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Can I Change My Program or Institution Once I'm Already in Canada?

Life as an international student in a new country is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. You are away from friends and family often for the very first time and finding comfort in a new culture, and the academic system is sometimes more challenging than you imagined. You have officially graduated to being 100% responsible for managing your own class schedule, your finances and your meals, not to mention your bedtime if you plan to make it to the early AM class on time!

The decision to pursue an international education is an investment. Tuition fees for international students in Canada range anywhere between $17,000 to $27,000 per year*, depending on your study level and choice of program. While a Canadian education is significantly more affordable compared to the cost of study in other English-speaking countries, the costs are not insignificant enough to be taken lightly.

For your investment to be a success, it is important to be happy with your choice of school and program. Sometimes, without clear guidance or access to the right information, students don’t realize that they are victims of a mismatch until they are struggling to keep their grades up or making friends and feeling at home is a challenge.

The good news is that post-secondary institutions in Canada offer a clear and easy credit transfer system that allows international students to switch schools without losing considerable time or money. Many schools in the same province have articulation agreements that allow students to transfer from one school to another seamlessly. Often, these agreements extend to public and private institutions located in other provinces as well.

International students in need of advice can access support from on-campus counsellors or talk to professional agencies like IDP that offer free educational counselling services. A college transfer can seem daunting, but it really isn’t all that complicated if you work with an expert who has helped many other students move on to better-suited programs.

Our team of five counsellors are trained and experienced to help students find the right educational fit, transfer to a new academic program, and submit admissions applications to high schools, colleges, and universities across Canada. The best thing you can do is not wait till its too late – connect with an expert to save yourself the time, money and unnecessary stress!

*Source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=3710004501

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