Study in Canada

Study in Canada - a guide for international students

Écrit par Dr. Damaris Foping


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Several reasons explain the fact that many international students choose Canada as their study abroad destination.canadaflag


  • The country is multilingual. In fact, French and English are the two official languages ​​of Canada. This is a great advantage for Francophone or Anglophone students who can benefit from a quality education without having to pass a language test.
  • The Canadian economy is in continual expansion (2.5% in 2011), with booming sectors such as biotechnology, health, aeronautics, mining, and informatics. The unemployment rate in Canada is one of the lowest of the developed countries. In fact, the vast majority of graduates of higher education find a job even before completing their undergraduate studies.
  • Getting a permanent residence/Canadian citizenship is much easier compared to achieving the same status in the USA, for instance.
  • According to the Shanghai Times and ET​​, six Canadian universities are among the top 150 universities in the world.

Tuition fees are more affordable in Canada compared to those of countries like the United States.

All sorts of info regarding studies in the Canada are provided below; before that, here’s an important parenthesis:


When it comes to going to Canada for your studies, there's two ways to go about it:   


(1) Paying everything out of pocket.

(2) Applying for a scholarship.




Whichever option you choose, avoid the mistake committed by thousands of African students each year: "traveling for the sake of traveling" – you need to put a lot of thought into what brings you to Canada. (read this article, it is very important!).


At Atlantis, the end game is not  facilitating your going abroad; instead, it is taking all the necessary steps to make sure that you get the most from this opportunity.  Click here to Hire our experts.



Since July 7, 1969, the two official languages ​​of Canada are English and French. According to the 2001 census, the English and French respectively are 59.3% and 22.9% of the population. The rest of the Canadian population is composed of people whose mother tongues are, among others, Chinese, Italian, German and Canadian Gaelic. Note that Inuktitut is the third most spoken language in Canada, although it is not an official language.

There is no single Canadian university system per se, but rather several Canadian university systems; this is because the ten provinces and three Canadian territories that make up Canada are all independent. Even if there are many similarities among the different educational systems in Canada, each Canadian jurisdiction (the ten provinces and three territories) has its own characteristics. These arise from the history, geography, language, culture, and specific needs of each jurisdiction. Although each jurisdiction operates independently, Canada as a nation invests heavily in education. To better understand what goes on education-wise in Canada, here is an explanatory diagram.



Studies at the undergraduate level In 2010, the tuition fees for foreign students enrolled at the undergraduate level were increased, and so were that of the Canadian nationals. Nationally, the average tuition for undergraduate students increased 4.3% to $17,571 in 2011-2012, compared with an increase of 5.2% in 2010-2011. In Quebec universities, tuition fees (basic) for undergraduate studies are currently $72.26 per credit, or $1083.90 for one quarter of 15 credits. But these rates can be modified by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports. Studies of the second cycle In 2010, the tuition cost for three particular graduate programs declined nationally: these were for visual and interpretation studies and communication technology (-4.4%), as well as for the veterinary medicine program (-0.1%). The largest increases in tuition occurred for law studies (+20.7%) and regular MBA (+5.9%). Tuition fees for Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs jumped to about $37,501 for managers and $21,528 for regular students – very expensive.


Quebec In Quebec, foreign students whose nationality is not French generally spend between $14,500 and $19,200 / year towards tuition. French and Quebec nationals often pay $2,200 / year, while non-Quebec Canadian students pay the sum of $6,000 / year. To illustrate all this, here is a table showing the average tuition for Canadian students enrolled in an undergraduate full-time discipline.


By  majors:


2011-2012  $canadian


Agriculture, natural resources and conservation

5 023

Architecture and related services

5 424

social science

4 791

Business, management and public administration

5 711


3 970


6 326


9 214


11 345

Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies

4 731

Physical sciences and life sciences and technologies

5 247

Mathematics, computer and information sciences

5 811

Social and behavioral sciences

4 759




Other Health, parks, recreation and fitness

4 874


16 024


4 809


9 806

Veterinary medicine

5 889



The Canadian immigration authorities currently require a minimum of $11,600 per year for living expenses. Students who live alone should nevertheless prepare a higher amount, approximately $1,200 per month. The cost of living may vary from one university to another, and from one city to another. Estimates presented below are those which apply to the University of Montreal (typical budget in Canadian dollars):


Arrival and installation

Arrival (short travels, temporary accommodation, restaurants)

450 $

Installation (Furnitures for the house, deposit - phone, etc.).

600 $

Winter clothing

600 $ _______ 1 650 $

Living cost


500 $ / month


350 $ / month


80 $ / month


40 $ / month


150 $ / month __________ 1 120 $ / month

13 200 $ / year


Books and similar class items

600 $ / year

Tuition fee and healthcare coverage

Tuition per quarter (depending on the cycle and program)

- $ / quarter

Medical insurance (illness / accident)

1000 $ / year


Dental Insurance

120 $ / year



For studies with a duration longer than six months, a foreign student necessarily needs to get a study permit. But first, s/he must have chosen an institution of higher education in Canada and obtained admission.


  1. Choosing a school, a university, or a college in Canada


  • Above all it is important to note that, as mentioned above, as far as the education system goes each province and territory is autonomous. This means that what you encounter can differ widely from one province to another, hence the need to contact your chosen institution to obtain the details.
  • Some private institutions, such as career colleges and language schools, are not regulated by the Canadian government. They do not obey the same rules as public institutions.
  • In Canada, higher education can be of long or short duration. The former is pursued at universities and colleges, while the latter is offered by community colleges, junior colleges, and CEPEG.


  1. After choosing your school, you must submit an application. If the institution admits you as a student, they will send you a letter of acceptance. This is important, for you will need this letter to ask for a study permit. Please note that if you wish to study in the Province of Québec, the requirements are different. In general, for entry into Québec, a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) is required in addition to a study permit. For more information about this, contact the school or visit
  2. Study permit application You must apply for a study permit from outside Canada, more precisely at the visa office of the country where you live. Some visa offices have local instructions that identify needed documents specific to that region. It is therefore advisable to visit the website of your visa office so as to obtain all the information that applies to students in your particular situation. A list of visa offices is available on the CIC website at the following address: / offices. All the forms you need and guides to help you complete the forms are freely available on the CIC website at – if you have opted to have our consultants assist you in your departure preparation, they will assist you in this regard. You will also find a checklist of documents that will help you ensure that you have attached all the necessary documents to your application. These often include:


  1. a.Your letter of acceptance (the original version)
  2. b.Proof of identity
  3. c.Proof that you have enough money for your stay in Canada. In other words, you must prove that you have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and any family member accompanying you to Canada, as well as money to cover a round-trip ticket for you and your family. Documents needed in this case are bank statements or scholarships award letters, but please consult the website of your visa office for more information on acceptable proof of funds. There are people who offer advice or assistance regarding immigration visa applicants. They usually charge a fee for their services; note that retaining their services will NOT give your case special attention at the embassy. For more information, visit the CIC website at
  4. d.Additional information regarding the study permit You may be asked to provide additional documents to obtain the study permit. In many cases, you and any family member accompanying you to Canada are required to submit to a medical examination. In some cases you and everyone in your family aged 18 or over may also need to be security checked. The visa office can give you additional information.



  1. The visa office may call you for an interview as part of the process, in which case you will be notified of the place and date of the interview. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter of introduction confirming the approval. It is not your study permit, but rather a proof that your application has been approved. You must bring this letter with you to Canada to obtain your study permit at the entrance. Depending on your citizenship or the country in which you live, you may also need a temporary resident visa to enter Canada. To check visa requirements and find out how to apply, see
  2. Who delivers the study permits? When you arrive in Canada, you will be received by an officer of the Border Services Agency Canada. You must show the officer:


  1. a.letter of introduction from the visa office
  2. b.your passport or other valid travel documents
  3. c.letter of acceptance from the school you will be attending
  4. d.documents showing proof of sufficient funds
  5. e.your temporary resident visa, if such a document is required


If you meet all the necessary conditions, the agent will give you a study permit. Note that the agents of the Border Services Agency Canada make the final decision as to whether you will be issued a study permit, based on Canadian law.



  1. Acadia University
  2. Algonquin College
  3. Ashton College
  4. Assumption University
  5. Athabasca University
  6. Augustana University College
  7. Bishop's University
  8. Bow Valley College
  9. Brandon University
  10. Brescia College
  11. British Columbia Institute of Technology
  12. British Columbia Open University
  13. Brock University
  14. Camosun College
  15. Campion College
  16. Canadian College of Business & Computers
  17. Canadian Mennonite University
  18. Capilano College
  19. Carleton University
  20. Centennial College
  21. Collège Boréal
  22. College of New Caledonia
  23. College of the Rockies
  24. Columbia College
  25. Concordia University
  26. Concordia University College of Alberta
  27. Conestoga College
  28. Dalhousie University
  29. DeVry Institute of Technology
  30. Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology
  31. Douglas College
  32. Durham College
  33. École des Hautes Études Commerciales
  34. École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec
  35. École nationale d'administration publique, Université du Québec
  36. École Polytechnique de Montréal, Université de Montréal
  37. Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
  38. First Nations University of Canada
  39. George Brown College
  40. Humber College
  41. Huron University College
  42. Institut Armand-Frappier, Université du Québec
  43. Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec
  44. King's College
  45. Kingston College
  46. King's University College
  47. Kwantleen University College
  48. Lakehead University
  49. Langara College
  50. Lansbridge University
  51. Laurentian University of Sudbury
  52. Luther College
  53. MacEwan University
  54. Malaspina University College
  55. McGill University
  56. McMaster University
  57. Memorial University of Newfoundland
  58. Mount Allison University
  59. Mount Royal College
  60. Mount Saint Vincent University
  61. Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  62. Nipissing University
  63. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  64. Northern Lights College
  65. North Island College
  66. Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  67. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
  68. Okanagan University College
  69. Ontario College of Art and Design
  70. Pacific International College
  71. Queen's University
  72. Quest University
  73. Redeemer College
  74. Regent College
  75. Royal Military College of Canada
  76. Royal Roads University
  77. Ryerson Polytechnic University
  78. Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
  79. Sauder School of Business
  80. Selkirk College
  81. Seneca College
  82. Sheridan College
  83. Simon Fraser University
  84. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  85. St. Anne University
  86. St. Clair College
  87. St. Francis Xavier University
  88. St. Mary's University
  89. St. Paul University
  90. St. Thomas University
  91. Télé-université, Université du Québec
  92. Thompson Rivers University
  93. Trent University
  94. Trinity Western University
  95. Université de Montréal
  96. Université de Sherbrooke
  97. Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  98. Université du Québec à Montréal
  99. Université du Québec à Rimouski
  100. Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  101. Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  102. Université du Québec en Outaouais
  103. Université Laval
  104. University Canada West
  105. University College of Cape Breton
  106. University College of Saint-Boniface
  107. University College of the Cariboo
  108. University College of the Fraser Valley
  109. University of Alberta
  110. University of British Columbia
  111. University of Calgary
  112. University of Guelph
  113. University of King's College
  114. University of Lethbridge
  115. University of Manitoba
  116. University of Moncton
  117. University of Moncton, Edmundston
  118. University of Moncton, Shippagan
  119. University of New Brunswick
  120. University of New Brunswick, Saint John
  121. University of Northern British Columbia
  122. University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  123. University of Ottawa
  124. University of Prince Edward Island
  125. University of Québec
  126. University of Regina
  127. University of Saskatchewan
  128. University of St. Jerome's College
  129. University of St. Michael's College
  130. University of Sudbury
  131. University of Toronto
  132. University of Toronto, Mississauga
  133. University of Toronto, Scarborough
  134. University of Trinity College
  135. University of Victoria
  136. University of Waterloo
  137. University of Western Ontario
  138. University of Windsor
  139. University of Winnipeg
  140. Vancouver Community College
  141. Victoria University Toronto, University of Toronto
  142. Wilfrid Laurier University
  143. William and Catherine Booth College
  144. York University
  145. Yukon College

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