What is the meaning of 'Post-secondary Education'?

Post-secondary education refers to studies or training after secondary (pre-university) studies. A Bachelor’s degree is an example of post-secondary studies. 

What is the meaning of 'Applied Degree'?

An applied degree program typically combines academic rigour of an academic degree with industry-focused and job-ready skills of a college diploma. The curriculum of an applied degree program are often aligned according to the changing needs of the industries and, while these 4-year programs focus on laying a strong foundation of theory and analytical skills as would an academic degree, there is also a strong emphasis on practical applications as would a college diploma.

What is the meaning of 'Study Pathways'?

A study pathway is the study plan students follow to earn credentials/qualifications and experience required for their intended professional careers.

A study pathway could involve one program of study, one qualification and one institution or more than one; depending on students’ education goals and unique situations.

For a quick reference: Study pathway in Canada – by Think Study Canada

For a quick reference: Study pathways for qualifications obtained in Singapore and Malaysia – by Think Study Canada

What is the difference between a college and university in Canada?

In general, Canadian colleges and universities offer different kinds of programs.

Programs offered by Canadian colleges are more skill-focused and career-oriented. Qualifications offered to international students include Diploma of 2 to 3 years of studies, Bachelor’s degree of minimum 4 years of studies and Post-graduate Certificate of 1 year of studies and Diploma of 2 years of studies.

Programs offered by Canadian universities tend to be more academic or professional. Qualifications offered to international students include Bachelor’s degree of minimum 4 years of studies, Master’s degree of minimum 2 years of studies and Doctorate degree of minimum 3 years of studies.

Professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law are offered only at the post-graduate level and most are not open to international students.

What are the requirements for admission into Canadian colleges and universities?

Each college and university has its own policy regarding admissions. Generally, Canadian institutions look essentially at high school grades and proficiency in English (for most provinces) or French (for francophone institutions). Many programs of study also look at specific subjects taken at the high-school levels for admissions.

Visit the admission page(s) of the college(s) and/or university(ies) website which you are interested in for their admission requirement.

Here’s a quick reference: Admission requirements by province – by Think Study Canada 

What is the procedure to study in Canada?

The procedure to study in Canada is a 4-step process.

Step 1 – Apply to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (also known as DLI). DLI are education institutions recognised by the government of Canada and only designated institutions can support a study permit application.

Step 2 – Arrange for accommodation. Visit the housing page(s) of the college/university website you are attending for on-campus accommodation and recommended alternatives.

Step 3 – Apply for a study permit from your home country or country of residence. Visit EduCanada – Study Permit for more information on how you can apply for your study permit.

Step 4 – Prepare to embark on your new and exciting journey of studying in Canada. Visit EduCanada – Study life in Canada for pre-departure guide and information about living in Canada.

Do I need to apply for a visa to study in Canada?

All international students need to have a valid study permit to study in any program longer than 6 months. If the study program is shorter than 6 months, a study permit is not required.

How much does it cost for an international student to study in Canada?

Basically, cost of education includes tuition fees, institution specified tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees refer to the fee that you need to pay in order to enrol in a program of study and this fee ranges from C$15,000 to C$50,000 per year, depending on program of studies and institution.

Institution specified student fees refer to fees such as student activity fee, student union fee and such. These fees pay for the amenities the universities and colleges provide such as the fitness centre, swimming pool among others. They vary between institutions and can cost C$30 per semesters to C$2,000 per academic year.

Living expenses includes rent, utilities, food and groceries, health insurance if this is not already included in the tuition fee, addition insurance, transportation, phone, internet and other expenditure like hobbies and recreation. The recommended cost of living is around C$10,000 per academic year (i.e. 8 months) and this cost of living would be slightly higher when living in bigger cities like Vancouver or Toronto.

As a reference, the estimated total cost of studying in Canada could range from at least C$25,000 to C$60,000 per academic year*.

Are there any scholarships available for international students?

Many institutions have scholarships available for international students with strong academic grades and well-rounded experiences. Visit the scholarship page(s) of the college/university website you are attending for more information on scholarships and funding opportunities.

For a detailed reference: International Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Canadians

Do I need health insurance to study in Canada?

It is mandatory that all international students need to have health insurance in order to study in Canada.

All institutions in Canada would require international students to have a medical health insurance that cover health expenses while studying in Canada among other documentation before they can enrol in their program of studies. 

Where can I purchase this medical health insurance?

Depending on institutions and provinces, medical health insurance could be included in the tuition fees or purchase separately as arranged by the institutions. You can also buy this medical health insurance or in addition to the one arranged by the institutions from private Canadian insurance providers.

How much does a health insurance cost?

While it may differ from province to province, C$500 per year is a rough estimate.

Can I work while I study in Canada?

International students studying full-time in Canada may be able to work on or off-campus part-time (i.e. 20 hours per week) during your regular academic sessions or full-time (i.e. 40 hours per week) during scheduled school vacations like winter, summer holidays and spring break.

For a quick reference: Work in Canada while you study – by Think Study Canada

For a detailed reference: Get a student work permit

Can I stay in Canada after graduation?

If you have studied full-time at a qualifying institution for at least 8 months, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) within 90 days of receiving written confirmation such as transcript or official letter from the institution you had studied in indicating your successful completion your program and are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma or certificate.

For a quick reference: Work in Canada after graduation – by Think Study Canada

For a detailed reference: Post-Graduation Work Permit

Where do international students stay while they study in Canada?

Basically, accommodation can be short-term or long-term.

Short-term accommodation can be hotels, bed-and-breakfast, youth hostels such as YWCA or YMCA.

Long-term accommodation can be on-campus accommodation (i.e.residence), off-campus accommodation such as homestay or rental.

For a quick reference: Accommodation in Canada – by Think Study Canada

For detailed references: Visit the accommodation page(s) of the college/university website you are attending for on-campus accommodation and recommended alternatives.