Signing Up for Online Courses Canada: Are the Savings Worth It?

By: Trevor Mulholland

If a person living in the United States is looking for anything more affordable than what is locally available, he or she may look beyond its borders. And there's no better or easier way to do it than online. When it comes to things like products, services, and even education in the form of online courses, Canada is a popular destination for United States residents.

Understandably, many online courses Canada-based are geared specifically for the use of Canadian citizens. The Canadian government places a great importance in workforce training, as evidenced by its public service programs. In the middle of 2007 the Canadian government invested $425,000 in online courses specifically to help working immigrants better adapt to the local culture, as well as the culture of the workplace they happen to be in, even before they step onto Canadian soil.

However, that doesn't mean you can't get anyting from Canadian online courses if you aren't based in Canada. You may be a foreign student who is thinking of migrating to Canada, or a person who only seeks to learn from a website that offers lessons on fundamental knowledge and skills, like bookkeeping and basic business administration. These skills are often not regionally restrictive, meaning only Canadian citizens, or a resident of a specific part of Canada, may benefit from them. Some of them may be, but you can easily know which these are by reading the basic course outlines before signing up.

Some courses are even free; you need only provide your email address, and the lessons will be delivered to your inbox. Of course, these courses are simply email courses and do not offer certification; they only provide the basic knowledge that you may need to get a leg up in your chosen profession. However, if you wish to obtain an advanced or higher education, you must sign up for certificate courses, which do not come free. This is an investment you have the option to take online.

Some big universities in Canada offer diplomas through distance (online) education. If you are interested in acquiring a masters degree or a second bachelors degree from a Canadian university, look into the fees and requirements for applying for distance education with the Canadian university of your choice.

Bear in mind, of course, that some trade courses may offer lessons that do not apply in your state. If you take online courses Canada-based, India-based or in any other location, you run the risk of being exposed solely to region-sensitive information. You may discover that some aspects of a course would not apply to your local working environment, such as the laws governing performance and accountability - and if this is the case, you would do better to seek online education from a local academic or training establishment.

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