Concordia & Bishop’s

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 17.15.01Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 17.16.10

Montréal – French & English.

Concordia – 5k courses.  46k students. Levels similar in the various universities.

7 universities in Montréal – Montréal, McGill, Québec à Montréal, Concordia…

Lots of experiential programs.

Arts & Science…biggest Fine Arts in Canada.  Biggest film festival in Canada. Journalism etc.

Big engineering & computer science…gaming industry.  John Molson School of Business.  Can take a real mix of classes.

Applications – March 1st or March 15th application deadline.

Concordia – have to put them in order of preference – 27 points. Business 28.

Average class size 32 in 1st year – then it reduces.  If French citizen, c $13k per year.  Otherwise 20-25k $.

Bishop’s – various choices. 26 points. 4 in Maturité.

Unviersity of Guelph – Canada

  • Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 14.11.34
  • Very straight-forward application process.  Student Profile Form.
  • Most important factor is the grades.
  • Guelph looks to accept as many students as possible with good drades
  • Canadian residents – fees.
  • International fees – yellow rectangle – p16 at back of international brochure
  • Scholarships available – merit-based, 5-8k.  Needs-based also.
  • c18k to 23k.  Most costly – engineering, computing, commerce.
  • Working on campus is easily-available.  Part-time work possible – 15-20 hours per week.
  • Or work with a company relevant to the degree.
  • 3 years residency possible after graduating.
  • Minimum IB 28.  For Engineering, minimum of 30.  Maths studies not accepted for any programme which mentions maths.
  • French Bac 12 out of 20.
  • English Proficiency – IELTs or TOEFL.
  • Can apply through $144or direct apply p13 in brochure.
  • Deadline is March 1st. Accept documents up until May 1st.  After this time, not enough time for student visa.
  • 51 years old.  Originally 3 colleges which amalgamated.
  • 1 of best for agriculture, sciences and environmental sciences.
  • Over 900 international students on campus.  Veterinary college also.  2 years of undergrad, then can apply for doc of vet medicine.  Then can start in final year undergrad.
  • Animal science undergrad.
  • 1 hour from Toronto – biggest city in Canada. 5 hours from Ottawa.  Western University, McMaster University.
  • 2 campuses.  Vet technologist programmes.  Guelph-Humber programme.
  • Small city – 121k inhabitants.  Farms, cows but also theatres, shopping malls.  Good public transportation.
  • ONe of the safest cities in Canada.
  • 1st year housing guaranteed.
  • 3 residential regions.  1800, East residence – appartment, North – trad type
  • 18k undergrads.
  • 1-23 ratio in63% of classes.  Get smaller after 1st year.
  • Smaller seminars for deeper study.
  • 2k graduate students.
  • Residency can be on basis of interest, academic major.
  • Intramural programme for students who don’t have the sport level for Varsity Sports – various levels
  • Guelph students enjoy their time there and stay!  All professors have phDs and 90% of graduates find jobs after graduation.
  • Coop options – direct application into the programme.  If don’t get in, considered for that programme anyway.
  • 56 exchange programs in 30 countries
  • Co-operative Education – practical application of classroom learning.  Competitive programme. – work experience and earn good money at the same time.
  • Bachelor of Science – e.g. Bio-Medical Science.  Marine and Freshwater Biology.  (Only offered by Guelph, UBC and Novia Scotia)
  • Guelph-Humber – smaller, smaller class-sizes – combination of uni education with college in Canada- more practical, vocational degree.  Media Studies, Business Administration, Applied Science.  2 credentials.
  • IELTS 6.5

Canada Deadlines – A Selection

15th January – McGill – students send their own bulletins.

31st January – British Columbia – see

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 16.14.40

1st February – Concordia – see

16th Feb – Toronto – see

1st April – Bishop’s – see


McGill and Bishop’s Visit

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 17.53.53 Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 17.54.12


  • Please note that there is an update to IELTS this year with an additional requirement for individual component scores of 6.0 and better.  Additionally, results are now expected to be received electronically, directly from the appropriate IELTS organization.
  • The application deadline for students studying outside Canada is January 15.  The application is found at .
    This is an application-only deadline.  The deadline to receive supporting documents is later (March 15), but students will want to upload their documents as soon as they are available as a program can close before the deadline date if it has reached capacity.
  • Supporting documents are uploaded by the student directly to their file.  More info at
  • Students with high academic achievement and leadership qualities may be interested in submitting an application for a major scholarship. Students requiring some additional financial assistance can apply for the Entrance Bursary program.
    Information regarding Entrance Scholarships and Student Aid can be found at
  • Admitted students are not mailed the letter of offer of admission; they will be able to access (and print it) via Minerva. Important information for admitted students is found at

McGill – founded in 1821 – heart of city.  Very international, very safe.  Montreal very safe city.  2 campuses – downtown.  Started with medical faculty.

Can be very cold but usually doesn’t last (apart from last year! – Jan and Feb).  Varies.

Very green, flanked by the mountain (hill!).  Gated campus.  Older and modern buildings.  McDonald campus – rural.  Montreal is on an island in the St Lawrence river.  School of agriculture, bio-resource engineering programme.  30 minutes on free shuttle bus.  Live in residence there.

20% international students, lots of travel available.  2 campuses, both very green.  Guaranteed housing, costs reasonable in Québec.  Reduced fees if French citizen.  300 programmes, 11 faculties.  ES – arts, management, education.  Major programmes or concentrations (minor needed in another programme).  Major in Econ, minor in International Relations & electives or another minor (e.g. management).

Management would require 15 in Maths (ES).  Can make 2 choices – you will be reviewed for both your choices.  If miss Mgt, can do Econ, Maths or minor in Mgt.  Or can do inter-Faculty transfer.

Exchange programmes – a year can be done somewhere else – Australia, Budapest, Hong Kong etc.  Also internship possibilities available.  Usually paid.  Can increase profile.  Traditional dorms at base of the « mountain ».  Less traditional – converted hotels – double rooms and double beds.  Sharing common spaces.

Applications – you will be reviewed on 1ère and 1st trimestre of Terminale (and maybe 2nd).  Proof of English proficiency.  When you apply, you get a PIN number for Minerva – online docs system.  You can always check via this system – all done via Minerva – must keep checking.

If you are expecting a 17 overall, apply for a Major Scholarship (anticipate 2 letters of recommendation).

English A in IB will satisfy English requirement.

Advanced Standing credit available for IB, Matu and Bac students – EXCEPT IN SCIENCE PROGRAMMES.  30 credits of advanced standing given for French Bac – 3 years instead of 4 years.  Less so for Swiss Matu – arts, education, management can get advanced standing. BA, BComm, BEd.

Agriculture and Environmental Science – 12s, 13s.  14s and 15s in 1ère would be needed for most courses.   For Education – 12s would be ok in 1ère and 1st semestre of Terminale.

Swiss Matu – 4.5 overall or slightly lower sometimes (for Arts).  For Business, probably 4.7, 4.8.  Standard Maths is good but Advanced Maths would be necessary for Engineering. (This should be checked).

For Management, 14.7 was the minimum last year for overall and Maths.

15 in French Bac, 15.5-16 in Engineering, Management 14.5 if S, 15 if ES.

BISHOP’S – see

Sherbrooke – 1 hour from Montréal, 2.4k students, similar to small liberal arts college style.  English borough surrounded by French boroughs.  Small classes – 29 students average, no teaching assistants teaching courses.  Guaranteed room in 1st year.

Weather is cold and can be VERY cold but the winter is dry.

12 minimum in bac, 26 IB points, 4.5 Matu.  If IB 28 points, 3 years not 4 and a scholarship.

Promotional code will give you 50% of price of applying.  IELTS 6.5, CAE C.

If French citizen, $3.5k per year, otherwise $16k-18k.  All -in-costs – international, CHF 23K, French CHF 10K.

2 years before – avoid living in Canada if French citizen.