If you are considering studying business administration in Canada, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Business schools in Canada are competitive. Thus, it is important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the classes that you will want to take are math and accounting to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools that make your list. Make sure that you can meet the minimum English or French proficiency requirements by taking any English or French and communications classes in high school.
There are several additional things international students can do to prepare and increase the chances of being accepted:
- Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way for international students to develop interests, expand knowledge and improve the vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for school in Canada. This will also help you if admission requirements include a personal essay, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to tstudying business administration.
- Admissions committees at business schools in Canada are often interested in international students' personal qualities, which can be demonstrated through participation in extracurricular activities. Consider joining school clubs, athletics, musical activities, etc., especially if you have excelled in one or more of these areas. This is a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills which are an important aspect of a competitive application.
- Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted and is an achievement often regarded highly by business schools.