Canada is one of the world’s top destinations for a university education. It is not surprising that so many international students choose Canada for their university studies. Students from around the world rank Canada the 2nd most welcoming country for international students. According to QS World University Rankings in 2019, Canada is home to 10 of the top 250 universities in the world and has 3 of the top 20 best student cities in the world: Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

Is Canada a good study destination?


Canada is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. Counting over 120,000 international students each year, anywhere in Canada, you will be surrounded by a large multicultural environment, both in classrooms, as well as in the society. This creates a great advantage for any foreigner, meaning that you can easily adapt and make friends.

English is everywhere

A bilingual nation, where both English and French are the official languages of Canada and share equal status. Therefore, you can easily survive just by speaking and communicating in English if you choose to study in Canada. However, while in Canada, you can seize the opportunity to learn some French or brush up your French language skills.

High standard of living

Canada is great place to live and work. In fact, Canada ranks #1 in the world when it comes to quality of life. Canada’s high levels of universal education, long life expectancy (due to universal health care system), low crime, less violence are factors which make Canada the survey to get a high score.

Safe community

Canada is one of the safest places to study with little crime rates and cases of racial discrimination. According to Numbeo Canada’s safety index is 62.42, which is much higher than another popular study abroad destinations such as Australia (57.94), UK (57.9), and US (49.99).

Affordable education & cost of living

Other than just affordable education, Canada overall as a country is very accessible. Canada’s cost of living is much less compared to other nations around the world. Most public transportation are quite affordable as well. The cost of living in Canada is 3.09% lower than in the United States. The rent in Canada is 22.88% lower than in the United States. While these statistics are lower, the annual income for Canada is slightly larger than the annual revenue for the United States.

Employment opportunities

While studying in Canada, students are permitted to take up part time jobs both on campus and off campus. While studying, no international students are required to obtain a work permit when working on campus. There are also many job opportunities off campus that are readily available near universities such as hostels, hotels, general labor, tutor, child care, restaurants, etc. Once an international student has graduated, they can work in Canada for up to 3 years!

Post-secondary options in Canada

Certificate Programs ( l year)

The aim of a certificate is to give post-secondary students the skills and knowledge for an entry-level vocation. All colleges and universities offer certificate programs of different lengths.

College or University Diploma (2 years)

Diploma programs are mainly developed to meet specific demands of trades and technical or vocational careers. Diploma programs are also likely to have a co-op internship component or other apprenticeship options, and diplomas can be upgraded or transferred into a bachelor’s degree.

Associate Degree (2 years)

An Associate Degree in Canada is a 60-credit, foundational undergraduate program in a classical area of study (such as Sciences or Arts). Unlike certificates and diplomas, Associate Degrees comprise a breadth of general academic subjects as well as a specialization in an area of interest (similar to a major).

Bachelor’s Degree (3 to 5 years)

A bachelor’s degree in Canada normally signifies completion of four years of full-time post-secondary education. Subject areas most often include traditional academic subjects in Business, General Sciences, Engineering, the Arts, or Humanities. In this arrangement, students are expected to gain general and foundational knowledge over their first one or two years, and then specialise in a concentration called a major.

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate (1 year)

Graduate diplomas and certificates can transfer into master’s degrees. Frequently, they may operate as an additional compliment to a bachelors degree, and show intense specialisation in one subject area.

Master’s Degree (1 to 2 years)

Programs often expect the student to propose and conduct significant original research culminating in a major project, thesis, and/or comprehensive examination.

Doctorate Degree (3-6 years)

A doctorate in Canada comprises comprehensive and analytical coursework, followed by an independent dissertation or thesis.