Why Study in Canada?
Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries. Canadian teenagers consistently rank among the best in the world on international tests of reading, science and math – a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is well-regarded in business, government and academic circles around the globe.
Best place in the world to live
Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada’s largest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.
Top Ten Reasons to Study in Canada
- Qualification Valued Around the World
- Multicultural Society
- World Class Language Education
- Exciting Campus Lifestyle
- Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities
- Land of Possibilities
- Possibility of Immigration
- High Standard of Living
- Welcoming Environment
- A Bilingual Nation
Education System in Canada
Are you looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime? Studying in Canada can be an exciting opportunity for you to experience life – and lessons! – beyond your front door. Learn from leading teachers in world-class modern facilities that inspire innovation, progress and forward thinking.
University Study in Canada
Canadian universities prepare graduates with the ability to think critically, to be adaptive to emerging technologies, to become leaders in professional fields and to seek solutions in research. 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 you can begin your bachelor studies and continue to earn the highest qualification, a PhD. University research makes its mark in Canada and around the world. Did you know that Canadian universities have been incubators for innovation such as the BlackBerry phone, flat-screen technology, SMART boards, and IMAX film?
Highly innovative research takes place in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals, and renewable fuels. More than one third of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities – one of the highest rates of academic research among OECD and G8 countries.
Three Levels of Degrees
- Bachelor’s: generally three or four years of undergraduate study
- Master’s: one or two years of study after the bachelor’s degree, including a thesis, practicum, or research paper or course-based
- Doctoral: three years of study including a thesis, usually after the master’s degree
Tuition Fees in Canada
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) runs a useful online tool which allows prospective international students to quickly calculate the costs of studying at different universities in Canada, as well as providing guidance on the documents needed to apply.
Student Living Costs Canada
Obviously, it is very hard to calculate how much money you will spend studying in Canada – there will be differences between individuals in everything from the amount of money spent on food to where you live to whether you decide to make frequent visits home. There are average prices for goods and entertainment that might give you an idea of what you will be spending on the basics.
On average, rents in Canada cost around $600 per month.
- In general, the cost of living in Canada is lower than in a number of other countries – including the US, the UK and the rest of Europe. Things such as food, petrol and social activities will all be cheaper than elsewhere. You will probably spend an average $200 per month on food.
- One way bus fare – $2
- Meal out (per person) – $10-$25
- International postage – $0.95
- Utilities (per month) – $20-$30
- Internet (per month) – $40
- Cinema trip – $11.50-$13
- Pair of jeans – $40-$80
- One thing that you may not have considered is your health insurance, which you will have to take out as a matter of priority either as soon as you arrive or before you set off. If you need medical treatment it will be hugely expensive if you don’t have insurance. Expect policies to cost between $300 and $500 per year.
Working while you Study in Canada
You and your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to work temporarily in Canada while you study. You may also be able to gain Canadian work experience after you graduate.
- Working on Campus
- Working off Campus
- Co-op and internship Programs
- Working after Graduation
- Work Permits for Spouses of Students
How to Apply
For more information about working during or after your studies in Canada, and how to apply, visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp.
University Intakes in Canada
International students are expected to start planning for their studies in Canada 1 year in advance. The major intake for Canada primarily is ‘Fall’ i.e September. The other intake is in the month of ‘Winter’ i.e. January, but it depends on the students program and the institution that he/she is applying to. Very few institutes might have the May intake as well.