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Studying in Canada for international students

Studying in Canada can open the door to world-class education and a promising future. Find out everything about studying there.

Canada stands out as an excellent country to pursue higher education because of its combination of top-tier educational opportunities and affordable living costs. In recent years, Canada has seen a dramatic growth in the number of international students applying to its universities.

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Why study in Canada?

The decision to pursue your degree in Canada has many positive effects on your personal, professional, and social life. Let's see what Canada has to offer:

  • Excellent education system

Students from all over the world flock to Canada to take advantage of its excellent educational system. A degree from a university in Canada is widely recognised as a symbol of credibility and quality. Weigh up the Canadian universities according to their international rankings here.

  • Affordable tuition fees

Compared to other study destinations, the cost of studying in Canada is more reasonable, and when you think about the return on investment, it's a pretty good choice for international students.

  • Cultural diversity

Students in Canada may look forward to a welcoming community that values diversity. Canada is home to students from all over the world, making it easy to locate authentic cuisine from around the world and culturally significant ways to spend your free time.

Admission requirements in Canada for international students

Admission requirements vary depending on the degree and from one university to the next, although some basic requirements for international students are the same throughout all universities, and include:

The cost of studying in Canada for international students

The cost of studying in Canada will vary based on the degree you pursue and the university you decide to attend. In general, tuition fees will range between $15,000 and $50,000 per year.

Study ProgramAverage Annual Tuition Fees in GBP
Bachelor’s degree15,000 to 50,000
Master’s degree$20,000 to $30,000
Doctoral degree$12,000 to $20,000

Scholarships for international students in Canada

These are some of the most sought-after Canadian scholarships for international students:

Scholarship NameValue
Mary Edmunds Williams Scholarships

10,000 CAD

Faculty of Engineering Memorial Scholarship

2000 CAD

International Student Leadership Award

1000 CAD

Stollery Family Educational Bursaries

1000 CAD

Douglass Family Bursary

1000 CAD

Student visa requirements in Canada

To clarify, this is not a visa, but rather a study permit granted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that will allow you to study in Canada. If you wish to keep your study permit in good standing, you must remain enrolled in your approved course(s) and make satisfactory academic progress toward graduation.

You will need the following documents to apply for your study permit:

  • A letter of acceptance from your chosen educational institution
  • A valid passport or other travel document
  • A letter of explanation/personal statement
  • Proof that you can financially support yourself and any dependents you plan to bring with you to Canada

More about studying and living in Canada

Student Essentials

Student Essentials

We have a range of special services for students applying to Canada!
Get to know the Canadian education system

Get to know the Canadian education system

As you begin your school search, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the Canadian education system. It will help you narrow down your choices and develop your study plan.
THE University Rankings in Canada

THE University Rankings in Canada

Check out THE University Rankings in Canada for 2023
What are the upcoming intakes in Canada?

What are the upcoming intakes in Canada?

Know all about the intakes available in Canada
Employment while you study in Canada
Working part-time while studying can be a great way to help with the cost of living in Canada, and also gain work experience in your field of study.
Insurance in Canada
You should think carefully about insurance cover to help protect your health, your home and your belongings.
Health and support services in Canada
Moving to a new country isn’t always easy. That’s why most universities, colleges and education institutions offer dedicated support services to help international students adjust to life in Canada and make the most of your study (and holiday) time.
Money and living expenses in Canada
You want to enjoy a healthy and happy study life in Canada. Knowing how much you need for living expenses is a great starting point, but keep in mind the cost of living may be higher or lower depending on where you live.
Accommodation in Canada
You have three main options when it comes to finding a place to stay during your studies. Depending on what you need – and your budget - you might choose to rent private accommodation, live on (or close) to campus at a residence or dormitory, or live with a local family (homestay).
Study in Ottawa
Ottawa is a beautiful city located in the eastern region of the province of Ontario. It’s Canada’s capital and home to the Prime Minister and Parliament – but that doesn’t mean it’s boring and stuffy!
Study in Toronto
Toronto is a city full of diversity, energy, young people, and historical sites. It’s a multicultural hub that will have you feel as if you’re traveling the world.
Study in Montreal
Canada is a country full of diverse people, cultures, languages and food and there is probably no better place to start to experience that than in Montreal, a hot-spot for international students.
Study in Vancouver
Vancouver is known for its breathtaking views, scenic routes, cyclists and laid-back vibe. Everyone in the city is super active, as you’ll soon come to realise.
Study in Quebec
Study in Quebec to discover the excellent quality of education. And find about its affordable tuition fees and living costs which make it a favourable destination amongst international students.
Study in Alberta
Alberta is known for its picturesque landscapes, rich culture, quality of life and international exposure, it’s one province that’s bound to give you the best student experience you can imagine in Canada.
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