Canada

  • Two 10-day programmes, one in the East, one in the West: take just one, or both for a complete introduction

  • Our main centre in the East is the University of Toronto; our main centre in the West is the University of Calgary

  • Both programmes include a 3-to-4-day tour introducing other highlights of the two sides of the country

  • Universities visited include: Canada-East centre – McGill, Concordia, Ottawa, Carleton, Queen’s, Toronto, York, Waterloo and McMaster; Canada-West centre – Calgary, Alberta, British Columbia and Simon Fraser

Canada-East

Our main Canada-East centre, University of Toronto

Toronto is generally regarded as Canada’s leading university, and most ranking systems place it within the top 25 worldwide; it’s unquestionably one of the world’s top research institutions.   Areas and developments in which Toronto has led include the electron microscope, multi-touch technology, insulin and stem cell research.  However, it has also been at the forefront of developments in theories of language and communication.

With nearly 90,000 students, the University of Toronto (or ‘U of T’, as it is usually referred to) is a huge institution.   But it is not housed on one huge campus: first of all, there are three campuses: one in the centre of Toronto, the other two in suburban locations; then, the University is divided into colleges, rather on the British model of Oxford and Cambridge.  The relationship between the colleges and U of T is complicated, and different colleges have a different status.  Students are first of all accepted by U of T, and then most, but not all, also apply to join a college.  (You will find out more after you arrive!)

KE’s programmes are based on the main city centre campus. The general university area occupies a number of blocks which also include the main government buildings for the province of Ontario.  It’s an attractive and colourful area, with a lot of cultural attractions and a good shopping district.  The main business district, with its iconic high-rise buildings, is a few kilometres to the south.

Toronto – the city (population: around 6 million – ‘Greater Toronto’)

Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario, Canada’s largest city, and the fourth largest city in North America.  It‘s situated on the northern shores of Lake Ontario, and its suburbs extend for miles along the shoreline, as well as inland.  For a long time, it’s been a magnet for people from around the world, and its population is very diverse ethnically.  It’s now a major business and cultural centre.

The main business district is comparatively small, but very striking, with its high-rise buildings rising up from the lake shore.   But not many people actually live there; instead, most people in the more central parts of Toronto live in one of its many diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own character.

Just a short ferry ride from the city centre are the Toronto Islands, a popular playground for Torontonians.  On our study visit to Toronto city, we include a trip to the Islands, and enjoy impressive views looking back at the skyline.

In addition to the University of Toronto, the city is home to York University, which is also visited on our KE programme.

University founded

1827

Number of students

87,000

Our Canadian programmes are a little different in that they include a tour, either at the start or at the end of the main academic part.

Canada-East – the tour

Here the tour begins in the largest French-speaking city in Canada, Montreal. After a two-night stay there, you continue to Ottawa, the capital of  Canada, before continuing to Toronto and the start of the academic course.

Highlights of the tour include:

• Montreal city and St. Lawrence River

• Ottawa and the Canadian Parliament

• Lakeside town of Kingston

• University visits: McGill University, Concordia University, Ottawa University, Carleton University and Queen’s University

Detailed information on the tour is provided under Study visits.

Canada-West

Our main Canada-West centre – the University of Calgary

Calgary is one of Canada’s leading universities, consistently appearing in the top ten, and in the top 200 worldwide. Founded in 1966, it’s a relatively new institution, and it’s impressive that it has achieved this standing in such a short time. It’s now home to around 30,000 students, and its reputation is particularly strong in science and engineering.

The campus is located just outside the city centre, and it has its own railway station, with quick, cheap connections. On campus, you’ll find a wide range of buildings in a park-like setting. Different types of student accommodation

are provided, and the campus even has its own hotel. For lunches, there’s a central food court, and the sports facilities are excellent.

Our accommodation on campus is in the up-market Yamnuska Hall, which offers high-quality single rooms in an apartment arrangement, each with its own bathroom. Meals are taken quite close by.

Calgary – the city (population: just over 1 million)

Calgary is a modern and vibrant city in Canada’s dynamic province of Alberta. It’s located just east of the Rocky Mountains, which can be seen from the city centre. Fast-flowing rivers cut through the city, and there are attractive parks alongside their banks. Downtown Calgary is an impressive sight, with its exciting modern architecture. At over 1,000 metres above sea level, and sheltered by the Rockies, Calgary has a fresh, dry climate; in the summer, expect hot days with strong sunshine, but chilly nights to follow.

Calgary is famous for its annual Stampede – a sort of Wild West show. Even when the show is not taking place, it’s possible to visit the park where it’s held.

University founded

1966

Number of students

30,000

Our Canadian programmes are a little different in that they include a tour, either at the start or at the end of the main academic part.

Canada-West – the tour

The tour takes in the most famous sights of the Canadian Rockies, as well as the great coastal city of Vancouver. A number of exciting activities, together with university visits, are included along the way.

Highlights of the tour include:

• Mountain walks

• Great views of waterfalls, canyons and glaciers

• River trip by canoe

• Visit to natural hot springs

• University visits: University of British Columbia (Okanagan and Vancouver) and Simon Fraser

Detailed information on the tour is provided under Study visits.

Combined programmes: USA and Canada!

You can combine a programme in the USA (either East or West) with a programme in Canada (either East or West); in most cases, one follows on from the other.

Contact at info@kefoundation.org for more information.

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We organise accommodation, meals and classrooms with various universities in the UK, the USA and Canada. But we arrange our own programmes, and these are completely independent of the host universities.