Study in Canada
If you become a student in Canada, what will your day look like? Much depends on the level at which you are studying. Select your desired level of study to see what a typical day can look like.
Your child will love the interactive and supportive classroom environment available to elementary (primary) students in Canada. From math to science, reading, languages, geography, history and beyond—our teachers excel at creating engaging lessons using the latest techniques. The technology is top notch with classrooms that provide interactive SMART boards, computers and tablets. School subjects go beyond the basics and often involve topics such as robotics, health sciences or 3D technology.
Children get plenty of time for physical activity in gym class and during their recess breaks. Throughout the year, they also participate in educational outings to museums, maple syrup farms, performing arts or theatre, and much more. Many schools offer extracurricular activities outside of regular school hours, including clubs, music, theatre and sports. There are also opportunities for children to showcase their talents at science fairs, music competitions, debates, spelling bees and other special events.
High school life in Canada offers amazing opportunities for your child to learn, grow and be their best. High school is also referred to as secondary school. Our teachers are dedicated and driven to enhance every student’s learning experience. They bring their lessons alive with innovative approaches, technology and real-world opportunities. In addition to math, science, technology, languages, arts, geography, history and economics, students have access to a wide range of courses that may include robotics, aeronautics, pre-university math, international business, environmental studies and much more.
Many high schools offer specialized programs to prepare students for their future careers: entrepreneurship, engineering, law, international affairs, health sciences and outdoor education—just to name a few. There are co-operative education programs that provide valuable workplace experience. Some high schools also deliver International Baccalaureate® and gifted student programs.
Learning also takes place outside of the classroom—whether it’s a week spent attending university classes to discover higher education options, a visit to the science and technology museum, an overnight outdoor adventure excursion or a trip to Quebec City to experience French Canadian culture.
Student life is another important part of the high school experience in Canada. Every school has a wide range of sports and clubs available before, during and after school. These often include music, theatre, special interests (chess, math, gaming), team and individual sports, and student council. Your child will thrive by getting involved.
University or college (undergraduate)
Higher education in Canada encompasses college and university. Each offers unique opportunities for learning and growing. At college or vocational school your days will be filled with career-focused learning in a very practical way. In addition to attending classes, this might involve shooting and editing your own videos in broadcasting or working with patients if you want to be a dental hygienist. You might spend the day designing and constructing kitchen cabinets if woodworking is your career choice. In short, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice your skills in real work environments.
At university, your days will include lectures and labs, tutorials or workshops. This variety is what university life is all about, giving you a mix of learning and doing that will help prepare you for your future career. Your professors and instructors schedule office hours for students, so you can meet with them to discuss assignments or questions. Each class also has at least one teaching or lab assistant—usually a graduate student in your field who is also available to provide extra learning support to students.
Graduate or postgraduate (Master’s degree and PhD)
As a graduate student in a master’s, PhD or doctoral program in Canada, you will attend classes and spend much of your time doing original research or field work for your final research project, thesis or dissertation. You’ll thrive under the expert guidance of Canada’s renowned professors, researchers and instructors. You may also work on campus as a teaching, research or lab assistant.
At every level of higher education in Canada, student life is a huge part of your experience. College and university connect you with friends and colleagues who will remain valuable contacts throughout your career. You’ll likely enjoy a fun and active social life—whether it’s meeting friends for coffee, going out to pubs or clubs, experiencing your city outside of school hours, or travelling around Canada during your study breaks with friends.
Come to Canada and find the study program that’s right for you.
From learning environments led by industry-leading educators with opportunities to gain Canadian work experience, to staying and working after graduation, Canada offers endless education possibilities.
Watch the video below to discover what Canada has to offer:
Study in Canada – A world of possibilities awaits
To ensure that everyone has access to an education that lives up to their ambitions, EduCanada awards generous scholarships every year. Find out more about new and upcoming scholarships at scholarships.gc.ca. There are several new scholarship programs launching in the coming months, so stay tuned!
On this important day, we encourage you to participate in events around the world to highlight the importance of education in the world we live in.
Let’s give everyone the right to learn!
EduCanada provides you everything you need to study in Canada:
- Why study in Canada as an international student?
- Live and work in Canada as an international student
- Everything you need to know to plan your studies in Canada
- Search for study programs and costs at Canada’s world-class colleges and universities
- Find scholarships for international students
Work while studying in Canada
Do you want to work while you study in Canada? Do you have a spouse or common-law partner who would like to work during your time here? Both of you can work while you study in Canada. Working in Canada can help you develop business contacts and gain practical experience for the future. It can even help you immigrate to Canada after you graduate.
There are many ways to work in Canada while you complete your education:
- On-campus work
- Off-campus work
- Co-op placements
Wages or salaries for work in Canada will depend on the skills required for your position and the employer. Minimum wage varies by province. Find out about minimum wage across Canada.
Paths to permanent residency in Canada and immigration
As an international student who has come to know and love Canada, you may decide you want to extend your study permit. Or perhaps you want to live and work here after you graduate.
Canada welcomes you. After all, Canada is a country built on immigration.
Discover more about:
- Extending a study permit
- Renewing a temporary resident visa
- Applying for permanent resident status
- Immigrating to Canada
- Extend a study permit
- Renew a temporary resident visa
- Apply for permanent resident status
- Immigrate to Canada
Extend a study permit
Your study permit allowed you to begin your studies in Canada. If you want to continue your education in Canada, you need to extend your study permit.
- You need a valid passport to get or extend a study permit. This means the expiry date on your passport must go beyond the time of any extended study permit.
- You must apply for an extension to your study permit at least 30 days before the current study permit expires.
What if you want to stay in Canada but are no longer studying? You will need to:
- Apply for a work permit if you wish to stay in Canada to work
- Apply to change your status and stay in Canada as a visitor
To stay in Canada after your studies are completed, you’ll need a visitor visa if you don’t have a work permit.
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