Hey there, honeybees!
A lot of you sent me emails about this and you all know that here at Jess in Montréal your wish is my comand! <3
As we all know, getting a work permit in this cold weather country might be also a cold hearted path: the Co-Op program VISA, the one used by many language schools to allow students to work while they study french or english, was banned on June 1st. You can see all the changes right here, but the saddest and most important of them all is this one:
- If you are studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or participating in general interest or preparatory courses, you will not be eligible to work during your studies, unless you become eligible to apply for a work permit with a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada
Yes, my friends. The golden times where you would work in Canada by easily enrrolling yourself in any language school are over.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Jess in Montréal is a believer. So let’s take a look on a less easy yet door oppening way of bringing our cute little butts all the way to the Great White North :) Because, Mister Canada, we just won’t take no for an answer.
Note that i’m gonna give you guys some INITIAL information to get you going. It’s a lot of details, and it would become a book instead of a post if I put everything here. Haha i will slowly cover everything you need to know though. since i’m doing the research for myself too. ;)
Are you ready?
So dry your sad eyes, take a deep breath, and lets bring hope back to your desperate little hearts.
COME WITH ME!
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HERE I GO!
So, according to Government of Canada, through the Off-Campus Work Permit Program you can work part-time during regular academic sessions (20 hours per week) and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays, and spring break. You can work in any occupation, and you can change employers whenever you like.
To qualify for the program, you must have a valid study permit and be a full-time student at a recognized postsecondary educational institution. Recognized institutions generally include a public, post-secondary college or university, a CEGEP in Quebec and degree-granting programs offered by private institutions.
Well, you can pick any institution above, but Community Colleges tend to be less expensive. Remember little darlings: non-canadians pay two or even three times more for education.
According to Canada, about the Work Permit:
New rules that take effect on June 1, 2014, make it easier for study permit holders to work off campus. Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:
- eligible to work off campus without a work permit;
- allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks; and
- able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months.
So, to build up our new roadmap to the Maple Syrup Land – even with all these obstacles – let’s take a look on this step by step list.
STARTING FROM THE SCRATCH
To get started, I went through these three colleges to get the main idea. You can take a look on the Montreal college list here if you want to go deeper on the matter.
|list of courses||fee international student||minimum score (language test)||requirements for foreign students|
|COLLEGE||average||year / semester||list all fees||IELTS||TOEFL¹|
|Dawson||#01||$5,381.00-$8,341.00||semester||$$$||6.0||61 / 175 / 500||\o/|
|Marianopolis||#02||$4,975 (+ 6,112)||year||$$$||6.5||90 / 233 / 577||\o/|
|Vanier||#03||$5,381-$8,341||year²||$$$||6.5||80 / 213 / 550||\o/|
¹Internet based / Computer based / Paper based
²According to a friend of mine, some colleges get help from the government and because of that they get less expensive. I sent an email to them to confirm, and will update as soon as possible, but it looks like it’s the yearly cost.
²The average is normally 6.0 or 6.5 for IELTS. Couldn’t find the TOEFL one for LaSalle!
³LaSalle is one of the most expensive ones according to a friend. It’s also really confusing to find the correct prices!
Shout out to all my advertising fellow professionals planning on a change of airs: these are a few courses that i thought it matched our field. I put two from LaSalle, which i didn’t put on the sheet above because it’s really confusing to understand the prices and etc. But it’s worth taking a look on if you’re in advertising and want to study in Canada!
Communications: Art, Media, Theatre
Whatever the course you like, pay attention to:
1. the deadline you have to send your admission. It’s a different date for foreign students, and it also changes depending on your status in Canada. At Dawnson, if you are a foreign student, you can only apply duo March 1st for their fall semester, for example. It changes from college to college, so make sure it matches your plans.
2. the IELTS/TOEFL score you need to get. Also, coordinate the dates between taking the test, getting the results and aplying to the college. It would be smart to plan yourself in a way that you’ll get time to take the test a second time if you fail the first.
3. the address of your college/campus. Try to keep the neighborhood in mind, you’ll want to live close to it. If you don’t care now, i’m sure you’ll care under -30 degrees.
4. the extra fees you have by being non-canadian. Theres a lot of them, depending on the college. They go from $30 to $200.
6. that damn CAQ. if you’re coming to Canada, you’ll need a CAQ (Certification of Acceptance of Quebec). That document takes extra time, and you might consider adding extra 2 or 3 months on your schedule. You’ll need this document BEFORE applying to your visa.
Wow, that was a lot more work than I expected.
Hopefully I could get some of you on track to find your way to our Beloved Montreal. :)
So get your hipster nerdy glasses on, start your homework and let’s get this red-plastic-cup house party started!
Ah, the student life.
I can already taste the morning hangover.
See you there, College Student Bitches!