Helping future students to find a perfect program for almost 18 years, made us well acquainted with how it is difficult for students to decide which specialization to choose.
Whatever factors go into the decision many future students already have an idea of what they want to study and where. But it is very important to research institutions thoroughly before choosing the one. Often people are choosing college judging by its reputation, but it might be not the right fit for everyone.
Here are some useful points to consider when deciding what program you want to study in.
Canada has many locations to choose from - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. These are the provinces you can consider to study in, each of them has its own climate, tourist attractions, and main industries. So, it is a good idea to consider where you want to study.
Challenge Yourself (but not too much)
Our international students are already challenging themselves by deciding to study in a foreign country. Even though Canada is proudly a multicultural and diverse country, for some students the cultural change might be quite stressful. So, try to find a program in a college that you will be comfortable with. For example, a program with a co-op component might require you to move frequently, if you are not comfortable with that, we encourage you to look at some other option.
Colleges, campuses, cities vary widely. You should choose for yourself what kind of environment you want to study and live in and most importantly what kind of relationship you want to have with your professors and other students. Some might feel bored in a small town, while others prefer quiet streets and a tight-knit community.
Popularity doesn’t mean quality
Strict admission requirements and high entry GPA don’t necessarily correlate to the best program – or to the best program for you. Some colleges are more competitive, some more co-operative, some more collaborative. You should make sure that you choose the right one for you.
When it comes to colleges and programs, it’s a good idea to keep your options open. During the first year some programs offer more general courses, so you can decide whether you like the subject and whether or not it is something you expected.
Look at the details
Post-Secondary or post-graduate programs offer you much more than just a diploma given to you on your graduation day. Your everyday college routine, the people you are going to meet along the way, the prospects of finding good co-op option – all should be a part of your decision.
Go with your gut
If you have such an option, it is a good idea to visit a campus of the college you want to study in. Almost every college has Open Doors Day event, where you can go and get a campus tour. You can also visit the college during the school year, so you can get a sense of what is like when classes are in session.