Studying in Canada is one of the most popular options for all those who want to pursue university studies abroad, not to mention that it also has some of the best universities in the world.
Therefore, almost any professional degree obtained in Canada will also be valid in countries such as the United States, England, Australia, and many other first-world destinations.
And is that Canada is known worldwide as an “educated” nation because it is a country full of culture and friendly people, which also has one of the most responsible social leaders today.
Without a doubt, choosing to study for a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate in Canada will give you an excellent academic and life experience. However, because it is the second-largest country in the world, choosing the best option for your studies among the many available can be a bit complicated.
That is why I set out to create a quick guide to study in Canada, and provide you in a summarized way all the information you need to make the best decision.
Requirements to study in Canada
Although the process and requirements for admission to Canadian universities and schools vary from institution to institution, based on the personal experience of some friends and family, I have tried to summarize information on the more general procedures and requirements that you will need to study in Canada.
Be enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
Have applied for a scholarship that covers or shows that you have enough money to pay for all living expenses, both yours and those of your family (if you include your partner and children in the application)
Demonstrate that you and your family do not maintain a criminal record by submitting a police record (if required)
Complete medical exams (if required)
Prove to the immigration officer that you will indeed leave the country once your permit expires.
Note: After completing the study program, you generally have the option of applying for a temporary work permit for 1 or 2 years. This work experience can help you complete the necessary points to apply for an immigrant life and live in Canada permanently).
Depending on the university to which you apply, they may also request:
English level certificate
Certificate of higher studies (in the case of applying for a master’s, postgraduate or doctoral degree)
My advice is that you find out diligently and directly with the institution you want to apply to, what documents you need before trying to continue with the process.
How to obtain a visa to study in Canada
The easiest way to apply for student life is through the online application form for a study permit on the official website of the Government of Canada. With this option, you avoid the courier fees and delivery time of regular mail. Another advantage is that if necessary, you can send additional documents online. You can also see updates on the status of your application without the need to leave home or make calls.
Please note that in most cases, you will need to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photos) after submitting the application. In the form you will see the authorized places in your country, to take this information.
If you are Venezuelan you may be asked to complete additional steps when applying.
Make sure your application is complete before submitting it.
Options to study in Canada
The first thing you should know is that the Canadian educational system is very different from that of most countries, due to the fact that there are two types of higher education: College and University.
When in Canada they speak of “College”, they refer to educational institutions with applied areas for learning technical or vocational skills. They focus on practical industries and offer the options of pursuing a full or part-time Bachelor’s degree, Diploma, or Certificate.
They would be the equivalent of a Technical Career in our Latin American countries and their programs are from 1 to 3 years maximum (depending on the type of certification or diploma), with practical training.
Some Ontario universities specifically focus on Agriculture, Health Sciences, Art, or Military Programs.
On the other hand, the term “University” refers to universities that only grant graduate degrees such as Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorates.
They work the same as most of the universities in Latin America, with a period of 3 to 5 years to complete the career of your choice and offering options of emphasis or double specialization, such as the career of “Advertising and Marketing with Emphasis on Graphic Design”, for example.
It is in this type of University where the professional careers of Medicine, Law, Architecture, Engineering, and others are offered.
What to study in Canada
There are 7 types of courses you can study in Canada. These are:
Best college majors to study in Canada
As I already mentioned, Canada gives you the option of studying almost any career you have in mind and receiving an excellent education. And if you still have not decided on any, but you know that you would like to live and work in Canada after completing your university studies, this is a list of careers that currently have a high value in the labor market of that country:
Social communication and Journalism
How much does it cost to study in Canada
I already mentioned that Canada is the second-largest country in the world, which not only offers many options for universities but also costs. As we all know, location is something that influences any price, and if you choose a university located in one of the large cities, the cost will be much higher than in universities that are in smaller cities.
In general, we can say that studying in Canada is quite cheap for foreign students and the approximate cost of a school year for a Bachelor’s degree is approximately CAD 12 thousand (CAD = Canadian dollar), which is much less than similar options in countries of speaks English with the same educational level.
For example: in its public universities Canada offers tuition fees to foreign students up to 30% lower than in the United States and if we talk about private universities, the price can be up to 50% or 70% less.
Here is an approximate annual cost for Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorates for each Province, according to Canadian statistics:
Study in Alberta
Bachelor’s degrees between CAD 8 thousand and CAD 16 thousand approximately. Master’s and Doctorates between CAD 5.5 thousand and CAD 21.5 thousand approximately.
Study in British Columbia
Bachelor’s degree between CAD 9.5 thousand and CAD 18 thousand approximately
Masters and Doctorates between CAD 2.5 thousand and CAD 33.5 thousand approximately
Study in Manitoba
Bachelor’s degrees between CAD 5.5 thousand and CAD 8.5 thousand approximately. Masters and Doctorates between CAD 4.5 thousand and CAD 8 thousand approximately.
Study in New Brunswick
Bachelor’s degrees between CAD 8 thousand and CAD 13 thousand approximately. Masters and Doctorates between CAD 7.5 thousand and CAD 9.5 thousand approximately.
Study in Newfoundland and labrador
Bachelor’s degrees in CAD 9 thousand approximately. Masters and Doctorates between CAD 2,000 and CAD 3,500 approximately.