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1 Advice & Guidance on Making Applications to Canadian Universities

2 University destinations of West Island School students in Canada 8% GY/Mil/Job 8% Others 7% UK 38% Australia 5% USA 17% HK 17%

3 1. Rankings Presentation rundown 2. Entry requirements and typical offers 3. Main application deadlines a) The Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) b) The British Columbia Universities Application Centre (ApplyBC) 4. Tuition fees 5. Scholarships 6. Alternative pathways Diplomas / Associate Degree / University Transfer Programs 7. Useful websites 8. Q & A

4 Canadian universities and world rankings {Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings } UNIVERSITY World ranking Toronto 20 British Columbia 32 McGill 39 McMaster 94 Montreal 113 Alberta 124 Victoria 173 Ottawa 188

5 Global Employability University Ranking 2014 {Source: International New York Times} According to employers how do the universities in Canada rank among top 150 global institutions? UNIVERSITY Rank Toronto 13 McGill 28 Montreal 47 British Columbia 55 McMaster 80 Waterloo 119

6 Group of Thirteen G13 Universities (Canada s leading research-intensive institutions) Dalhousie University Laval University McGill University* McMaster University* Queen s University* University of Alberta University of British Columbia* University of Calgary University of Montreal University of Ottawa University of Toronto* University of Western Ontario* University of Waterloo* * Popular with WIS students

7 GENERAL requirements Entry Requirements IB Diploma applicant Full diploma consistent, all-round performance (E.g. between Level 4 and 7 in ALL six subjects). Credit transfer in IB HL subjects at university s discretion. ID applicant Check with individual university / faculty. Some universities don t take BTEC / vocational qualifications (E.g. McGill, UBC and Toronto) ALL applicants - Check SPECIFIC programme requirements (E.g. Toronto: IB Maths SL or HL and two IB sciences (Physics and Chemistry) are required for Engineering; McGill: IB Maths, Biology and Chemistry for Nutrition Science. Math Studies is NOT accepted for Commerce at UBC). - Can submit good SAT/ACT scores (E.g. Toronto: expected SAT range: 1800+, ACT: 28+). - IELTS (6.5) or TOEFL (E.g. Toronto: TOEFL ibt 100+) is typically required from those with English as a second language.

8 Some typical offers received in 2015 by WIS students as of 4/6/15 Degree course University Offer Engineering (Chemical) UBC Maintain predicted IB pts English UBC Maintained predicted IB pts Arts UBC Maintain predicted IB pts Simon Fraser Maintain predicted IB pts Actuarial Science Waterloo 29 IB pts Economics, Maths, Physics ) Business UBC Minimum 24 IB pts McGill Maintain predicted IB pts Toronto Maintain predicted IB pts

9 Some typical offers received in 2015 by WIS students as of 4/6/15 Degree course University Offer Economics / Political Science Simon Fraser UBC Nursing McGill 35 IB pts Western Ontario Alberta Maintain predicted IB pts Maintain predicted IB pts 30 IB pts 24 IB pts Life Sciences UBC Maintain predicted IB pts McGill Maintain predicted IB pts Anthropology UBC Maintain predicted IB pts Visual/Fine Arts UBC Maintain predicted IB pts

10 APPLICATION DEADLINES some examples and 2015 dates for guide (NOTE: scholarship application deadlines are separate) UNIVERSITY Western Ontario McGill McMaster Simon Fraser Toronto UBC APPLICATION PERIOD 1 March 15 January 1 February to 1 April (and check with individual faculty) 30 April 14 January 1 March (and check with individual faculty) 31 January (and check with individual faculty)

11 Applying to Ontario Universities - OUAC From September, students create an OUAC account to apply to universities (can apply up to 3 courses for each university except University of Toronto). The account is good for applying to ANY entry point (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer) in the SAME application year. Canadian citizens living and studying outside of Canada - complete the OUAC 105D application International students (non Canadian citizens) - complete the OUAC 105F (International) application Ontario institutions of higher education Brock University Queen s University Carleton University Redeemer University College Dominican University College Royal Military College of Canada University of Guelph Ryerson University Lakehead University University of Toronto Laurentian University Trent University McMaster University University of Waterloo Nipissing University University of Western Ontario Ontario College of Art & Design Wilfrid Laurier University University of Ontario Institute of University of Windsor Technology York University University of Ottawa *Check 105 Addenda for updates on programme changes at individual universities

12 Applying to BC Universities ApplyBC From September of their university application year, students register online with ApplyBC to apply to universities in British Columbia. Social Security Number is required of applicants who are Canadian citizens International students who are not Canadian citizens can use ApplyBC or apply direct to the university BC institutions of higher education British Columbia Institute of Technology Northern Lights College Camosun College Northwest Community College Capilano College Okanagan College College of New Caledonia Royal Roads University College of the Rockies Selkirk College Douglas College Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University University Canada West Justice Institute of British Columbia University College of the Fraser Valley Kwantlen Polytechnic University University of British Columbia Langara College University of Northern British Columbia University of Victoria Vancouver Island University Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Emily Carr University of Art & Design North Island College Vancouver Community College

13 Tuition Fees (Example: UBC 2015/16) {Source: UBC: Degree Canadian student (C$) International student (C$) Architecture - Environmental Design 5,985 31,678 Arts 4,988 26,399 Commerce 7,390 29,579 Music 5,653 29,918 Int l Economics 7,980 31,649 Science 4,988 26,399 Food Nutrition, Applied Biology, Global Resources 5,320 28,159

14 Scholarships Type of award Various agencies and organizations See list at Ontario School Counsellors Association website: >students> scholarships and financial assistance Online search at Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada website: > programs & scholarships Domestic student International student Individual university awards (See university website for information. Check if it s a separate application)

15 Alternative pathways to university - Diplomas / Associate Degree / University Transfer Programs Stage 3 Student transfers to university Year 2 undergraduate programme Stage 2 Student completes specialised professional or vocational programme Stage 1 ID/BTEC graduate enters community college* BC Province 11 public community colleges including: - Langara College - Camosun College - Vancouver Community College - College of New Caledonia - Selkirk College Ontario 28 public community colleges including: { ges} - Sheridan College - Humber College - Centennial College - Seneca College - George Brown College *Some colleges have Bachelor degree awarding status. Always check with colleges on university transfer opportunities.

16 Alternative pathways: application and costs General entry requirements Application timeline Completion of our Y13 BC and Ontario: All year usually from September 2015 to February 2016 (for Fall start) Make direct application to college Tuition fee E.g. Sheridan College (as guide) Domestic Canadian student: C$1375 per term International student: C$6788 per term Scholarships Available - check with individual college

17 Useful websites Below is a list of websites which have been referred to in this presentation. 1. University search engine: 2. Community College search engine: 3. University rankings website: 4. College scholarship search engine: 5. Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC): 6. TOEFL Homepage: 7. British Columbia Universities Application Centre (ApplyBC)

18 Q & A

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