Canadian universities are widely respected for the excellence of their teaching and research, drawing world-class students. Canada hosts around 1.4 million international students; 40% of Canada’s research and development work occurs within Canadian universities (Statistics Canada 2022e).
Canadian university tuition fees tend to be much lower than in the UK or US and many institutions offer scholarships for top international students. Students can also apply for student loans or grants to cover costs.
Masters programs in Canada typically last from one to two years, depending on your subject area. Courses usually consist of lectures and seminars with some practical modules as well as co-op programs whereby periods of study alternate with work experience or internship placements.
Canada offers an impressive variety of masters and doctoral degrees across a wide variety of subjects – art, science, technology, politics and business among them. While most students will opt for courses conducted in English language instruction, bilingual or French-based programmes may also be an option.
Once you have earned your degree, postgraduate work visas may be applied for and extended in Canada for up to one year at a time (extendable for another 12). They provide opportunities for temporary skilled work experience (Statistics Canada 2022e). They may even open doors for permanent jobs – an option particularly attractive to people with specialist skills such as engineers and doctors.