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Education System in Canada

Canada has one of the best & most reputed education systems in the world.Canada has a simmilar basic structure of the education systems across the country.Education system in every province/territory has three tiers—elementary, secondary, and post-secondary.Each province and territory has exclusive responsibility for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education within its borders.

Canada offers a range of education institutions:

Canada has a large selection of universities located in both urban and rural settings in every region of the country. Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. They offer wide range of degrees from undergraduate to doctorates and can also offer certificates and professional degrees.Canadian  universities are globally known for the high quality of teaching and research. Degrees from Canadian universities are considered to be equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities.The university year usually runs from September to May. Some universities are on a semester or trimester system, with all courses available even in the summer. There is no Canada-wide entrance test: each university sets its own admission standards and assesses the qualifications of each applicant individually.

University Colleges
University Colleges combine Canadian university and college traditions, with a strong base of applied and academic programs offered in campus environments.a university college offers university degrees as well as college diploma and certificate programs. Students have program choices  from wide range of  university degrees as well as college diploma and certificate programs. university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. University Colleges  also may offer combined degree/diploma programs and university transfer programs.

Community Colleges
Community Colleges are popular education choices in Canada; they offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market.Community Colleges have the primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry and the public service sectors.They also meet the educational needs of vocationally-oriented secondary school graduates, employment-seeking university graduates, as well as the lifelong learning requirements of the adult population.Some community colleges offer university transfer programs that allow students to take courses that are parallel to those offered for the first two years of a four year university program. Students must still apply to the university to gain admission to complete the last two years of the four year program.

Career Colleges and Technical Institutes
These are privately owned institutions that offer training programs that provide students with practical skills for the job market after a short period of instruction. Although Career Colleges and technical institutes are privately owned but they are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that program standards and quality are maintained.Their main objective is to prepare students for the job market after a short period of instruction. The emphasis at technical/career colleges is on practical skills over a broad range of programs. Students seeking short-term training programs in multimedia, film studies, computer/internet studies, graphic design and hospitality and the like apply to career colleges.

The academic year
University and college semesters generally run as follows:
First semester: early September to mid December
Holiday break: mid December to early January
Second semester: early January to early May
Summer holidays/Summer courses: May to September

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