Why choose study in Canada
Live in a bilingual environment
Canada is a bilingual country which makes studying here an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills and boost your prospects for an interesting career. Coursework in French and English is an integral part of Canada’s educational system, which enriches its cultural and community life.
Gain work experience in Canada after you graduate
The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is an excellent way to continue to live in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.
Enjoy an excellent quality of life
According to QS World University Rankings
Three Canadian cities, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, made the list of the top 50 student cities. The ranking was based on several criteria, including affordability, the diversity of the student population, and employers’ perception of graduates on the job market.
Canada boasts an enviable quality of life, with a cost of living (e.g., housing, transportation, tuition) that is lower than in other countries, such as the US, France and the UK, and offers safety, stability and respect for the rights of individuals and communities.
Have an enriching cultural experience
Canada has a highly diverse population resulting in a rich and vibrant cultural scene. To begin exploring what Canada has to offer, visit each province’s tourism website. Below are a few recommended experiences that should not be missed. Enjoy the sounds of the Montreal International Jazz Festival: A must for music lovers, this world-renowned event brings together over 3,000 artists from some 30 countries every year.
More than 2 million festivalgoers flood the city’s streets for the 1,000 concerts on offer!
Don a pair of cowboy boots for the Calgary Stampede: The Calgary Stampede is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. In the space of just a few weeks, the city becomes one big party, with its residents dressed as cowboys, its buildings and storefronts decorated with western flair, and barbecue and pancake breakfasts served everywhere.
Take in a hockey match: Hockey is to Canada what soccer is to Europe. It’s more than a national sport; it’s practically a religion! Canada has seven national hockey teams (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa). To truly experience the frenzy over hockey, you need to watch a match during the playoffs, which generally take place around May.
Indulge in some poutine: This perfect blend of French fries, gravy and cheese curds is a treat enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at any time of day or night. Several Canadian cities even hold an annual Poutine Week!
Visit a sugar shack: Mid-march to mid-April is the sugaring-off season in Quebec, when sap (also called maple water) is harvested to make maple syrup. To sample all sorts of treats made with this wonderful product, nothing beats a visit to a sugar shack, a festive place to eat, dance and put on a few pounds!
Discover the country’s natural beauty
Canada is an extremely vast country
Its surface area is 14 times larger than that of France. It offers a multitude of magnificent landscapes that can be explored throughout the country’s four distinct seasons. Many Canadians complain about the country’s harsh winters, but the cold season provides an opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings. Here are just some of the most scenic places to visit: the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, the impressive fjords of the Saguenay and the Percé Rock of the Gaspé in Quebec, the fascinating Rockies and Lake Louise in Alberta, Niagara Falls in Ontario, Jasper National Park also in Alberta and Whistler Mountain in British Columbia. From the sea to its mountains, prairies and forests, Canada is an endless source of natural beauty!
For international students, very few places offer the advantages that Canada does. Its universities, among the best in the world, are at the heart of its rich and diverse culture.
Canada is a country with an excellent standard of living and where there are many opportunities to get some experience in your field of studies. As a bilingual, safe and welcoming place, Canada won’t disappoint students who are looking to broaden their horizons.
Centennial College works very closely with business and industry to ensure programmes are relevant to the changing workplace and to the needs of employers. Graduates of Centennial are job ready.
Furthermore, Centennial is academic programmes and credentials are globally recognized, securing 367 Degree Pathways and 40 Master's Degree Pathways. Established University Pathways include:
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Master Programmes (MBA)
Master in International Business Development (MAIB)
Master of Science Technology Management, and more…
Centennial is University partners in Canada include University of Toronto, Brock University, Trent University, Nipissing University, Cape Breton University, Ryerson University and more.
Of the students who pursue pathways to further study after graduating from Centennial College, the percentage of students who believe Centennial College prepared them for their next programme is over 90% for most of Centennial is academic schools.
Centennial College welcomes students in their pursuit of an incredible international education experience. The College offers many unique opportunities, like applied research and global experiences…
Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) at Centennial creates world-class opportunities for students to work on applied research projects funded through federal and provincial research grants, investment by industry partners and Centennial. Paid research positions for students are available in fields such as sustainable energy, environmental sciences, wireless networking, animation and gaming, aviation and automation, health, digital media, hospitality and global citizenship. Of the over 125 community colleges in Canada, Centennial is third for the number of college students employed and paid for conducting applied research activities. In 2015, Centennial received first prize for Innovation in Applied Research in Canada from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
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Global Experience Opportunities (GEO) offer funding and support for experiences abroad, including international internships, semester exchanges, faculty lead international programs, short-term service learning projects, language and culture learning, and international conferences and competitions.
Centennial College has come a long way since its inception in 1966, blossoming from a local community college into an internationally-recognised institution that welcomes students from all over the globe.
Based in Toronto, students can use the campuses and the spectacular student accommodation Centennial Place as a base from which to explore the largest city in Canada. If students are struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, international advisors are on hand to ease any concerns they may have on their study abroad adventure.
Centennial prides itself on getting its students ready for the working world as soon as they graduate. 94% of employers revealed that they are either satisfied or very satisfied after hiring graduates from the institution, making it the top college in Toronto for employer satisfaction.
Using work placements, co-op education and various interactive teaching methods, it is a champion in experiential learning and works directly with employers to make sure students can network effectively and develop in a professional manner throughout their studies.
It is no surprise that Centennial is the number one college choice for international students in Canada for the last five years in a row. With over 80 languages spoken on campus, and a huge international community of over 9000 overseas students from 134 different countries, it is seen as one of the most multicultural higher education institutions in Canada.
Whether students want to study a four-year degree, a diploma programme of two-or three years, or a Graduate programme designed to get them job ready in as little as eight months, there is a wealth of options available for them to find their perfect course at Centennial.
Centennial College has five campuses and seven specialized academic schools, offering more than 160 diploma, degree, and graduate programmes.
School of Advancement
This school offers specialized courses that help students improve their English, communication skills, learning and research skills, and prepare them for further study in college or university.
The Business School
Whether it is negotiating a deal, creating advertisements, or advising someone on the best financial path to take, the learning style is very hands on; from class projects to work placements.
Communications, Media, Arts and Design
The Story Arts Centre has the tools to help students make their art, including television and radio studios, animation, game, visual effects and arts studios, a state-of-the-art newsroom and more.
School of Community and Health Studies
Under the guidance of industry experienced instructors, students will gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories and simulated environments.
School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS)
The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board has recognized 21 programmes in SETAS, the largest number of nationally accredited programmes of any college in Canada.
School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
The School features a full-service restaurant, event centre, hotel-style guest rooms, state-of-the-art culinary labs, commercial baking and pastry labs, and interactive classrooms. Experiential learning opportunities help students gain valuable hands-on experience before entering the industry.
School of Transportation
This school is Canada's largest transportation training facility with more than CAD30-million worth of aircraft, vehicles and equipment. Industry partners include General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Air Canada.
Dedicated international student services
International Student Advisors and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC is) on campus make it easy to get expert advice on work permits, immigration matters and newcomer support.
Career services and co-operative education
Employment Advisors support international students with career planning and counselling, offer personalised job search support with resume, interview preparation and portfolio development, and host workshops, career fairs and networking events to support career goals.
International student ambassador programme
More than 300 International Student Ambassadors have volunteered to host events, information sessions, tours, trips and social activities that help welcome and engage new international and exchange students at Centennial. An enthusiastic team representing 20 countries connects newcomers with strong peer and community support.
International education leadership
Centennial received the 2016 Gold Medal for Internationalization Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), and Centennial College President, Ann Buller received the 2015 Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) President is Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education.
International student success
International students have excellent resources for academic support. An impressive 90.1% of postgraduate students complete their programme at Centennial College and graduate successfully!
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As a recognized public College in Ontario, all Centennial College programmes meet strict educational standards set by The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in Ontario. Canada is high academic standards and rigorous quality controls ensure high quality education that is globally recognized, and will benefit student careers in the long term. Centennial has the top student satisfaction rate in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). International students at Centennial College report high satisfaction, with Expertise of Faculty: 90.9% and Campus Environment: 93.2%.
The Centre for Global Citizenship, Education & Inclusion has worked with faculty to integrate Global Citizenship and Equity learning outcomes into the curriculum, specific to students i programmes and industry. Through this unique academic experience, students develop highly valuable leadership skills like global citizenship, intercultural intelligence, personal and social responsibility, and strategic communication. In fact, 77% of Centennial students say Global Citizenship & Equity learning helped prepare them for professional success! In addition, the Leadership Passport programme allows Centennial students to earn a Distinction in Leadership Credential that further enhances their employability.
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New Downsview Park Aerospace campus
Canada ranks fifth in the world as a global aerospace supplier. This project is the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario. The project receives CAD18.4 million in national Strategic Investment Funds (SIF), and CAD25.8 million from the Ontario provincial government. The four-acre Centennial College Downsview Aerospace Campus serves as the new home of Centennial's Aviation Maintenance and Aerospace Manufacturing programmes. The vision for the new Campus is to be a comprehensive educational and research facility. This major new development furthers Centennial is position as a leader in avionics, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing education. The new campus will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier and others.
New programmes at Centennial College:
Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Product Design and Development
Advertising - Creative and Digital Strategy
Arts and Entertainment Journalism