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With 理工 background, it may take around 2 years to get a Master's degree in Information Science, Electrical Engineering (computer and network related areas). Otherwise, it may take 3~5 years to start as a special student in the undergraduate program (you only need to make up a part of the regular course requirement since you have already received university education in China, courses like Physics, Chemistry etc. can be waived.) It may be 10~15 courses before you can get a bachelor degree (approximately 4 courses each term) and it may take 2 years to do that.
At this point, you may readily find a job in the IT area. If you decide to pursue further education, go for the graduate program and you will definitely be able to complete it in less than 2 years. Normally, the minimum requirement is approsimately 10 courses + 1 project with report for non-thesis options. For those select the thesis option, it about 5~6 courses + 1 thesis, which takes about 1 year.
It is also possible to attend a college (there are many of them in the Metro-Toronto region). In a college, they teach more practical stuff compared to the universities. The time frame is also approximately 3 years but it is relatively easy for people with little 理工 background or prefer easy life.
I wrote these according to the information from my friends in the recent years. Since I came here many years ago - the last time I went back to Hangzhou is in 95, I do not have many "new immigrant" friends. Therefore, I don't have the first-hand information of how they view this issue.
My home in Hangzhou is in 拱墅区 , a little bit far from the lake. You live in 湖滨 ? It's the best place in the world (at least in Hangzhou).
Talk to you later!
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