With its range of landscapes, glacial peaks, ice fields, green vegetation and massive mountains, Canada can be every students’ dream destination for world-class education. There is a long list of Canadian scenic wonders for students to explore while studying in the country. Most visited tourist spots at a quick glance are the Niagara Falls, the 135 km long Okanagan Lake with its Ogopogo lake monster, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, to name a few.
The higher education system in Canada is not very different from the American education system, with a little influence from Britain.
There are mainly three types of institutions:
Public Universities: Public universities in Canada are run by the provincial, territorial or federal government funding besides receiving the tuition fees from students.
Private Universities: Private universities in Canada are mostly funded by donations and research grants. These universities do not receive funding from government bodies.
Liberal Arts Colleges: Liberal arts colleges in Canada are pretty similar to that in the USA. These are either public or private colleges, with a primary emphasis on undergraduate courses in liberal arts.
From natural peaks to skyscrapers, Canada has it all! Montreal and Toronto are two large cities that offer just about everything that students could possibly ask for.
Toronto, an ethnically diverse city is also a major centre of higher learning and research with many well-known institutions such as the University of Toronto.
The City of Saints, Montréal, is one that defies all expectations with its lush mix of North American & European swagger and cutting-edge culture. The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, given its low crime rate. There are also walksafe programmes, where volunteers assist people in getting to public transportation or their homes during late hours at night.
There are three academic intakes at the institutions in Canada: fall, winter and summer. Fall lasts from September to December, winter lasts from January to April and summer lasts from May to August. Though fall is the primary intake season in most colleges, some colleges do offer a winter intake.
International students are advised to apply at the earliest, as scholarships and admissions get more and more competitive, closer to the deadline. A typical application deadline would be 6 to 9 months before your session starts, and it can vary depending on the respective departments and the subject of your choice. Though deadlines are not flexible (except for diploma programmes), some institutions might accept students later, given the availablility of seats.
Students can choose from a number of study programmes –
Certificate or diploma (One or two years)
Advanced diploma (Two or three years)
Undergraduate (three or four years)
Postgraduate (two years)
Ph.D (four or five years with dissertation)
Some popular courses at the UG level are engineering and administrative studies while management, finance, MBA/MIM, MS and LLB degrees are sought-after at the PG level.
The price tag for higher studies in Canada is roughly half when compared with other leading study destinations. Tuition fee varies from institution to institution. On an average, students may have to shell out about CAD 10,000–40,000 per year, depending upon their choice of course and living options.
Annual living expenses depend on the living location one prefers and the suitable type of accommodation, i.e., private, homestay or on-campus accommodation. On an average, students pay CAD 6,000–8,000 per year for their accommodation and other overhead expenses like transport costs also need to be factored in. Another unavoidable expense is a health insurance that costs CAD 600 (approx.) per year.
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International students can work part-time for 20 hours per week on-campus (generally the first six months), and off-campus later. Some universities with more intensive courses allow their students to work only for nearly 12 hours, since working for more hours can affect their academic performance. International students can apply for work permit post their studies, which gives them the opportunity to work in the country for a period of three-years.
Both government and non-government scholarships are available for international students in Canada. These include –
Canada graduate scholarships
NSERC postgraduate scholarships
Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation scholarship
Trudeau scholarships and fellowships
In addition to this, there are some institution-specific scholarships for international students, such as scholarships of The University of Guelph, Queens University and Centennial College.
You will have several options to choose from: big or small universities and small-town or city universities.
Students can enjoy an active and varied lifestyle in this beautiful country, along with great health-care benefits, and the thing that Canada is most known for – politeness of the locals.
Students will have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded people and gain valuable international student experience through student clubs and organisations.