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STUDYING ABROAD CANADA
CANADIAN FOOD AND CULTURE______________________________________________________
A big concern for many of our students is whether they will ‘survive’ the culture and lack of their traditional food availability in Canada. Rest assured Canada is a very diverse country and you are bound to find restaurants that cater for your local cuisine and/or get together with others from your countries and cook together. However a big part of studying Canada is all about learning the culture and joining into the Canadian way of life. Canadian food varies depending on the region. English Canada food is closely related to British and American cuisine, while the Quebec and French Canada has developed from French cuisine. Both groups based their basics on seasonal, fresh ingredients. They eat baked foods and wild game features quite heavily.
The Western Provinces are influenced by German, Ukrainian, Polish, and Scandinavian cuisine.
The Arctic and the Canadian Territories also like wild game and use Inuit and First Nations cooking methods. British Columbia, Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces mainly eat British and Irish cooking, with a liking for salt-cured fish, beef, and pork.
Most students learn to get together and cook in their years at university. This is by far the cheapest and most economical way to get through your studies. The universities we work with have a diverse range of nationalities and as such you are bound to find others from your country or region that you can get together with. Larger cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, etc have a good selection of Kenyan, Nigeria, Ghanaian and Pakistani food outlets and restaurants
In Canada, there are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn (fall). In winter, the days are short and can be quite cold. When outdoors, people wear mittens or gloves, scarves, hats, warm coats and insulated boots. In summer, the days are long and are usually warm.You may want to consider differences in weather when choosing a place to live.
The weather varies across Canada. While northern areas and areas far from large bodies of water can be very cold in winter, some regions—particularly the southern coastal regions—have milder weather. Temperatures in these areas can range from -10° to 5°C in the winter and 10°C to 30°C in the summer. In southern coastal regions, there is more rain than snow during winter. http://www.cic.gc.ca
Average Temperatures in Canada (°C)
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN CANADA
Canada offers a wide variety of transport:
Taxi – can be very costly to use. In Ontario the typical cost per kilometre is around $4.40, subsequent kilometres are charged at $0.25. In British Columbia the average is around $3.30. The fare is based on time of day, distance travelled and time taken. Fares elsewhere will vary from place to place and are more expensive in the evenings, at weekends and during public holidays.
Bike – cheap alternative and healthy too! But wear a helmet and buy a good lock for your bike. Many cities have bike lanes. These are designated lanes just for bikes
Coaches – offers efficient travel between major cities
Route information can be found at:
Gray Line (Canada): www.grayline.ca
Greyhound (Canada): www.greyhound.ca
Coach Canada (Toronto/Montréal): www.coachcanada.com
Pacific Coach Lines (BC): www.pacificcoach.com
Quick Shuttle (Vancouver-Seattle): www.quickcoach.com
Buses – convenient way of getting around. Public transport can be inexpensive if used with student discounts on offer. The cost of travelling on Toronto’s TTC buses is $2.00 for a student ticket. If you are going to travel on the buses or underground frequently then buying a Metropass may be a more cost effective option. Toronto bus information can be found at: www.ttc.ca/Routes/Buses.jsp. Outside of Totonto check your local town government website for details of buses in your area.
Trains - Canada train networks are vast and fairly inexpensive. If you are able to plan your journey in advance and book online it is generally cheaper than buying a ticket at the station. For details of tickets, train times, and journey planners contact Rail Travel www.viarail.ca. For discounted travel visit: www.viarail.ca/en/fares/travel-passes/via-6-pak. The VIA 6 pak saves you up to 50% on the adult regular fare with the purchase of 6 one-way trips on the VIA network. You are eligible for this if you are aged between 12 and 25.
Air Travel - There are many airlines that fly to Canada, try a comparison website like Expedia www.expedia.co.uk/Flights or Sky Scanner www.skyscanner.net. These will search many providers for the flight you are looking for.
Canada has couple of domestic airlines offering internal flights within Canada
Air Canada: www.aircanada.com and West Jet: www.westjet.com
Just a few of the international airlines that fly to Canada are:
Air Canada: www.aircanada.com
United Airlines: www.united.com
Toronto Subway - The subway and is a cheap and convenient way to get around the city. The cost for a student ticket is $2.00. A Metropass offers larger discounts if you are studying in the city. One day travel cards are also a cost effective way to visit the city. Visit the website for details: http://www.ttc.ca. The following link will take you to an interactive map of the subway: www.ttc.ca/Subway/interactivemap.jsp
With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. Your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations. Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.
Shopping in Canada is very diverse from antique shops and fashion boutiques to factory outlets and malls providing excellent variety and value. Toronto is based in the area known as the Golden Horseshoe. Here you can find leather and suede fashions at the Olde Hide House in Acton; chocolatiers in downtown Burlington, or a gift along the waterfront at Bronte Village in Oakville
Looking for somewhere bigger then try the Eaton Centre in Toronto with a selection of more than 230 retailers and restaurants.www.torontoeatoncentre.com.
In Vancouver is located downtown is the Pacific Centre, a shopping mall with over 90 shops all in one convenient location. www.pacificcentre.ca
British Columbia is Canada’s western most province. British Columbia boasts designer boutiques in Burrard, Granville and Robson. Ontario is located in east-central province of Canada. Cruise along Rideau Canal, www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/index.aspx and stop off at ByWard farmer’s market
Neo-Gothic buildings of Parliament Hill in Ottawa are the setting for the ceremonial bagpipes and watch the march of pageantry www.parliamenthill.gc.ca
The Canadian Museum of Civilization houses the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. http://www.civilization.ca/home
Follow the canoe routes of fur traders and Algonquins on one of Ontario’s 250,000 lakes, or shoot the rapids over 60,000miles of river www.algonquinpark.on.ca
In Toronto, visit the Royal Ontario Museum (don’t miss the Bat Cave) one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures.
Take a stroll to Toronto’s castle on a hill, the historic Casa Loma. www.casaloma.org
Feeling a bit more energetic, take a hike through the ancient eastern white cedars in the Niagara Escarpment www.escarpment.org
The above is just a small selection of attractions in Canada; for more inspiration take at look at the following websites:
Canadian’s love their sport.
Ice hockey www.hockeycanada.ca is Canada's official national winter sport while Lacrosse www.lacrosse.ca is Canada's oldest and official summer sport
Other sports that are followed are football, www.cfl.ca, which is American football; the English version of football is called soccer www.canadasoccer.com
Basket ball www.basketball.ca also feature strongly
If you fancy following one of Toronto’s teams they are listed below:
Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League)
Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball)
Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League)
Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League)
Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association)
Toronto Rock (National Lacrosse League)
Most of Canada’s large towns have a vibrant nightlife and bar scene
Toronto provides numerous restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges for both visitors and locals alike. Why not try College Street and West Queen West
For a list of clubs and bars in British Columbia have a look at www.clubzone.com/h2/british_columbia
If you fancy seeing the latest blockbuster most large towns have a cinema, if you use you student ID most offer discounted prices
ACCOMMODATION IN CANADA
If you want to experience family life in Canada then Homestay is an excellent way for students to adapt to Canadian culture with host families. You would normally live, eat and share the majority of your time with your host family. Usually all meals, bills and laundry are included.
Many universities have accommodation located on or near their campus. Room sizes vary in size and quality. Many have shared facilities (kitchens, toilets, showers, laundry). Some universities can offer shared or private rooms. There may be the option for meals plans that can be included in the cost of the room.
If you prefer a more independent living environment the many universities can assist with arrangements. Private accommodation options have kitchen facilities, are often shared with other students. You would prepare your own meals and the cost of food is not included.
Make sure for apply for your accommodation as soon as you have chosen your university. Demand for accommodation is also very high and availability of on-campus accommodation, (if available) can not be guaranteed.
CANADIAN STUDENT VISAS
Canadian Visa applications can take between 3 - 6 months to process. As such you need to be veryorganised in your student visa application if you wish to get your visa well before the start date. The visas can be tricky to obtain so it is very important that you seek help. Experience shows that students who attempt to apply on their own find the whole process complicated, time-consuming and daunting. The great majority of all student visa applicants get visa refusals and such refusals will stay on your record at the High Commission.
This is where the visa expertise of the Riabisel Education team can make all the difference – often turning those painful refusal letters into joyous student visas!
So how long does it take to obtain your visa? Each case is different but the new systems now being operated by the Canadian High Commission tend to rely very heavily on meticulous paperwork rather than interviews. Putting such documentation together can take up to 2 or 3 months – but the good news is that the *COMPANY NAME* Visa Protocol Officers have been rigorously trained in helping you to prepare and submit such documentation.
As a Riabisel Education student you will only be counselled by a counsellor who has first hand experience of the precise requirements. Our visa specialists will help you to complete the visa application forms, advise you as to the bank statements you must normally provide and counsel you as to the sponsorship letters and other documentation that is so vital if your application is to be successful. Where necessary we will provide you with a vigorous mock interview in preparation for what you should expect at the BHC.
If for some reason you get a visa refusal after applying through Riabisel Education, unlike other education agencies, Riabisel Education does not close its doors to you. As long as we feel that you are genuine and still have a fighting chance, we will help you turn around the rejection.
We have a high success rate amongst student visa applications as long as you follow our advice throughout.
Our statistics show that you are twice as likely to get a visa through Riabisel Education’s help than on your own and our advice to students is that no matter how confident you feel, check things through us.
Tuition and living expenses at a Canadian school are a great value. International student tuition in Canada ranges from CDN $10,000 to CDN $25,000.
Scholarships and awards for international students are available at some Canadian institutions for students with exceptional results. The amount and type of award varies from one institution to another. Obtaining a scholarship is competitive and applications must be made directly to each school.
Cost of Living in Canada
Below is a rough estimate of how much international students spend during one academic year; however this will depend on the standard of living you will expect.
The minimum living costs required by the Canadian Embassy are:
Quebec: CDN $917 per month
Outside Quebec: CDN $833 per month
The following is a guide for the things you need to budget for:
accommodation; will vary depending on the type of accommodation you depend (private rental exclude heating, lighting, electricity and, in some cases, water rates)
books and photocopying
clothes and toiletries can be a large expense
entertainment and sports will vary depending on your interests
travel expenses, phone calls, birthday presents and additional course costs
When you first arrive in Canada it is advisable to take some money in the form of currency notes and some Traveller's cheques.
Make arrangements to have your money transferred to your account in a bank in your home country, which can later be transferred to your new bank account in Canada
Make sure you apply for your student card as many local shops, theatres, cinemas, museums and special fare prices are available on buses and trains.