There are many educational facilities across Canada, from universities to community colleges, and the level of education is high. Canada is popular with overseas students because of this, and also because of the low cost of tuition and affordable living costs.
It’s helpful to note that the term ‘school’ can apply to all of the following in Canada:

  • University/College
  • Trade/Vocational
  • Language Schools
  • Primary/Secondary

If you are considering studying as a foreign student in Canada the following questions make a sensible starting point in deciding where and what to study:

  • If studying for a degree, what sort of degree?
  • Am I looking to enhance my career or change it?
  • Am I going to use my Canadian education as a route to permanent residence?
  • What budget do I have for my planned overseas education?

It is recommended you take time to investigate a number of study programs to secure the one that will help reach your ultimate aims in both the long and short term. Ask if schools offer tours and interviews, or information sessions, that may help you decide. Speak with school admin staff and also students to get an idea of what is on offer.

At the time of writing, the coronavirus pandemic has placed limitations on international movement, but you can still apply to study in Canada. Ask if the school is offering online tours and information sessions.

Once you have decided on your study program it is important to research the schools that provide it, and take the following into account:

  • Tuition costs
  • Location
  • Cost of living while at school
  • Teacher-student ratio
  • Student organizations
  • School support for international students

You can apply to more than one school if you wish. We have more detailed information on making the application elsewhere in this guide.