Are you being scammed by an agent?

When it seems too good to be true…It probably is.

Be careful when your agent tells you something that is just what you want to hear.

There can be many examples of this.

In this article from Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, international students are cautioned about being deceived about Canada’s rules, laws and offerings.

How can you protect yourself?

Our first advice is “do your homework”. Don’t just assume what you are being told is the truth. Do a lot of checking and reading. In our recruitment practices we offer students and their parents the opportunity to speak with students already in Canada or their parents to get a direct idea of the reality.

Our second advice is to rely on government websites for accurate information. For example, any website of the federal government of Canada ends in “....gc.ca”. All the Canadian provinces which oversee universities and colleges also have their own websites with accurate information.

Finally, note that the article below indicates that some private colleges do not offer quality education. We agree with this statement. Almost all universities are “public” and in Canada they get money from the province in which they are located. There are also many public colleges and polytechnics which also get money from the province. So our third advice is to check if the institution is private and if it is do extra checking about its quality. Some are excellent, but some are of quite poor quality. If your agent says the college is public, ask for the government website where this is confirmed.