Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Beyond IELTS: The International Student’s Guide to Life in Canada

An excellent IELTS review course can help you hone your communicative abilities so that you can hold your own well abroad. It can’t, however, prepare you for all the other aspects of life as an international student. Be prepared for college life abroad. Make your big move to Canada as stress-free as possible with this comprehensive guide.

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          1.    Finding accommodation
Don’t have a place to stay in yet? Here are the some of the accommodations you can secure as an international student in Canada.

·         Dormitory
As an international student, you can benefit a lot from living in your university’s dormitory. You don’t have to deal with the stresses and expenses of a daily commute since you’re close to or inside your campus. It’s easier to join school organizations and participate in extra-curricular activities. Rooms are usually sparsely furnished and shared between two to three students.

·         Homestay
Some universities in Canada offer homestay accommodation for their international students. Selected Canadian families host the school’s foreign students for the duration of their program. It’s a great way to get to know the country’s culture without feeling overwhelmed.

·         Apartment
Rentals are perfect for students who value their privacy and don’t mind commuting a bit to secure it. If this is your preferred accommodation, find one that’s close to your school. Make sure you understand everything in the tenancy contract before signing it.

         2.   Getting to know the university life in Canada
Not sure what to expect from life as an international student in Canada? Here are some interesting facts about the country’s universities.

·         There are over 90 universities and 150 colleges in the land of the maple leaf. Universities offer bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Colleges, meanwhile, offer short specialized courses and diplomas.

·         International students can study in Canada for up to six months (a semester) without a visa. If you want to study there for more than half a year, you’ll have to secure a Canadian study permit.

·         International students make up approximately a fifth of the country’s university population.

·         A semester is usually composed of five courses. Each course is made up of two hours of lectures weekly and a tutorial led by a teaching assistant.

·         Professors have designated office hours in which you can visit them for consultations after class.

·         One of the universities in Canada, the University of Montreal, uses French as the language of instruction.

Still taking classes at the IELTS Philippines training center? Ask your IELTS coaches for tips on how to pick up Canadian accent better. Find ways to incorporate Canadian slang and culture into your review. This way, you’ll be preparing not only for the IELTS exam but for your life beyond it as well.

           3.   Adjusting to know your new place
Don’t limit your preparations to getting to know university life in Canada. Learn about the other aspects of life as well. Read on to get the basics of public transportation, weather, and money in the land of the maple leaf.

Regarding transportation
All of Canada’s cities and major towns have efficient public transport systems. You can travel by streetcars (trams), buses, trains, and subways. Planning to live off-campus? Explore your commute options to and from your university.

You can pay for public transportation either with a ticket or a transit pass. Get the former if you think you’ll seldom commute. You can purchase tickets in transit stations, convenience stores, and from the bus driver. If commuting is going to be a part of your daily life, get a transit pass. Transit passes provide unlimited access to public transportation for a certain period—usually a month or two.

Regarding the weather
There are four seasons in Canada, and they usually follow this schedule:

·         Spring – March to June
·         Summer – June to September
·         Autumn – September to December
·         Winter – December to March

The intensity of each season varies across Canada due to the country’s size and geography.

Regarding money
The Canadian Dollar (CAD) is the official currency of Canada. Here are the various denominations of its bills and coins.

CAD notes: $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100
CAD coins:
·         Penny – 1 cent
·         Nickel – 5 cents
·         Dime – 10 cents
·         Quarter – 25 cents
·         Dollar coin (loonie) - $1
·         2 Dollar con (toonie) - $2

Master these figures before leaving the Philippines. Take note, also, of the many names (e.g., loonie, toonie, etc.) that Canadian money can take. Find ways to incorporate them into your IELTS review to memorize them faster.

Come to Canada prepared to minimize culture shock and shorten your learning curve. Research about the country and your university. Use this guide to jumpstart your research.
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