Toronto – A Kaleidoscope of Emotions
Though Ottawa is the functional capital of Canada and Montreal with its French influence and Vancouver with its beauty charm tourists; it is Toronto that in many ways is the true heart of Canada. Toronto is a provincial capital and a bustling metropolis located on the shores of the large freshwater Lake Ontario. The city offers a vibrant environment and is extremely student-friendly. Well-connected with rest of Canada by air, road and rail and with the rest of the world by regular flights; Toronto has one of North America’s best managed international airports and all major airlines fly to Toronto.
Toronto has a number of fine dining restaurants, posh cafes, art and entertainment venues ranging from theatres, galleries and museums and numerous shopping malls that dazzle the eager shopper. Leading banks and international business firms have their offices in Toronto. Sky-scrapers that seem to kiss the heavens above are a key feature of the city’s architecture.
Popular Universities and Colleges in Toronto
The popular universities and colleges in Toronto which attract a large number of Indian students every year are:
- University of Toronto
- York University
- Ryerson University
- Centennial College
- George Brown College
- Seneca College
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto offers over 700 undergraduate programmes and 222 masters and doctoral programmes in Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Commerce & Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Music and Architecture. The University has over 800 student clubs and welcomes students from over 160 countries around the world. In the Times Higher Education 2014 World University Rankings, the University of Toronto was ranked at number 20.
York University popularly known as ‘York of U’ is a public research university and is Canada's third-largest university. The University has approximately 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and 275,000 alumni worldwide. York of U offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has more than 280 university partnerships across the globe. Special aspects about the University of York are – it is the only Canadian university to offer a space engineering programme. The School of Social Work offers some of the best social work programmes in North America and Canada’s oldest Film School functions out of York.
Ryerson University is based out of downtown Toronto and is a modern urban institution offering a variety of accredited programmes through its six faculties - Engineering and Architectural Science, Communication & Design, Community Services, Arts, Science and the Ted Rogers School of Management. The University is home to nearly 30,000 students and there are over 100 undergraduate and graduate programmes on offer. The Business School is the largest in Canada and internationally renowned for its programmes. The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson is one of the top university based business incubators. With over 155,000 successful alumni living around the world Ryerson inspires students to achieve their dreams.
Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It is a diploma and degree granting college offering 100+ programmes across its Schools of Advancement; Business; Communications, Media, and Design; Community and Health Studies; Engineering, Technology, and Applied Science; Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts; Transportation; and Continuing Education. The College has a strong community of international students and this number is rising with every year. Students can complete a diploma or an undergraduate degree at Centennial and progress to a relevant higher degree at a Canadian university of their choice.
George Brown College
George Brown College is an educational provider with three campuses based in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. George Brown College has international students from more than 100 countries and offers more than 140 career-focused certificate, diploma, postgraduate degree programmes. Students benefit from its modern learning environment, state-of-the-art technology, field education opportunities and experienced faculty.
Seneca College is a leading college of applied arts and technology offering an excellent selection of accredited certificates, diplomas and degree programmes. There are a total of ten campuses spread across Toronto to offer students the convenience of selecting a campus close to their residence. The Seneca College Art Collection houses some of the finest works of contemporary art in Canada and is a great place for students to study art and seek inspiration. There are over 290 programmes on offer that cover areas like – Art, Aviation, Business, Health Sciences, Media and Communications, Law and Mechatronics. The College has a dedicated support team, which helps international students to acclimatise to life in Canada. With more Indian students choosing to study at Seneca; the international student community is steadily growing.
Toronto – Canada’s International Student Capital
As per recent studies, more than 25% of Canada’s total international student population is based out of Toronto. The City of Toronto itself runs a one-of-its-kind specialised Orientation Programme. This helps students acclimatise to life in Toronto and is a wonderful measure adopted by the Canadian government. The City of Toronto and Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) have partnered with post-secondary institutions across Ontario as well as the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, to greet new incoming international students and provide them with assistance and information at two welcome booths at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Students receive a welcome package, directions to reach their campus and discounted travel coupons, banking facility options and an option to call home for free.
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