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HOTELS, RESORTS AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS IN CANADA: Canada’s Edge In Hospitality, Tourism And Hotel Management Education

KS

When thinking of a well-established brand for hospitality and hotel management education, we might have in mind Switzerland.Despitebeing very expensive to study and live there, it is a popular destination. Other countries such as France, Italy, UK, or USA also have been known as centres for quality hospitality training.

Canada, even though not often recognized, also has long-established roots in hospitality and more frequently is being identified as one of the top educational destinations, including hotel, hospitality and tourism management studies.

WELCOMING NATION

As a nation of immigrants, Canada has benefited from the cultural and linguistic mosaic of people coming to the country.  The welcoming personality of Canada has been providing warm reception to new arrivals.  These congeniality roots have been developing over the years while incorporating the new welcoming elements of hospitality being brought by the new immigrants.  Today, Canadian hospitality has a distinct character based on a variety of cultures that are part of the Canadian mosaic of nations.  These multicultural hospitality origins have provided additional attributes to the Canadian hospitality that in turn has been embedded into Canadian educational institutions’ curricula.

ICONIC HOTELS & RESORTS

Canadian hospitality dates back to times when it was still a trading outpost with explorers searching for new discoveries.  With the early explorers and more demand for leisure time, new resorts have been built along the newly established railway lines across Canada.  Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts, were one of the first iconic properties that have been preserved to this day while becoming the jewels and foundation of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Group.  From the first hotel in Toronto to numerous properties worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels Group has developed into a pinnacle of today’s ultra-luxury hotels and resorts chain.  Besides other well-established hotel brands there are also other examples of unique properties that attract discern travellers such as Swarovski-themed Sparkling Hill Resort, celebrity-endorsed Mike Wiegele’sHeliskiing Resort or Quebec’s winter marvel –Hôtel de Glace - Ice Hotel.  Besides exquisite hotels, resorts and other unique properties, Canada is also famous from other forms of hospitality being it on cross-Canada Via Rail train or through unique signature experiences.

Students enrolled in hotel and hospitality management or other tourism-related courses find a plethora of opportunities to work as paid intern or co-op student during their studies or a full-time employee oreven management trainee employee after completion of their studies.  Given that many international hotel brands are present in Canada, students may start to work at Canadian properties and then transfer to other properties in other parts of the world. 

VARIETY OF QUALITY PROGRAMS

For students who wish to specialize in Hospitality and Resort Management with emphasis on snow and wilderness resorts can choose institutions such as Thompson Rivers University, Georgian or Selkirk College among others.  Even thought these institutions are located in smallercentres, they are near tourist attractions and year-round resorts. Other good examples are Niagara and Okanagan collegesthat are located in the main wine-producing regions of Canada.  Niagara College is nearby the world attraction of Niagara Falls, while Okanagan College is in the lakes’ abundant valley, with close proximity to world-class ski resorts and other attractions.  For undergraduate studies, student may choose between one-year certificates, two-year (some three-year) diplomas or four-year bachelor degrees.  Numerous colleges and institutes across Canada offer programs in Hospitality and Hotel Management, Hotel & Tourism Management, Hotel Operations, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Other options are graduate/post-degree certificates or diplomas for students already holding bachelor’s degrees.  Moreover, for graduate students there are masters and P.hD programs related to hotel, resorts and hospitality management. Prominent example is a Master in Tourism Management at Royal Roads University (RRU) in Victoria, British Columbia.  MBA programs with focus on hospitality can be found at University of Guelph or Ryerson University in Toronto. P.hD aspiring candidates may consider program in Service Management at the University of Guelph.

For students with limited language abilities, there are foundation programs that combine English language upgrading with hospitality-related courses that prepare students for further academic work. 

As a bilingual nation, Canada not only offers programs in English but one can find programs in French such as UQAM’s Baccalauréat en gestion du tourisme et de l'hôtellerie or even several bilingual options such as ITHQ’s HautesÉtudes en gestionhôtelièreinternationale / Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management. In Québec City, Mérici College offers programs with preparatory courses in French that prepare students to continue with diploma programs afterwards.

GLOBAL LEARNING & NEW POSSIBILITIES

Increasingly demanding option for students is gaining dual credentials at different institutions while being able to explore Canada by travelling and studying in different cities.  Colleges, polytechnics and institutes are offering a large selection of courses leading to college certificate and diploma programs.  Obtaining either of those two credentials, give students array of options. One of them is to receive work permit and be able to work in Canada the equivalent amount of their studies period and consider further study later.  Alternatively, students may transfer to another institution in Canada or abroad and complete their bachelor degree there while still having the opportunity to work in Canada after their bachelor’s studies.

Students completing their bachelor degrees can continue their studies at post-bachelor level.  More and more colleges, institutes and universities are offering post-degree, or graduate certificates or diplomas.  Obtaining those credentials enable students also to work in Canada.  Alternative possibility is enrolling into masters or Ph.D. program at a Canadian university after which students have the option to work in Canada and even consider applying for immigration.

As an example, student wishing to enrol in a Hospitality Foundations one-year certificate program at Centennial or Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario can choose to continue their studies at diploma level in Calgary, Alberta’s SAIT Polytechnic or in the historic city of Kingston, Ontario at St. Lawrence College.  After obtaining a certificate or diploma, students may choose to continue to earn a bachelor degree in International Hotel Management at RRU in the capital of British Columbia – Victoria. Alternatively, students completing diploma at St. Lawrence College can go to Ireland and finish a EU bachelor degree in just one year.

With all the attributes, in addition to world-class education that you canexperience at Canadian educational institution, it is worth it to consider your educational future in this country.

17 Dec, 2015

PRIME VALUE: Canada Offers One Of The Most Affordable Tuition Fees And Superb Value For International Students

KS

One of the advantages for international students to study in Canada is the quality of education at reasonable cost. Comparing to other English-speaking countries, Canada offers very competitive pricing for international students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. Tuition fees for international students enrolled at Canadian universities range from CAD$8,000 - $35,000 per year while at colleges and institutes it varies between CAD$5,500 - $15,000 per year. In addition, there may be some additional costs depending on a program of study. When estimating a cost of accommodation and living costs, they may fluctuate from CAD$7,000 - $13,000 per year. During times when other currencies such as US dollar are strong, the cost of studying in Canada can be further reduced, even up to 30% when comparing prices. Given excellent quality of life and other factors playing importance in selecting study destination, Canada offers superlative value to international students.

Attached is a table with international students’ tuition fees at Canadian universities.

11 Dec, 2015

Education Systems in Canada

Kasia N

In general, the education system in Canada has three tiers: elementary, secondary and post-secondary, however, there are some differences between provinces and territories.Each province is responsible for educational institutions in their regions. 
The first chart below explains the education systems in Canada.
The following chart shows the higher education system in Canada. Besides laddering opportunities from certificates to diplomas and then to bachelor’s degrees, there are also various options of transfers.  Increasing number of international students are able to transfer some of the credits earned at their home institutions to a program at Canadian college or university.Growing in popularity are graduate certificates and graduate diplomas. These credentials are for students with bachelor’s degrees who would like to specialize in a specific area of studies while gaining on-the-job experience through practicums, co-op programs or internships which are, in most cases, part of the study program.  In contrast with master’s degree, graduate certificate and diplomas do not require master’s thesis and are more focused on preparation for entering the workforce upon graduation while master’s degrees may have more emphasis on research.

(to view the chart on: mobile)

02 Feb, 2015

CANADA: Emerging Top Destination to Study Hospitality and Tourism

Kasia N

Canada has always been the land of adventure and travel. From sea to sea, there are a million fascinating things to do and see, twice as many delicious spots to eat at, and comfortable and unique places to stay all around.

Yet Canada also boasts to be the place where you can not only experience it as a tourist but also become more of an ambassador to promote of what Canada has to offer.  One way to do that is to emerge in studies of tourism,culinary arts, and hospitality.
If you'd like to experience the forests of British Columbia or would prefer the craggy cliffs of Prince Edward Island, have no fear. These schools are scattered across the country in countless beautiful cities. Hundreds of unique programs exist, and it's only a click away to find the one that's precisely for you. From certificates to PhD's, there's something for everyone. For example, an English as a second language student could begin their studies by taking the Canadian Tourism College“English for Hospitality and Tourism Certificate” program in Vancouver or commence with a “Hospitality Foundations” program at Toronto’sCentennial College.  Another example could be a tourism professional wanting to focus on research and choose doctoral studies at such institutions asthe University of Waterloo's while enrolling in PhD in “Recreation and Leisure Studies.” The topics are broad and fruitful, with many exciting options to choose from.
The newly-established website TourismStudies.ca answers many calls from international students searching for one source about tourism and hospitality-related programs at Canadian educational institutions.  Now, not only students but also high school counselors, education consultants and tourism industry professionals can find a resource about Canada-wide programs in culinary arts, hospitality and tourism.  Users can access programs and educational institutions’ tourism-related web pages directly through links within the TourismStudies.ca website.  The aim of the website is not only to provide the needed reference about tourism-related courses at Canadian colleges and universities but also to promote the Canadian Tourism Education sector and encourage international students to consider Canada among other popular tourism study destinations as Switzerland, Australia, France, UK or the U.S. 
With world-renowned schools and educators, high quality training is always guaranteed. Several of Canada's top universities are involved in teaching a vast range of courses from adventure tourism to viticulture and oenology. Any certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian institution is accepted around the world to be equivalent to one obtained in the U.S. or any other Commonwealth country. Many programs across the nation have access to on the job training, internships, and practicums. Such programs such as Ottawa’s Algonquin CollegeCulinary Management Diploma” not only teaches the theoretical component but students also have hands-on experience in a real on-campus restaurant environment. Other schools such as Fanshawe College's “Guest Relations Graduate Certificate” will put students not only into in-field, paid-training while they are studying but also in four-week paid-internship placements where they will gain knowledge and experience as well as contacts in the industry. Following completion of the program they will be eligible to work in Canada to the equivalent of their study period. Types of programs similar to this one can give students a chance to learn and create an income for themselves simultaneously. This wide selection of top quality programs will open many doors for you in and outside of Canada.
Not only does Canada want you, Canada needs you. There is currently a serious shortage of labour force in the country, especially in these industries. Canada is the mosaic nation; a quilt of many diverse patches. Foreign students are always welcome and valued. International students actually start out with an advantage in Canadian schools, as a different language is already mastered, competitive tuition is offered, and the living costs are affordable compared to many other countries. It is known that Canada has one of the highest living standards in the world with the lowest tuition fees, accommodations, and living expenses for international students. There is also work eligibility on or off campus in many and most cases, as long the student holds a study permit and goes to school full time. Once you've completed your studies and graduated, you could be eligible for a work permit under the Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), and from there could even work towards becoming a permanent Canadian resident.
Why stay in one place in this broad country? There are opportunities to receive multiple credentials across the board. Study and receive your certificate or diploma at one school such as college, then transfer to another institution (another college or university) to complete your degree. Afterwards there are possibilities to continue on and earn your Masters or MBA. For instance, Thompson Rivers University's (TRU) program “Adventure Studies in the Bachelor of Tourism Management” allows other credits from other post-secondary institutions to be transferred to the degree. Many other college programs ladder to accelerated Royal Roads University’s (RRU)bachelor program and number of graduates take on Masters program at RRU while already working and gaining on the job experience.  However, why limit yourself to Canada? Many programs have exchange opportunities for a semester or full year abroad, such as University of Manitoba's “Bachelor of Food Science” program, which has joint programs in Sweden, Mexico, the U.S., China, and India.
Studying in Canada will give you all the rights a citizen would have: basic human rights, equality, and a peaceful and respectful society and environment. Your health and safety is a top concern, and will be treated as such. Moreover, campus lifestyles are entertaining and exciting, and are sure to keep you stimulated and busy. With many programs and clubs to get involved in, you will meet countless individuals you'll find yourself compatible with. As Canada is a proudly diverse country, an international student adviser could help you discover cultural clubs or groups for you to take part in. It makes no difference what corner of the country you're at, your health and happiness will always be priority.
The Tourism industry has never been more alive in Canada, and the opportunities outstretch the nation's ability to fill them. It's truly a tourist's paradise here in the true north strong and free. If you were to throw a dart onto a map of Canada, the landscape you would find there would be beautiful no matter where it landed. If the tourists love it, why wouldn't you? No matter where you're from, how long you're here for, or who you are, Canada will welcome you with open arms. You'll find yourself feeling at home in no time at all.

19 Dec, 2014

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