Flexibility In Higher Education

In Canada, while you can follow the traditional study path, i.e., undergraduate and graduate degree route, other higher education tracks will give you the necessary qualifications and skills combining applied and research methods demanded by a globalized, increasingly sophisticated labor market.

Canadian post-secondary system offers more flexible approaches with coordination between colleges, technical colleges, and universities, opening opportunities for the students to acquire the exact education they need for their chosen career fields.

Following choices and flexibilities exist for students in Canada at the post-secondary level:

  • Students may complete a full degree from one institution, i.e., college, polytechnic, or university.
  • Students may start their degree at one institution and then finish it at another institution. It is usual for students to take advantage of the University Transfer Programs in Canada, i.e., to begin an undergraduate degree at a college or a polytechnic institution and then finish it at a university depending on their program of interest.
  • Certain colleges offer undergraduate degrees as well as practical degrees or diplomas. Students may decide to take a diploma or certificate as they feel vital for their desired job, rather than a full degree.
  • Upon graduating from a university program, students may complement their university degree by pursuing a separate college degree or diploma, which is quite common in Canada.

Benefits of Combined Education Track

  • Many international students find starting their post-secondary education at a college or a polytechnic institution to be a comfortable, economicical, and supportive option before moving on to a university for a full degree.
  • Colleges in Canada often offer smaller class sizes, greater access to teachers, competitive tuition fees, and a more personal atmosphere.
  • All these facts are very important for international students in their initial education journey in Canada. This combined route gives them the best of both worlds—the benefits of a college education and a university education.

Also, the Canadian Education System has flexibility and provisions to assist international students in completing their desired higher study programs addressing their unique situations. Such as:

  • Students may have limited financial resources or may need to improve their language skills or may need to upgrade their grades or pre-requisites to get into a program of choice.
  • All these unique situations can be addressed through Canadian-based distance education programs before the student even steps foot in Canada.