I had always dreamt of studying in the west after school and Canada was one such country I had preferred. I had completed my online application much before the deadlines. I had submitted, notarized copies of my original high school transcripts along with a $200 application fee.
My coursework was of extremely high standards and it enabled me to gain the necessary 60 credits I needed to transfer to one of the top Canadian universities.
I had selected a university transfer program as this would have enabled me to get accustomed to the academic standards in Canada. Another reason was that I could get the necessary credit level which would give me direct entry into a Bachelors program at, one of the top universities in Canada. I had scored 88% in my class XII ISC exam and so I was eligible to apply here and I had also submitted my IELTS score of 7.0.
We had a wonderful and helpful Career Services team on campus who guided us in our chosen career path. I wanted to transfer to a large university in British Columbia on finishing my university transfer program and I was given complete guidance by my professors as well as by the career services department in this matter. However there were several of my batch mates who wanted to obtain a certificate in engineering after completion of the first year, as they wanted to join the workforce immediately. They were helped with job searches, workshops on interview tips and resume building and networking skills.
We had student clubs for students with varied interests such as cooking club, flight club and we could play sports such as badminton , basketball, bowling on campus.
My university transfer program was of 30 credit hours each year or 15 credits each semester as it was a full time program so my tuition fees amounted to around $8000 each semester. I had applied for the Columbia College scholarship as I had completed one semester at CC and at least 4 university transfer courses with a GPA of 3.5.
Our professors were well qualified and extremely friendly and ready to give extra help each week after office hours to any of us who needed extra guidance in the coursework. As our classes were small in batch size, we had ease of interaction with our professors and we all got to know each other very well.
There was no campus accommodation for us so I had to opt for homestay. Our college had really helped us with resources in this regard. I had stayed with a local Canadian family in their home as their guest for a fee, in return for room and board for my program duration. I had paid nearly $1000 each month for my homestay and this included a custodianship fee.
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