Study In Canada - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Canada as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Canada as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Canada

Why study in Canada

Cost of studying in Canada

Universities in Canada for international students

Cost of living in Canada for international students

How to get a visa to study in Canada

How to apply and study in Canada

Tuition fees to study in Canada

Applying to study in Canada

When you’ve chosen a shortlist of universities to apply to, the next stage is to get in touch with each university’s international office, which will guide you through the application procedure. You will need to apply directly to each institution, as there is no centralized application system.

The process for applying to universities in Canada is generally straightforward. Most Canadian higher education institutions require the completion of a high school diploma and, in some provinces, the completion of 40 hours of community service. International students may also be asked to provide proof of language proficiency, either in English or French.

For some university programs, and for almost all international students, you will be required to provide an essay, a statement of intent or personal statement of experience. Other documents required may include: letters of reference, examples of extracurricular involvement, evidence of community service, athletic participation, and details of awards and scholarships won.

In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less.

Applying to universities in Canada


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Canada for international students

The cost of studying in Canada actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Canada have different tuition feesTuition fees and cost of studying in Canada

Canadian universities are among the most expensive in the world. Although they are cheaper compared to countries like United Kingdom,United States and Australia. In Canada public universities are cheaper than private universities although Canadian public universities are still very expensive on general terms.


The average tuition fees for public universities in Canada is about US$10,735 per year for international students and the average tuition fees in for private universities in Canada is about US$15,500 per year for international students.


To know the exact tuition fees of the university you want to apply to,check the school website directly or contact the admission department because all the universities in Canada have different tuition fees.


The tuition fees of both public and private universities in Canada also depend on the course of study,courses such as medicine and dentistry are the most expensive and can cost about US$25,000 per year,while courses such as the science and art course will be cheaper.


There are a lot of financial aids in Canada for international students. Scholarships are offered by the government,private organizations and even the universities to international student. All you have to do is to take your time and search for good scholarship that will work well for you. You can also contact the financial aid office of the university you want to apply to and ask if there are any scholarship positions for you.


International students are also permitted to work part time to support themselves. To be eligible to this,you have to apply for a work permit at the immigration so that you would be legally permitted to work. As an international student,you can work for about 18hrs a week.


Cost of living in Canada according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district      C$17

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)           C$10

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk       C$2.50

            12 eggs, large            C$4.07

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes       C$3.88

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese      C$10

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples           C$3.68

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes        C$2.51

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket   C$3.21

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality   C$18

            2 liters of Coca-Cola           C$2.38

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day          C$2.30


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area            C$2,088

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area    C$1,595

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat         C$154

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area  C$1,527

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area       C$1,110

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio            C$118

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$56

            40” flat screen TV    C$483

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)      C$168

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11

            Hourly rate for cleaning help         C$24


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)       C$70

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)        C$56

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)       C$113

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes     C$146


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new          C$25,024

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas    C$1.14

            Monthly ticket public transport     C$114

Personal Care           

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)          C$10

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)      C$27

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)           C$83

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)     C$8

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)          C$4.94

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)    C$5.25

            4 rolls of toilet paper           C$2.99

            Tube of toothpaste   C$2.51

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$24


Visa to study in Canada


To study in Canada as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Canada visa


Visitors of following countries do not require a visa to visit Canada :

- Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium,  Brunei, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (holders of a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (holders of national Israeli passport), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania (holders of a biometric passport/e-passport issued by Lithuania), Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland (holders of a biometric passport/e-passport issued by Poland), Portugal, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (holders of the ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number).

- British citizens and British overseas citizens - A British citizen or a British overseas citizen who is re-admissible to the United Kingdom.

- British overseas territories, citizens of - A citizen of a British overseas territory who derives their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British overseas territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands.

- British National (Overseas) - holder of a British National (Overseas) passport issued by the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.

- British Subjects - holder of a British Subject passport issued by the United Kingdom which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - holder of a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

- United States citizens and permanent residents - A United States citizen or a person lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who is in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.

What documents will be required?

- You must have a valid travel document (such as a passport).

- Two recent passport photos are required. Make sure these photos meet the requirements. For more information on specifications for photographs, see the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.

- Enclose the application fee. Your fee will not be refunded, even if your application is not accepted.

- You must provide proof that you have enough money for your visit to Canada. The amount of money may vary, depending on the circumstances for your visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives. You can get more information from the Canadian visa office in your country or region.

- You may need to include other documents. These documents could be identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from relatives or friends in Canada, or a proposed itinerary. Check the website of the visa office responsible for the country or region where you live for more information.


What is the cost of a visa?

If a student visa and/or authorization is required, the cost is CAD 125

How long is the visa valid for?

Student visas and authorization are valid for the duration of the program of study

If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a student, you must complete the Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada. Check the expiry date on your study permit, and make sure you apply before that date. You should apply for renewal at least 30 days before your current permit expires.

If you apply for a renewal of your study permit, and the permit expires before you receive an answer, you can continue to study in Canada under the same conditions until you receive a decision.

You should apply to renew your study permit if you intend to travel outside Canada and your permit will expire while you are travelling.

You cannot extend your study permit beyond the expiry date on your passport. If your study permit has expired, and you have not applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.


List and ranking of all universities in Canada


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Canada. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Canada and their ranking.


Rank   University     Location

1          University of Toronto


2          The University of British Columbia

Vancouver ...

3          McGill University

Montreal ...

4          Simon Fraser University

Burnaby ...

5          University of Waterloo


6          University of Alberta

Edmonton ...

7          University of Calgary


8          York University


9          University of Victoria


10        The University of Western Ontario


11        Université de Montréal


12        Queen's University


13        McMaster University


14        Université Laval

Quebec City

15        University of Ottawa


16        Carleton University


17        University of Guelph

Guelph ...

18        Ryerson University


19        Concordia University


20        Dalhousie University


21        University of Saskatchewan


22        Université du Québec à Montréal

Montréal ...

23        University of Manitoba


24        Memorial University of Newfoundland

St John’s ...

25        Université de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke ...

26        University of Regina


27        University of New Brunswick

Fredericton ...

28        Brock University

St. Catharines ...

29        University of Windsor


30        Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo ...

31        British Columbia Institute of Technology


32        École Polytechnique de Montréal


33        The University of Winnipeg


34        Trent University

Peterborough ...

35        Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Chicoutimi ...

36        HEC Montréal


37        University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge ...

38        Université du Québec

Quebec City ...

39        University of Prince Edward Island


40        Acadia University


41        Lakehead University

Thunder Bay

42        Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo ...

43        École de Technologie Supérieure


44        St. Francis Xavier University


45        Saint Mary's University


46        University of Northern British Columbia

Prince George ...

47        Laurentian University

Sudbury ...

48        Mount Allison University

Sackville ...

49        Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Edmonton ...

50        Université de Moncton

Moncton ...

51        University of Ontario Institute of Technology


52        Thompson Rivers University


53        Mount Royal University


54        SAIT Polytechnic


55        MacEwan University


56        Royal Roads University


57        Emily Carr University of Art and Design


58        Capilano University

North Vancouver ...

59        Trinity Western University


60        University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford ...

61        OCAD University


62        Nipissing University

North Bay ...

63        Bishop's University


64        Brandon University


65        Mount Saint Vincent University


66        Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


67        Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Surrey ...

68        Université du Québec en Outaouais


69        Collège militaire royal du Canada

Kingston ...

70        Université du Québec à Rimouski

Rimouski ...

71        Cape Breton University

Sydney ...

72        Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Rouyn-Noranda ...

73        Algoma University

Sault Ste. Marie

74        École Nationale d'Administration Publique

Quebec City ...

75        Canadian Mennonite University


76        NSCAD University


77        Redeemer University College


78        St. Thomas University


79        Université de Saint-Boniface


80        The King's University


81        University of King's College


82        Yorkville University


83        Concordia University of Edmonton


84        Ambrose University


85        Université Sainte-Anne

Pointe de l'Église ...

86        Luther College at the University of Regina


87        College of the North Atlantic

Stephenville ...

88        St. Thomas More College


89        Burman University


90        First Nations University of Canada


91        Kingswood University


92        Campion College at the University of Regina


93        Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Merritt ...

94        Collège Universitaire Dominicain

Ottawa ...

95        University Canada West


96        Crandall University


97        St. Mary's University


98        Aurora College

Forth Smith ...

99        St. Stephen's University

St. Stephen


Courses you can study at universities in Canada


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Canada

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Canada or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.


Hope this post was helpful


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Universities in Canada for international students

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How to get a visa to study in Canada

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Tuition fees to study in Canada

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