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Benefits of Studying in Canada
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BENEFITS OF STUDYING IN CANADA
A recent study indicates the number of international students studying in Canada is over 250,000, a figure that is constantly growing. Many of these students are choosing Canada over other potential destinations, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France, because of certain advantages that studying in Canada can bring. With quality and more affordable tuition, safe cities, employment options (both during and after the study period), and as a pathway to Canadian permanent residence, the decision to study in Canada can be one of the most important, and best, decisions made by young people from around the world.
World-class Universities and Colleges
Canadian universities and colleges located across the country are renowned for their research and innovation. Canada's higher education institutions are diverse - varying in size, scope, character and breadth of programs. High academic standards and thorough quality controls mean that students may gain a high-quality education that will benefit their careers over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is generally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
Lower tuition costs
Canada is often the preferred choice for students who may also have the option of studying in countries such as the United States or United Kingdom because of the lower tuition costs. Compared to other countries, Canadian international tuition fees, accommodation and other living expenses remain competitive.
Canada wants students
More than anything, Canada does not see international students as a source of income for privately-owned educational institutions, to be shown the door when they have completed their studies. On the contrary, Canada wants students because Canada is all about nation-building. Young, intelligent newcomers who have proven they have the credentials and means to assimilate are a big part of that. In short, Canada wants students to come here, study, contribute socially and economically, and stay permanently.
Work while you study
Students in Canada have the advantage of being able to work while studying. Among other benefits, this allows them to manage their finances without incurring enormous debt. To gain the right to work off-campus, students must:
If a candidate qualifies, his or her study permit will allow him or her to:
Post-graduate work permit
A typical path from student to permanent resident status in Canada is through taking advantage of something Canada offers that is not available, or more difficult to obtain, in other countries - a post-graduate work permit. This work permit may be issued on completion of the study program for the duration that the program, up to a maximum of three years. Thus, a graduate who completed a four-year study program could be eligible for a three-year post-graduate work permit, while a graduate who completed a study program twelve months in duration could be eligible for a twelve-month post-graduate work permit.
A pathway to Canadian permanent residence
Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program helps graduates to qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
COST OF STUDYING IN CANADA – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Compared to many countries, the cost of studying in Canada is very affordable. As a guide, you will likely need between $15,000 Cdn and $30,000 Cdn annually to cover tuition and living expenses. However, this cost range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled, your location, and living choices.
Tuition fees for international students vary across provinces and programs. The table below shows the weighted average tuition fees for full-time foreign students, by field of study.
Remember, however, that the costs associated with attending university go beyond tuition fees. You must also budget for items such as books, personal living expenses, and housing.
University tuition fees for full-time foreign students (in Canadian dollars)
Field of study grouping Undergraduate Graduate
Education $14,600 $12,742
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies $17,530 $12,152
Humanities $18,365 $12,633
Social and behavioural sciences $18,078 $12,461
Law, legal professions and studies $23,552 $15,065
Business management and public administration $19,641 $18,157
Executive MBA Not applicable $44,800
Regular MBA Not applicable $32,424
Physical and life sciences and technologies $20,039 $12,618
Mathematics, computer and information sciences $20,699 $12,113
Engineering $21,819 $14,315
Architecture and related technologies $18,793 $15,982
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation $17,558 $11,634
Dentistry $47,621 Not available
Medicine $29,198 Not available
Nursing $16,435 $11,585
Pharmacy $30,479 $12,231
Veterinary medicine $51,538 $8,364
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness $17,793 $16,460
(weighted average tuition fees) Source: Statistics Canada
Most universities offer on-campus residences designated for international students, or residences generally available to all students on campus. However, acceptance at a Canadian school does not automatically mean you can get a room in residence. Students must apply separately for on-campus housing. The cost of on-campus housing varies across institutions and will depend on whether or not you want a private room or meal plan, for example.
Some international students choose to live off-campus in an apartment or flat. Rent for an apartment in Canada can range from approximately $400 Cdn to $1,500 Cdn per month depending on the city or neighbourhood and the type of accommodation. As a renter, you may also need to pay additional monthly costs for utilities, such as electricity, home phone, Internet and cable television, as well as personal expenses and renters’ insurance.
Most universities can provide assistance with finding accommodations, both on- and off-campus, and answer questions through their housing office or student services.