If you are considering studying natural or applied sciences in Canada, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. These science programs can be competitive and are rigorous. Thus, it is important to plan your high school courses accordingly: load up on math and natural sciences classes 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 that international students can do to prepare and increase their chances for being accepted into a natural and applied sciences program in Canada;
- Consider how you can develop leadership skills while you are still in high school. Admissions committees value international applicants who can demonstrate leadership potential. You can acquire leadership in school clubs, volunteer programs, and through an internship or summer job in your home country.
- 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 natural and applied sciences field.
- Admissions committees are often interested in an international student's extracurricular activities. Consider joining school clubs, athletics, musical activities, and arts and drama, especially if you have excelled in one or more of these areas.
- Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted and is an achievement often regarded highly by schools in Canada.