Algonquin College: A Bridge to the Workforce
Located in the capital of Canada, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ottawa offers its students excellence in practical skills and English Language Instruction. Over 1,300 international students from 114 different countries pursue post-secondary programs at Algonquin College (many of these students first completed the college’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Pathway program).
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
The EAP program is tailored to students seeking English fluency to pursue careers and academic programs. Levels range from beginners to advanced. All levels are taught by trained instructors and feature small class sizes and diverse, multicultural student groups. Graduates receive an Algonquin College certificate and meet the language requirements for entry into the majority of programs at the college.
International Students at Algonquin
Algonquin College goes above and beyond to welcome international students. The International Education Centre supports students through their applications, their arrival, and their academic pursuits. Dedicated international student scholarships are available.
Students from Brazil are a growing part of the international student population (an increase of 62% from last year) and are joined by students from South America and Mexico. Business, Tourism, and Architecture/Construction are among the most popular academic programs chosen by students who have completed the EAP Pathway program. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language program is also in demand by international students.
“Most of our international students are focused on staying in Canada, so their priority is employable skills and workforce success,” noted Algonquin Marketing Manager in International Student Recruitment, Nadia Ramseier.
Algonquin’s focus is preparing students for workforce needs in business and technical fields. Nearly 20% of Algonquin students already have a university degree — for these students, a college program serves as a bridge to fulfill a specific need or to shift their career focus. Popular programs include Computer and Interactive Media; Business and Entrepreneurship; Media and Design; as well as Construction, Civil, and Architecture Technology.
All of Algonquin’s programs include some kind of applied component. Co-op education programs, for instance, combine education with paid work experience, building students’ résumés and practical work experience. Other types of experiential learning include field and clinical placement, field group projects, applied research, and lab classes. Postgraduate certificates offer one-year programs at the master’s level, serving as a stepping stone between university studies and the job market.
Living in Ottawa
Ottawa is one of the largest cities in Canada and offers excellent opportunities for cultural events, tourism, entertainment, and more.
“Canada is a great place to study, whether you go back home with new credentials and polished English or if you want to take advantage of opportunities to settle in this country,” concluded Ms. Ramseier. “I am an immigrant myself and I absolutely recommend this country; the quality of life in Ottawa is unparalleled.”
Miller (from Brazil) who studied at Algonquin’s intensive TESL summer program:
Algonquin College provided me with everything I needed to have a wonderful experience in Canada. Meeting people from all over the world and helping students from different cultures and backgrounds were definitely one of the highlights of the time I spent there.
The TESL program I was in allowed me to be in contact with their team of teachers and advisors right away. There, I was able to see how everything works, from planning lessons to applying them. The college installations offered me all the resources I needed throughout the program. Furthermore, the kindness and support I received from everyone at the college greatly contributed to creating a feeling of community, something really important when you are away from home.