If you are considering humanities and liberal arts studies in Canada, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Humanities and liberal arts schools and programs in Canada can be competitive and rigorous; therefore, it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the classes that you will want to take are speech/communications, math, any social science courses and general sciences to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list. Languages, creative arts and computer and keyboarding skills are also beneficial for certain programs in this broad field, and you want to 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 that international students can do to prepare and increase their chances of being accepted to a Canadian humanities programs:

  • 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 the field of humanities and liberal arts.

  • Admissions committees are often interested in international students' personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs related to your area of interest. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.

  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs in social work or psychology, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees in Canada.