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Study Abroad in Canada

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Canada is renowned for its sub-zero temperatures, its love of poutine (a delicious Quebecois dish), its socialized health-care system, and the general friendliness and politeness of its citizens. Although many Americans would consider Canada not “foreign” enough, Canada boasts unique, modern cities and endless forests that are filled with opportunities for cultural immersion. Canada is a great destination for students who don’t want to travel far but yearn for a different atmosphere.

Toronto: Toronto has quickly become one of North America’s most diverse and business-active cities. Located right on Lake Ontario, Toronto has an internationally recognized university (UofT), its own film festival, an active music scene (home to the Biebster), and the nickname “T-dot.” Although Ottawa is the official capital, Toronto is the epicenter of vibrant culture, making it an exciting area in which to study.

Montreal: Although Montreal is in the province of Quebec, McGill and Concordia University primarily hold English-taught classes. Known for its nightlife, the beautiful Mount Royal, the “Underground City,” and the blend of international cuisine, Montreal is a student’s heaven.

Vancouver: Vancouver is where rugged adventure parkland meets bustling city—very few places can you take a morning class, ski in the afternoon, and sail to Vancouver Island as the sun sets. When students aren’t walking up Grouse Mountain or shaking their tuckus at the street festivals, many of them attend University of British Columbia (UBC).

Canada’s universities are big, mostly public, and high-performing. Small liberal arts schools are relatively few and far between. It’s important that the program you choose caters to your preferences so as to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

1) Language: No, Canadian is not a language. Although Canadians do say “eh” at the end of many sentences, they speak flawless Western English. Only in Quebec is French more prevalent than English.

2) Housing: It’s important that you feel comfortable wherever you live even if Canadians from all walks of life regardless of how welcoming they are. Programs like Eurocentre’s English Language Study Abroad in Canada offer living arrangements ranging from home-stays to hotels to apartments. 504 kilometers (a.k.a. 313 miles) north in Montreal, Texas A&M University Study Abroad in Canada Program offers student hostel living.

3) Academic Life: Given the size of Canada’s schools, they are divided into Faculties (e.g. Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science) in which students take most of their classes. Although there are a breadth courses, finding time to discuss exams and essay assignments with ones professor takes quite a bit of initiative. For those students skilled in the art of teacher-hunting, adjusting to Canadian academic life will be facile, or easy, as the French say.

Student Visas to Study in Canada

Foreign students attending a Canadian university do not need a study visa if they will be in Canada for 6 months or less. Of course, you may be enticed to stay longer. In that case a study permit is required.

Regardless of your time there, you will definitely need to show:

  • A temporary resident visa
  • A letter of acceptance from the Canadian university
  • A written promise that you will return after the semester is complete (because everyone knows leaving is difficult).
  • A medical exam if needed

Health care might be free but university is more expensive for international students than Canadian students as is the case whenever one studies in ones non-native country. Below are some organizations that offer a scholarships to study in Canada:

Contributed by Daniel O'Kelly

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Montreal
HEC Montreal

Study French and Business in the bustling city of Montreal next summer!

If you're looking for a large French-speaking metrop

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Eurocentres

Come study English language in Canada with Eurocentres this year! Eurocentres has two schoolsin Canada, in Toronto and in Van

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WISE Foundation

The WISE Foundation has been working with International Training and Internships for over 25 years. Our International Agricul

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Simon Fraser University Study Abroad

Simon Fraser University welcomes all international students to apply and directly enroll in the university's degree program.

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Toronto
Eastern Illinois University Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Toronto, Canada with Eastern Illinois University. This short 10-day trip in May takes a variety of approaches

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Valhalla Movement

It's no secret: our world is facing massive socio-economic & environmental problems, which are at a scale that -if not addres

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Toronto
NRCSA

The NRCSA Center at the Greater Toronto Language School invites you to come study English abroad in Canada. NRCSA teachers ar

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Texas A&M University Study Abroad

Study abroad next spring break in Canada! This program is a faculty led experience for Texas A&M University graduate students

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Bahamas
Gap Year Diver

Work with the Bahamian National Trust during your gap year abroad teaching local communities and primary schools about marine

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Canada
Eurolingua Institute

Eurolingua One-to-One English Language Homestay Immersion programs are available year round in friendly Canada. You live in y

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Broadreach

Learn about Marine Mammals in Canada's British Columbia with Broadreach. This 22 day program for high school students in 10-

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ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada)

Get a real Canadian college experience by spending a year studying English at ILAC AND taking college courses with our Univer

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Vancouver
ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada)

This is a great option for students who want to develop English skills for employment and practical business situations.

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Toronto
ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada)

Planning to enroll in an MBA program? ILAC helps students prepare for business school.

Eligible students can take ILAC's GMAT

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ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada)

All students who graduate from the Pathway Program Certificate are able to achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS score and acquire

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