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Should i take 8 courses in grade 12?
I currently have taken 7 courses  for next year, i wonder if i take one more course like some bird course would it enhance the chance i get into university cuz i m in danger area now....
plz someone give me some advices.(i konw they look at the best six courses but my friend told me if i take 8 courses ,i would drop my average. i am so confused plz some one tell me the truth...
Scholarship for International Student
Hi Everyone, 

I have been admitted to NSCC for Fall 2018 for Diploma in Health information management. I am an international student. Can you please help me with list of scholarships I can apply. 

Thanks in advance, 
IB Student -- How does it work for uni?
So I'm an IB student in Ontario.

How would it work to apply to Ontario universities? Would they look at my IB diploma or my Ontario transcript?

What about if I applied outside of Ontario? Quebec/BC?

Just wondering if it'd be possible for them to look at my Ontario transcript rather than my IB diploma.

Thanks
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Dalhousie University - Commerce Program
Hi, I'm an international student and interested in applying to Dalhousie's Commerce program. According to the website, it says the school has mandatory coop but not much info can be found. I wonder the program is worth applying or should I apply to more well-known universities?
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Do you think co-op or going on an international exchange is beneficial?
Practical and experiential learning is very important to me as a student. 

Despite being a first-year, I started looking into co-op and international exchange opportunities.

If you're a post-secondary student or have graduated, I'd like to hear what you think.

Have you done co-op or gone on an international exchange? If so, what was it like? Was it beneficial?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
How to take the SAT/ACT?
I want to do ACT/SAT but I don't know how I live in Canada, ON and I don't know if I'm supposed to tell my school or I have to sign up somewhere. I hope to apply to MIT and Caltech, for physics and neuro science. I have the highest marks across my school board, in addition to winning multiple science fairs across my city and Canada. I think I have a chance but I don't know the procedure. Thank you
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Urgent Scholarship needed, any advise?
Hey guys

I graduated from a University in Texas December 2016 and thinking to go to programming field in Niagara College (seems like everything is pointing to coding nowadays). Its tuition is way too much for. I was wandering if anyone can help in finding a scholarship.
Graduated with BA Management, Dec 2016
From Turkmenistan
Have an offer from Niagara College for Fall 2017

Kudos!
Will I get accepted??
Hi everyone!
I'm currently a grade 11 student looking to apply to UBC, McGill, UT, and maybe Oxbridge depending on how much I can boost my marks. Currently, marks are as follows:
Chem 11: 92%
Chem 12: 80%
Pre-Calc 12h: 70%
Biology: 88%
Physics 11/12: 80%
Spanish 11: 100%

I'm planning on retaking math during summer school for a better mark and I'm also taking the SAT for chem, bio, and math later this year.  I haven't taken English yet but usually I get around the 90% range. What are my chances of getting accepted to these schools? Is there anything I can do to improve my mark?? Thanks!
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Getting Accepted into UK Schools
Originally in my grade 10 year I was planning to apply to universities in the UK for biomedical science, Oxbridge in particular since my average wasn't so bad (94-96 ish). However, I joined an advanced math/science program for grade 11 and my marks have just tanked. I'm currently sitting at around 70-80% for chem 12, physics 12, and pre calc 12. Bio 12 is at 86%. Next year I'm going to be taking university-level chemistry, as well as ap calculus ab and ap physics. In summer school I'm retaking pre calc 12 in hopes of a better mark. Lastly, I'm going to take the SAT for bio, chem, and math later in the year to help boost my application, but what is the likelihood I would get accepted? Is there anything else I can do to help my application? Any words of advice?
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Best Guelph Residence?
I need to apply for residence soon since I already got my offer. Could anyone tell me which is the most social residence? Which is the most convenient? Which is the best at Guelph?

In addition, since I'm a commerce student which residence is the commerce cluster in? 

Any suggestions, opinions, and res life review of Guelph would be great! Plus tips for freshman and international students.
Laurier Examinations
First year student here. 

I'm confused as to how the examinations at Laurier work. 

If I take a course in the fall, do I write the final exam in the fall or winter semester?  

I would really appreciate it if someone could explain how the examination and grading system works. thanks! 
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Admission Stats for CS UWaterloo for international Students
Hi I am from Pakistan and i have applied for CS program at UWaterloo. I have no idea what grades in O levels and A levels are required to be considered a good applicant for Computer Science so kindly someone guide me on this. I have 7A* 1A 1B in O Levels with B in Urdu Language and A in English. My subjects were pure Sciences ie Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. In my A Levels I have expected 5A*s in Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Economics. My Extra Curricular include peer teaching, head of a club at my school, working at a civil Engineering firm and volunteering at an NGO that works towards providing free education to poor kids. I gave Euclid this April and I am expecting at least an 85. I just want to know what grades in O levels, A Levels expected and Euclid are considered competitive and does being an international puts you in any advantage as they pay more?
U.k. Universities?
I'm looking to study Pharmacology in the U.K. once i graduate. I'm currently in my grade 11 year (studying in Canada), and I am indeed a U.K. citizen. From what I've heard, some universities consider me an international applicant, whilst others do not.

 I'm sort of worried about my chances of getting in. I'm taking bio, chem, and physics at the moment and my physics mark is just b a d (66%). Everything else is in the high 80's/90's. I'd like to see what others on here think, as I've talked to my guidance counsellors and just about all my friends and family already.
Thank you in advance :)
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[Study Abroad Scholarships] What is the Ontario Universities International Program?

The Ontario Universities International Program is a government-sponsored program which offers Ontario students at different institutions across the province a chance to pursue short- and long-term student exchanges abroad.


There are four programs:

ORA: Ontario/Rhône-Alpes (France) - http://ora.ouinternational.ca/

OBW: Ontario/Baden-Württemberg (Germany) - http://obw.ouinternational.ca/

OIN: Ontario/India - http://oin.ouinternational.ca/

OJS: Ontario/Jiangsu (China) - http://ojs.ouinternational.ca/


Each of these programs has sub-programs of lengths from 1 month to 8 months. For example, within the ORA program, you can choose from the following offerings:

-Student Exchange Program

-Summer Research Program

-Summer Language Program

-Summer Engineering, Physics and Language School


Each of these programs have scholarships of varying amounts. Different Ontario universities have different partnership agreements. For example, Brock University students can only participate in ORA.


I participated in the ORA Summer Language Program, wherein I had the opportunity to study French in Grenoble. We had half-day classes from Monday to Friday over 4 weeks. There were several levels available, from beginner to advanced. A placement test (verbal and written) is conducted at the start of the program. Grenoble is located in a valley, surrounded 360-degrees by the French Alps. During and after the program, I travelled all over France as well as to Switzerland and Italy. Upon returning home, I received a scholarship of $1,000.


You can check out my alumni report here for more information:

http://ora.ouinternational.ca/sites/default/files/Neal.pdf


Interested in this program and have questions? If you had a choice, which of the above programs would you chose? Do you think there are advantages to studying a language abroad as opposed to Canada? Post below!


-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

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McGill Application for International student
Hello. I am an international applicant for Arts and Science programme (to be precise, Cognitive Science) in McGill University. It is actually not that clear from the website if I should upload my high school transcript for the last year only or for three years (just suggesting 3 years, as it is so in The University of British Columbia). 
Is there possibility that university will not reject my application in case I provide the transcript for the last year only (so-called first term grades, though it is actually my final grades as I have completed my external high school studies)?
URGENT oh my god
Guys,
I was waiting for my high school transcript and then somehow they sent it to me like literally 5 days ago. Although i submitted right after i received, I realized that my u of t application says i have to submit all documents by Feb 1st. would this lower my chances of getting into Toronto or just that i have to wait longer to receive my offer? Also, on the check my status website "Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering - Online Student Profile" section is there a "not yet reviewed besides it? cuz mine doesn't have one and idk if that means i didnt submit my profile or not. 
Decision opinions?
Hello, I have 3 acceptances so far. Got accepted into 
1) University of Alberta general engineering year 
2) Queen's university general engineering year 
3) University of Ottawa chemical engineering 

I want opinions on which to choose. My decision would be based on the academic reputation, ease of getting into co-op, and social scene.
High School Students, are you Considering Summer School?
Calling all High School Students!

 It's that time of year again when you're choosing your courses and deciding whether or not summer should be used to have fun or to study (or find a summer job, refer to link below)

https://yconic.com/discussion/considering-a-summer-job-where-when-and-how-to-look/FZF245hfke9ckIxz9dRUBr5oudg8DmZ9

Summer school is a popular of many people and haven taken summer school, I've come up with a list of pros and cons that you should be aware of before signing yourself up. 

Pros
-Allows you to fast-track courses and get ahead of your grade.
-If you're going into grade 12, this will allow you to take spares to lighten up your workload at the same time having 6+ courses for your admission average. 
-Give you the chance of getting an easier teacher for harder, more subjective classes like English. 
-Use 1 month to get over courses you don't like (e.g. more difficult courses) as oppose to grinding for a semester/entire year. 

Cons
-Risk the chance of getting a difficult teacher. 
-Little breathing room in terms of lates/absences. After a certain threshold, you will be kicked out of summer school. 
-Less coverage of topics as summer school spends less time compared to day school. If you are taking core subjects like biology, chemistry, etc, be ready to self-study to make sure you don't fall behind your day-school counterparts
-The commute may far from your house because not every school hosts summer school programs. 
-University of Waterloo has a policy regarding large discrepancy between day school marks and summer school marks, penalization may occur. (Link below)
https://profbillanderson.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/boosting-grades-at-summer-school
-Generally very stressful. 

Anyways, that was my experience with summer school. What did you think? Do you have anything to add?

Benson Law
-Yconic Student Ambassador
*urgent* Chances of getting getting into Waterloo or u of t
Hey guys, 
I'm a Taiwanese diplomatic student and wondering Wut are my chances getting accepted by Waterloo's nanotechnology engineering or u of t's material engineering  ?
My marks in grade 12(first term): 
Pre cal 12:  95
Calc:90
Physics:94
Chem :89:( 
English:83 (unis don't look at my English mark cuz I took the English proficiency test 'ielts:7')
Overall : 92%( not including English ) 
marks in term two so far:
Pre calc: 97
Calc: 95
Physics:93
Chem 90
English : idk yet 
Overall:  93.75 
Ecs: well I actually don't have much  cuz I came here a year ago 

Guys plz help me idk Wut to do anymore::( my friends are starting to get offers from their dream school and then there's me ☹️ Plz don't send me the statistics on the percentage of getting into Waterloo. I saw it already, but I Don't think it's really accurate
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SHAD Valley
Does anybody know when SHAD acceptances are for the 2017 program? I remember when submitting the application, it said they would keep us updated on our application process. I haven't really heard from them other than an e-mail wishing a happy new year..does this mean I've been rejected??
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First year Comp Sci student, looking for a transfer to another uni. Need help!
Hi, I'm a Comp Sci student at Queen's in my first year. I'm applying to other unis for a upper year transfer for the same program.

I received a D grade in the Discrete Math for Computing course. How much of an effect will this have on my chances to get a transfer to another uni for Comp Sci? Will I just not get credits at another uni or will this severely affect my chances altogether?

Its a half year course and its also available in the winter term so would it be a good idea to take it again so that the unis can see in my transcript that I'm retaking it in the hopes of improving my grade. If I do take it in the winter term again, I'll probably have to drop an elective (Geology) for this term so that I have five courses again but I'll then be graduating with 27 units instead of the recommended 30.

Would love to hear suggestions, thanks!
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Engineering
Hello,

I applied to the engineering in Western university. I am an international student studying in a US curriculum. I have a 96% average, and 1330 in SAT. What are my chances of getting in? How many engineering applicants do they accept per year?