Top five reasons to study in Canada
- Receive an internationally recognised education from top educators and academics, preparing you for graduate success
- Pay some of the lowest university tuition fees among English-speaking countries
- Stay and work in Canada after graduation for three years on a temporary work permit
- Enjoy Canada’s quality of life, which was ranked #1 in the world by US News, and its friendly and diverse culture that is safe for international students
- Experience a climate and landscape unique to the world, from four seasons of weather to snow, sea, mountains and grassy plains
People and culture
The ‘warm and friendly’ stereotype about Canadians is true. You will find a welcoming country with a unique culture that embraces diversity, with around 20% of the country born elsewhere. Canadians are also known to be easy to get along with.
Canada ranked 7th in the Universitas 2020 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, in front of Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany. In QS’s 2022 university rankings , 10 Canadian universities were in the top 250 universities worldwide.
Top universities in Canada include the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Universite de Montreal, and University of Alberta.
Top student cities
In QS Best Student Cities 2022 rankings, four Canadian cities were in the top 100 in the world. They were Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Other notable cities include Quebec City and Edmonton.
Cost of living
Cost of living will depend on where you are located in Canada and which university you attend. Average costs per year include:
- Cost of living for students – CAD$12,000
- Vocational education and training – CAD$2000 to CAD$18,000
- Undergraduate Bachelor degree – CAD$1800 to CAD$20,000
- Postgraduate Master degree – CAD$2500 to CAD$18,000
For more detailed information, head to the government’s EduCanada website
Post study work options
It is possible to stay and work in Canada after you graduate. There are three possible avenues you can explore:
- Post-gradation work permit: a temporary work permit for three years that can help you qualify for permeant residency
- Express entry: permanent residency granted to graduates working in skilled areas who have the required education, skills and language ability
- Provincial nominee program: Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate graduates to start a career in their region
Visit EduCanada for more information
Canada is currently experiencing a shortage of workers in the following areas:
- Financial and corporate sectors
- Human resources
- Veterinary science
- Baking / culinary