Last Updated on October 7, 2019
Do You Know?
- More than 200,000 international students were issued study permits to study in Canada in 2013!
- Canada’s international reputation in the education industry is outstanding:
- Canada has 21 universities in the top 500 and 32 in the top 1000 of the Shanghai World University Rankings (2014)
- 5 MBA schools in Canada rank in the top 100 Financial Times Rankings (2012)
- Canadian students are frequently high performers in reading, literacy, maths and sciences, and rank # 1 among English speaking countries according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
- More than 33% of Canada’s research occurs at Canadian universities – easily one of the best rates among all OECD and G7 countries.
- Canada is a high spender per capita on public postsecondary education: it is one of the world’s top education performers and among the top 3 OECD countries
- Students in Canada score high on international aptitude tests reflecting the importance and commitment each of the provinces and territories places on the quality of our education system.
Levels of Study in Canada: The Canada Education System
- Elementary and Secondary Education
- Language Schools
- The College System
Language Schools: The Canada Education System
Canada is a bilingual country, founded on welcoming immigration policies with world-renowned English and French language training study programs. There are many programs that will help improve your language proficiency and help develop your capacity for further study, personal development or business training.
The facts about language schools in Canada
- Private language schools and colleges are committed to teaching English and French, often exclusively to international students and new immigrants.
- Specialized & individualized language training programs are available in subjects such as: Business, English, academic preparation and industry-specific language training programs.
- Tuition fees for a 4-week course typically range from $1,000 to $2,000.
- Home stays are also quite common and cost approximately $1,000 per month.
The College System: The Canada Education System
Colleges work very closely with business and industry to ensure that their programs conform to the changing and dynamic workplace and meet the needs of employers. Canadian college programs offer many options in the technical and professional fields including: business, agri-food and agriculture, health, social services, journalism and broadcasting, hospitality and hotel/restaurant management, graphic design, technology, sciences, information technology, engineering, environment sciences, languages, and many disciplines within the arts.
The facts about the College System in Canada
- Over 8,500 college programs at 200 public institutions offering credentials that are recognized by provincial and territorial governments.
- Colleges programs are often known as “Gate-Ways” to higher University education.
- Offers a variety of recognized credentials like certificates, diplomas, university transfer programs, academic and applied degrees, and post-graduate diplomas.
- Programs vary in length from six months to 4 years.
- 80% of college graduates, on average, obtain full-time employment within 6-9 months of graduating.
- 90% of employers confirm they are satisfied with college graduates from Canadian college programs.
- Practical programs are designed with the support from potential hiring employers that also offer work placements.
- Tuition fees range from $5,500 to $15,000 per year depending on the program.
- Boarding or home stay and living costs are estimated at $7,000 to $13,000 per year
Universities: The Canada Education System
Canadian universities help prepare graduates to develop an ability to think critically, to be adaptive to emerging technologies, to become leaders in many professional fields. Whether you intend to become a teacher, economist, artist or a world leading nanotechnologist, Canada’s university education programs will help provide you with the best choices that meet your interests. From small liberal arts teaching schools to larger research-intensive universities you can begin your bachelor studies and continue to studying towards the highest qualification programs. University research continues to impact the academic world both in Canada and globally. Canadian universities have received substantial funding and have become incubators for innovation.
Highly innovative research takes place in the fields of health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals, and renewable fuels. More than 33% of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities – one of the highest rates of academic research among OECD and G7 countries.
Three levels of degrees
- Bachelor’s: generally three or four years of undergraduate study
- Master’s: one or two years of study after the bachelor’s degree, including a thesis, practicum, or research paper or course-based
- Doctoral: three years of study including a thesis, usually following a master’s degree
The facts about Universities in Canada
- More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 200 public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges.
- Degrees follow the Bachelor/Master/Doctorate system and are equivalent to those in the USA and Commonwealth countries.
- Vast choice of undergraduate and post-graduate programs, as well as professional designations, certificate and diploma courses, and short career-focused programs.
- Cutting edge technology and research labs.
- Opportunities for cooperative education and internships, and international students can often work while they study.
- Tuition fees range from $8,000 to $26,000 per year depending on the program.
For more information about the educational programs available in Canada, please visit our Find a Study in Canada Program section, or contact us directly. You can soon be living and studying in Canada!