(Original post by Edgomberg)
After all that I have read so far, it all comes to the university name and degree cost at the end.
How would you compare UK business undergrad to canadian ones? I'm thinking between UK ( City- cass business school, Warwick, Bath, Manchester, Loughborough)
as opposed to Canadian best business schools: UofT BCom coop, UBC Saudrr BCom, Ivey Western HBA, Queens , McGill and York Schlick school of busines.
I'm planning to do a business degree from September 2014
Do you know anything about them as I'm applying from UK as an international student. Can not decide which one is to chose...
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Thanks for your PM. Since I want others to also read my response to your questions that you've addressed, I think it would be more appropriate to post it here instead.
With reference to your grades, I believe you shouldn't have much problems whatsoever, considering that you've gotten really good AS results and your A-level predicted grades are superb. As long as you keep up around that range (minimum AAA), I think you will be good with any top-ranked Canadian business schools.
Co-op option is a really good choice, especially for a business student, considering that you will be given the opportunity to work while you are still an undergraduate student and gain experience to the real world by getting some proper training and being able to go through a few job positions before you graduate. With respect to that, you will have the chance to find out which kind of job position you would want after you graduate and also attend workshops to improve your CV, interview skills, and networking workshops with various companies.
Now, given the business schools that you have mentioned (Ivey Western HBA, UofT BCom management co-op, Queens commerce, UBC Sauder BCom, McGill, York Schulich), all of them are great.
From the list of programs, I can pick out Queen's Commerce, Ivey, Schulich as top business programs, since they are highly competitive programs and very difficult to get into. Now, I'm not saying that the other programs are bad, but these ones stand out to me, since many of my friends have gone to these programs.
As for U of T, I assume you are looking at UTSC (one of the regional campuses), and thus this program is not available at the main campus in downtown Toronto. This is a pretty good program, but in my opinion, it would be a better choice to go for Rotman School of Management at the downtown campus, considering it is more renowned than the program you've mentioned.
I don't know too much about UBC, but I've heard good things about the university and that it is a competitive program. Hopefully someone who knows more about this program can answer this.
For McGill, it really depends on which program you are talking about. They have one of the best commerce programs in Canada and they do have one of the top business schools in Canada.
In terms of location and living costs, it all depends on whether you prefer living in a big city or a small city. U of T, McGill, York, and U of T are all located in big cities. U of T and York are located in Toronto, and so the living costs would be significantly more expensive than other cities, especially if you are living downtown. As for York, you don't have to worry about that, since it is located in the suburbs, but it isn't located in a safe area, so you might want to be careful with which neighbourhood you'll be choosing. If you do choose UTSC, that is also located in the suburbs, so living costs shouldn't be all too expensive, but then again, it isn't located in a great area. UBC is located in Vancouver, and it is known for being the most expensive city in Canada. Note that you'll be spending a lot more in Vancouver and Toronto than other cities, but more so in Vancouver. As for McGill, it is located in Montreal and living costs there are significantly cheaper than Toronto and Vancouver. It is also known for being a party school.
Queen's University is located in Kingston, a small city located around 2.5 hours east of Toronto. It is a student-centred city, so you will be surrounded by students if you are living close to campus. Since it is a smaller city, living costs shouldn't be as outrageously expensive as downtown Toronto or Vancouver, and I would say its price range would be similar to Montreal, perhaps slightly cheaper. Western is located in London, approximately 2.5 hours southwest of Toronto. Again, it is a student-centred city, so student housing will be available around campus. Note that Western is known to be a party school, so if you are not too comfortable with that, then I wouldn't suggest going to Western. I've heard good experiences from friends that attended Western and there are people that told me the campus looks really nice, so I can tell you that it is a very popular choice among Canadian students.
If you have any more questions, feel free to quote me.
Hope this helps!