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GLOSSARY

Academic Year - A period of academic study which normally runs from September to May.

Admission - A process through which an applicant is approved for study at a particular institution. Admission must be granted before registration in specific courses is possible.

Bachelor's Degree - The first degree sought by a university student: for example, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc.)

Bilingual Program - A program in which courses are taught in a combination of French and English, Canada's two official languages.

Bursary - A financial award based mainly on need, although academic grades may also be considered.

Calendar (undergraduate) - A specific university's publication which lists programs, courses and academic rules and regulations.

College - (affiliated or federated) A division of a university.

Concurrent Program - Two programs being studied at the same time, and resulting in two credentials; for example, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education.

Consecutive Program - The student must successfully complete an undergraduate program before they may apply for admission to a consecutive program. For example, a Bachelor of Education following completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree.

Cooperative Education Program - A work/study arrangement in which a student may earn a credential and gain practical work experience as well. These are generally available only to Canadian citizens.

Diploma - a designation awarded by some universities upon completion of a non-degree program.

Faculty - An organizational unit of a university often subdivided into departments or programs; for example, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science. Also: members of the teaching staff of a university.

Financial Assistance - (financial aid) Loans or grants obtained from various groups or institutions, usually loaned or given to support a student through his or her studies.

General Degree - (also called ordinary or pass degree) The designation of a bachelor's degree normally granted after three years of full-time study.

Graduate Student - A student working towards a master's or doctorate degree.

Honours Degree - The designation of a bachelor's degree normally granted after four years of full-time university study.

Incidental Fees - Compulsory fees (ancillary, additional or supplementary fees) in addition to tuition, levied for items such as equipment, athletics, student associations, health plans.

International Student - Any applicant for admission to an Ontario post-secondary institution who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

Limited Enrolment (admission by selection) -This term applies to programs where there are more qualified applicants than available spaces.

Major - The subject or combination of subjects in which the student specializes within an academic program.

Master's Degree - Degree received usually after one or two years of study following a bachelor's degree.

OAC - An Ontario Academic Course is a senior year secondary school course required for university entrance for students enroled in Ontario secondary schools.

Offer of Admission - (Letter of Acceptance) A letter or document issued to an applicant by a university giving permission to attend that university. Offers of Admission are made to the applicants meeting the institution's criteria for admission after review of the candidate's application file.

Orientation Program - Program of activities designed to guide the new students through the university facilities and to help them understand the university system.

OSSD - The Ontario Secondary School Diploma; normally earned after completion of 30 credits and also meeting the Ministry of Education requirements for course distribution.

OUAC - The Ontario Universities' Application Centre. The Centre receives and records applications for admission and student responses to university offers of admission.

Prerequisite - A course or other qualification required before a student may take an advanced course in a certain area.

Program (or program of instruction) - A group of related courses leading to a university degree.

Registrar - A university official responsible for registration and enrolment records.

Registration - The official enrolment of students in a university for a particular semester, including the selection of courses and the payment of tuition fees and, where appropriate, other fees.

Residence - Living accommodations usually situated on the university campus and reserved for students of the university.

Scholarship - Financial assistance awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Secondary School (High School, OAC year, senior matriculation) - The highest level of study prior to the University or College level.

Semester (session, term) - Usually half of an academic year, or approximately 15 to 18 weeks.

Specialization - Related courses in one discipline or program.

Student Authorization (Visa) - Formal permission granted to an International student by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, a federal government department, to study in Canada. Normally granted only when the student presents evidence of admission to a specific university and program.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language. The MELAB and IELTS are two other language competency tests.

Transcript - Official record of a student's academic performance. Issued by the Registrar's Office of the institution attended.

Tuition Fees - The fees paid by students to the universities toward the cost of the courses taken.

Undergraduate Student - A student working towards a bachelor's degree.

University - an institution focusing on the highest level of academic study and whose mission encompasses both teaching and research.


 
 

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