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Study In Canada - International Students

Study in Canada, and find the best universities in Canada.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Canada.

Ever considered studying in a country famed for its epic scenery, exceptional quality of life – and world class universities?

Sitting on the northern part of the North American continent it is a country known for its stunning natural beauty and liberal, multicultural society. It has two languages English and French which are used equally in official and government documents.

It is also one of the world’s least populated countries. As the world’s second largest country is has a smaller population than US state, California.

Canada is an extremely popular choice for international students – almost 100,000 choose to study in the country each year, making it a lively and diverse place to attend university.

Bachelor Degree In Canada

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Canada with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Canada

In Canada higher education is administrated by individual provinces and territories, which are responsible for their own universities through membership to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

There are currently 97 universities that are members of the AUCC.

If you choose to study a degree in Canada your education will be in good hands. Eight Canadian universities rank in the top 200 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

These top ranking universities are:

• University of Toronto
• University of British Columbia
• McGill University
• University of Montreal
• University of Alberta
• McMaster University
• University of Waterloo
• University of Calgary

Tuition Fees in Canada

Explore tuition fees in Canada for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate degrees in Canada (as in the USA) generally last four years, and there are various options:

• Bachelor of Arts (BA)
• Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc)
• Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
• Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
• Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)


In all the majority of cases you will choose the subject you want to study, known as your ‘major’. You may be able to take a ‘minor’, which is a related subject that you will study alongside your major for less time.

Canada also has two-year colleges that provide diplomas or associate degrees rather than the full four-year advanced degree offered at Canadian universities.

The admissions process to study a degree in Canada is lengthy, so you should start your application up to a year in advance.

There is no central admissions service so you should apply directly to the university itself.

For some university programs you will be required to supply an essay, statement of intent or personal statement of experience. You might also require other reference documents and evidence of achievements.

Immigration & Visa in Canada

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Canada, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

Most international students will need a study permit to study a degree in Canada and others may need to apply for temporary residence.

Students can apply online or on paper. More information (and the online application) can be found on the website of the Canadian government, linked below.

Students from a specified 29 countries and one territory need to appear in person to have their fingerprints taken when applying for their temporary residence visa or study permit.

The full list can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Along with the application, prospective students will need to supply proof of acceptance, proof of identity, proof of financial support, and a letter of explanation.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Canada

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Canada.

The cost of accommodation in Canada varies depending on where you choose to study your degree course.

There are three main types of accommodation:

• Homestay – a stay with a Canadian family
• University accommodation – such as halls of residence, dormitories
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals

The cost of student accommodation varies from province to province and city to city, but costs in Canada are considered reasonable. In homestays you can expect to pay an initial placement fee of up to 200 CDN (£100) and then pay between 400 (£210) and 800 CDN (£420) a month.

The average cost of residence/dormitory rooms in Canada is between 3,000 (£1560) and 7,500 CDN (£3900) per academic year – this is the cheapest and most popular option for international students. Dorms will have shared bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities, and will usually be separated by gender.

The cost of living in Canada is considered cheaper than places such as the UK and many other western countries.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Canada. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Canada?

Canada is an extremely liberal and safe country with low crime rates, and has been judged one of the world’s best places to live.

Despite this, students should always take precautions to make sure they stay safe. They should take care to:

• Avoid walking alone at night
• Always carry a charged phone
• Avoid potentially quiet/ dark shortcuts
• Avoid carrying a lot of cash
• Let friends know where they are going
• Always keep a close eye on personal belongings whilst out
• Never accept things from strangers – whether this is a lift home or a drink

Most Canadian universities have support and safety networks set up especially for international students, where they can go for advice.

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Canada

Apply to Study in Canada and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Canada.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Provinces in Canada



Alberta's multicultural population is welcoming, meaning that choosing to study a deegree here you will immediately feel at home - whilst still experiencing the traditional Canadian lifestyle.

Out of all of Canada's provinces, British Columbia is the one that attracts the most international students. Study a degree in British Columbia and find out why.

Manitoba is a picturesque Canadian province that offers much to international students looking to undertake undergraduate study.

Eastern Canadian province New Brunswick's mix of English and French culture brings a diversity that is great for students looking to study abroad.

Nova Scotia is one of the safest areas to live in the whole of Canada which is probably why so many overseas students (one in ten of all those enrolled) have chosen it as a place to study.

Ontario is home to some of Canada's biggest and most famous cities that offer a dynamic student experience. Come study a degree in Ontario and find out why.

Whilst studying a degree in Quebec you could find yourself skiing off piste, dancing with two million people at Quebec City Summer Festival, getting lost in North America's oldest shopping district, or taking part in an ice hockey tournament - the possibilities are endless.