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Fast-track your Career while Saving Money: Canadian Colleges and Trade Schools


Looking for a more affordable education? Interested in practical skills training? What if you could get your diploma in less time? Good news! Colleges and trade schools in Canada offer quicker, more affordable, and more hands-on training to prepare students to be job-ready when they graduate. Colleges and trade schools also tend to provide more flexibility within their programs and due to smaller class sizes, students benefit from one-on-one attention.

International students are happy to learn that many colleges offer Pathway Programs to enter full university programs. Students start with a two-year degree or certification program and transfer the credits to a top university, from which they receive a four-year degree.

The following colleges and trade schools offer (or are linked to) ESL programs for international students interested in learning English to advance their careers as well as for academic program preparation:

Herzing College (Montreal and Toronto)

High job placement rates at Herzing College are due to a focus on hands-on training and strong ties to industry across Canada.The college has a long history of hosting Latin American students and offers robust student support from an award-winning faculty. Herzing does not offer ESL programs but the school is affiliated with top English language schools, which are located at the doorstep of each campus. Students study English in the morning and can pursue their program in the afternoon at the college.

Medicine Hat College (MHC) (Medicine Hat, Alberta)

MHC boasts a 94% employment rate for graduates with extremely affordable tuition. Also MHC is one of the only institutions to offer flexible payment options to international students. The college’s ESL curriculum is customized and flexible for students with a focus on preparing them for entry into MHC and university programs as soon as possible.

Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario)

Algonquin hosts more than 1,300 international students each year. The college’s English for Academic Purpose (EAP) programs prepare students with all levels of English for careers and study in Canada. Students enjoy conditional admission to the college upon completion of the EAP program and access to all kinds of activities such as skiing, movie nights, and more.

Manitoba Institute of Trade and Technology (Toronto, Ontario)

Humber offers flexibility and options for students from around the world, including ESL courses, online courses, short term certificates, and more. Many of Humber’s 3,400 international students per year begin their higher education at its English Language Centre or in the Summer Language Program.

Manitoba Institute of Trade and Technology (MITT) (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

MITT works closely with industry experts in Canada to provide programs designed for today’s workplace and to educate students with skills employers want. Students may also save on their tuition fees as many are eligible for tuition rebates.

Lethbridge College (Lethbridge, Alberta)

From rigorous programs in licensed practical nursing to civil engineering to business, many Latin American students find excellent career preparation at Lethbridge College. Also noteworthy are the college’s flexible ESL courses; affordable tuition; and the safe, quiet environment which aids in focused study.

Conestoga College (Kitchener, Ontario)

Conestoga offers apprenticeships, post-graduate degrees, diplomas and part-time studies to meet the customized needs of over 30,000 students. Students can choose from over 200 career-focused programs and have access to some of Canada’s top universities through partner agreements. Conestoga is the only college in Canada to offer a full Bachelor of Engineering degree.
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