Education System in Canada

Canada makes a large investment in its education system. In fact, Canada is one of the world’s top education performers and among the top three countries in spending per capita on public post-secondary education, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How it works?

The post-secondary education system in Canada is divided into:

  • Certificate level, generally for a year
  • Diploma level, for one or two years
  • Advanced diploma, generally two or three-year programs
  • Bachelor degrees, awarded after four years of full-time study
  • Postgraduate diplomas/certificates, for one or two years of study
  • Master’s degrees, available after a bachelor degree to excel in a certain subject, for one to two years
  • Doctorate or PhD, generally four to seven years.

Academic year

Most colleges and universities typically offer classes from early September until the end of April or early May. The winter session is usually divided into two terms that operate from September to December and then from January to April.

Education costs

In comparison to the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US, Canada offers the lowest tuition rates for foreign students.

To cover tuition fees, you will need between CA$7000 and CA$29,000 (indicative costs) a year. However, this is a general guide only and cost varies in relation to the institution and program you are applying for, as well as the location and lifestyle.

Scholarships

You can apply to several government and non-government Canadian scholarships available for eligible international students. However, the amount of the scholarship and eligibility criteria varies on the university and program.