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With nearly 500,000 international students, students choose to study in Canada for high-quality education at an affordable tuition fee and degrees that are globally recognised. With an excellent quality of life, abundant post-study work, and immigration opportunities, planning to study abroad in Canada is very popular among international students. The Canadian system of education takes pride in being a world leader in research while being accessible, with degree programmes that allow students to choose their classes based on their interests. Canada has around 100 universities, 5 of which have consistently been ranked in the top 100 universities in the world offering globally recognized degrees to students.

 

Education System in Canada

 

There are four stages in the Canadian education system. They are divided into -

 

  1. Preschool/ Early Childhood Education
  2. Primary/Elementary Education
  3. Secondary Education
  4. Post-Secondary/Tertiary Education (includes College and University programmes, and Vocational/Technical schooling)

 

Why Study in Canada

 

  • Academic Excellence

 The high quality of education is one of the most essential reasons that students choose to study in Canada. A degree from a Canadian university serves as a mark of trust and excellence for a student. 28 Canadian universities are ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2022 and 32 Canadian universities are ranked in the “THE World University Rankings 2022”.

 

  • Affordability 

When compared to universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, tuition prices to study in Canada are relatively low. And, in terms of return on investment (ROI), it is a very viable option for students. You can also apply for a variety of Canadian scholarships to help you save money on your education.

 

  • Cultural Diversity

In Canada, you'll find very warm and welcoming people from a variety of ethnic communities, each with their own culture and way of life. Like no other country, Canada's multicultural environment promotes kindness and peaceful living. In fact, there are many international students studying, working, and living in Canada.

 

  • Safe And Peaceful 

Canada has consistently been ranked as one of the world's safest countries. The Global Peace Index ranked Canada as the 6th most peaceful country in the world in 2022. Canadian and international students have the same rights when it comes to their safety in Canada.

 

  • Immigration Opportunities

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) in Canada allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to 3 years after graduation. The decision to study in Canada for international students also benefits them with professional work experience, and they can  apply for permanent residency in the future.

 

Top Universities And Global Ranking

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Toronto, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee

CAD 8,104

ranking
Country Rank

#494

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee from

CAD 8,104

ranking
Country Rank

#14

Established in 1959, York University (also known as YorkU or YU) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It accepts approximately 55,700 students, with international students from over 150 countries. York University’s acceptance rate stands at 27%. The university has a vast range of over 170 degree options for students to pick from while studying there. 

 

YU is home to Canada's oldest film school, which is one of the best in the country. Hence, several programmes at York University have received widespread national and international popularity. Students at the university get to earn credits toward their degree while studying abroad, through foreign internships and student exchange programmes. Over 120 universities in 40 countries have signed student exchange agreements with YU. 

Vancouver, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,768

Tuition Fee

CAD 1,248

ranking
Country Rank

#46

Cost Of Living

CAD 18,768

Tuition Fee from

CAD 1,248

ranking
Country Rank

#2

The University of British Columbia was founded in 1908 and it is located in the oldest province in Canada. Its Vancouver campus was formally inaugurated in 1925 in Point Grey, a separate municipality at the time. The institution's Okanagan campus was established in Kelowna in 2005 following the institution's merger with Okanagan University College. The university has faculties of law, medicine, management, pharmaceutical sciences, arts, applied science, creative and critical studies, education, dentistry, forestry, graduate studies, social development, health, land and food systems, and science. The UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research are located on the Vancouver campus; the garden is accessible to the general public. 

 

More than 68 000 students from Canada around the globe are drawn to and inspired by the university, today the University of British Columbia's acceptance rate stands at 52.6% making it quite hard to get into; therefore strong academics is a must-have. There are more than 370,000 members of the UBC alumni network worldwide, who represent 148 nations. Three Canadian prime ministers are among the 71 Rhodes Scholars and 8 Nobel laureates who attended the University of British Columbia. In order to improve its community, the calibre, significance, and impact of its research, as well as the opportunities for the entire pool of prospective participants in the research ecosystem, UBC is devoted to equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, the University of British Columbia is the first university in North America to commit to enforcing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to base its Indigenous strategy framework on respect for human rights.

 

The primary campuses of UBC are located in Kelowna, a city near Okanagan Lake in southern British Columbia, and Vancouver, a significant cultural and economic centre in the area. Also in Vancouver are the UBC Learning Exchange, a programme for community participation, UBC Robson Square, a bustling learning centre in the middle of downtown, and UBC's Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus, which is situated in Mount Pleasant. At more than 80 training facilities located around British Columbia, UBC also offers clinical education to students in the Faculty of Medicine.

Windsor, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 10,000

Tuition Fee

CAD 5,123

ranking
Country Rank

#701 - 750

Cost Of Living

CAD 10,000

Tuition Fee from

CAD 5,123

ranking
Country Rank

#26

The University of Windsor (UWindsor) is a prominent, student-centered university in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1857 and spans the Detroit River in Canada's southernmost city, adjacent to the US border. The institution features excellent award-winning faculty and dynamic personnel, as well as exceptional student interactions. It fosters a culture of excellence throughout all of its faculties in order to promote lifelong learning, teaching, research, and discovery. Students can pick from over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as 65 graduate and doctorate degrees. Every year, the institution receives 16,231 students from over 100 countries. Nearly 12,356 part-time and full-time undergraduate students, 4,135 graduate students, and 23% overseas students make up the overall student body.

 

UWindsor offers students a welcoming and encouraging study atmosphere with relatively small class sizes and a wide range of student activities, clubs, and organisations. The university has nine faculties that provide undergraduate and graduate programmes, including -

 

  1. Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  2. Law
  3. Education
  4. Nursing
  5. Engineering
  6. Business
  7. Graduate Studies
  8. Human Kinetics
  9. Science

 

The university's research faculty prioritises work in the fields of entrepreneurship, health, and natural science. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Award for University Student Activities was given to the university in 2015. There are more than 145,000 famous alumni at the University of Windsor. The institution also has 17 sporting teams that compete for provincial and national championships. Every student enrolling at the institution receives a personalised education and experiences more engagement with the learning group thanks to a student-to-faculty ratio of 26:1.

 

The vibrant city culture and the specialised International Student Center, which provides a variety of support services and programmes, will be beneficial to international students. Many thousands of alumni who have finished their studies at the university have found employment after arriving in Canada on great immigration pathways offered by the institution. In addition to classroom teaching, UWindsor, which has been granted accreditation by the Co-operative Education and Work-integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL), also provides co-op and internship programmes to ensure that students are prepared to face the obstacles of the real world. Individual attention and continuous performance evaluation are provided to students taking part in these programmes.

Toronto, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee

CAD 8,735

ranking
Country Rank

#26

Cost Of Living

CAD 20,376

Tuition Fee from

CAD 8,735

ranking
Country Rank

#1

Situated in the heart of the bustling city of Toronto, the University of Toronto is a globally renowned public research university in Canada. Its history dates back 195 years when it was founded in 1827. The university has come to be regarded as among the best in the world and number one in its home country in the field of education and research. 

 

The university is divided into eleven colleges which provide over a whopping seven hundred undergraduate programmes and two hundred postgraduate programmes. Courses cover a variety of disciplines from arts to engineering and medicine to management. The university sees a massive influx of students from countries all over the world which owes to its diverse and vibrant student population. 

 

Getting into the university is comparatively more competitive than other Canadian universities as it gives equal opportunities for domestic as well as international students. The University of Toronto acceptance rate is 43%. 

 

Montreal, Canada

Cost Of Living

CAD 25,944

Tuition Fee

CAD 10,728

ranking
Country Rank

#27

Cost Of Living

CAD 25,944

Tuition Fee from

CAD 10,728

ranking
Country Rank

#3

A public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, McGill University traces its roots back 201 years ago when it was founded by King George IV in 1821 by royal charter. Formerly known as McGill College and the University of McGill College, the university name was officially changed to its current name in 1885. The university is spread out over three campuses in Quebec with one in Ville-Marie, the second one in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the third campus in Gatineau. The university has a diverse student population owing to the fact that more than 30% of its students hail from over 150 countries across the world. The university is ranked among the top-most universities in the country as well as around the globe. 

 

The university is divided into six faculties comprising Arts, Science, Education, Engineering, Management and Medicine. The university provides courses and programmes in a whopping 300 fields of study. The university boasts an impressive alumni network flourishing in a multitude of fields and even includes a number of Nobel Laureates. The university is quite competitive to get into with the McGill University acceptance rate at 47%.

 

Available courses to study

Master's in Canada (also known as 'grad' programmes or 'grad school') are typically in the form of a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MSc). There are also specialised Master's degrees available, such as the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Engineering (MEng), and Master of Business Administration (MBA). The following are some of the most popular university courses in Canada pursued by international students.

Many of the universities in Canada provide students with some of the top diploma and certificate programmes in accounting. These courses are available for international and domestic students with outstanding job opportunities after graduation. Accounting is very one of the primary courses taught in Canada. Accounting courses are very famous among international students and are available at some of the top Canadian universities. Studying at these renowned universities can land you a job in the future at some of the best companies like Google, Deloitte, Apple and many more.

 

International students have always preferred Canada as a destination for higher education in business. Not only are Canadian business education courses in the top 100 list of business administration programmes, but they are also known for their strong high educational quality. Diverse educational methods and strategic teaching materials pertaining to current business trends add to the Canadian education system's high regard. As one of the world's most prosperous economies, Canada offers numerous business opportunities to international students.

 

Aside from being one of the top professions in Canada, computer science is also ranked as one of the top ten curriculums preferred by international students. In contrast to other courses, Master's degrees in computer science require international applicants to have outstanding grades and test scores. The Canadian government announced a variety of scholarships for international students in Canada, immigration benefits, and tuition fee reductions for students pursuing a Master's degree in computer science. With new business opportunities and job opportunities sprouting up all over the place, Canada is quickly becoming the most trustable destination for international students.

 

Engineers have long been an important part of the global economy. For international engineering students, Canadian universities offer a number of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines. Engineering is taught with hands-on practises by the best faculties in the world, who provide students with a high coaching standard. The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) ranks Canadian universities as the best in the world.

 

FAQs

Universities are given autonomy in academic matters such as curricula, methods, and teaching strategies. Universities have the authority to establish academic, admission, and graduation standards and policies, appoint faculty and carry out academic planning. Meanwhile, private universities are out-of-province institutions that are permitted to provide degrees after a rigorous quality evaluation process by the designated governmental authorities that give the green light to specific degrees.

 

Master's degrees typically last a full academic year, with an obligatory internship added on top of that. Depending on the curriculum design and the sensitivity of the programme, a Master's in Canada can sometimes last for two academic years.

 

PhD programmes are typically for a 2 to 3 years span. They are also separately funded and get you a job position through the university in the majority of cases.

 

The most common language requirement for Canadian universities is IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam scores. However, most universities accept a TOEFL or an IELTS test as proof of English language proficiency. TOEFL and IELTS exams are available at testing centres all over the world.