From natural peaks to skyscrapers, Canada has it all! Montreal and Toronto are two large cities that offer just about everything students could possibly ask for.
Toronto, an ethnically diverse city is also a major centre of higher learning and research with many well-known educational institutions such as the University of Toronto.
The City of Saints, MontrĂ©al, is one that defies all expectation with its lush mix of North American & European swagger and cutting-edge culture. The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, given its low crime rate. There are also walksafe programmes, where volunteers assist people in getting to public transportation or their homes during late hours at night.
Canada is the worldâ€™s most educated country with over half of its residents being college graduates. Unlike back home, the country does not have a central education system but is under the jurisdiction of each of its province.
There are three academic intakes at the institutions in Canada: fall, winter and summer. Fall lasts from September till December, winter lasts from January till April and summer lasts from May till August. Though fall is the primary intake in most colleges, few colleges do allow for a winter intake. International students are advised to apply at the earliest, as scholarships and admissions get more and more competitive closer to the deadline. A typical application deadline would be six to nine months before your session starts, and it can vary depending on each department and subject of choice. Though deadlines are not flexible, except for diploma programmes, some institutions might accept students if seats are available.
Cost of studying in Canada
The price tag for higher studies in Canada is roughly half compared with other leading study destinations like the USA. Tuition fees vary from institution to institution. On average, students will have to shell out nearly CAN $10,000â€“$40,000 per year.Annual living expenses will depend on the living location you prefer and the type of accommodation that suits you, i.e., private, homestay or on-campus accommodation. On average, students nearly pay CA$6,000â€“8,000 per year for their accommodation. Of course, the transport and other expenses should be factored in. And one more thing that you canâ€™t avoid is a health insurance that costs CA$600 (approx.) per year.International students may work part-time for 20 hours per week â€“ generally the first six months on-campus and off-campus post this period. Some universities with more intensive courses allow their students to work for nearly 12 hours since working for more hours can affect their students' performance. International students can apply for work permit post their studies, which gives them the opportunity to work in the country for a three-year period.