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Questions to Ask on A Virtual Campus Tour

Source: Study International

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for international students to attend campus tours overseas, the emergence of virtual campus tours has made it possible for them to still see what college and university campuses abroad are like.

It can be easy to visit a campus online and feel less engaged than you would if you were actually there in person. That is why Study International put together a list of topics to focus on during both online and offline campus tours.

  • Admissions: What should I know before beginning the application process?
  • Student Support: What services are available to students like me?
  • Programs/Courses: What makes my program at this institution different than at others?
  • Extracurricular Opportunities: What clubs can I join? Are there jobs available on campus?
  • Finances: How much does tuition cost? Are there any scholarships or bursaries I qualify for?
  • Accommodations: What is student life like when living in residence?
  • Career Prospects: Will a diploma/degree from this institution help my career after graduation?

Virtual Open Houses, The New Normal for Canadian Campuses?

First Ever Virtual Open Houses Organized By Montreal based Concordia University and Halifax’s Dalhousie University saw a huge success with prospective students logging in from all over the world

Open houses have been a long standing tradition at several campuses. Open houses and information sessions are one of the best ways to determine whether or not a university is the right fit for prospective students. Open houses are more than an exploration of a campus. They provide students with valuable insights into program options, university life and the overall campus experience. This year, as we all know COVID-19 has changed a lot of things. Under the current public health guidelines, most of the Canadian Universities are opting for Virtual Open Houses.

Among many others, one of the most recent Canadian campuses to host a virtual open house is Concordia University. Located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montreal, Quebec, Concordia University is one of Canada’s most innovative and diverse campuses. Concordia provides a wide range of innovative programs and courses that offer an unique and rewarding educational experience. Concordia boasts small classes, accessible and award-winning professors, and an affordable education. Concordia held its first-ever virtual undergraduate Open House on Saturday, October 24. Despite the switch to an online environment, the university says the open house was a massive success and participants shared overwhelmingly positive feedback. Attendees also had the opportunity to chat with recruiters and faculty members in real-time in addition to attending informational Zoom meetings. Out of the 2,300 prospective undergrads who attended the online event, about 35% of attendees were international students. And a total of 109 countries were represented in the University’s open house. The University also reported that students continue to visit the Open House web page for resources. All of the content  presentations, videos and documents are available online until November 23.

Another remarkable feat achieved by a Canadian campus in bringing the university community together to welcome prospective undergraduate students and give them a taste of life virtually is Dalhousie University. More than 3,400 students registered for the event. Prospective students also have the opportunity to view recorded and on-demand content over the next 30 days. While the university is thrilled with the incredible number of attendees, they’re even more excited by the resulting applications to the university.

“Open House is a significant opportunity to inspire prospective students to apply,” says Kristen Sutherland, associate registrar and director, student recruitment and undergraduate admissions. “It also provides applicants the ability to make strong connections and map their next steps on their path to Dalhousie. We are encouraged by the level of engagement at the event and delighted by the number of students who have chosen to apply. Virtual Open House has demonstrated that the Dalhousie community is committed to supporting future students in new and innovative ways.”

Tips For Attending Campus Tours

Source: Times Higher Education

There’s a lot to do before you go on a tour of what may be your future college or university. Things to see, speakers to listen to, brochures to bring home and totally read in your precious spare time. The entire process can be stressful but here is an outline of how you may want to approach campus visits with us.

Before the Tour: Review the colleges and universities we’ll be visiting and try to decide which will be the best place for you. If you’ve always wanted to pursue your education in a large city or small town, focus on schools in that type of setting. Be sure to also go over the kinds of programs that are available at these schools. Finding the program you want in a location you like will help you know what campuses to focus on.

During the Tour: Ask questions, interact with people and take notes. With five colleges and five universities to see on a Canada Campus Visits tour, there will be loads of information available to help you decide what school to make your study abroad destination.

After the Tour: If your final decision isn’t an obvious one, don’t worry. Review the information you have from the tour and don’t be afraid to follow-up with the institutions you’re interested in if you have questions. Choosing where you want to study overseas is a big decision but you shouldn’t rush to make it. Go over your notes, remember what you liked about each campus and follow your heart.

If Students Could Start Over, Would They Go To The Same University?

Source: Maclean’s | Image Credit: Bachelor in Paradise

A recent survey asked post-secondary students in Canada whether or not they would choose to study at their current institutions if given the chance to start over. The results varied among universities but raised questions about how much students actually know about their universities at the time of enrollment. “What is the Canadian student experience like” and “How does the culture on campus differ between institutions” are examples of questions that students might be better off learning first-hand as opposed to reading in an information package.

Canada Campus Visits was launched to help students, both international and domestic, answer questions like this for themselves. We believe that by setting foot on campus, touring the facilities and interacting with faculty, students will be better informed about their choice of college or university before enrolling. Empowered with the right information, more students will feel they made the right choice long after their studies have been completed.

Looking at studying overseas? Why Canada?

Original post by educanada.ca

So you want to study in Canada, but you need just a few more facts before committing to the full experience? Here are a few of the many reasons why others have chosen Canada for their study abroad experience.

Qualifications valued around the world

Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.

Affordable education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.

Multicultural society

With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.

Healthy and safe communities

While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

World-class language education

Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

Exciting campus lifestyle

Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers, and businesses.

Innovative and abundant research opportunities

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research including telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Land of possibilities

Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity, and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.

Possibility of immigration

Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website.

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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

A 2018 study conducted by Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) signifies the quality of Canadian education system as the primary reason for international students to choose Canada. However, selecting the right institution is a complex task and usually filled with apprehension and anxiety. It is at this stage that Canada Campus Visits comes in.

Being one of the better academic advisory providers for your success, Canada Campus Visits has revolutionized the landscape by conducting exclusive education tours for international students who wish to study in Canada.

Conducted quarterly, these educational tours offer a real sense of campus life as students get a chance to interact with college faculties and meet admission counselors, professors, labs, dormitories, and more. Students attending these tours are provided with the necessary to make an informed decision.