how to choose a program

Towards the end of the last year of high school, it’s time to make important decisions about how to go through school, and at eINFO we know that it is not always easy.

Some people know exactly what they want to do later in life and how to get there. Others have no idea.

Don’t get too much of it, because it’s not really a problem. Even if your parents, friends, or teachers are pushing for you to make choices, you don’t have to make a final decision now.

New experiences, the search for a program and a career, and essays are all valuable elements that constitute a university education.

Before you go to university, the only subjects you have studied are those that are necessary to graduate from high school, but very few of the subjects you teach at university.

Most students, for example, have never taken courses in sociology, women’s studies, forestry, the outdoors, commerce, Aboriginal studies or social work.

How do you choose a program without getting a taste of these materials? So that you can try different subjects during the first two years of university, each program offers courses of choice.

Fear not, it is possible to change your curriculum. This choice is not cast in stone.

The average North American student will change programs three times during his studies and several times in his or her life.

Many parents, funding agencies, and even students would like to see a final decision made at the outset of school, but this is not the way to the most rewarding training and experience.

The goal of university education is to offer you new ways of thinking and thinking about the world, so why restrict that experience from the beginning?

Choose a Program

Some programs lead directly to a post-study career, such as professional programs such as engineering, social work, nursing or education.It is important to discuss your choices with your teachers, friends, family, and other students.

Assess your skills to see if they fit your interests, and find out what opportunities are available to you in different areas.

If you are undecided but want to study humanities (French, history, philosophy, etc.), sign up for the humanities to find out if you like it. As there are many first- and second-year classes to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to find out what you’re really interested in and change your choices along the way if necessary.

If you want to study science but don’t really know which one, the first-year courses will allow you to try different subjects and identify the one you prefer. 

If you are hesitating between the regular bachelor’s degree (three years) and the specialized bachelor’s degree (four years), choose the specialized bachelor’s degree.

You can always go back to the regular program, but not the other way around.


What is a major?

A major is a concentration of courses in subjects that will guide your academic and intellectual training.

The subjects of the major should interest and excite you.

Between one-third and three-quarters of your courses make up the major, depending on the field.

It is just one piece of the puzzle of your university education. It does not necessarily define your future career path.


Does my program determine my profession?

Sometimes. For example, if you choose to study nursing, engineering, social work or education, you will have direct access to a profession.

Sometimes that is not the case. For example, sociology studies lead to a wide range of careers that require undergraduate analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.

Look at the options and find out what you need to do to get to the positions you’re interested in. You will find that undergraduate training gives you access to skills that allow you to do a lot of things.

Hundreds of possibilities and combinations are available to you at university. It’s good to have a choice.

Do your research well, and if you need to change majors, ask an educational advisor to guide you to find out what options are available.

Need more help?

If you are having difficulties or have questions about the online application process, check out the FAQs and other useful information on OUAC’s 101 website from above, talk to your school guidance counselor or contact OUAC.

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