Tolu Akinbami

Last month (August) I started a write-up on Studying in Canada with Tolu Akinbami of Alphabeta International Consultant. We started with “Your Result Are Out, What Next?” 

This month we are focusing on a topic tagged “Is Your Child prepared for Canada?” this is a “Must Read” really informative. ‎You can share this to anyone you know might be interested in this writeup and feel free to send me a mail:: [email protected]

We were able to respond to emails of people interested in studying Canada as a result of the August Blog”.

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Worried about your Child going to Canada too early?

Many students are done with grade 11 (IGCSE) or even SSCE as young as 14 to 16 years. While going to Canada is at the forefront of the agenda for many parents, they have to grapple with the idea of sending their children abroad at such an early age.

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How do you determine if your Child should come to Canada as a minor?

Canada is not like going to the UK, and neither is it like going to the USA.  First it is far, secondly, unless you have a visa exempt status it can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks to get a visitor visa. (this is often not the case for UK or the USA) So if you are caught napping without a visa, you will not be able to make quick decisions about coming to Canada on an emergency should the need arise. This means that in sending your child abroad there are a number of things to take into consideration. First you need to pray and ask God if your child should come abroad now or later

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Know your Child – does your Child work independently?

My Children went to Avi Cenna Int. School in GRA Lagos. Many times the proprietor voiced her concern about the use of lesson teachers. She could not understand why parents will spend millions in school fees and still spend on lesson teachers. I used the services of lesson teachers but after a while I stopped.

We have observed that when students are fully reliant on lesson teachers, they do not focus as well during lectures, they tend to struggle when they come to Canada because they have been used to having someone teach them the same subject twice over.

So is your child an independent learner, if she/he is not, then you may want to help prepare for education in Canada by keeping him/her back for a year.

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How does your Child manage funds?

images18CPODSHI remember a parent who sent her daughter to Canada and her mum’s statement was that “her daughter wants to run them broke!”. So I asked how she prepared her daughter for life in Canada particularly as it pertains to funds management. Well it turns out that she (her daughter) had never been given money while in secondary school neither had she been taught any money management skills, so she could not appreciate the value of money.You need to ask yourself if you have prepared your daughter adequately for life abroad. Does your child have value for money, will your child be willing to take part-time jobs to augment whatever is sent?

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Is your child easily influenced or a leader?

imagesVVOS8NN7Peer pressure for teenagers is a major influence. There is pressure on teenagers to be noticed, to belong, to be accepted. If your child is easily influenced perhaps you should reconsider sending her out so early where parental influence is more remote. If your child is a leader, then by all means send your child abroad to become “a light to the world”

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What options are available to you?

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After conducting a genuine survey about your child’s readiness to come to Canada you have two choices: stay back a year or proceed to Canada

Should you decide on the option of staying back a year, then I will strongly recommend Edgewood College “Canadian Foundation Program”.

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This program is run in conjunction with a Canadian High School and at the end of an academic year your child can receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which can be used to gain admission into any University in any province in Canada as long as the results are within acceptable standards.

Apart from the academic benefit it also helps parents bond with their children a bit more before they set out of the country

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Should you decide that your child is ready to come to Canada, I say “Congratulations.” The average age of entry into university or college in Canada is 17/18 years. So if your child is two years younger, you can consider him/her for a year 12 University preparatory course or take a two – year diploma course in college before proceeding to university.

All you need to bother about is which province? School? And what accommodation? Other thoughts for consideration will include your budget considerations and if you have friends or family here in Canada.

We have compiled a list of programs of study in different provinces and the cost of tuition in each province. This is a free document.

Table 477-0023 Weighted average tuition fees for full-time international undergraduate students, by field of study, annual (dollars)(1,2,3,4,5)
       
Geography Field of study grouping 2014/2015 2015/2016  
Newfoundland and Labrador Education 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Humanities 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Social and behavioural sciences 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Business, management and public administration 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Physical and life sciences and technologies 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Mathematics, computer and information sciences 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Engineering 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Medicine 30000 30000
Newfoundland and Labrador Nursing 8800 8800
Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy .. ..
Newfoundland and Labrador Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 8800 8800
Prince Edward Island Education .. ..
Prince Edward Island Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies .. ..
Prince Edward Island Humanities 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Social and behavioural sciences 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Business, management and public administration 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Physical and life sciences and technologies 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Mathematics, computer and information sciences 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Engineering .. ..
Prince Edward Island Nursing 11948 12312
Prince Edward Island Veterinary medicine 53060 56372
Prince Edward Island Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 11948 12312
Nova Scotia Education 13349 13780
Nova Scotia Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 13983 14402
Nova Scotia Humanities 13893 14428
Nova Scotia Social and behavioural sciences 14334 14834
Nova Scotia Law, legal professions and studies 22228 22896
Nova Scotia Business, management and public administration 13482 14011
Nova Scotia Physical and life sciences and technologies 14810 15340
Nova Scotia Mathematics, computer and information sciences 15451 15937
Nova Scotia Engineering 15333 16337
Nova Scotia Architecture and related technologies 15540 16008
Nova Scotia Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 12590 12977
Nova Scotia Dentistry 45320 46680
Nova Scotia Medicine 25878 27003
Nova Scotia Nursing 14336 14871
Nova Scotia Pharmacy .. ..
Nova Scotia Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 14960 15411
New Brunswick Education 13666 13890
New Brunswick Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 14078 14078
New Brunswick Humanities 14192 14326
New Brunswick Social and behavioural sciences 12699 12748
New Brunswick Law, legal professions and studies 12035 12091
New Brunswick Business, management and public administration 12956 13099
New Brunswick Physical and life sciences and technologies 13598 13704
New Brunswick Mathematics, computer and information sciences 12710 12844
New Brunswick Engineering 13498 13663
New Brunswick Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 13532 13628
New Brunswick Nursing 10683 10711
New Brunswick Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 12614 12769
Quebec Education 15341 15703
Quebec Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 16362 16742
Quebec Humanities 15345 15705
Quebec Social and behavioural sciences 15339 15702
Quebec Law, legal professions and studies 22396 23364
Quebec Business, management and public administration 19491 20165
Quebec Physical and life sciences and technologies 21248 22129
Quebec Mathematics, computer and information sciences 21856 22788
Quebec Engineering 20940 21865
Quebec Architecture and related technologies 16913 17322
Quebec Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 17026 17434
Quebec Dentistry 21136 21638
Quebec Medicine 16541 16857
Quebec Nursing 17026 17437
Quebec Pharmacy 17127 17544
Quebec Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 15345 15711
Ontario Education 24258 26158
Ontario Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 21442 22682
Ontario Humanities 25664 27911
Ontario Social and behavioural sciences 21690 23380
Ontario Law, legal professions and studies 25867 27754
Ontario Business, management and public administration 26429 29311
Ontario Physical and life sciences and technologies 25489 27681
Ontario Mathematics, computer and information sciences 24407 26496
Ontario Engineering 28365 30906
Ontario Architecture and related technologies 25684 27788
Ontario Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 21423 23123
Ontario Dentistry 57611 62100
Ontario Medicine 81994 83262
Ontario Nursing 19472 20531
Ontario Pharmacy 35785 33456
Ontario Veterinary medicine 49294 50625
Ontario Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 19858 21176
Manitoba Education 11953 12677
Manitoba Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 11845 13025
Manitoba Humanities 11837 13056
Manitoba Social and behavioural sciences 11386 12495
Manitoba Law, legal professions and studies .. ..
Manitoba Business, management and public administration 13855 15338
Manitoba Physical and life sciences and technologies 13029 14585
Manitoba Mathematics, computer and information sciences 12750 14257
Manitoba Engineering 17021 18944
Manitoba Architecture and related technologies 14169 15770
Manitoba Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 13765 14825
Manitoba Nursing 13710 14696
Manitoba Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 10970 11949
Saskatchewan Education 17775 18450
Saskatchewan Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 17336 17958
Saskatchewan Humanities 15961 16495
Saskatchewan Social and behavioural sciences 16171 16724
Saskatchewan Law, legal professions and studies .. ..
Saskatchewan Business, management and public administration 18219 18754
Saskatchewan Physical and life sciences and technologies 15997 16514
Saskatchewan Mathematics, computer and information sciences 16718 17291
Saskatchewan Engineering 18090 18664
Saskatchewan Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 14711 15142
Saskatchewan Dentistry .. ..
Saskatchewan Medicine .. ..
Saskatchewan Nursing 18379 19020
Saskatchewan Pharmacy .. ..
Saskatchewan Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 17936 18607
Alberta Education 19014 19190
Alberta Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 17920 18018
Alberta Humanities 18896 19036
Alberta Social and behavioural sciences 18997 19098
Alberta Law, legal professions and studies 35339 35339
Alberta Business, management and public administration 20400 20721
Alberta Physical and life sciences and technologies 18883 18905
Alberta Mathematics, computer and information sciences 18572 18786
Alberta Engineering 22321 22321
Alberta Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 19495 19497
Alberta Dentistry .. ..
Alberta Medicine 57582 57582
Alberta Nursing 17526 17977
Alberta Pharmacy 34802 34802
Alberta Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 17567 18102
British Columbia Education 17277 18006
British Columbia Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies 17838 18684
British Columbia Humanities 20512 21744
British Columbia Social and behavioural sciences 19210 20301
British Columbia Law, legal professions and studies 24862 25359
British Columbia Business, management and public administration 17433 18367
British Columbia Physical and life sciences and technologies 19315 20243
British Columbia Mathematics, computer and information sciences 18249 19429
British Columbia Engineering 20382 21516
British Columbia Architecture and related technologies 22578 23773
British Columbia Agriculture, natural resources and conservation 20893 22025
British Columbia Nursing 16477 16915
British Columbia Other health, parks, recreation and fitness 19486 20538
Legend:
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Data for 2015/2016 are preliminary.
The national and provincial tuition fee averages are weighted with the latest enrolment data (2012). If the number of enrolments is unknown for a given program, the program is excluded from the averages. The same enrolment data are used for the weighting of both years (2014/2015 and 2015/2016), thereby permitting the comparison of changes in the tuition fees only.
As the distribution of enrolment across the various programs varies from period to period, caution must be exercised when making long-term historical comparisons.
It is important to note that tuition fee increases are generally regulated by provincial policies. However, some programs may be exempted from these policies resulting in possible increases that exceed provincial limits.
Data in this release do not take into account financial assistance or tax rebates provided to students. Tuition fees and additional compulsory fees represent only a portion of all costs incurred for attending university.
Source:
Statistics Canada. Table 477-0023 – Weighted average tuition fees for full-time international undergraduate students, by field of study, annual (dollars)
(accessed: June 02, 2016)

 

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