Education abroad is a number one dream for the majority of students, both prospective and current. They are wondering: “Which country should I choose? Is it real to study abroad without breaking the bank? What about visa and immigration rules?”
Well, I can answer these questions.
Yes, affordable education in a foreign country is a reality. Canada remains one of the most attractive study destinations and here are some reasons to study abroad in Canada:
- Low tuition fees compared to the UK and US universities. Tuition fees in Canadian institutions for international students are higher than for domestic. But most universities provide various funding options, sometimes covering the total cost of your education.
- Loyal admission criteria. Unlike educational institutions of other countries, for example, the UK, Canadian universities recognize the national high-school certificates. Furthermore, Canadian colleges accept students under 18 years old.
- Possibility to apply for permanent resident status while studying or after graduation. If you plan to stay in Canada after graduation, then I have good news: international students can apply for a residence permit in the country. The process lasts from 15 to 18 months.
- Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week in the first six months of stay in the country. Some study programs involve paid practice, during which you can get the first job experience. International students get a three-year work permit after graduation from the university.
- Low crime rate: 1.6 incidents per 100,000 citizens comparing to the US, where it’s 4.5 per 100,000. Most universities and colleges have their security service on campus.
- Affordable cost of living. The inflation level is one of the lowest in the world and is only 2.2% which affects the cost of training, transportation, and accommodation costs.
- Picturesque nature. Canada is the second largest country in the world with spectacular mountain ranges, beautiful national parks, idyllic Great Lakes and stunning coastlines. Campuses of many educational institutions are located far from major cities, which means that you can fully enjoy the beauty of Canadian nature.
- The bilingual environment. Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages: English and French. The majority (75%) of the French-speaking citizens live in the province of Quebec, but throughout the country, there are French-speaking communities. English is the primary language of communication in all regions, except for Quebec. International students can usually choose language courses before the start of a regular academic program.
So, are you ready to apply for scholarship programs in Canada?
Now let’s talk about scholarships for foreign students in Canada. The vast majority of colleges and universities offer partial or full tuition funding:
- Queens University Admission Awards. Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, annually provides a range of admission awards to students from across the globe. You even don’t need to submit a separate application. The annual scholarship value varies from CAD 2,000 to CAD 10,000. To be eligible, you must enter the first year of post-secondary education for the first time.
- The University of Alberta Undergraduate Scholarships. If you choose the UoA as your alma mater, your admission application will be automatically considered for following awards:
- Campus Saint-Jean International Scholarship
- Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Award for International Students
- International Student Scholarship
- University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship Competition
- University of Alberta International Country Scholarship
Scholarships are based on academic performance.
You can also apply for leadership, athletic, or country-specific scholarship programs.
- Humber College International Undergraduate Scholarships. The college scholarships are divided throughout three intakes: winter, summer, and fall. Your application will be considered on competitive academics, referee/reference letters, community involvement, and statement of interest basis.
- The University of British Columbia International Scholarships. The UBC offers various funding opportunities for international students: International Scholars Program, International Leader Of Tomorrow Award, Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award.
- The University of Manitoba Scholarships. Whether you are a prospective or current student, you can be eligible for entrance scholarships or awards for current undergraduate and graduate international students. Moreover, the University of Manitoba offers a bursary program to assist students with financial need meet the living expenses and cost of tuition.
- University of Saskatchewan Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards. The uSask offers merit-based scholarships to undergraduate international students. The value depends on your academic performance.
- University of York Entrance Awards. Most of York’s scholarships for international students in Canada do not require a separate application and are awarded to all qualified scholars. If you wish to apply for awards requiring an application, fill in the form provided on the UoYork’s website.
Graduate and postgraduate students can also apply for funding. And here are some funding opportunities for you:
- Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship. The primary purpose of this program is to support education and research at Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. Funding is available for most fields of study. Every year from three to five applicants are awarded $50,000 annual stipend up to two years, plus a $4,000 travel research allowance over two years.
- The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are aimed to attract postgraduate applicants who will positively contribute to the Canadian social, economic and research-based growth. 70 applicants awarded annually. The fellowship value is $70,000 per year.
- The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program offers to applicants from all over the world, who hold a Ph.D., $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support and a two-year membership to a CIFAR research program as well as communication skills and leadership training.
Well, here I’ve rounded up only a few scholarships available for international students. If you need more information on external funding opportunities, you can always contact Canadian embassy or admission office of your desired university.
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