.
Check out the blog in the description, where I share more tips on the factors that helpyou make the right choice for your institution. Next up, select your program. Pretty simple and straight forward. What program are you passionate about? Take a free online career test. The link is in the description. Let me know in the comments what program came up for yours. Answer questions basedon your preferences, passions, and interests.
Here’s a list of the most common majors that students tend to usually take. Its hard to get jobs in specific niches. If your program is veryspecific, it gets a bit tough. A business always needs a sales person, but may not always need an engineer. So if you’re pursuing in niche program, you need to make surethat you put in the work to make the right connections, in order to land a jobright away after graduation.
So make sure you findthe right career options that best suits your profile. And if you’re going after a niche program, props to you if you can make it. Take that challenge,and prove people wrong. Third up, terms your need to know. Most people get confused on what’s a post-secondary institution, because that’s all over CICand any immigration website. Here is what it is: Post-secondary institutionsare colleges and universities.
That’s it. Second, DLI’s, DesignatedLearning Institutions. This one’s actually pretty simple. Any institution that canenroll international students has to be a DLI. If your institution is not a DLI, you cannot apply as aninternational student to that institution. If you need a study permitor acceptance letter, It must be from a DLI. If it isn’t, they willrefuse your application. In the description, I haveattached a link for you to all the designated learninginstitutions in Canada.
Another thing that you need to understand is the difference betweenundergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, college diplomas, advanced college diplomas,and other certificate courses. So, the college system in Canada provides more hands-ontechnical experience through their programs. They offer one-year graduatecertificate programs, two-years college diplomas, or a three-year advanced college diploma. And you get a bachelor’s degree once you finish your program, after studying for three tofour years with a university.
And after you completeyour undergraduate studies, you go on to your postgraduate studies, which is usually a master’s degree, and is a two-year program. Then there is fall,winter, and spring intakes. These represent the time youactually start your program. So, Fall semesters usuallystart in September. Spring semesters usually start in May, and Winter semesters start in January. The most important thing you need to know is the deadlines for those intakes, and your eligibility requirements.
I personally recommendthat you always apply for fall semesters, that way you just don’t come intothe cold season of Canada, which is during January. The deadlines for the fall intake usually range fromFebruary 1st to April 1st.
My next video willactually cover in detail how to find deadlinesfor your institution’s application process. So let’s say you’re tryingto apply for a fall intake in September 2020, you need to have all your documents organizedby December of 2019 and apply within February or April of 2020 and by the end of May orJune you should be applying for your visa to Canada. I know there’s a lot of termsthat I’m throwing at you, but to make it easier for you, I’ve attached a book of terms, it’s like a dictionary ofterms you’ll be hearing a lot throughout this process.
4th up, funds and costs. So 1st thing you take intoaccount is institution fees but one thing you have to make sure you take into account is living expenses. Institution fees as Imentioned in the 1st video range from $15,000 to$20,000 per college per year and $35,000 to $40,000per university per year. And living expensesactually range from $10,000 to $12,000 per year, no matter what. And living expenses include housing, food and groceries, healthinsurance, transportation, as well as recreational expenses.
That being said, we’reat the end of this video. To recap it, ask yourself would you like a degree with the prestige that you might not actually enjoy, or would you like a degree which gives you the education you would like? University reputationmatters somewhat in certain context, but it never takes control of your career’s direction. And remember, you need tomake sure that you’re exposed to as many opportunitiesas you can because when you right that resume,the first thing you put is your work experience, not your school.
And as I mentioned, selectthe program you think you will be passionate about. Just because your family’stelling you something doesn’t mean you have to pursue that. And what the most importantthing is selecting your program. And make sure that youdig into your aspirations and motivations to reallyknow what you want to do. Check out the book ofterms that I’ve attached to the description andmake sure you check out the sample tuitionstatements that’s attached below as well.
And that’s it for today guys, thanks for staying tuned. If you like what I had to share, please like this video and subscribe and share with your friends to help them be aware of the choices they make. Follow and message me onInstagram @syed_zaheed. I’ll personally respondto every single question that you guys have. That’s it, see you guys in the next video. Ciao. (upbeat music) – So that’s actually where I live. I live on the top floor. It’s a beautiful condo.
I hope you’re thinkingthat’s absolute horse shit because I don’t have themoney to live there yet. But hopefully, in 2 to 3 years, that’s a beautiful building, but if I just walk 5minutes from my place, I get to see a bunch ofrestaurants, green parks, entertainment places andall sorts of activities. (ring of of a bell) (background chatter) (train) (ring of a bell) (cheering) – So you want to makesure that you’re picking that right neighborhood that offers you all those sort of things so that living is just a bit more fun.
But now I’m going to showyou guys how the commute to downtown looks like so let’s get to it. (Bus screeching to a stop) (traffic sounds) – Eastbound (upbeat music) – And we’re downtown. Of course this is the placefor international students to get jobs and the closer this is to you, jobs are more accessible to you. One thing about shorterbus rides that nice is that you just get to the city center faster and also you save a lot of time. You don’t want to be spending one hour sitting in a bus doing nothing.
Honestly, I love downtown. It just brings so much energy into you when you see the buzz of the city. So, we’re currently at theByward Market of Ottawa. Basically it’s the entertainmentdistrict of the city. Tons of restaurants, lotsof activities going on, it’s super busy area to be honest. Everyone’s just out here having fun. Having a good time. (street music) – As you can tellalready, overall downtown is just a good time.
All those places arewithin 15 to 20 minutes away from my place, which is amazing. But yeah, that’s it for today. In my next video I’ll be showing you guys what it kind of looks like inside the universities and colleges. So make sure to comeback and check that out in my next video. See you guys there. (Upbeat music)