Under the Canadian constitution, provincial governments have exclusive responsibility of all levels of education. Education in Canada is governed independently by each province or territory, so there can be many differences between provinces when it comes to conferring of degrees. Most Canadian education systems continue up to Grade 12 (age seventeen to eighteen). In Quebec, the typical high school term ends after Secondary V/Grade eleven (age sixteen to seventeen). A Québec student is then required to attend at least two years of school at a cégep if he / she wants to go to university,

Most universities use English as the teaching medium and therefore this does not hinder international students from studying in Canada.

Undergraduate Degree

A bachelor's degree generally requires 4 years of full-time study, depending on the province. But it may also take longer depending on the programme; it typically, does not exceed 5 years.

Postgraduate Degree:

Master’s Degree / Graduate Studies

Master's degrees generally require at least 2 years of full-time studies including a thesis (a long essay based on original research), practicum or research paper.

Doctorate / PhD

Doctorate programmes require 3 to 5 years of full-time study.

Cost of studying in Canada

Tuition fees for courses vary depending on the course you have applied to study and the institution you are planning to study at. The following is a guide to the tuition fees for international students to study in Canada:

High School (Grade 9 – 11)

Pre-U (Grade 12 / University Foundation Programme)

Undergraduate programme

Graduate programme (Masters / PhD)
CAD$14,000 to 16,000 per year

CAD$12,000 to 17,000 per year

CAD$16,000 to 32,000 peryear

CAD$16,000 to 34,000 per year


Cost of living in Canada

Estimated living expenses for a student studying in Canada is CAD$10,000 to CAD$15,000 per year. This covers mainly accommodation, food, laundry, utility bills, clothing, social trips, traveling and pocket money.

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