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213 Studying in Canada
Steve gives advice for preparing to study in Canada.

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get into

What's the best way for a student to get into a Canadian university?

If you 'get into' a school you are accepted to be a student there. Notice the following:

  1. He got into a good university because he was an excellent student in high school.
  2. She hopes to get into the nursing program for next year.

level of English

It all depends on your nationality and your level of English.

Your 'level of English' is your ability to speak English. Notice the following:

  1. The classes you can take depend on your level of English.
  2. His level of English improved a lot in a very short time.

best bet

Your best bet would be to first go to Canada for 3-6 months.

The 'best bet' is the safest or most secure solution or option for something. Notice the following:

  1. It's your best bet to avoid the highway around 6pm.
  2. I still think this car would be your best bet.

student visa

You will have to apply for a student visa.

A 'student visa' is a permission from the government in a different country to go there and study. Notice the following:

  1. What do you have to do to get a student visa?
  2. He is going to Canada on a student visa next semester.

portion or non-native

The most difficult portion for non-native English speakers is the essay.

In this case 'portion' refers to a section or part of an exam.  'Non-native' English speakers are those people who don't speak English as their first or native language. Notice the following:

  1. Unless a person learns English when he is very young, every non-native speaker will have an accent.
  2. My favorite portion of the speech was the beginning.