A Guide for International Students in Canada

International education offers many benefits to international students. Canada is a popular destination for international students because of its high-quality education, affordable cost of living, and diverse, welcoming community. 

 

If you’re interested in pursuing an education in Canada, here’s a simple guide for you. 

 

Applying to Study in Canada

Canada boasts of some of the best universities in the world, most of which score high on university rankings, so students graduate with world-recognized degrees. 

 

What gives it an edge over other popular destinations like the United States and Australia is the lower tuition. As an international student in Canada, expect tuition to be around $14,000 a year depending on the university. 

 

Canada is also known to be very welcoming of foreigners and is constantly growing its international student quota.

 

Note that most, if not all, educational institutions in Canada require proof of English proficiency, so it’s best to pass a TOEFL or IELTS exam beforehand.

 

How to Get a Visa

Once accepted, students can start applying for a study visa right away. You can apply online through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website or go to your nearest embassy. Prepare the requirements, including your acceptance letter, valid passport, and proof of finances. 

 

Housing

Use various online resources like Kijiji and Craigslist to find a place to stay. Undergraduate international students can stay on campus in a dormitory-type housing for their first year, but you can also search for accommodations outside the university. 

 

Living in Canada

Because the country itself is highly diverse, with one in five being immigrants, you’ll find that the food is also diverse. 

 

The primary languages in Canada are English and French, with the former being more widely used and the latter more commonly used in areas like Quebec and New Brunswick. 

 

Working While Studying

Your study permit lets you work on or off-campus, but you are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week. You can also find co-op programs that might include work placements related to your field of study.

Living abroad can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why Eton College provides a student services team dedicated to helping you. Eton’s diverse team always has its doors open to students who have questions or need support.