Captain Spanky From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 955 times:
I now know what I must do in order to fulfill my dreams in life. I need help picking the right flight school that also offers college degrees. How do I get to move to the states from canada to study? Anyone that can help? thanks
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 943 times:
Hey! I went to Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. They have a wonderful flight school along with every other major you can think of...from nursing, to business, to criminal studies, to english. It's in Downtown St. Louis and is pretty safe. I was in the major, "Aviation Science/Professional Pilot" and was up flying for the first time the second day of school. St. Louis University has their very own airport in Illinois which is 5 minutes form the main campus. It too is very safe, and SLU has their own fleet of planes. I then changed majors from Professional Pilot to Aviantion Management. And for aviation, they have majors including, the 2 I mentioned, Powerplant, Aviation Electrics, Orientation, Aerospace engineering...and on and on. Some will say that Embry Riddle is good, or whatever. I say that Embry Riddle is too focused and aviation oriented. At St. Louis, you get both a flight school AND a university all in one, and with the same intensity as Embry Riddle. And the best part, is that all your flight fees...ALL....are included in tuition... there aren't any "on top" fees. Also, SLU has a shuttle that takes you from the main campus, to the airport. I am from California, so I didnt have a car, and had no problem getting back and forth. Also, the Univeristy has a shuttle from the campus to the International airport which is free.
I see you are from Canada. SLU has international admission and has dorms you can stay in. I dont think age matters, but if it does, you can either get on campus apartment, or I know that there are several apartments in St. Louis.
Part of the SLU aviation program is that they are right near the STL International airport which is perfect for internships. And the International Airport knows about SLU and looks to them and their students FIRST for intern seekers.
Their website is www.slu.edu.
I highly suggest it for your situation!
Hope this helps!!!
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
But if you live in Toronto, why would you want to move down to states? Loonie is doing very poorly against US dollar and if you've checked the exchange rate recently, it's discouraging to visit US- never mind move down there. Since I'm assuming that your parents will foot the bill, US is not the most economical choice.
Have you looked into University of Western? I'm sure you're familiar with the school- it's situated in between Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. UofW has 2 programs that may suit your tastes. Both are called Adminstrative and Commerical Studies (Commercial Aviation Management). It's further broken down into 2- flight training and non-flight. If you choose to take non-flight, you'll be stuck doing academic work and prepare yourself for possible future in an office in some airline. Of course, if you want to go for flight training, you have to have the necessary physical attributes. Last year, they accepted 50 students and you'll need ENG, Calculus and A&G or Finite. OAC physics is strongly recommended, but you can take the course in UofW if you don't have it coming out of high school. Apparently the program is affiliated with AirOntario for its so that may be the edge you need to get your career set for Air Canada. Last September the cost of tuition was $3,900 and flight training was $32,000 to be paid in equal installments for each year of the program. Be advised that this is subject to change for 2001-2002. After flight training is complete you would have 240 flight hours and those completing the flight training option in years 2, 3 and 4 will earn the following: Private Pilot's Licence, Commercial Pilot's Licence, Multi-Engine Rating, Group 1 Instrument Rating and Class 4 Instructor's Rating.
The only downside to UofW's program is that its only in its second year since its creation, so there's no track record of its graduates to measure the program's success.
BTW, should you decide to go for the non-flight program, you'll be taking business courses. Western is known for its fine business program and I'm sure its a fine program as well. But I think it's beneficial to get BComm or BusinessAdmin rather than this non-flight commercial aviation degree because you'll open yourself to a lot broader perspective. But if you're sure aviation is in your blood for you life, this course doesn't sound too shabby.
All in all, good luck with your decision. Visit UofW site for more info. Remember that becoming a pilot is an expensive proposition and take that into account when you make your decision. It would suck having to give up your dreams during your training only to realize that you cannot support yourself no longer.