Canada has been one of the favourite destinations for students across the globe. The reasons for studying in Canada are numerous however, the major one being the quality of education along-side the welcoming culture it has to provide. The people of Canada have a major role to play in it, along with the Government.
Ministry of education in Canada stresses on bringing international students in the Canadian universities and retaining them after completion of education. Many policies and programs have been introduced towards this direction. Lately, for international students universities in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Quebec have been the major attractions.
Top Universities in Canada- Rankings
Canada has been attracting international students increasingly over the past decade, especially since May 2017. Universities and Institutions across Canada are well known for high quality education they impart. This is also reflected in the World Ranking of Universities globally. Canada has its fair share of 3 universities within the top 100 strata of QS World Rankings, Times Higher Education Rankings and ARWU (Shanghai) Rankings.
|University Name||Agency Name||Ranking|
|University of Toronto||QS World||28|
|THE World Ranking||22|
|McGill University||QS World||33|
|THE World Ranking||42|
|University of British Columbia||QS World||47|
|THE World Ranking||34|
Cost to Study in Canada
To study in Canada, an international student has to pay a nominal fee as compared to the other popular destinations such as USA and UK.
The cost comparison below is based on the duration and level of the program.
Canada vs. USA vs. UK: Tuition Cost
Study Permit Canada- Requirements, Rules, Processing Time
Ever since the political scenario has taken a shift in the USA and UK, Canada has seen a substantial rise in the number of international applicants. Also, Canada Student Visa policy is not as complicated as it is in other countries. In comparison to its neighbour USA, Canada has transparent and accessible visa policy.
Recently, with the changes in the Student Partnership Program (SPP), the Canadian government has opened doors wide enough for students from the target countries, i.e., China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. The introduction of SDS brings along lesser hassle in terms of financial documentation and processing time. Now, if all the conditions are met, students can get their visa within 45 days contrary to the 60 days policy which is still applicable to other countries.
Scholarships for International Students
To encourage participation of international students in Canadian Universities, its government has already initiated tie-ups with many countries and introduced scholarships for international students. Some of the scholarships available are:
- Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship: The scholarship is available for PhD or PhD equivalent students. The amount for this fellowship is CAD 70,000.
- Canada Graduate Scholarship for Masters Degree: As the name suggests, scholarship is offered to the students pursuing Masters degree at a University in Canada which amounts to CAD 17,500
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program: Available for PhD or PhD equivalent students, the scholarship amounts to CAD 50,000.
Healthcare and Insurance Plans
Canada cares for both domestic as well as international students and as is well known, Canada blooms in the healthcare sector. Students across the universities in Canada have to buy themselves insurance policy. Healthcare and insurance policies in Canada are available province-wise. However, in some provinces, the insurance plans are not available on a public platform. In such province (s), students can buy themselves insurance plans from the University they have gotten admission into.