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Choose to study in Canada, and you’ll 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, Montréal, Vancouver and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural.

 

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high. Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its natural beauty – few nations in the world can boast anything close to its wealth of forests, lakes and mountains – and for its multicultural diversity. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used concurrently in government and official documents. It’s also known for its sparse population (despite being the world’s second-largest country, it has a population smaller than that of just one US state, California) and for its harsh winters. In some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half the year – but you’re unlikely to find any Canadian universities in those regions.

 

High Quality Education

 

Education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada, but you will find quality institutions across the country. When choosing your school in Canada, consider the type, size and location of the institution. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools have more to offer in that discipline.

Quality Development

Improving the quality of education in China in an all-round way and making significant progress in education modernization are the main goals of China’s educational development in the future. The main tasks include strengthening students’ social responsibility, innovation, entrepreneurship and hands-on ability; encouraging the development of universal pre-schooling; promoting the balanced development of compulsory education; universalizing high school education; speeding up the development of modern vocational education; transforming the qualified undergraduate institutions into application-oriented colleges and universities; adopting a balanced approach in terms of building world-class universities and disciplines; improving the ability of colleges and universities in teaching and innovation; speeding up the building of a learning society; and making great efforts in promoting educational equality. The supplementary measures to achieve the main objectives include strengthening the training of teachers, deepening the reform of the examination and enrollment system, improving the education investment mechanism, promoting and regulating the development of private education, promoting education informatization, strengthening international cooperation and exchanges in education, and deepening the innovation and entrepreneurship-oriented educational reform.

 

Source: China Profile, Overview of China’s Educational Development by Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China.

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Document Checklist for Study Abroad

  1. Passport photo
  2. Photocopy of valid passport
  3. Photocopy of valid visa
  4. Personal ID card
  5. Health certificate
  6. Certification of no criminal record
  7. Chinese/English language proficiency certificate
  8. Letter of guarantee (parent or legal guardian of student signs a declaration by which he/she assumes responsibility for the student to abide rules and regulations of China and of the university)
  9. Proof that you can support your studies in China
  10. Certificate/diploma from last graduated school
  11. Academic transcript from last graduated school

 

 

More documents may be required, depending on each school’s request.

University application deadlines for China

 

The academic year in China usually has two semesters, spring semester and autumn semester, except for a few higher educational institutions who implemented a three-semester system. It is best to figure out every university’s specific application deadline for each semester, but these are the general recommendations:

 

For spring semester: submit the application until 15th of July

For autumn Semester: submit the application until 30th of April

 

 

Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter

 

Studying in China means a few extra steps after the application process:

Apply for the Chinese student visa as soon as possible. Check with the Chinese embassy/consulate in your area for details.

Within 30 days of your arrival in China, you will have to obtain a residence permit from a local public security office or police station.

Arrange a health insurance plan; this has to cover accidental injury and medical treatments and cover at least around 62,000 USD. You can get your insurance from your home country or purchase a health insurance card once you arrive in China.