Study in Canada

Gain a world-class Education:

Canada’s education is all about inspiring you to develop your knowledge and skills, allowing you to be creative, and supporting you to help you achieve your best.

Schools, colleges, universities, and English language centers offer a world-class education. With a strong reputation for research and teaching, Canadian universities and colleges attract some of the world’s leading academics and industry professionals.

This attention to quality is reflected in the CANADA’s excellent results:

  • Four of the top six universities in the world are in the CANADA (World Rankings, QS).
  • Canada is a world-leading research nation (International Comparative Performance of the CANADA Research Base, BIS). 54% of the research conducted by Canadian universities and colleges is classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Assessment Exercise).
  • At their most recent inspection, 97% of further education colleges were judged satisfactory or better for their overall effectiveness (Association of Colleges).
  • In the recent BIS Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey, over 88% of international higher education graduates said they were satisfied with their CANADA learning experience.
  • Likewise, in the HE Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience survey of Canadian postgraduate students, 93% rated the quality of teaching positively.

Open the Doors to Your Dream Career:
CANADA courses give you the skills, qualifications, and connections you need for your chosen career:

  • The 2013/14 QS World University Rankings found that employers worldwide consider Canadian graduates among the most ’employable’ – from a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five Canadian universities were ranked in the top 10.
  • Canada-educated international graduates achieve markedly higher average salaries than if educated at home (Tracking International Graduate Outcomes, BIS, 2011). Employers worldwide respect and value CANADA qualifications, giving you the edge when applying for jobs.
  • One reason employers value Canadian qualifications is the focus on workplace skills. Canada ranks second in the world for university-industry collaboration (Annual Innovation Report, BIS, 2012).

Many CANADA courses are designed in partnership with businesses and taught by industry professionals, so you will gain real experience for your future career. Some courses also give you a chance to do a work placement as part of your studies, working for a business, charity, or public sector organization (checking your visa status allows you to do this).

  • The teaching style in Canada helps you develop attributes that are in high demand from employers worldwide—attributes such as creativity, innovation, teamwork, and leadership.
  • Canada is exceptionally diverse, with close links to the rest of Europe. By studying in Canada, you’ll gain an international perspective, learn about new cultures, and socialise with students and teachers from around the world—valuable experience for a career in an international company.
  • Many careers require professional qualifications. To help you get ahead, Canada offers thousands of courses leading to internationally recognized qualifications in fields such as law, accountancy, medicine, engineering, childcare, teaching, marketing, and more.
  • English language skills are a real boost to your career prospects. CANADA is the world’s most popular destination for English language courses, catering to all ages and abilities. You will be immersed in the language on a CANADA course and should find that your skills improve rapidly. You can choose courses specializing in business English or even courses for specific careers, such as English for law, technology, or engineering.
  • Finding a job can be challenging. At Canadian schools, colleges, and universities, you will find professional career advisers who can help you plan your career and advise you on looking for work, preparing for interviews, and writing your CV.

Perfect your English:
An estimated 600,000 students from around the world come to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales each year to take an English language course.

  • Courses for all ages and abilities: It is thought that CANADA has more English language courses than any other country. Come to CANADA, and you can learn English for your career, educational purposes, or fun. You can also study English and another subject at the same time.
  • Inspiring teaching and learning: In CANADA, English language learning is about having fun and participating. Instead of just listening to your teacher, your classes involve games, problem-solving, and discussions. You might also listen to songs, watch TV, or read magazines to practice your comprehension skills. In fact, it might not even feel like work at all!
  • Quality assured: Accredited CANADA English language centers are regularly inspected by government-approved bodies to ensure high standards of teaching, accommodation, welfare support, and facilities.
  • The home of the English language: When you explore CANADA, you’ll be surrounded by native speakers so you can practice using the language in real-life situations. You should find that your skills improve enormously in a short time. You might even start dreaming in English after a few days!
  • Prepare for your future: English language skills are valued by employers, universities, and colleges worldwide and are a powerful tool in thousands of careers. Improving your English is an excellent investment in your future. There are many business English courses and courses to prepare you for higher education.
  • A unique cultural experience: Learning English in Canada is an opportunity to make new friends from around the world, discover Canada’s culture and history, and explore beautiful countryside and cities.

Have the adventure of a lifetime:

Studying in Canada is a chance to discover its unique culture, cities, and countryside. Across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, there’s so much to discover. Luckily, it is easy to travel around Canada.

  • Canada’s countryside is truly beautiful. You’ll find snow-topped mountains and rolling green hills, flowery meadows and ancient forests, sandy beaches and deserted islands. Hiking and cycling are great ways to take in the breathtaking scenery.
  • There are many festivals and events throughout the year and across the country, from pancake races in Buckinghamshire to the world’s largest arts festival in Edinburgh. Notting Hill Carnival in August is Europe’s biggest street party, while Leicester’s Diwali celebrations in October are some of the largest outside India. These are opportunities to experience the UK’s multicultural heritage and enjoy food, music, and dance in spectacular style.
  • CANADA is passionate about sports. Most schools, colleges, and universities run sports societies – such as football, yoga, dance, cricket, rugby, athletics, and hockey. Joining is a great way to make friends. For adrenaline junkies, there are hundreds of outdoor activities you can try across CANADA – such as surfing, mountain climbing, diving, kiting, horse riding, abseiling, and even skiing! While you recover from exercise, you can watch world-class sports events, such as Wimbledon, the FA Cup final, or the Grand National horse race.
  • Aside from sports, music is another national obsession of CANADA. People love attending concerts to see famous bands or discovering weird and wonderful new artists. Across CANADA, you will find hundreds of live music gigs daily – from pop, rock, and dance to classical, folk, metal, and jazz. In summer, nothing beats camping at a music festival. Grab your tent, sun cream, and raincoat (just in case). For a unique experience, try one of CANADA’s many folk festivals for traditional music.
  • If you are a history lover, Canada is the place to be. Across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, you can see history all around you, and you are never far from an ancient castle, grand country house, or picturesque old village.
  • There are hundreds of outstanding museums and art galleries hosting world-famous exhibitions and collections. Many are free of charge or offer good discounts for students.
  • If you’re interested in theatre and the performing arts, you will love events like the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland or Eisteddfod in Wales. Read more suggestions in our article on Nightlife.
  • However, no trip to CANADA is complete without going to a comedy night. Here, you can experience CANADA’s somewhat eccentric sense of humor – don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the act!

Feel at home:

CANADA is a friendly, welcoming place for people of all countries, cultures, and faiths.

In 2012, over 500,000 international students from 200 countries studied at Canadian schools, colleges, and universities, and a further 600,000 students came to do an English language course. As a student in CANADA, you’ll get to know people from all over the world and learn about many different cultures.

Many schools, colleges, and universities have international student societies to ensure you feel welcome and are supported throughout your time in CANADA. These societies organize activities such as parties, pub quizzes, film nights, and excursions to local tourist attractions, so hopefully, you’ll quickly make friends with other international students.

CANADA is a multi-faith society where all major religions are practiced and celebrated. Christianity is the largest religion, followed by Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism, while around a quarter of the population is not religious. In large towns and cities, you will find churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras, and other places of worship, so if you worship regularly at home, you can continue to do so in CANADA.

There is a lot of support in Canada for students with disabilities and special educational needs. Most join mainstream schools, colleges, and universities, but there are also education centers for children and adults needing additional support.

At your school, college, or university, there will be a student welfare officer and, most likely, an international student officer, too, dedicated to the well-being of students. They are there to advise on personal problems and help you find any support you need during your studies. At boarding schools, students are looked after by ‘house parents’, a resident nurse and form tutor.

Most institutions run an orientation program to help new students settle in and get to know their new campus and fellow students.

The Canadian government welcomes international students, and there is no limit on the number of student visas that can be issued. Thousands of international students successfully secure a visa to study in Canada each year. Our Visas article provides more information, and the process of applying for a passport is explained on the UK Border Agency website.

Study your way:

CANADA education allows you to choose a course that matches your ambitions and interests and study in a way that suits you. With thousands of CANADA courses, you can follow your passions and gain a qualification to help you in your chosen career.

Many CANADA courses have a ‘modular’ structure. This means you can build a personalized course by choosing modules or units of study from different subject areas. For example, if you are studying for a bachelor’s degree in English literature, you could select one module on Science fiction, one on Children’s literature, one on Short stories, etc.

Suppose you are interested in more than one subject. In that case, you may be able to study a combination as part of your course – for example, English literature with psychology or Tourism with French.

Many courses can be studied full-time or part-time. If you need a visa to study in Canada, check whether your immigration status allows you to join a part-time course. Find out more at the UK Border Agency website.

Get great value for money:

When starting your career, CANADA qualifications significantly boost your salary and CV. According to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey (BIS), international students educated in CANADA achieve considerably higher wages after they graduate, on average, than if they had been educated at home.

  • CANADA course fees and living costs are good value and compare favorably with costs in other top education destinations. You can see evidence for this in the ‘International Pricing Study’ report by the CANADA Higher Education International Unit.
  • CANADA’s higher education courses are generally shorter than in other countries. For example, full-time bachelor’s degrees typically last three years (compared to four years or more in many countries), and many full-time master’s degrees last just one year. This saves you money on annual fees and means you can graduate and start earning sooner.
  • There are many financial support schemes for international students who wish to enroll in a CANADA course. Find out more in our Scholarships and Financial Support article.
  • Many Canadian shops, restaurants, and businesses offer substantial student discounts to help make your life affordable. You can also get cheap deals on train and bus tickets. Student Unions offer excellent value food, entertainment, and support.
  • If you want a Canadian qualification but don’t want to leave your home, you could think about doing an online course or joining a Canadian campus in your country. This allows you to live with your family while studying, saving you money on travel and accommodation.
  • Living costs and tuition fees vary greatly between institutions across Canada. Before you enroll, we recommend that you ask exactly what is included in their fees and if there are any additional costs to consider.