Study in Canada
Study in Canada would be a dream come true experience for anyone, literally, since Canada is ranked as the
BEST PLACE in the world to LIVE. Because of its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime
rates, Canada is a very attractive destination for students throughout the world.
Canada welcomes immigrants with open arms. Thus, those who complete their education can decide upon
staying back and complete the immigration process to enjoy the best life in the world! As a country of
immigrants, Canada places a high-demand on multicultural diversity.
Moreover, Canadian education costs are relatively cheaper than US and other countries – by at least 30%.
Coupled with its low cost of living, Canada is one of the best destinations for international students.
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages – English and French. Most of the French-speaking
inhabitants live in Quebec. However, almost all non-Quebec based universities offer education instruction in
Canadian Flyers International
Cape Breton University
College of New Caledonia
College of The Rockies
Concordia University – John Molson School Of Business
Concordia University of Edmonton
Devry Institute of Technology
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver
Fraser International College (SFU)
George Brown College
International College of Manitoba
Kings University College At The University Of Western Ontario
Memorial University of New Foundland
Mount Allison University
North Island College
NYIT – Vancouver
Red River College
Royal Roads University
Saint Mary's University
St. Francis Xavier College
St. Clair College
St. Lawrence College
Le Cordon Bleu
Thompson Rivers University
University of Alberta
University of the Fraser Valley
University of New Brunswick
University of Waterloo
University Of Windsor
University of Manitoba
University of Prince Edward Island
University Of Regina
University Of Saskatchewan
University of Victoria
Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Institute of Media Arts
Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management
The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: community
colleges / technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities
and university colleges. Canadian universities are largely public funded and as a result, are of a consistently
high quality, regardless of location or area of study. At the same time, they (the universities) retain a high
degree of academic autonomy.
Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant
differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to
Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.
Once students complete elementary school which is up to 8 th standard, they would take up High school education
comprising of classes 9 th to 12 th .
There are more than 175 post-secondary institutions that offer various programs such as Certificate, Diploma
and Bachelor's, including vocational and adult-education. These institutions are known as Community colleges,
Technical Institute, University College and ce`gep. All these colleges are members of the Association of
Canadian Community colleges.
Undergraduate programs are of 4 years duration, except in Ontario, where there is three-year Bachelor degrees
and three-year Master's degrees. In the other parts of Canada, post-graduate programs (Master's) are of two
A degree from a Canadian university is recognized world-wide and as a result, international students who
graduate from Canadian universities enjoy successful and prosperous careers.
Applying for a visa
You may obtain study permit forms in your country of origin at the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or
Canadian Education Centre. Applications and documentation must then be submitted to the nearest visa office.
Canadian Study Permit under Student Partnership
The New Canadian Study Permit pilot project for Selected Community Colleges / Universities is called the
Student Partnership Program (SPP) and its objective is to streamline the application process and give priority to
SPP applications, to improve the time it takes to properly process and assess applications (14 days) and to
dramatically improve the overall approval rates of Canadian Study Permit. This scheme only applies to those
who are submitting applications to either the Delhi or Chandigarh Canadian High Commission for Study
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 C$ 11,903.
International Students, 2001-2002 Tuition Fees, General Arts and Sciences Programs
Province Undergraduate Graduate
Newfoundland $7,260 $1,896 – $3,549
Prince Edward Island $7,510 $6,100
Nova Scotia $8,520 – $12,480 $4,329 – $15,000
New Brunswick $7,063 – $ 10,720 $5,610 – $8,465
Quebec $9,168 – $10,518 $8,268 – $20,000
Ontario $6,900 – $16,204 $5,432 – $29,000
Manitoba $4,940 – $6,900 $3,759 – $9,685
Saskatchewan $7,779 – $10,890 $5,313
Alberta $6,293 – $11,078 $5,298 – $19,200
British Columbia $4,462 – $15,870 $2,272 – $17,499
Source: Statistics Canada
Accommodation and living expenses
For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as
hostels, rented housing, homestay etc.
Cost of living for students in Canada would be between Can.$ 8,000-12,000, depending upon the location of
Financial Assistance for International Students
There are limited scholarships available in Canada. They rarely cover the full cost of a study program and they
are not always easy to find. Scholarships to international students are available at some Canadian institutions for
students with exceptional results. The amount awarded varies from one institution to another and usually covers
only part of a student's education and living expenses. The calendar of each university in Canada includes a
complete and detailed list of the scholarships it administers. This information is usually available on school web
sites as well. Obtaining a scholarship is very competitive and applications must be made directly to each
university along with the application for admission. Community and Career Colleges do not usually award
scholarships nor do school boards or most private schools.
There are various organisations within Canada that administer scholarship programs in various countries but
they are usually for graduate students and professors who are studying or researching a specific subject; Study in
Canada is a typical area for which scholarships are awarded. Students should also check within their home
country through public and private organisations for any financial assistance they may provide to
Full-time students registered in a degree or diploma-granting course are allowed to work on the campus of the
institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorisation. This includes on-
campus employment for graduate, teaching or research assistants.
Spouses of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted employment authorisation, depending on
medical requirements having been met.
Students whose intended employment forms an integral part of their course of study such as undergraduate co-
op programs, some programs offered by career colleges or language schools and some high school programs.
Canada is best known for quality of education and it has consistenly ranked by the UN as the best
country to live in. Having a large Asian students, canada offers international educational
experience. The highest occupational groups are Business, Computer professionals,physicians,
mathematicians, financial managers,software publishers,mechanical engineers, hospitality,
telecoms, health care and Fine arts.
Employment opportunities for international students are allowed to work on the campus on
publicly-funded, and istitutions, these jobs are often difficult to obtain and do not provide
sufficient fund to sustain education costs. International students can take up on campus jobs, they
are allowed to work 20 hrs per week during semester. On campus jobs may include teaching
assistantships, research assistantship where a student is paid an average of 8-12 CAD per hour
thus student earns approximately 800-1200 CAD per month or get waiver in their tuition fee. With
this, student can do internship in the related field which may be paid.
During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course,
student is allowed to work for 3 years popularly known as PSW(Post Study Work) for two years
course and 1 year Post Study Work for one year study. On completion of thier PSW; the student
can later apply for work permit visa or Permanent Residency.