Life in Canada
Canada is a fantastic choice for students interested in studying internationally. Offering an abundance of university opportunities, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people, and often tuition rates and cost-of-living expenses that are drastically cheaper than some of the other western countries, many international students will find that Canada is the place they want to choose for university studies.
Top Places to Study and Live in Canada:
- Montreal in the province of Quebec pulled in at number 10 of the top universities in the world for international students. One of only two cities to make the top 10 in the Americas, Montreal offers a mix of wonderful qualities for any international student. With seven universities, some speaking French predominately, and others English, Montreal has quite the selection of schools and languages for international students. The city, which is the most populous town in the province of Quebec, is something like the Paris of Canada, brimming with culture, so students from around the world will find it to be an exciting place to live.
- Canada's biggest city, Toronto, is also a great place for international students to call home. The capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto certainly has the big city feel that many students are looking for. With a city this size, students are certain to find that work during and after the finish university, is abundant. Some of Toronto's leading industries are business, engineering, telecommunications, and software production so students interested in these fields might find Toronto to be a good choice. With five universities within the city and much more in nearby towns, Toronto offers a wide selection for students looking for specific qualities in their international studies.
- Vancouver is the favorite city of many visitors and Canadians alike. This biggest city in the westernmost province, British Columbia, is known for its international flair and its earthy side. Boasting some of the best weather in this sometimes cold country, Vancouver is popular for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy getting out and about during their study breaks. In addition to this, Vancouver is popular with students looking to enjoy the nightlife too. With four universities in the city and much more in neighboring cities, students who want to live in Vancouver have lots of options.
Cost of Living:
Many people find that the cost of living in Canada is much cheaper than in Europe, especially than in the U.K. While life in all of these cities comes with various expenses, some of them will put a much bigger dent in your wallet. Vancouver ranked as the most livable city in the world, is also one of the most expensive. Toronto is much cheaper to live in than Vancouver, but not quite as cheap overall as Montreal. Expenses in Canada could be much less for the average student than in other parts of the western world, except for the U.S.A. Food is cheaper in Canada, dining out is cheaper, petrol/gas is cheaper, electricity is often cheaper, although you might use more during the winter.
Tuition/Fees varies from city to city with Toronto averaging the highest followed by Vancouver. International students will pay much more than Canadians to go to school at a Canadian university, but the rates might be surprisingly less than some European universities. The national average for a year's tuition for international students during the 2012/2013 school year rose 5.5% to $19,000. In the more populous provinces education can be more expensive whereas, in provinces like Newfoundland or Labrador, rates are typically lower. International graduate students rates vary similarly from province to province, but overall are much less than undergraduate with a national average of $13,500.