Study in Canada
Universities in Canada offer world-class education with affordable tuition fees. Known for its kind nature, Canada is endlessly welcoming to international students. You will find high standards of research and teaching, as well as a great study experience in a beautiful and diverse country.
Why Study in Canada?
With high measurements in quality of life and education, Canada has been ranked by the UN as one of the best places to live in the world. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and successful government, making it a fantastic place to live and study in!
You will find 18 of Canada’s universities in the 2019 QS World University ranking top 500, the highest ranked being the University of Toronto, placed 28th. Three of these institutions are ranked within the top 50, including McGill University and the University of British Columbia. This shows that Canada would be providing you with a brilliant education as well as a cultural experience.
There are more than 350,000 international students choosing to study in Canada each year, adding to the diversity of the higher education institutions. You will be able to study degrees at the traditional three levels. These are bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. The duration of your course will depend on your institution of choice.
Cost of Studying & Living in Canada
Canada uses the Canadian Dollar (CAD/$) as its currency.
Whilst Canada is known for its affordable tuition fees, the price you pay will vary depending on where you choose to study. On average, an international student can expect to pay from $17,500 per year for an undergraduate degree. A postgraduate degree will cost, on average, around $16,500 per year, with prices ranging up to $50,000 per year for the most expensive courses.
There will be other costs that you need to consider when budgeting. These include administration fees ($150-$500), health insurance (around $600) and application fees (not always applicable, but around $250 if required).
It is required that you have at least $10,000 available for living costs in order for you to get a visa. However, it is recommended that you budget much more to make your living comfortable. Most universities suggest that you have at least $15,000 available when you study in Canada. As is the case in many countries, university accommodation is cheaper than private rented accommodation, so make sure you choose a living arrangement that suits your budget. It is always better to have more funds available than you think you might need, just in case!
If you wish to work part-time during your studies, this may be possible, but there will be limitations. International students can work both on campus and off campus without a work permit, as long as you have a study permit (which you need to study in Canada). You will be able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time. Part-time work should not be relied on to fund your studies.
Kevin Jones is the lead editor for Nova Scotia Today.. Kevin has written for many publications including CBC Vanity Fair and Bleacher Report. Kevin is based here Halifax and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Kevin also enjoys woodworking.