Canada is a very popular destination for both US and international students. It has long been ranked as one of the best places in the world to live and its public education system has an excellent reputation worldwide. Canada offers the chance to study in a liberal, open-minded culture at a much lower cost than university education in the USA.
10 Key Facts
- Canada has 125 public and private non profit universities and over 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
- It is well known for its cutting-edge technology and research labs, and their cooperative (called ‘co-op’) education experiences – alternating periods of academic study with periods of work
- Top 50 – McGill University, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia regularly rank in the world Top 50.
- Most courses run from early September until the end of April or early May – a two term system.
- Application – Although some provinces have a centralised, electronic application process, most international students will apply directly to the institutions of their choice. Each university can set its own entry requirements and deadlines so it is important to check these carefully with individual institutions.
- Admission – For many schools and programs, admission is based almost entirely on academic grades. Though some highly selective programs increasingly require additional application components
- Tuition Fees – International student tuition ranges from approximately CA$7,000 to CA$29,000 per year.
- Housing – Most colleges and universities offer housing near or on campus. Generally accommodation is guaranteed for first year international students who meet the required deadlines.
- Citizenship – Being a university student can put you on a fast-track to becoming a permanent resident, which can lead to citizenship.
- Natural wonders – It is a great country for those students who enjoy outdoor adventures and is home to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Find out more:
- Edu Canada – search here to find programmes and costs for international students
- Government of Canada – advice for studying in Canada as an international student, including: study permits, visas and work permits
- Bridge U: Canada – Bridge U’s very comprehensive guide to studying in Canada is packed with useful information.
- Open and Distance Universities in Canada
- Study in Canada Scholarships