- Why Study in Canada?
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Internationally Recognized Education Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of Gross National Product) compared to the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development (OECD) average, and is highest among G-7 countries.
Canadian students consistently rank among the best in world on international tests of reading, science and mathematics such as the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment - a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is recognized globally as being equivalent to those from the United States and Commonwealth countries.
Many well-regarded leaders in business, government and academic circles around the world have received part of their education - language studies and/or academic - in Canada.
Competitively PricedInternational students can save considerably by studying in Canada. For instance, in a 2003 survey complied by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada offered the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. And, fees in the U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor's degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double. Factor in Canada's low cost of living, and the overall financial advantage becomes even greater.
One of the Best Places in the World to Live
It's no secret: Canadians and visitors to Canada enjoy a quality of life that is recognized worldwide. From safe neighbourhoods in some of North America's most cosmopolitan cities to top-notch health care and public transportation, excellence permeates every aspect of Canadian life - including a world class higher education system.
The United Nations has consistently ranked Canada as one of the top three places in the world to live. Canada earned high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy, and low crime rates.
Beautiful EnvironmentAs the world's second-largest country, Canada offers tremendous geographic variety in a climate not nearly as cold as you might think! Visitors discover Pacific coastal mountains, sweeping prairies, sparkling skylines in sophisticated cities, the rugged beauty of the Atlantic region and much more. National parks are located in every province and territory, and some has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Sports and Leisure ActivitiesIn a country with an estimated one-seventh of the world's fresh water supply, beaches, boating and waterfronts are always close at hand. Parks and historic sites offer outdoor activities, which tennis, golf, swimming, skiing - and, of course, ice hockey - are among the vast array of sports and recreational pursuits enjoyed across Canada.
Cosmopolitan and Innovative
Canada is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and optoelectronics, biotechnology, and ocean and environmental industries. Canada was also among the first in the world to connect schools and libraries to the Internet.
Media, entertainment and artistic endeavours are well developed in Canada. Canada's highly sophisticated broadcasting system includes more than 1,000 AM and FM radio stations and some 719 television stations to serve, entertain and educate the listening and viewing audience.
A wide range of cultural activities are available in Canadian cities and towns, including museums, galleries, live theatre, dance and music performances and concerts.A Bilingual Nation
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The majority of Canada's French speaking inhabitants live in the province of Québec. This province is located in the eastern part of the country, but there are French speaking communities throughout the country. As a bilingual nation, Canada offers superior English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs for students wishing to learn either or both languages.Multicultural and Welcoming
Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In fact, one out of three Canadians has an ethnic background other than English, French or Aboriginal.
Students coming to Canada will experience a secure, peaceful, multi-cultural environment in cities and towns with people who are friendly and interested in learning about other cultures. With almost all of the world's ethnic groups are represented in Canada, most ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada. Clubs and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible. International student advisors can help students get in touch with such groups.A Safe Place to Study
Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. (Crime rates in Canada have dropped consistently since the beginning of the 1990's). Firearms are strictly controlled and generally not permitted.
International students who come to Canada should follow the same common sense precautions as they would anywhere in the world.Work Opportunities
International students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus with a work permit.
- Laurentian University
- Canadian Institute of Business and Technology (CIABT)
- Lethbridge College at CIABT Campus
- Lambton College
- Seneca College
- George Brown College
- CIABT Post Secondary & Post Graduate Fleming College
- Netom College
- CISRO Institute of Management
- Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver
- SIAST – Saskatchewan, Canada
- Havergal School of Canada
- Thompson Rivers University
1. Proof of acceptance
If you plan to attend any school (primary or secondary), college, university or other educational institution in Canada, the school must complete and send you a letter of acceptance. You must include the original letter with your study permit application.
- A valid passport or travel document for you and each accompanying family member. The passport or travel document must allow you to return to the country that issued it. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not need a passport, but do need proof of status and citizenship, such as a national identity card or an alien registration card.
- Two recent passport-size photos of you and each accompanying family member. The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo.
3. Proof of financial support
You must prove that you can support yourself and the family members who accompany you while you are in Canada. You can prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself in Canada by showing some of the following:
- proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada; your bank statements for the past four months
- a bank draft in convertible currency
- proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees;
- a letter from the person or institution providing you with money; and
- Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
If there are foreign-exchange control measures in your country, you must provide proof that the exchange control authorities will allow you to export funds for all of your expenses.
4. Letter of explanation
In some cases, you may wish to apply for a study permit even if you do not need one right away. There are benefits to having a study permit, even if you do not require one. If you have a valid study permit, you can:
- work part time on campus at the college or university at which you are registered as a full-time student; and
- Apply to renew your study permit from within Canada, if you decide to continue studying in Canada.
If you decide that you want to continue your studies in another program after you complete your short-term course or program, you must apply through a Canadian visa office outside Canada for a study permit if you do not already have one.
If you are applying for a study permit even though you do not need one, you should include a letter that explains why you are applying. The letter will inform the visa officer that you understand your options. For example, the letter might say:
“Dear Visa Officer,
I would like a study permit for my eight-week English course because I would like to apply to a Canadian-university program after I finish the English course.”
In addition to these documents, you may have to provide other information when you apply for a study permit. If you are not a citizen of the country where you submit your application, you may have to provide proof of your present immigration status in the country where you apply.
If the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a re-entry permit, you must obtain one before you apply for a Canadian visa. Other documents may also be required.
The following table shows the minimum amounts that you will need.
Number of persons
Tuition fees plus $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month)
Tuition plus $11,000 for a 12-month period (or $917 per month)
+ one family member
$4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month)
$5,100 more for a person 18 years of age or older for a 12-month period (or $425 per month)
+ each additional family member
$3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month)
$5,125 more for a person 18 years of age or older for a 12-month period (or $427 per month)