Canada is a melting pot of cultures and landscapes, where just one-third of its citizens self-identify as Canadian and whose national parks are often larger than entire countries. The colonial history of this vast swathe of land means that Canada has two official languages: English (spoken in the majority of the country) and French (mainly spoken in the eastern region of Quebec). It also has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world, cultivating a diverse environment where any international student can feel at home.
The country is also globally-recognized for higher education. The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia all rank among the top 50 schools worldwide. The fact that all three are located in different cities illustrates the depth of teaching excellence throughout Canada. With a strong job market for university graduates, we reckon you’ll even be able to enjoy the cold Canadian weather once you’ve got your MBA in hand.
Canada is one of the more affordable countries in which to study in the English-speaking world. Tuition fees for MBA programs average around the C$30,000 (US$21,000) mark.
While living costs vary depending on location, Numbeo estimates that monthly costs for a single person living in Canada are around C$1,200 (US$939), excluding rent.
Most international students need to apply for a study permit before they arrive in Canada. If you are moving to Canada by yourself, you will need to show proof of funding (minimum amount of C$833 per month). You can apply for a study permit online, but note that a study permit is not a travel document. Once your study permit is approved, you’ll receive a visa, depending on your situation. Applying for a study permit costs C$150 (US$117).
Canada is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to university education. The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University are all ranked in the top 50 in the world.
The unemployment rate is generally quite low in Canada – around 5-7%. Graduates in Canada are likely to have opportunities available to them in the country’s largest industries: real estate, manufacturing, and finance.
As you might expect from a nation that places such a focus on internationalism, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students, making up around 7% of the global total.
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