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Welcome Students & Parents

Please contact me at any time regarding your post-secondary studies: rlangill@ciaschool.com or 721-545-3871 ext. 40. Ask for Mrs. Langill.

Tonight’s mission is to help parents and students get the “ball rolling” in postsecondary studies.

Finding the right post-secondary school is a long process that involves a number of important decisions. This information package has many resources that can help you make your decisions.

Post-secondary Applications

General Information:

Would you like to know where your interests lie?

Career Cruising is a website where you can answer 132 questions and specify the level of education required in order to provide a list of suitable careers. The website is Ontario based, but careers presented are universal. The results will tell you kind of post-secondary education you will need for the career and what to expect from the career (description,


  1. User Name: reding

  2. Password: dunn

  3. Sign in

  4. Go to “Explore My Interests”

  5. Go to “Matchmaker and my Skills” and register

  6. Answer all 132 questions, select the appropriate level of education and do the skill inventory if you wish (although in high school, skills are weak)

  7. You will receive a list of careers, ranked in order of suitability. Click into each career to find detail regarding job description, working conditions, earnings, education, sample career path, related careers and interviews with people in those careers.

  8. The education will be geared to the Canadian system, but generally can be applied to any country.

  9. The program also has a US link under the Education tab at the top of the screen.

What to consider when choosing a school?

  1. General

Location: Close to family? Weather? Citizenship?

Size: Do you want to go to a small school or a large school?

Program: Do they offer the program that you would like?

Extra-Curricular: Do they have activities you would like to participate in?

Cost: Is the cost of within your budget?

Courses and Marks: Do you have the necessary courses and the average (and SAT score, if applying to some US schools) required to get into your chosen program?

Does the program offer a work experience component? Can you have a part-time job?

2. Budgeting

Fixed Expenses

Monthly Expenses

Number of months:







Meal Plan:


Health Plan:






Other expenses:

Total Fixed Expenses:

Total Monthly Expenses x no. of months:

Total Expenses: ___________________

OSSD requirements: (30 credits, Literacy Test or Literacy course, 40 hrs of community service)

Choosing a country: Canada, USA, UK, Holland, Europe

  • Every country/university/college has different requirements, fees, application processes, start dates and terminology.

  • By specifying your country, you reduce the amount of work and stress you will have during the application process.

Guidance services, Application deadlines (December), transcripts (when ordered by students), entering grade 11 and 12 courses and marks for Ontario universities and colleges only. Individual help by appointment.

Student responsibilities: Check prerequisites, letters of recommendation, ordering necessary transcripts from Guidance, finding out how current year results are to be sent to colleges and universities outside of Ontario, essay questions, scholarship applications, transcript evaluation, meeting deadlines, any supplemental information required by the institution (e.g. portfolios), and scholarship possibilities

University-College Life: culture shock, budgeting, new friends, weather, time management

Post-Secondary Destinations


There are many great postsecondary institutions located all across Canada. Application procedures vary by province. Some institutions accept direct applications to their school and others go through a company that manages all of the applicant’s information and forwards it the universities selected.

Unsure where and what to study in Canada?

This website is your perfect spot to start researching where, what and how to study in Canada. Colleges and Universities are listed on this site: http://www.campusstarter.com/

Canadian Universities: Go to the following website to search for universities, explore programs and plan for your next step of postsecondary studies: http://www.univcan.ca

Bursaries & Scholarships for non-Canadians


Many of the entrance scholarships offered through colleges and universities are also available to non-Canadians.

How to get a Canadian Study Visa (after acceptance into a program)

Go to the Government of Canada website under the department of Immigration and Citizenship: How to get a study visa: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study.asp

Post-secondary Institutions in Ontario, Canada

Ontario Universities:

The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) processes undergraduate and professional applications for admissions to the province’s universities. The OUAC will forward applications to all requested universities and/or programs regardless of the qualifications of the applicant. The OUAC does not make any admission decisions.

Undergraduate Applications (101 Applications on OUAC)

Undergraduate study is the first level of academic work available at a university and leads to a bachelor’s degree. Admission to undergraduate study following high school requires completion of secondary school qualifications with six grade 12 credits at the “U” (University) or “M” (Mixed) level. English 4U is always a requirement. Consult each individual program for specific requirements. Students wishing to apply to an Ontario University must let the Guidance Counsellor know, so that I can set up the request for a PIN to access OUAC. You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) and student number found on your report card. The deadline for application is January 13th, 2017, so it is best to complete your application before the Christmas Break in order to ensure that there are no problems with your application.

http://www.ouac.on.ca/applications/ (students will open an account under OUAC 101)

Instructions for the application can be found here:


http://www.ouac.on.ca/unilinks/ (provides you with links to all of the 21 universities in Ontario)

http://www.electronicinfo.ca/ (a research tool for Ontario university applicants. Search for programs, marks needed for acceptance, prerequisites and direct links to programs of interest at all Ontario universities)
Ontario Colleges:

If you would like to attend a public college in Ontario, Canada, all applications are done through the Ontario College Application Service website: http://www.ontariocolleges.ca

You can search for programs by name, location, etc. Ontario currently has 28 public colleges and over 4500 programs. Some programs are degree (Bachelor) programs, in which case you will need 6 U or M level courses at the grade 12 level to apply. Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programs will require an OSSD and English ENG 4C. There may be other requirements as well, such as courses, auditions, tests and portfolios. Colleges do not differentiate between university and college level courses (Conestoga College is the only exception), so if the program is competitive, take the course in which you will receive the best mark. The list of highly competitive programs can be found under the “Applying” tab, arranged in alphabetical order by college.

Applicants must create an account in order to apply. No PIN is required. The apply link will outline the application process. You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) and student number found on your report card. You can save and go back to the application until it is complete. You apply as an Ontario Secondary School Student (not international, except for tuition). When you get to the Education part of your application, select “Add Canadian High School Education” and go to “Ontario Overseas High School” to select Caribbean International Academy.

Post-secondary Institutions in Quebec, Canada

Québec, Canada

For the province of Québec, application is done to each university or college individually. Follow admission procedures carefully as each postsecondary institution has specific instructions. Some colleges use OMNIVOX for admissions which is an online application system.

Québec Universities:

Bishop’s University: https://www.gobishops.ca/bishops/

Concordia University: https://www.concordia.ca/admissions/undergraduate.html and apply as an Ontario student (except for tuition)

McGill University: http://www.mcgill.ca/admissions/

Québec Colleges:

Champlain College

  • Saint Lambert Campus: http://www.champlainonline.com/champlainweb/

  • Lennoxville Campus: http://www.crc-lennox.qc.ca/

  • Regional Campus : http://admin.crc-sher.qc.ca/

Dawson College: http://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/

Heritage College: http://www.cegep-heritage.qc.ca/

John Abbott College: http://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/

Loyola College: http://www.loyolacollege.edu/

Marianopolis College: http://www.marianopolis.edu/

Vanier College: http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/

British Columbia

Apply at



The term college and university are used interchangeably in the US. University usually implies a collection of colleges and tends to be larger and offer more courses of study. There are public or state universities as well as private universities.

There are 7 components to the

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)

All schools require an official transcript to prove that you have graduated.

Each institution sets forth minimum requirements for entry that typically include “core” courses that consist of:

  • 4 years of English

  • 3 years of Math

  • 3 years of science

  • 2 years of a foreign language

  • 3 years of social science

  • Some electives

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma does not require some of these “core” courses, so it is likely that the institution will calculate GPA based on the English, Math and Science components and then look at electives, depending on the program that you are applying for. Grades are measured on a 4 point scale.



A (80-100)


B (70-80)


C (60-69)


D (50-59)


Public schools tend to create an eligibility index based on Your GPA and your SAT scores. The higher your GPA, the lower your SAT scores can be, and vice-versa. Private schools are less likely to do this. They publish these tables on their website. Some schools use a 5 point scale which weights the difficulty of the courses as well (e.g. Florida State does this).

Since CIA is not part of the U.S. education system, transcript evaluation may be required. If it is needed, inquire at the school as to a recommendation of an acceptable evaluation service. You will need to send a transcript to the evaluator along with information as to what type of evaluation is needed. Then, follow-up to ensure that the evaluation was received by the school.

  1. SATs???

Most colleges require scores on the SATs. CIA is offering 10 week prep classes at a nominal cost. It is recommended to write the SATs more than once in order to achieve the best score. Many college deadlines are between January and March, in which case it is necessary to have testing compete by the deadline. Others have rolling admissions, accepting applications all year, but may have a deadline for priority consideration. You must register for SAT testing on line through the Collegeboard. Some schools will accept scores other than SATs. For example, Flagler in St. Augustine will accept ACT, TOEFL or the CESC in place of the SATs.

List of universities that don’t require SATs for admission: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

SAT Information: www.sat.collegeboard.com

Princeton Review: The Princeton Review is a test preparation and college admission services company offering test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and books published by Random House. www.princetonreview.com

  1. Recommendations and Reports

You may be required to provide a letter(s) of recommendation, prepared on school stationery. They may also require your final marks for semester 1 as soon as they are available and mid-term and final marks for semester 2. Find out how they wish to receive those and let Guidance know.

  1. Extracurricular Activities

U.S. schools are looking for well-rounded students who show leadership potential. Your participation in school clubs, sports and community service are assets that will help you stand out above others with similar grades and scores. It’s never too late to start.

  1. Application Essay Question

Most applications require at least one essay and maybe one or two short answers. This is another place to rise above the rest by showing your creativity and communication skills. It could be a well-crafted essay about an event in your life that defines you that is interesting.

  1. Scholarship Application

There are many scholarships available for incoming students – some based on merit, others on need. The merit-based scholarships are offered automatically. Need-based scholarship applications are found on the website of the college that you are applying to.

  1. Other

Supplementary Requirements

Once you determine what college you are applying to (stand alone or within a university), check the website for deadlines and any additional requirements they may have, for example, interviews or auditions. You may specify a field of interest on your application, but you don’t need to –many students apply to study “unspecified”.

Non-U.S. citizens

US Study Visa: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html

You will have to vouch for the student’s ability to pay expenses using an I-20 form issued by the school once you are accepted, and you go for an interview to obtain an F-1 Student Visa, issued by a U.S. Consulate located in Curacao or Barbados. US passport holders do not require a student VISA.
Common Application:

Some schools accept a standard on-line application known as the Common Application. You only need to enter the information once and then provide any supplemental information the school requests. It is an application database for 700 plus universities and colleges and has search tools. https://www.commonapp.org/Login Colleges that don’t accept the Common Application have their own application portals.

3 ways to apply

  1. Early Decision – deadlines are earlier than for regular admission. If you apply and get accepted, you are required to drop all other applications.

  2. Early Action – deadlines earlier than regular admission, but you are not required to accept a place, if offered.

  3. Regular Admission – the latest deadlines that allow you to submit first semester marks.


Websites with a wealth of information about US universities and scholarships:



Tuition Relief

Some institutions have signed an agreement with the St. Maarten Ministry of Education that allows students from St. Maarten to attend for in-state tuition costs. The updated list of educational institutions that have signed an MOU with the Government of St. Maarten is as follows:

Pittsburgh Technical College                           https://www.ptcollege.edu/

Tallahassee Community College                    http://www.tcc.fl.edu/

Flagler College                                                    http://www.flagler.edu/

Keiser University                                                http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/west-palm-beach/

Monroe College                                                  https://www.monroecollege.edu/

Florida A and M University                               http://www.famu.edu/

Florida State University Panama                    http://panama.fsu.edu/

Florida State University Tallahassee           http://www.fsu.edu/

Johnson & Wales University                           https://www1.jwu.edu/

Students interested in the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and are citizens of specific countries in the Caribbean and Latin America listed in the link may apply through https://www.unf.edu/uploadedFiles/sa/intlctr/LAC%20guidelines.pdf for access to in-state tuition fees for any public university or college in Florida.

European Post-Secondary Destinations

The UK

With the advent of Brexit, the British government has confirmed that EU students commencing studies in 2017/2018 will continue to be eligible for loans and grants and that all EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their studies.

UK programs and universities: http://www.educationuk.org/global/

Online application UCAS: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/register contains a search for institutions and programs as well.

Visa Application: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas

Study in England info site: http://www.studying-in-england.org/


Online search for programs: http://www.studyinholland.co.uk/about_dutch_universities.html https://www.studyinholland.nl/, https://www.studyfinder.nl/

Online application: www.studielink.nl

St-Maarten Student Support Services in Holland:


European countries offering FREE tuition for undergraduate degrees

Germany, Finland, Austria and Norway are countries where there are no or little fees for EU and non-EU citizens.



Graduates hotline info: http://europe.graduateshotline.com/free-education.html

Financing your studies

The Government of St-Maarten – Study Financing Program: https://studyfinancing.sx/

Notes – Questions?

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