Why Study in Canada?

In recent years, Canada has become a top destination for international students wishing to study in English and French. Canada provides the opportunity to encounter vastly different cultural and natural experiences from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities such as  Montreal, Toronto and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural. Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its natural beauty, few nations in the world can boast anything close to its wealth of forests, lakes and mountains and for its multicultural diversity. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used concurrently in government and official documents. It’s also 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 harsh winters. In some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half the year – but you’re unlikely to find any Canadian universities in those regions.

Study costs and Scholarships opportunities in Canada-

The average tuition for Canadian universities remains relatively affordable in comparison to the United States. In the 2018-2019 school years, the average annual tuition for an undergraduate international student in Canada is 20000 CAD.  As well, all students holding a temporary study permit which allowed them to work during the off-time of study. Scholarships are entitled mostly for the undergrad students, for masters, Ph.D. and doctoral programs international students have to manage funds either from the department or the professors. 

Canada also makes it easy for international students to become permanent residents if they want to remain in the country. The Post-study work permit allows international students to stay in Canada and work for up to three years after graduating. After gaining one year of work experience in Canada, many international graduates become eligible to apply for permanent resident status through the express entry route. 

Approximate per year tuition fees-

S.no Study Program Average fees (in CAD) per year
1. Undergrad Bachelor Degree 18000 CAD
2. Post-grad Master’s Degree 10000 CAD
3. Doctoral Degree 12000 CAD


Cost of Canadian Student Housing

There are many options for living as a student in Canada. From living in a university residence to apartment rental, students can pick the living style that suits them best. Typically, large cities, like Toronto and Vancouver, have higher housing costs than smaller cities and towns.

In Montreal, the cost of living is low compared to other major North American cities. The University of Montreal estimates a monthly student housing cost of $550 CAD. The city of Montreal remains a very popular study destination for international students and recently ranked fifth of the world university ranking for best study destination.

Transport cost:  Similar to housing, cost of food and transportation varies between provinces. Let’s stick with the three examples from above to explore the price of amenities in cities in Canada.

All prices in Canadian dollars

Local transportation: $122.45 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $17.00
Suggested monthly grocery budget: $200.00 to $400.00

Local transportation: $80 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $16.00
Suggested monthly grocery budget: $350.00

Saint John’s:
Local transportation: $78.00 per month
Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: $18.00
Suggested monthly grocery budget:$240.00

Health Insurance

All international students in Canada must have healthcare coverage. Certain provinces automatically give international students access to Canada’s public healthcare system, but others do not. Students in provinces that do not offer health coverage to international students must purchase private health insurance. Schools in these provinces generally offer health insurance plans for international students which may be added to your tuition and student fees.

Canadian Student visa-

In order to be able to study in Canada, a student must need to apply for a study permit well before the session, which acts as a student visa. This can be applied for online before your arrival.

Some required documents are as follows-

  • A passport-sized photograph
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your university offer letter
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts
  • The pre-arrival medical examination report
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds for course fees and living costs
  • Necessary other supporting documents


IELTS and TOFEL both are acceptable in Canadian Universities and colleges. Since it is an English speaking nation, most of the province uses English as their official language. Least IELTS general requirements for most of the colleges and universities is 6.5 (no brand less than 6.0) and for TOFEL score 80.

Few well known universities general requirements are as follows-

Name of institution World rank IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes) IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)
University of Toronto 21 6.5 7.0
University of British Columbia 37 6.5 6.5
McGill University 44 6.5 6.5
McMaster University 77 6.5 6.5
University of Alberta 132 6.5 6.5

 Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. This is a requirement of admission and should be met before application, but must be met before the deadline to register.

Academic Session-

  • September (fall)
  • January (winter)
  • April (spring)