By all means, choose to study on low tuition in Canada, and you’ll have the amazing opportunity of experiencing different cultural and natural experiences – from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cosmopolitan cities such as Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Quebec which are famous for their friendly, tolerant and multicultural place.
Sitting in the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is popular for its amazing beauty – very few countries in the world can boast anything close to its wealth in terms of natural forests, lakes and mountains – and its multicultural diversity. If you did not know, Canada has official bilingual status, with English and French used and recognized as official languages.
The region is known for its sparse population (despite being the world’s second-largest country, it has a population smaller than that of just one US state, California) and for its not so nice winters.Did you know in some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half the year – luckily you’re unlikely to find any Canadian universities in those regions!
Tuition Fees in Canada
Typically, tuition fees in Canada are low and affordable compared to other major Anglophone destinations (the US, UK and Australia), but relatively higher than most other countries.The tuition fees in Canada for international undergraduate students is roughly CA$17,337 (about US$13,350) per year. Please note that universities in Canada determine their own tuition fees, and the cost of program depends largely on the type of course and the subject – typically, tuition fees in Canada for arts and humanities programs are cheaper, with subjects such as engineering and medicine students among the more expensive.
Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available for international students who desire to study in Canada, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are usually specific scholarships for sporting and academic merits, and subject-specific scholarships as well. You are also able to apply for a scholarship that is offered exclusively by the university that you plan to study at.Regardless, it’s important to apply as early as possible as scholarship awards are limited and super competitive. International applicants are also encouraged to research study abroad scholarship opportunities offered by organizations in their home country.
One solid source of scholarships for international students to study in Canada is the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to students of other Commonwealth countries. It is also possible that you can find sufficient financial assistance information on the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials website useful.
Application to Universities in Canada
Once you’ve selected a handful of universities to apply to, the next stage is to get in touch with each university’s international admissions office, which will put you through the application procedure. You will be required to apply directly to each university, as the country’s educational system lacks centralized application system.
The method for applying to universities in Canada is quite straightforward. Most Canadian universities require that you possess a high school diploma and, in some provinces, there is also the completion of 40 hours of community service/volunteer work (note that this may not be required of international students – connect with the university). It is possible, international students may be asked to provide concrete proof of language proficiency, either in English or French language.
With some university programs, and for all international students, you will be asked to submit a completed essay, a statement of intent or personal statement detailing your experience. Other documents required may include the following: letters of reference, examples of extracurricular involvement, evidence of community service, athletic participation, and details of awards and scholarships won over time.
For you to study in Canada, you will be asked to obtain a Canadian study permit, which allows you to stay for the duration of your academic study. However, note that you do not require a Canadian study permit if your course or program will only last for a period of six months or less.
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