If you are planning to study in Canada, you can expect world-class education, top universities and diverse culture. Canada has a well-established position among the leading education destinations across the world. For international students, the famous Canadian provinces for higher education are Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario. These provinces are home to most of the top-ranked universities in Canada.
Canada is a developed nation, and applying for higher education in any of the top universities across Canada can be an attractive option. As far as QS World University Rankings concerned, more than 20 Canadian universities feature in the list of top 300 universities across the globe.
According to a recent survey, more than 450,000 international students are pursuing higher studies in Canada. There are various advantages of studying in Canada, and many students are making use of these advantages to realise their dream of studying abroad.
The education system of a country varies from country to country. In Canada, students are encouraged to pursue higher education at different levels basis their competencies and interest. Listed below are the types of Canadian higher education that you must be aware of:
Certificate level (One year) – It is a qualification that is awarded upon the successful completion of a program which is usually one year in length.
Diploma level (One or two years) – It is a qualification which is awarded on the basis of one or two years of successful study.
Advanced Diploma (Two or three-years) – A three years programme, some of which may lead to a Bachelor’s Degree.
Bachelor degrees (Four years of full-time study) – These are awarded by Universities/ University Colleges/ Community Colleges after four years of full-time study and further lead to graduate level studies.
Post-graduate Diplomas/Certificates (One or two years) – It leads to a Master’s degree. These programs have work terms which provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical term lasts 12 to 17 weeks. The prerequisites to participate in these programs are a Bachelor’s Degree of 3 or 4 years duration.
Master’s degrees (one to two years) – Graduates who have an interest in further learning and pursuing research and for those who want to broaden their career possibilities can go in for Master’s degree. It is for 2 years duration and can be pursued after a 4 years Bachelors or a 3 years Bachelors and a 1 year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada.
Doctorate or Ph.D (four to seven years) – It is a degree that ranks above the Master’s Degree and generally requires four to seven years to complete.
The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7100 (US$4765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution.
Tuition Fees In Canada
Fees are in Canadian dollars – for general arts and science programs.
Undergraduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx 9000 – 17000
Graduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx
12000 – 20000
Living Costs In Canada
Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7,100 (US$4,765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:.
Canadian winters are chilly, an adequate warm clothing budget is essential. Budget around $250 – $350 US approximate for proper winter wardrobe.
You will need approximately $12,000 US ($18,840 Cdn or 13,000 Euro) to cover your expenses for an academic year. This includes your tuition and living expenses but not your air-fare. Please remember that this figure is an average only. Actual expenses may vary depending on the region of the country you live in, the tuition fees at the university you attend and your field of specialization. Consult us to assist with your financial planning
Canada is an English speaking nation. Hence, it is important that a student aspiring to study in Canada be proficient in the language. A good way of demonstrating your proficiency is by giving the standard International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams.
Besides these, there are several other exams that a student might have to take. Depending on the school applied to or course of study, it may be recommended or even mandatory to appear for one or more of the following tests:
For Undergraduate Study:
For Postgraduate Study:
Students who study in Canada are entitled to a work permit equal to the duration of their study, with a maximum length of 3 years and minimum of 8 months. It’s important to factor this into your study plans, as if you are embarking on an advanced 5 year course, your work permit will cease at the end of the third year. Conversely if you wish to study in Canada for a short-form technical qualification that lasts 6 months, you will not qualify for any work permit at all. If you have any doubts, seek professional advice.
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