“We’re not just colder, we’re cooler!”
Canada is the second largest country in the world when measured by square miles and, thus, is obviously remarkably diverse in landscape. It is also quite varied when it comes to people. As a nation of immigrants with two official languages, Canadians take pride in being open-minded, respectful and very international as a democracy.
For outdoorsy people, Canada is a treasure chest. There are the Great Lakes, several mountain ranges, ancient forests and both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines to explore. The activities that go along with the scenery include everything from the best some of the world’s best skiing opportunities, to whale watching, to hiking with bells on, so you’ll scare the bears away! By the way, we strongly recommend you buy most of your winter clothing once you have arrived to study in Canada.
Since Canada is a multicultural country, there are endless opportunities for discovering art, music, food and people from various places around the globe. This truly is an easy-going, lovely country for international students because people in general don’t pay attention to where you come from and what your background is, but rather, who you a
When you study in Canada (whether on an exchange and for a full degree), you can travel to other Canadian provinces or to the US. See the bottom of this page for a bus links. Travelling by bus is an excellent way of visiting whilst on a student budget.
Higher education in Canada
Canada is well known for its high quality education. Moreover, a Canadian diploma from an institute of higher education is internationally recognised and respected. The standard of living there is quite high, but the living costs and tuition fees are lower than in many other Western states, such as the neighbouring USA and the UK. You will also find that the campuses are very modern and supplied with the newest technology, so you will never be short of resources to support your learning.
Did you know that digital humanities research is particularly strong in Canada, for instance at Mc Gill (SA profile here) ? See for instance the Arts and Science program at McMaster. (if you studied there, why not rate it by the way?).
Student life in Canada
Living costs vary depending on the linguistic area. For instance Montreal is rather more affordable than Toronto. Smaller cities like Québec, Winnipeg and Ottawa are also more affordable than Toronto, Montréal, Calgary et Vancouver (Vancouver is particularly expensive when it comes to accommodation).
In Montreal, you can use other libraries than the one in your own university; you may also join other universities’ cultural activities and clubs. For those keen to study in a beautiful environment, the Concordia University’s library’s EV building on the 14th floor will sure make a bookworm out of you!
For more practical information ahead of and during your studies in Canada, check this link.
Application process for international students
If you have been accepted by a designated learning institution and you can justify sufficient financial means to study in Canada, you can check your eligibility. In particular, you must have sufficient financial means for tuition costs, living costs and travel to and from Canada. Then you can apply for a study permit (except for short exchange programs lasting less than 6 months).
You may also check your eligibility to international scholarship opportunities for non-Canadians.
Studies in Canada : what you need
Exchange students staying in Canada for less than six months generally do not require a study permit. This does not hold if you want to work on campus; see conditions here.
If you need a study visa, you may check application processing times or replacing processing times. The following steps will be determined whether your application is approved. See following steps.
In addition, except if you are a dual citizen, you will need an eTA (electronic travel authorization).
To apply for your health card, click the link of your province of residence here.
Canadian universities recommended by Study Advisory:
The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg seems to offer excellent teaching in a safe and international environment. On top of that, our first reviewer expresses gratitude for her Manitoba education which was key in helping her get on with her career. See review and rate if it is your university here.
HEC Montréal offers a wide range of business and administration science-related programs, and was excellently reviewed.
Top 5 reasons to study in Canada:
- Innovative research opportunities.
- Multicultural environment.
- One of the world’s most educated countries
- Google’s research headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario
- Go see a land’s end (see photo)
Did you know this about Canada?
- Education qualifications are recognized all around the world
- It is the world’s second largest country.
- Residents of Churchill, Canada leave their cars unlocked to enable pedestrians facing polar bears to duck for cover!
- the Prime Minister announced his feminism and he is into boxing
Stepwest (study programs, internships and working holidays)
Bus to other North American cities