Key Features of Higher Education
- Canada`s education is considered to be one of the best in the world. It is a world leader concerning the level of expenditure per capita on education
- Compared to other English-speaking countries, the cost of study in Canada is very affordable
- Canadian educational degrees are recognized on par with those of the USA and leading European countries
- Availability of a wide range of scholarships for foreign students who want to earn a master`s degree. More information at DestinEducation, International Scholarships, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
- An opportunity to work during the studies without a work permit
Language of InstructionEnglish or French
How to Enroll?
Academic requirements: Bachelor`s degree
There is no single set of requirements as to the entrance exams for the Canadian universities. Each university outlines its own admission requirements for each individual program. You can find out more information on the admission process on the web-page of the university.
To apply for a university, one usually needs the following set of documents:
- Application form
- Certified copy of your university degree certificate (including the list of subjects and grades)
- Certificate of proficiency in either English (IELTS, TOEFL) or French (TFI)
Do not send the original documents to universities;you have to certify the copies of the documents and certificates and attach their translation in English or French.
Applying and Studying
Deadlines for applying to a university are set by universities themselves and can vary depending on the program. You should apply at least 8 months prior to the program start date.
Academic year begins in September and ends in May and consists of two semesters. There are some universities with one or three semester system.
Duration of a Master`s program — 1-3 years.
There are 12 Canadian universities in the Top-200 ranking.
- McGill University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Toronto
- University of Alberta
- Universite de Montreal
- McMaster University
- Queen's University
- University of Waterloo
- University of Western Ontario
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Calgary
- Dalhousie University
Cost of Studying and Living
As a rough guide, you are likely to need C$15,000 and C$30,000 a year to cover tuition and living expenses. This cost range will vary according to your province and the chosen program. In the majority of the provinces tuition fees are higher for foreign students, than for Canadians. To estimate your education costs, please use the calculator at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.
You need at least C$10,000 a year to cover your living expenses (food, accommodation, transport, health insurance, study materials, clothes and etc.).
Accommodation is often available on campus, but you should book it in advance - before May, if your school starts in September. You can enquire about accommodation by contacting the university accommodation services or consulting a foreign students’ advisor.
Can I work while I study in Canada?
Full-time international students can work on campus without a work permit 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during university breaks. To work off campus, students must obtain work permits at the Canadian Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Further information is available at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.