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Quick Facts

  • There are more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes at 100 public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree-level colleges.

  • Vast choice of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as professional designations, certificate and diploma courses, and short career-focused programmes.

  • Academic programmes are offered in English or French, with some institutions offering instruction in both languages

  • Trimester system with admission in September, January and May.

  • Cutting edge technology and research labs.

  • Opportunities for cooperative education and internships, and international students can often work while they study.

  • Tuition fees range from CAD 7,000 to CAD 29,000 per year, depending on the programme.

  • Canada’s universities are among the world’s best. In 2015, four Canadian universities were ranked in the top 100 of the ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) and 20 in the top 500; three were ranked in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings and 20 in the top 500; and four were ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Study in Canada



Why study in Canada?

So you want to study in Canada, but you need just a few more facts before committing to the full experience? Here are a few of the many reasons why others have chosen Canada for their study abroad experience.

  • Qualifications valued around the world. Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you will be gaining a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term.

  • Affordable education. The cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the USA and the UK.

  • Multicultural society. With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s easy to experience a wide range of foods and cultural activities.

  • Safe communities. The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live.

  • Possibility of immigration. Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada?


             


Education system

Canadian universities prepare graduates to think critically, to be adaptive to emerging technologies, and to become professional leaders and creative researchers. Whether you want to become a teacher, economist, artist or the world’s leading nanotechnologist, Canada’s university system will provide you with the choice that fits your interest, from small liberal arts teaching schools to larger, research-intensive universities, from first degrees to PhDs.



More than one-third of Canada’s research is conducted in its universities – one of the highest rates of academic research among OECD and G8 countries. This research has made its mark around the world; Canadian universities have been incubators for innovations such as the BlackBerry phone, flat-screen technology, SMART boards and IMAX film, and highly innovative research continues to be conducted in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals and renewable fuels.






Three levels of degree

  • Bachelor - generally three or four years of study

  • Master - one or two years of study, undertaken after the bachelor’s degree. May involve a practicum and require the production of a thesis or research paper

  • Doctoral - three years of study, usually undertaken after the master’s degree, culminating in the production of a thesis

About Canada

Canadian universities prepare graduates to think critically, to be adaptive to emerging technologies, and to become professional leaders and creative researchers. Whether you want to become a teacher, economist, artist or the world’s leading nanotechnologist, Canada’s university system will provide you with the choice that fits your interest, from small liberal arts teaching schools to larger, research-intensive universities, from first degrees to PhDs.  More than one-third of Canada’s research is conducted in its universities – one of the highest rates of academic research among OECD and G8 countries. This research has made its mark around the world; Canadian universities have been incubators for innovations such as the BlackBerry phone, flat-screen technology, SMART boards and IMAX film, and highly innovative research continues to be conducted in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals and renewable fuels.


 

Living cost

A rough estimate is given below of the cost of living over one year for an international student living and studying in Canada. As you can see, accommodation costs are the main determinant of the overall cost of living in Canada.


Accommodation

$7,300 – $14,000

Food

Min. of $3,600

Clothing

$1,200 – $2,000

Local transportation

$1,272 ($106 per month)

Miscellaneous

$1,200 – $2,400

Books, supplies and instruments

$1,000

University health insurance plan

$684 (as of Sept. 2013)

TOTAL

$16,656 – $26,856


Visa


The specific requirements for the student visa vary depending on the selected level of study, the applicant’s educational background and their country of citizenship.   Applicants are generally required to have:     

  • Proof of acceptance by and enrolment with an accredited academic institution in Canada;     

  • A valid passport/travel document and proof of financial support;     

  • Ties to their home country and evidence of their intention to leave Canada at the end of their studies;     

  • No criminal record or serious medical condition (they must be willing to undergo medical testing if required).  


You must apply for a study permit at the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country. The application form (which can be downloaded online) must be accompanied by:     

  • Your letter of acceptance;     

  • Proof of your identity;     

  • Proof that you have sufficient funds for your stay in Canada.