Canada boasts of a large selection of university colleges and universities both in rural and urban settings. These Canadian universities are also known for its quality both in teaching & research. Degrees obtained from these universities are equivalent to those obtained from American as well as in other Commonwealth universities. In the last the recent QS World University Rankings, 26 Canadian universities are able to make it on the list. Three of these universities were part of the top 50 list.
Undergraduate degrees in Canadian universities take 3 to 4 years to complete. While postgraduate degrees takes between 1 to 3 years to complete, with the length solely depending on the chosen degree. There are different higher education providers in the country, including community colleges, applied arts/applied school arts, technical and universities.
The Cost and Requirements
Tuition fees in Canadian universities are considerably lower compared to popular Anglophone destinations, like Australia, UK and US. However, it is still higher when compared to most countries. To be specific, the average cost of tuition for international undergraduate students range from CA$14,000 or US$10,735 and above per year. While the cost of pursuing graduate courses in Canada ranges from CA$6,500 to CA$33,000 per annum.
Generally, Canadian universities are the ones setting their fees and the cost may vary from the course types and subject. The most expensive courses are medicine and engineering while the less expensive ones are arts and humanities studies. Like other countries, there are also available scholarships offered for international students.
For the application, students are also recommended to apply directly to institutions since Canada does not have a centralized application system. Applicants only need to present their high school diploma, and a 40-hour community service or volunteer work in other provinces. International students may also be required to provide their proof of language proficiency (English or French). Foreign students may also be asked to provide a personal statement of experience, statement of intent or essay. Other documents that may be required are the extracurricular involvement, details of scholarships and awards won and letters of reference.
Lastly, international students may need to get a Canadian study permit to pursue their study in the country. This document will automatically serve as their Canadian student VISA. However, obtaining the permit may no longer be required if the program or course chosen takes only less than 6 months to complete