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Canadian College Programs

Each of the 10 provinces in Canada has at least one major university that offers undergraduate and graduate studies. There are 49 universities in Canada.

McLean’s Magazine, a Canadian national weekly current events magazine, assesses universities each year, based on the diversity and range of programs offered and research funding, to rank each university’s standing. McLean’s Magazine’s annual university classification is highly regarded by both universities and students alike.

Canada is a bilingual country with English and French being officially recognized languages by the Federal Government. With the exception of Quebec, most educational institutes teach in the English language. Quebec is a primarily French-speaking province and, hence, has the majority of colleges and universities that teach in the French language. Outside of Quebec, the Université de Moncton, located in New Brunswick and several universities in various cities in Ontario teach in French.

Smaller universities with limited programs are typically located in urban areas. These universities are often the springboard upon which students earn their associate’s degree to transfer to a large university to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Undertaking this route to a bachelor’s degree reduces tuition expenses substantially for the first two years.

In addition to universities, there are technical institutes which offer trades and technical programs. For example, the British Columbia Institute of Technology has a varied offering of programs in the vast majority of trades and technical fields. Prospective employers view degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships, certificates and bachelor’s degrees earned by students at technical institutes favorably.

Small trades schools which specialize in a particular field, for example, auto technicians, abound. Fine arts colleges, culinary institutes and career colleges are also plentiful. Unlike fine arts and culinary colleges which are devoted to specific occupations, career colleges tend to focus on a number of fields and sometimes offer multiple programs. Examples of programs at a career college are business, healthcare and administration. The trade or career school’s reputation deems how valuable the certificate or diploma earned is judged.

Virtually every program imaginable is available in Canada. Students typically do not need to relocate to access a particular program; however, some master’s programs may only be available at a limited number of universities due to lack of demand.