A student can find both publicly funded as well as private universities and other institutions in Canada. There are number choices for a student at different levels – community colleges/ technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities, university colleges and SPP colleges for Indian students.

Below are the various education levels for students in Canada

  •    Certificate level, generally for a year
  •    Diploma level, for one or two years
  •    Advanced Diploma, generally two or three-year programs
  •    Bachelor degrees, awarded after four years of full-time study
  •    Post-graduate Diplomas/Certificates, for one or two years of study
  •    Master’s degrees, available after a bachelor degree to excel in a certain subject, for one to two years
  •    Doctorate or PhD, generally four to seven years

The Canadian constitution states that each province has the responsibility of education respective to their province. This means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.

Early education in Canada starts in the kindergarten at the age of 4 or 5 for 1 or 2 years which is on a voluntary basis. Grade one start at about 6 years of age for all children. A normal school year starts from September through June, but in some cases January intake dates are possible as well.

Grades 11 or 12 are considered secondary schools depending on the province. After secondary schools students may opt for university courses or college diplomas

High Quality Education

Canadian education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada but all of the institutions are of highest standards of quality. The type, size and locations are 3 things one needs to consider when choosing an education institution for studying in Canada. Best bet is to in research which institution has more to offer in your area of study, and also check the history of that particular department of in that institution.



Studying in Canada is affordable if not free as compared to other countries.An international student at an average may spend up to C$ 110000k for an undergraduate program for one year. Average fee in colleges would be around C$ 12K to C$16k and universities would be around C$ 14k to C$ 25k.

As per the Association of Commonwealth Universities 2003*, an international student may find the lowest tuition fee when compared to UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Tuition fees at public universities in the US are 1/3 than a Bachelor’s degree fee in Canada while private university fees are more than double than they are in Canada.

*The Association of Commonwealth Universities 2003

Source: Statistics Canada

*Undergraduate programs in arts

**Graduate programs in all faculties



Top 10 Reasons to Study in Canada

  1. Best place to live The United Nations ranked Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, based on Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life, among other things.
  2. Amongst the best places to study Canada’s universities maintain high standards of academic excellence and are consistently recognized in top international rankings.
  3. Internationally recognized degrees Each year hundreds of thousands of international students attend Canadian colleges and universities. Their degrees are recognized around the world as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
  4. A multicultural country. Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), and over the past century and a half it has welcomed 15 million immigrants. With some 200,000 new immigrants from more than 175 countries arriving every year Canada receives the highest percentage of newcomers in the world relative to its population of over 34 million.
  5. A safe, stable country. Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe democracy and it is rarely affected by natural disasters. Almost 70 per cent of international students involved in a CBIE survey cited Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
  6. Excellent health care. Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among the most advanced and accessible in the world.
  7. A bilingual country. Learn another language or improve your second language skills. For over a century, Canada’s two official languages, English and French, have been taught as second languages which is why we are world leaders in language training.
  8. Urban living and an abundance of untouched natureWhile there are a number of big cities and exciting places to live, the preservation of a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system is a priority.
  9. Four distinct seasons Temperatures – and the amount of snow cover you will see – vary a great deal in Canada. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
  10. 10. We’re waiting for you Canadians are welcoming and respectful of differences. Our educational institutions seek out students from abroad and strive to grow their international student population. One thing is for sure – your time in Canada will be something that you will never forget!


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