Canada is a leading country in world university rankings and offers some of the best study programmes with leading research faculties and academic institutions. Both the universities and the Canadian Government provide benefits for international students. The high academic standards and quality education help provide students with the best education to go out into the real world and start careers.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Canadian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Canadian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Canada's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s research, international orientation and knowledge transfer dimensions.
If you’re a Canadian citizen studying in Canada, you can expect to pay an average of CA$6,838 per year for an undergraduate degree, and CA$7,086 per year for a graduate degree. According to Statistics in Canada, the average tuition fees for undergraduate international students in 2019/20 are CA$29714 (~US$22,500) per year. Humanities courses tend to be cheaper (averaging $5,542), while subjects such as engineering and medicine are among the more expensive (an average of CA$21,717 (~US$16,446) for dentistry and $14,162 (~US$10,724) for Medicine. Fees for business and management courses are lower than the national average, at CA$6,827 (~US$5,170) per year. If you want to study at postgraduate level, the tuition fees are generally lower, and again vary depending on your program. Statistics Canada puts the average postgraduate tuition fee for international students at CA$17,744 in 2019/20, which is approximately US$13,437; a four percent increase from the previous year.
Before you apply for a study permit, you need:
Find out which documents you need before you apply for a study permit.
In Canada a study permit is necessary, which costs about CA$150. If the stay in Canada is less than six months, either an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or a visa is required you will find further information here.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Canada. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
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