Study in Canada

Higher Education in Canada

It is the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island that are constitutionally responsible for higher education operations.

Although each province differs slightly in the way they manage their higher education system, some similarities remain that can help students planning to study in Canada get an idea of what to expect from the country's education system.For example, all universities and colleges grant bachelor's master's and PhD degrees while vocational or technical colleges provide certificates or diplomas.Canadian higher education institutions also include community colleges that offer two year associate's degrees, colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, provincial institutes and private vocational colleges.If a student is interested in attending a particular college or university, he or she should visit the website of that particular province to learn more about its unique educational system.


Popular Universities in Canada

The University of Toronto consistently ranks high on the list of best North American universities.Offering students access to more academic courses than any other Canadian unversity as well as the chance to work in recognized research laboratories, UT is considered one of Canada's top-flight higher education institutions.

Other distinguished Canadian universities include the University of British Columbia, where over 50,000 students enjoy concert halls, museums and a variety of music and athletic programs; and the University of Alberta, a world-respected and research intensive university known for its in-depth curriculum and high standards of learning.


Tuition Fees

Average tuition for Canadian students seeking to earn an undergraduate degree in their country is about $5000 CAD per year ($5000 in U.S. dollars and 3700 in euros). Students choosing to earn graduate degrees in Canada should expect to pay about $1000 (740 euros) more annually than undergraduation tuition fees.

International students are required to pay higher fees than Canadian residents--nearly three times the amount, in fact. If you are an international student, expect to pay $14,000 (10,400 euros) per year for undergraduate programs and an even higher amount for graduate degrees. Nonresidents attending Saskatchewan and Quebec universities pay the highest in tuition fees, while international students attending Newfoundland and Manitoba universities will pay the lowest tuition fees.


Eligibility for Study Visas

To be eligible to obtain a Canadian study visa, students must prove they have been accepted by a college or university in Canada, show they can financially support themselves and pay tuition fees and present a clean record in regards to criminal history.Students may be asked to undergo a medical examination in some cases before a student visa is issued.


Why Study in Canada?

Although it is expensive for international students to attend higher education facilities in Canada, this country also has one of the best reputations regarding quality of education. In addition, Canada provides a peaceful, safe and diverse environment affording an excellent learning atmosphere for students wanting to experience one of the best educational systems in the world.

Undergraduate Studies in Canada

Dominating the northern half of the North American Continent, Canada is a massive country with vibrant urban centers and wide-open wilderness spaces. Stretching from the Arctic Ocean in the north to its lengthy border with the United States in the south, Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area. This federal parliamentary democracy recognizes both English and French as its official languages, reflecting its colonization by both England and France. It is ethnically diverse and multicultural, the result of a large number of indigenous peoples and large-scale immigration. It is one of the wealthiest, most developed countries in the world, with high rankings in many measures of human development, including education, quality of life and civil liberties. Education in Canada is administered by the individual provinces, creating great diversity in the types of institutions and programs available. Programs often reflect regional history and interests. Students may study at vocational or technical schools, public or private colleges or universities, theological colleges or post-secondary institutions, which specialize in training for a specific career. Many universities emphasize research as a key component in education, and many programs include the opportunity to participate in meaningful research. Only colleges and universities offer accredited degrees. Students who study undergraduate studies in Canada might pursue various bachelors’ degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering. Depending on the program requirements, it may take three to four years of full-time study to earn a bachelor's degree in Canada. The cost of the degree will vary depending on the institution and program chosen. The cost of living can also vary greatly. Most universities and colleges in Canada split the academic year into two semesters, beginning in September and completing the year at the end of April or early in May. The semester break usually lasts several weeks and coincides with the Christmas and New Year holidays. A limited selection of classes may be offered between May and August for students who wish to continue their studies over the summer. Several universities run on a trimester system, with a full course list offered each term. Canada offers more than 10,000 degree programs at over 100 universities around the country. These programs are recognized internationally and can give students the opportunity to learn from professionals in their field and to study alongside a diverse local and international student body. They may have the opportunity to complete resume-building internships or work while they study. As a nation Canada is welcoming to outsiders and boasts some of the safest urban areas in the world.

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