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Study in Canada for foreign students: the cost, reviews

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Study in Canada for foreign students: the cost, reviews

Today, Canada provides many interesting courses and programs for international students that differ in quality and availability. Canada is one of the few countries in the world that provides best conditions and prospects for graduates.

Advantages of studying in Canadian schools

  • Best living conditions: a safe, quiet country with a high standard of living;
  • The quality of local educational institutions is higher than many European ones;
  • Students, as a rule, easily find a job and are able to stay in the country from 1 to 3 years after graduation;
  • There is an opportunity to gain experience in leading companies in the world;
  • Grants and scholarships for international students can significantly reduce tuition fees;
  • Studying at least in 2 languages ​​(French and English);
  • Modern practical programs, and the cost of studying is lower than in the USA and Britain.


Education system in Canada: forms and types of education

Educational level


Age of students




Primary School

Elementary school


Secondary school

Secondary school


Average profile school



High school




Features of pre-school education

As such, there are no kindergartens in Canada, instead of them there are specially accredited centers. In order to prepare the child for school loads, parents choose special courses. Small children study in kindergartens in the form of gaming. The main principles of teaching children include the development of individual traits, the promotion of creativity and emphasis on sports development.

Canadian Schools: principles of development and upbringing

  • Private boarding schools offer study for 3-semester programs, which greatly speeds up the passage of studies;
  • No one is forced to study - this is the business of every student. There are only a few mandatory courses, most of the subjects the student chooses himself;
  • In Canada, you can choose the language of studying: French or English. In the east and south-east of the country there are schools whose language of instruction is French, and the rest of the country is taught in English;
  • The local schools have the most modern equipment, studying facilities are diverse and correspond to the highest level;
  • Both in private and in public schools students are accepted on a fee basis;
  • Upon graduation from secondary school, students receive a Graduation Certificate.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) - course of in-depth study of selected subjects at the level of the first year at the university
  • Semester-System is the most popular in Canada. During the year, students study 8 subjects, 4 per semester
  • International Baccalaureate is a highly sought-after course with a serious preparation for studying in TOP universities in the world.

Peculiarities of programs at Canadian universities and colleges

In colleges, academic courses are different in orientation: business administration, accounting, web design, etc. are studied. It is especially worth noting institutions that provide a university base, but in general colleges and institutes give diplomas and certificates in technical and semi-professional fields. Methods of teaching correspond to modern pedagogical tendencies.

Great popularity among foreign students get:

Tuition in universities is paid. Students are faced with the task of creating a curriculum themselves, which subjects to study. The most prestigious faculties are the faculties of jurisprudence and medicine. Universities offer programs that award students a degree:

Level of education



Primary, Undergraduate

2 years


Post-graduate theoretical programs 

4-5 years


Post-graduate research programs, PhD-course

1-2 years


Opportunities for international students

  • Work while studying. Foreign students have the right to earn extra money;
  • Scholarships and grants.

In order to receive financial support, students need:

  • Enroll in the university right after school or college (sometimes it is allowed that the student enrolled in the University of Canada after 2 years after graduation);
  • High GPA (average score) of the certificate;
  • 7.0 and higher in the IELTS language test;
  • grant final work and talk about the planned research work;
  • availability of publications and teaching experience.

There are a lot of scholars who want to get a scholarship - according to statistics, 1 student from 40 applicants receives financial assistance. Postgraduate students (for example, undergraduates) can also apply for financial assistance if the following conditions are met.

Canada has state scholarships for graduate students:

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

There are also independent scholarships from various organizations: Trudeau Foundation Awards, Mitacs Accelerate, Anne Vallee Ecological Fund. A few examples of existing scholarships from Canadian universities:

  • York University International Student Scholarships: 20,000-35,000 CAD $
  • University of British Columbia Scholarships for International Students: 5,000 CAD $
  • Carleton University Entrance Scholarships for International Students: 1,000-4,000 CAD $
  • Guardianship. Foreign students who have not reached the age of 18 are required to have an official representative
  • Homologation of diplomas. As those wishing to continue their education in Canadian educational institutions, as well as those who are eager to find work here, they must undergo a procedure for the confirmation of diplomas. The certification of diplomas and certificates is carried out by special organizations that have the permission for this
  • The most popular accommodation options are: in the host family, in private boarding schools, in the residences of universities
  • After graduation, the student has the following options:
  1. Graduates of universities can stay in Canada for a period of 1 to 3 years
  2. Academic career. Unlike the EU, in Canada there are no restrictions on the number of people in a certain position. To begin an academic career, you must obtain a Ph.D. Salary at the initial stage Assistant Professor will be 5,500 CAD $.


What are the programs for foreign students: requirements and prices



Language Requirements

Average cost per academic year

Study and rest in summer language schools


Low language knowledge and above

300 CAD $ per week

Secondary education

From 6

Average level of language proficiency

5,500 CAD $

Pre-university preparation

From 16

12,000 CAD $

Bachelor's program

From 17


16,000 CAD $

Master's Courses

From 20

20,000 CAD $


40,000 CAD $

Doctoral studies

IELTS 6.5-7 / DALF C1

20,000 CAD $


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