Bachelor degree studies (as well adverted to as undergraduate studies) lead to the award of a bachelor degree (after 3 or 4 years of study) or a bachelor with honours (4 years). The bachelor degree is the base university qualification.
Most of the higher education institutions in Canada offer two types of undergraduate qualifications:
- Bachelor degree: Bachelor degrees provide initial preparation for professional careers and postgraduate study and involve a minimum of three years of full-time study. Entry typically requires completion of a Canadian higher school certificate of education (Year 12) or the overseas equivalent, or a diploma or advanced diploma or certificate.
- Bachelor degree (honours): Honours may require an optional additional year of study (usually research based) following a three-year degree or may be awarded for academic achievement in degrees of four or more years.
Entry into Undergraduate Degree Course of Studies in Canada is highly competitive. The most important prerequisite is English or French language proficiency. English or French is the language of instruction at all universities in Canada. An applicant has to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.Other requirements
- Successful completion of the international equivalent of Canadian secondary education (Year 12). Most Canadian universities require a minimum of 12 years of formal secondary education for admission to undergraduate courses, whereas Quebec and Ontario universities requires a 13 years of minimum formal education.
- English Language Admission test: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam scores are the most common language requirement for Canadian universities. But most universities will accept either test as proof of your English language ability.
- Each Education provider will have different entrance requirements such as prior knowledge in certain subject, work or volunteer experience, portfolio, Official academic transcripts, test or interview. Pre-requisite subjects differ from course to course.
The duration of Undergraduate degree program is generally three or four years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.
Starting dates vary widely depending upon the course undertaken. Undergraduate degree programs generally run from early September until the end of April or early May, but can vary by course and institution.
The admission process involves following steps:
- Application Forms
- Requesting Application Forms via email: You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.
- Downloading from the university website: Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the internet. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.
In the form, fill the following sections and submit:
- Personal Details
- Academic History
- Supplement Information
- Supporting Documents
Submit Supporting documents such as Official transcripts in English from all high school coursework, test scores of IELTS/TOEFL, student letter (300 words introducing you to the university community), Letters of Recommendation and Reference/Personal Statement.
- Acceptance Letter
If the application is successful, the applicant will receive “Acceptance Letter”. On receiving this, you need to pay a portion of the fees within a stipulated time period, to confirm your admission. During enrollment, you must carry copies of the acceptance letter, study/work permit and any other details that are mandatory for admission. The payment of fees varies according to the university you have chosen.
The tuition fees per year for students for an undergraduate bachelor’s degree vary depending upon the province, ranging from $4,462 to $15,870.Financial Aid
Each University has different sums that a student can borrow for long term loans. Long term financial aid loans are for the following uses:
- Class costs
- Living costs
- Other school related costs
How to Apply for Financial aid
Every Provincial University has their own way to apply for financial assistance. Contact the prospective University by phone for more information or go the Universities website and locate financial aid and/or loan information sections.Major Courses in Canada
The well-known undergraduate programs in Canada include courses like architecture, art and design, medicine, engineering, film studies, finance, management, media and communication, history, business, linguistic studies, journalism, economics, human resource management, economics, journalism, theatre and others.