University and College Programs in Canada


Grandpac Students


University is a time to learn as well as make new connections. It can also be a time to see another part of the world.

There are many reasons to choose a Canadian College or University for your education.  Grand Pacific advisors can help find you the right fit.



Program Options

You can choose many ways to get into a Canadian College or University. It all depends on your English level, grades, career goals, etc. which program may be the best fit for you.  We can help you discuss your options and advise on a path of action.  Your options will include:


University Preparation Programs (UP)
University preparation courses are made for students that are considering entering a specific university after completing the preparation courses required. It gives learners the opportunity to complete prerequisites for admission into a diverse range of programs. University prep courses may include biology, business, chemistry, computing, English, math, psychology, physics, science, social science, and many other disciplines.


University Transfer Programs (UT)
Many colleges offer specific transfer programs to help students prepare and transfer to a University. After completing their transfer program, students can apply to the university they wish to transfer to and continue their studies. The university accepting the student will then evaluate their application to decide whether they will approve the transfer.


Certificate Programs (C)
Certificate Programs are a great way to earn academic credentials in a short period of time (usually less than a year) to jump start your career in your chosen field. You should consider a certificate if you:

  • have already established a career in the field but are new to the world of post secondary education,
  • would like to gain a specific skill quickly
  • are considering a career path but are not sure about it
  • would like to continue working while you study
  • would like to improve your grades


Diploma Programs (D)
Diploma Programs are usually 1 to 2 years in length. Just like Certificate Programs they are excellent pathways into the world of work without the time or financial commitment of a full degree program.  There are “regular” diploma programs for those without academic degrees or post graduate diploma programs for those already in possession of an academic degree. Due to the longer time commitment in comparison to Certificate Programs, Diploma Programs tend to explore a particular subject matter more deeply.


Bachelor’s Degrees (B)
In Canada, Bachelor’s Degrees are, typically, 4 year programs. Nowadays, many employers require a Bachelor’s Degree for many professional positions.  There is usually a large “research” component to a Bachelor’s Degree program. Both Colleges and Universities can grant Bachelor’s Degrees.


Master’s Degrees (M)
Master’s Degrees are typically only granted by Universities. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, a student can continue their studies in more depth and receive a Master’s Degree.


PhDs (P)
A PhD is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by Universities to a candidate who has submitted a thesis or dissertation, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field.


Vocational Programs (V)
Vocational programs are programs that are more practical than a Bachelor’s Degree. The focus is more on hands-on experience rather than research.  Many vocational programs can also lead to a Bachelor’s Degree. Typically, vocational programs can be 3 or 4 years in length.



Step 1: Free Career Assessment
We will set up an appointment with you (in person, by phone, by Skype, etc.) to find out what your interests and abilities are. We are trained and experienced career advisors and will help you clarify any career related questions or issues you have.


Step 2: Program Selection
Together we will determine which program(s) you should/can apply for based on the following criteria:

  • Your interests in a subject or program
  • Your choice of College or University
  • Your choice of Province/City/Region
  • Your grades and English level
  • Your financial situation

We will determine if you meet the entrance requirements of your program of choice by looking at your grades and TOEFL or IELTS scores. If you do not meet the entrance requirements we will discuss other options which could include: Retaking courses or entrance exams (TOEFL or IELTS), enrolling in College/University Preparation or Transfer programs (see above), etc. We will make sure to provide you with several alternatives.


Step 3: Document Collection and Application
We will work with you to prepare and collect all the necessary application documentation including application forms, letters of intent/personal letters, portfolios, TOEFL or IELTS scores, Transcripts, Resumes, etc., if applicable.


Step 4: Program Acceptance and Visa Application
Once you have been accepted to a program, we will assist with your acceptance procedures including tuition payment, financial assistance, scholarships, housing and visa application (if necessary).


Step 5: Pre-departure training
Before you leave to your Canadian destination, we will go over everything you need to know from cross cultural communications and training to what you need to bring.


Step 6: Settlement
We can help you even after you get to your destination: We can arrange airport pick-up in some cities, we can help you apply for ID cards, medical insurance, etc.


Step 7: After Graduation
After you complete your program, we can help you with your job search including writing a resume, cover letter, interview skills, etc.

Program Eligibility

Almost every program you apply for will have different eligibility criteria.  The most common criteria are:

  • High School Graduation
  • Meeting minimum Grade Point Average requirements
  • Meeting minimum language requirements (TOEFL and IELTS scores)
  • Meeting certain financial requirements to obtain a Canadian Study Permit (Study Visa)

We will ensure that you meet all requirements before we submit your application to your institution of choice.

Partner Universities

Below is a list of our partner Colleges and Universities. This list is not exhaustive and changes. If you would like to receive more information or apply for an institution not on the list, please contact us.

  • Alberta

    University City Programs Offered
    Athabasca University Athabasca
    Concordia University of Edmonton Edmonton
    MacEwan University Edmonton
    Mount Royal University Calgary
    The King’s University Edmonton
    University of Alberta Edmonton
    University of Calgary Calgary
    University of Lethbridge Lethbridge

  • British Columbia

    University City Programs Offered
    Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey
    Royal Roads University Victoria
    Simon Fraser University Burnaby
    The University of British Columbia Vancouver
    Thompson Rivers University Kamloops
    Trinity Western University Langley
    University of Northern British Columbia Prince George
    Fort St John
    University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford
    University of Victoria Victoria
    Vancouver Island University Nanaimo

  • Manitoba

    University City Programs Offered
    Brandon University Brandon
    Canadian Mennonite University Winnipeg
    St. Paul’s College Winnipeg
    The University of Winnipeg Winnipeg
    Université de Saint-Boniface Winnipeg
    University of Manitoba Winnipeg

  • New Brunswick

    University City Programs Offered
    Mount Allison University Sackville
    St. Thomas University Fredericton
    Université de Moncton Moncton
    University of New Brunswick Fredericton
    Saint John


  • Nova Scotia

    University City Programs Offered
    Acadia University Wolfville
    Cape Breton University Sydney
    Dalhousie University Halifax
    Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax
    NSCAD University Halifax
    Saint Mary’s University Halifax
    St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish
    Université Sainte-Anne Pointe-de-l’Église
    University of King’s College Halifax

  • Ontario

    University City Programs Offered
    Algoma University Sault Ste. Marie
    Brescia University College London
    Brock University St. Catharines
    Carleton University Ottawa
    Dominican University College Ottawa
    Huron University College London
    King’s University College at Western University London
    Lakehead University Thunder Bay
    Laurentian University Sudbury
    McMaster University Hamilton
    Nipissing University North Bay
    OCAD University Toronto
    Queen’s University Kingston
    Redeemer University College Ancaste
    Royal Military College of Canada Kingston
    Ryerson University Toronto
    Saint Paul University Ottawa
    St. Jerome’s University Waterloo
    Trent University Peterborough
    University of Guelph Guelph
    University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa
    University of Ottawa Ottawa
    University of St. Michael’s College Toronto
    University of Sudbury Sudbury
    University of Toronto Toronto
    University of Trinity College Toronto
    University of Waterloo Waterloo
    University of Windsor Windsor
    Victoria University Toronto
    Western University London
    Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo
    York University Toronto

  • Prince Edward Island

    University City Programs Offered
    University of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown

  • Québec

    University City Programs Offered
    Bishop’s University Sherbrooke
    Concordia University Montreal
    École de technologie supérieure Montréal
    École nationale d’administration publique Québec
    École Polytechnique de Montréal Montréal
    HEC Montréal Montréal
    Institut national de la recherche scientifique Québec
    McGill University Montreal
    TÉLUQ Québec
    Université de Montréal Montréal
    Université de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke
    Université du Québec Québec
    Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) Chicoutimi
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal
    Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) Rimouski
    Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) Trois-Rivières
    Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) Rouyn-Noranda
    Université du Québec en Outaouais Gatineau
    Université Laval Québec

  • Saskatchewan

    University City Programs Offered
    Campion College Regina
    First Nations University of Canada Regina
    Prince Alberta
    Luther College Regina
    St. Thomas More College Saskatoon
    University of Regina Regina
    University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon


Canadian University Rankings

  • Medical/Doctoral Universities

    The top category of universities in Canada are referred to in the Maclean’s rankings as “Medical/Doctoral” universities (or major research universities with associated medical schools). They offer a broad range of PhD and other graduate programs and have medical and other professional schools. Below are the most current rankings of these universities.

    Rank University
    1 McGill University
    2 University of Toronto
    3 University of British Columbia
    4 Queen’s University
    5 University of Alberta
    6 McMaster University
    7 University of Western Ontario
    8 Dalhousie University
    9= University of Calgary
    9= University of Ottawa
    11 Université de Montréal
    12 Université Laval
    13 University of Saskatchewan
    14 University of Manitoba
    15 Université de Sherbrooke

  • Comprehensive Universities

    Comprehensive universities have a significant degree of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees.

    Rank University
    1 Wilfrid Laurier University
    2 University of Victoria
    3 University of Waterloo
    4 Simon Fraser University
    5 University of Guelph
    6 University of New Brunswick
    7= Memorial University of Newfoundland
    7= York University
    9 Ryerson University
    10= Concordia University
    10= Carleton University
    12= Université du Québec à Montréal
    12= University of Regina
    14 University of Windsor
    15 Brock University

  • Undergraduate Universities

    Primarily Undergraduate universities are largely focused on undergraduate education with relatively fewer graduate programs and graduate students.

    Rank University
    1 University of Northern British Columbia
    2 Trent University
    3 University of Lethbridge
    4 Mount Allison University
    5= Acadia University
    5= St. Francis Xavier University
    7 Saint Mary’s University
    8 University of Prince Edward Island
    9 Lakehead University
    10 University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    11 Laurentian University
    12 Bishop’s University
    13 University of Winnipeg
    14= Université de Moncton
    14= St. Thomas University
    16 Brandon University
    17 Mount Saint Vincent University
    18= Cape Breton University
    18= Nipissing University

* The data above is from the 2015/2016 Maclean’s University Rankings.

Program Majors/Specializations

There are hundreds of majors and specializations you can choose from within a College or University.  We will go over all your options with you at Step 1 and Step 2 of our procedures (see above) to make sure you choose a program that both interests you and can give excellent employment prospects after graduation. The most common/popular programs are:

  • Business

    Business programs enjoy a great popularity and belong to the programs that students chose the most. No matter if you want to become the CEO of an international company, create the Marketing strategy of a brand new start-up or want to start your own company. With a business there are numerous career paths that you can choose from.

  • Computer Science

    We are living in a time of revolution that is driven by computers and the internet. In private we can see that every day in the way we use our tablets, cell phones, the social media and much more. But also the industry is influenced enormously by the developments in the computer science and information technology. Whether it comes to e-commerce or software applications in production and maintenance that have simplified various processes in the industry. Studying computer science means studying the future.

  • Art and Design

    Studying design is probably one of the most multi-faceted areas to choose. If you are interested in graphic design, interior or fashion design; you might want to design airplanes or movie sets or maybe computer games, this field offers something for every taste. If you are interested in the fashion, movie or computer industry, we can help you to find the right school and program that will help you to succeed in the business.

  • Engineering

    Skilled engineers are always in demand and professionals in that field enjoy very well-paid jobs plus they are usually offered very good opportunities for personal development. There is a lot of benefits from choosing a career in engineering. It may not be one of the easiest areas to study but an engineering-based education gives you a great base to branch into different sectors and also work your way up to high level management.

Accommodation Options

We can help you find accommodations for your stay in Canada while you study at your College or University.  The options are:

  • On campus housing: We can help you apply for any available on campus housing options
  • Homestay: We can help you find a homestay family
  • Short term housing: To bridge the gap between when you get to your destination and get settled, we can help you find short term housing in student hotels or youth hostels


There are many factors that contribute to the cost of a University and College program in Canada including the Province, your citizenship status, your program (major, specialization) and program level (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and more. We will discuss program costs, living expenses and any other costs with you in detail including letting you know about available financial assistance programs and scholarships.


Grand Pacific will help you arrange any necessary visas. Please see our visa page for more information.

 Next Steps

Contact us or complete our Education Enquiry form for more information and to sign up for your free Career Assessment.