Posted on November 16, 2021, by , in Uncategorized, with No Comments

6 Things to Learn in a Canadian Education

Depending on your educational goals, you might be comparing different educational options around the world. If you’re considering Canada, known for having one of the top five education systems in the world, you might be wondering what exactly you or your child can learn here.

In this piece, we will use the newly designed curriculum in British Columbia as an example, and show you what a student can learn on the way to graduating from high school here.

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1. English – an international language

Mr. Eric Kortschak moderates a debate for Bodwell students

Students in Canada learn in English, and often become comfortable with the language by the time they graduate. In addition, for students who are newer to the language, additional support is often available in Canadian schools.

An education in English offers access to many universities and other opportunities around the world. For instance, English is an important international language because it is spoken and taught in over 118 countries. With access to English, many leading markets and economies also become more accessible in North America and Europe. Finally, the language is used widely in international media and on the internet.

As a result, BC’s curriculum tries to follow this flexibility. Students can choose to learn formal writing, focus on effective speaking, or understand and analyze media. Students who go through the BC curriculum also prepare for and complete standard literacy exams.

Learn more about English Language Arts courses in BC


2. Learning science and mathematics

Bodwell students use smart boards in science classroom

A Bodwell student uses a smartboard to present from the periodic table.

Canadians have access to a strong program of sciences and mathematics. Initially, students can survey the history and common techniques used by scientists. Science education in Canada encourages students to explore how the physical world works. Expanding on this, senior students can get a more detailed education in physics, biology, and/or chemistry.

In mathematics, students explore many options, from the math used in accounting and science to lessons used in everyday life. As a result, Canadian graduates are well prepared to learn the advanced skills needed in science, engineering, and technology. Canadian students learn math and science at a global standard, strongly supporting applications to prestigious universities and colleges worldwide.

Students undergoing the BC curriculum will take standard numeracy exams. Though not mandated, universities and colleges may consider results as part of their admissions assessments.

Learn more about our Science and Mathematics curriculum.

3. The multicultural experience in Canada

International students in Canada will find a welcoming and diverse environment. Specifically, with lessons on world history and a wide range of literature, they learn how to connect their lives to other human experiences. By learning about how different societies have functioned across history, within a multicultural environment, graduates learn an international perspective. Students can also to learn multiple languages, an essential skill in today’s global workplace.

Canadian education offers key lessons needed to become empathetic and active citizens. These lessons focus on developing an understanding of legal and political mechanisms, as well as a general knowledge of world history. Correspondingly, students are also encouraged to learn about differing political stances and perspectives, to develop their own. Because of this, many who succeed in this curriculum also learn the skills needed to become leaders and mentors within their community.

Explore the Social Studies curriculum. 

4. Preparing for a successful career

Preparing for a robotics competition in the classroom – Picture by one of our students, Abdulbasit Mayowa Ishola

Studying in Canada opens many doors for careers. Specifically, students in British Columbia learn to design and effectively achieve long-term goals. Lessons cover practical topics ranging from contract rights to understanding taxes. Finally, students also learn how to present themselves verbally, as well as through cover letters and resumes.

Canadian education aims to help students to become active and empowered individuals. In general, successful graduates will know their rights in the workplace, and about good decision-making practices. Likewise, they will also understand personal finances, career advancement, and skills development.

Learn more about Career Life Education.



5. Exploring life alongside studies

The BC curriculum aims to help students become self-sufficient and to develop skills that are useful for life outside of school. Recognizing that in-demand skills change frequently, the BC curriculum contains many options in this area for students to choose from. In addition to their education in key knowledge areas, students can learn how to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. In addition, students have options in highly-useful courses on business education, as well as information technology, as now a days you need to learn a lot for business, including things like the meaning of internal equity and more. Meanwhile, course options in home economics and technology education enable students to learn hands-on, practical skills. Many of these options can inspire students to think innovatively, or to start them in developing employable skillsets.

Learn more about physical education in BC, and applied design, skills, and technologies options

6. Connecting back to core competencies

In Canada, students are exposed to a wide variety of knowledge and skills. In order to connect everything together, BC emphasizes three core competencies – communications, thinking, and personal and social skills. These concepts help students learn how to approach their lessons as part of a greater goal.

Explore the BC Curriculum core competencies.

If this well-rounded education is of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
At Bodwell, we are always ready to help students from around the world find their way to a successful experience that prepares them for university and beyond.

“I really wanted her to go to a place where she can actually not be taught what to think, but how to think… now, she’s learning how to think more critically, and that’s just going to open up a world of opportunities for her.” 

-Ginger Lindberg, a Bodwell Parent

Bodwell High School is here to help international students succeed in Canada. Learn more about the school here.
If you have any questions, or need a point of contact, our recruitment team is always ready to help you.
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