Ashton College is located on the west coast of Canada and in one of the most beautiful and diverse cities - Vancouver. Many international students choose to come to Canada due the high quality of the education and the welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
International students enrich our college with the knowledge, skills and perspectives they bring with them from their respective countries. We hope to continue this rewarding relationship and welcome international students to look into learning about North America and the North American business market at Ashton College.
Our International Admissions Advisers provide information to students from all over the globe, assisting them with their path career and academic success. Enjoy learning in a diverse, safe and friendly city.
A relatively young nation, Canada is a country in the Northern half of the North American continent. It is made up of 10 provinces and three territories. Canada is the world's second largest country by total area and has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Large portions of Canada 's population, nearly 90%, live within 200 kilometres of the Canadian and United States border. This means that there is a vast expanse of mountain ranges, beaches and lush forests to experience and explore.
Our rugged terrain isn't the only diverse thing about Canada. The diversity of faces composed by our more than 200 ethnic groups and more than 140 languages spoken on our streets, reflect a cultural, ethnic and linguistic variety not found anywhere else. Immigration has helped to make Canada a culturally rich, diverse and vibrant country. With over 200,000 immigrants moving to Canada annually, this diversity grows every year.
Canada also has one of the best education systems in the world, which makes it a popular destination for students from around the globe - reason enough to consider Canada the place to begin or continue your academic career.
Host City to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the City of Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse, temperate and scenic cities in the world, making it an ideal destination to study, work and play.
According to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey comparing 215 cities based on 39 criteria including safety, education, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transportation, Vancouver currently ranks in the top three cities in the world, slightly behind Geneva and Vienna. It has also been voted 'the best city in the Americas' for three straight years by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and named 'the world's most livable city' eight years in a row by The Economist Intelligence Business Unit. Further, Forbes rates Vancouver as one of the top ten cleanest cities in the world.
Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest metropolitan area in Canada. It is surrounded by water on three sides and is nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range. The Metro Vancouver region is home to more than two million people in 21 municipalities.
The mild climate of the city and close proximity to ocean, mountains, rivers and lakes make the region a popular destination for outdoor recreation. Vancouver has over 3,200 acres of parks, most notably, Stanley Park, which is the largest. In fact, Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world at almost four square kilometers, with 150 year old forest, nine kilometers of seawall, and numerous popular attractions. The city has several large beaches, many adjacent to one another. The coastline provides for many types of water activities, and the city is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts.
Vancouver is also renowned for exceptional access to world-class ski and snowboarding destinations. Situated within a 30 minute drive from the downtown core are the North Shore Mountains, which feature three separate ski areas: Cypress, Grouse and Mount Seymour. Also located in close proximity to Vancouver, is the beautiful, resort-city of Whistler, best-known for hosting the majority of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic ski, snowboard and sledding events.
Nicknamed 'Hollywood North,' Vancouver is known for being a major film and television production centre, In 2008, the BC Film Commission reported more than 260 productions were filmed in Vancouver making it the third largest film centre in North America, after only Los Angeles and New York City.
The city itself features a vibrant, culturally-diverse metropolitan core. Often referred to as the 'city of neighbourhoods,' Vancouver offers a wide selection of traditional and modern cultural activities, sights, entertainment and cuisine. Visitors can take a walk through Little Italy and enjoy a leisurely meal, explore historic Chinatown and take in the traditional shops and fresh markets, visit Vancouver's premier shopping district on Robson Street or experience the bustling Downtown Vancouver nightlife on Granville Street.
For any lifestyle, there truly is no shortage of activities to keep any student occupied. Ashton College is proud to be a downtown resident of such a spectacular city like Vancouver. We encourage all prospective students to come to Ashton College and complete your studies here and experience all Vancouver has to offer.
Getting to Canada
Most visitors fly into Canada at one of the many international airports. Visitors can land in: Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Gander (YQX), Greater Moncton (YQM), Halifax (YHZ), Hamilton (YHM), Quebec City (YQB), Saskatoon (YXE), Ottawa (YOW), Montreal (YUL), Regina (YQR), Kitchener (YKF), Thunder Bay (YQT), Victoria (YYJ), Whitehorse (YXY) and Winnipeg (YWG).
The following is a list of reasonably priced and well-known airlines providing flights to Canada :
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Crossing the Canada-US border
In case you cannot get a flight directly into Canada and instead land in the United States , you can cross the Canada-US border with you passport. If you enter the US at an airport near the border, you can take a Greyhound Bus to cross the border into Canada (for more information go to www.greyhound.com ). Depending on your location you may need to take a taxi to a Greyhound station.
Tips for International Students
International Admissions Advisers
Ashton College International Admissions Advisers are committed to helping international students with any questions or concerns they may have regarding their education paths and attending a school in Canada.
Our International Admissions Advisers can assist with:
Students can get academic advice over the telephone or through email.
To make an appointment to speak with one of our Admissions Advisers call 604-899-0803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
International Student Immigration Visas
International students bring a rich culture and diversity to classrooms in Canada. In order to study in Canada international students must obtain permission to study in Canada.
There are instances when international students do not need to get a study permit to go to school in Canada. These include:
Please follow the instructions laid out on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada site to attain your study permit for Canada and see if you qualify to study in Canada without a permit. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study.asp
International Student Handbook