Graduate programs in Canada:
More than 150,000 international students choose to study on graduate programs in Canada each year, looking to take advantage of the country’s reputation for high quality teaching and reasonable tuition costs.
Unlike in other countries there is no central ministry of education or formal accreditation system in Canada. Individual provinces and territories are responsible for their own education programs through membership to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). There are currently 92 universities that are members of the AUCC.
Postgraduate courses in Canada combine both tradition and modernity, with a strong focus on quality facilities and teaching.
Higher education in Canada is run by individual provinces and territories and in most cases to gain university status an institution needs to be a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Universities are mainly funded by provincial and territorial governments, the rest of the funding coming from federal government, tuition fees and research grants.
The amount of funding that universities receive varies widely. Universities in Quebec receive the most funding and have the lowest tuition fees, while institutions in Atlantic Canada generally have the least funding.
Graduate programs in Canada fall into two main categories:
- Masters degrees
- Doctoral degrees
Masters programs in Canada are offered in many different fields with two main types of course – academic and professional.
Doctoral degrees in Canada are the highest level and require students to produce an original piece of research. Unlike other countries such as the UK, doctoral students in Canada are still expected to complete coursework and written examinations rather than just focusing on their research.
Masters programs in Canada generally last between 1-2 years, with PhD programs lasting longer than in other countries coming in at between 4 and 7 years to complete.
Immigration and visas in Canada:
Most foreign nationals will need a study permit to study on a graduate course in Canada and others may need to apply for temporary residence in Canada.Generally people taking a postgraduate course in Canada that lasts less than six months will not be required to gain a student visa. Regardless of whether or not you need a permit everyone must demonstrate:
- Acceptance from a university or educational institution in Canada.
- Ability to pay tuition fees, living expenses and return fares to their home country.
- Satisfy health requirements.
It is normally also necessary to demonstrate that you have adequate study abroad travel insurance, which you must buy before you travel.You can find out more about students visas and immigration in Canada at Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website.
Life in Canada:
Living in Canada is in many respects the same as living in other Western countries, with a very high standard of living. Canada is considered a quite liberal and multi-cultural country.
The population in Canada is mainly split between English speakers and French speakers and has one of the lowest population density ratios in the world.
Canada is one of most diverse places in the world, in terms of geography, climate, culture and society. Life in Toronto will be totally different to life in the Northern Territories: every province has its own unique culture and lifestyle.The cost of living in Canada is considered cheaper than places such as the UK and many other western countries. The cost of living varies between different regions, but you can find estimates of costs on the Education in Canada website.