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All about studying in Canada, lifestyle, cost of living, colleges and scholarships

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With its serene beauty, amazing landscape, green vegetation and massive mountains the best thing that Canada is famous for is its education system. If you are planning to pursue higher studies abroad then Canada is the best option because of a wide variety of courses and very nominal cost of living plus the friendly atmosphere of the country will make you fall in love with this place.

Let’s get to know about the education system in detail with this article.

Reasons to choose Canada to study

Education and scholarship in Canada

Canada is one of the best places to pursue your higher studies and the country attracts thousands of students each year from abroad. The country provides world class education which is recognized globally. Degree from a Canadian university is considered of great value which is equivalent to US, Australia and other European Countries.  Both the Government and Universities provide benefits especially for the students to pursue their studies successfully. The high academic standard and quality education help the students to come out of the universities with flying colours.

Campus lifestyle

Every university has its own events and parties which involve students, concentrating not only to study but also cultural events that help to mingle with multicultural people in the university. These events remove all the stress and give a physical workout to body. Universities provide a number of extracurricular activities where one can stand out of the crowd with their talents both university wise and country wise.  Most of the Universities give students the access to free Wifi , Daily newspapers, journals, magazines and many more.

Employment opportunities

During studies students are permitted to take up part time jobs both on campus and off campus. No work permit is needed to work on campus and students are allowed to work upto 20 hours / week. There are number of part time jobs available off campus like jobs in Hotels, hostels, general labor, Tutor etc.

Research value

The universities support the students who come out with best research ideas and many scholarships are given to student for their research works. Students can do research in any field they are interested with the support of lecturers in the university. If the idea of research is good, Industries and government come forward to accept the cost of your research.

Beautiful place and environment

Students not only can feed their minds but also feast their eyes with the beauty of Canada. Canada attracts large number of tourists each year who visit the astonishing places and enjoy the beauty of nature. Students enjoy exploring nature, wildlife and many other amusement parks. Students in coastal line can enjoy the views of Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

Education system in Canada

The education system in Canada is not very different or difficult but it is a mixture of American and British education plan.

There are three types of institutions here:

Public universities: these universities in Canada are run by the provincial, territorial or federal government funding besides receiving the tuition fees from students.

Private Universities: Private universities in Canada are mostly funded by donations and research grants. These universities do not receive funding from the government bodies.

Liberal Arts Colleges: Liberal arts colleges in Canada are pretty similar to that in the USA. These are either public or private colleges, with a primary emphasis on undergraduate courses in liberal arts.

Study options

There are three academic intakes at the institutions in Canada: fall, winter and summer. Fall lasts from September to December, winter lasts from January to April and summer lasts from May to August. Though fall is the primary intake in most colleges, some colleges do offer a winter intake.  

International students are advised to apply at the earliest, as scholarships and admissions get more and more competitive closer to the deadline. A typical application deadline would be 6 to 9 months before your session starts, and it can vary depending on each department and the subject of choice. Though deadlines are not flexible, except for diploma programmes, some institutions might accept students if seats are available.

Students can choose from a number of study programmes

  • Certificate or diploma (One or two years)
  • Advanced diploma (Two or three years)
  • Undergraduate (three or four years)
  • Postgraduate (two years)
  • PhD (four or five years with dissertation)

Some popular courses at the undergraduate level are engineering and administrative studies and at the postgraduate level are management, finance, MBA/MIM, MS and LLB degrees.

Cost of studying in Canada

On average, students will have to shell out CAD 10,000–40,000 per year.

Annual living expenses will depend on the living location you prefer and the type of accommodation that suits you, i.e., private, homestay or on-campus accommodation. On average, students pay CAD 6,000–8,000 per year for their accommodation. Of course, the transport and other expenses should be factored in. And one more thing that you can’t avoid is a health insurance that costs CAD 600 (approx.) per year.

International students can work part time for 20 hours per week – generally the first six months on campus and off campus post this period. Some universities with more intensive courses allow their students to work for nearly 12 hours since working for more hours can affect their students’ performance. 

International students can apply for work permit post their studies, which gives them the opportunity to work in the country for a three-year period. 

Scholarships for international students

Both government and non-government scholarships are available for international students in Canada. These include –

Government scholarships

  1. Canada graduate scholarships
  2. NSERC postgraduate scholarships

Non-government scholarships

  1. Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation scholarship
  2. Trudeau scholarships and fellowships

Benefits of studying in Canada

  1. You will have several options to choose from: big or small universities and small-town or city universities.
  2. Students can enjoy an active and varied lifestyle in this beautiful country, along with great health-care benefits, and the thing that Canada is most known for – politeness of the locals.
  3. Students will have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded people and gain valuable international student experience through student clubs and organisations.

What is your reason to study in Canada? Is it the anticipation to visit the country? Or is it the dream to study in that country? We are here to guide you with your applications to study at Canadian universities. Do let us know what assistance you are looking for, and we’ll be on the way to answer your queries.

Megha Bali
Megha Bali
I am a carefree person...who loves to read and write and explore new things in life.... I feel the world is my canvas and I can paint it with the colors of my choice.

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