Toronto is one of the most populated cities in Canada and consistently receiving high scores for study abroad desirability from international students. While studying in Toronto you will be sure to enjoy the attractive lifestyle in the city, rich cultural diversity, the clean city streets, and the safe environment. Toronto is a leading Canadian city in economic growth and new job creation, welcoming immigrants and embracing talents from all around the world. Make your study experience unforgettable in Toronto and enjoy the multicultural environment in this vibrant metropolis! Located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is situated in the English side of Canada and is the capital of the province of Ontario. Toronto host almost 140,000 students annually of which more than 20,000 are foreign students.
Considered by many the financial capital of Canada, Toronto has a high concentration of banks and brokerage firms and is home to the headquarters of major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Toronto’s economy is highly diversified, with strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, business services, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism.
For students here, Toronto has endless opportunities, like internships, placements, volunteer positions and part-time jobs. Large companies and employers in Toronto include: Accenture, Deloitte, General Motors, Aecon Group, Marriott, McDonald’s, KPMG, Kruger, Unilever, IBM, Volkswagen, Xerox, etc.
Toronto is a booming centre for art, fashion, music, theatre, culinary variety and beautiful natural scenery. The city’s varied cultural institutions and events include numerous museums, international festivals, live performing, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities.
Some defining landmarks in Toronto include: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Textile Museum of Canada, the Toronto Sculpture Garden, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and Allan Gardens, among many others.
City shopping areas include the Yorkville neighbourhood, Queen West, the Eaton Centre, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.
Tourists who enjoy exploring and outdoors activities will appreciate Toronto’s vast network of rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest. You can also visit the Toronto Islands and Niagara Falls, go snowboarding or skiing on one of the ski resorts within and around the city, or enjoy a hockey game.
Toronto has an outstanding nightlife brimming with character, and many bars, pubs and clubs to suit all tastes (check out: Lees’ Palace, the Horsehoe, House on Parliament, the Hoxton, Wildflower, etc.). You’ll also find a thriving LGBT scene in Toronto and a supportive environment for the community.
Toronto has been classified as one of the most diverse cities in the world, as almost half of Toronto’s population is foreign-born. A truly multi-cultured metropolis, Toronto is home of well over 80 different ethnic communities and recognises two official languages, English and French, although English is more widely spoken.
The most common ethnic origins in Toronto comprise English, Chinese, Canadian, Irish, Scottish, East Indian, Italian, Filipino, German, French, Polish, Portuguese, etc.
Toronto’s ethnic diversity is reflected in neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Corso Italia, Greektown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles.
Toronto experiences warm and humid summers and cold winters. The average temperature between June-August reaches 25°C (77 °F), while the average maximum temperature in January being -1 °C (30 °F). Winter weather can last up to six months here (November to April), so you can expect to still wear a winter coat in April.
The School of Continuing Studies offers career-relevant certificates, degree-preparation courses, English as a Second Language and English for Academic Purposes, and facilitates degree completion pathways, which prepare students for the next stage in their academic and/or professional careers.