English courses in Canada
Courses of English and French language are a great opportunity for future international students, workers or immigrants who aren’t confident in their language skills, but have a plan to study, live and work in Canada.
Many private and public schools, colleges and some universities offer language courses.
Types of courses
There are a number of different courses on all levels, from beginners to advanced, as well as courses specialized in some areas. The most popular courses are:
Beginner level - These courses are designed for beginners and those who want to improve their knowledge of language for everyday use, travels or work.
Academic level - Academic level is made for everyone who plans to study at some of the Canadian universities or colleges and prepare for studies in that manner.
Business level - Business level courses are designed for individuals who want to improve their knowledge of language and their ability to communicate in business environment.
Exam preparation - These courses are tailor made to help students prepare for English language exams (IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL) as well as French language tests (DALF/DELF).
Language courses can last from four weeks to one year, depending on the students’ needs. Many schools have in their offer winter and summer camps, as well as homestay programs which are very popular among international students cause they include accommodation and learning within a family.
Course fees depend on the type and the length of the course as well as the educational institution you choose. Average weekly costs of the courses are between 250 and 350CAD.
Conditions and benefits of language courses in Canada
There are no particular conditions for enrollment, not even a passed test of English or French language.
Tourist visa is required for courses that last up to 6 months, for courses over 6 months it is necessary to get a student visa.
If you are not confident in your English or French knowledge or you haven’t passed necessary exam to enroll to studies, these courses are perfect option for you.
Dynamic of multicultural environment will help you learn language faster and better than with language courses at your country.
If you plan to work or study in Canada, language learning period can be used to adapt to the new environment and new way of life.
After you complete your language course, there is a possibility to extend your student visa from Canada and to continue your studies.
Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Canada
Graduate Certificate and Diploma are study programs which are offered at some universities and colleges in Canada.
As opposed to Master studies which are based on research and theoretical contribution to science, these programs represent highly specialized and professionally oriented courses. They are tailored for students who wish to upgrade their knowledge obtained at undergraduate level or to expand it on related fields of study in order to find a job easier and to improve professionally.
Graduate Certificate and Diploma programs last one to two years.
Graduate Certificate program tuition fees
These programs differ depending on institution, so tuition fees depend on chosen course, institution and number of semesters. Tuition fees for Graduate Certificate and Diploma programs are generally lower than tuition fees for Master studies.
Conditions and benefits of Graduate Certificate and Diploma programs in Canada
The first condition is completed undergraduate studies.
Depending on the province you wish to undertake your studies, English (IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL) or French language test is required. The average score necessary depend on the language, study program and the institution. English language programs usually require average score of 6.5 on IELTS or 84-88 on TOEFL test.
The main benefits of these studies are their professional orientation and providing of relevant professional skills which will be very helpful in improving your future career
You can complete these programs easier and faster in comparison to Master studies.
They cost less than Master studies.
Student visa will give you and your partner the right to work during these programs and after completed studies you will have the opportunity to apply for Post-Graduation Work visa which allows you to work and live in Canada for a certain period of time.
Work experience you gain after completed studies can help you to qualify for permanent residence in Canada.
Bachelor studies in Canada
Universities in Canada as well as some private and public colleges and institutes offer undergraduate studies. Canadian universities and colleges offer more than 15.000 different study programs. Undergraduate studies could last from three to four years depending on study field.
Undergraduate tuition fees
Tuition fees for undergraduate studies in Canada depend on educational institution and study program you choose. Annual tuition fees range from 15.000CAD to 35.000CAD. Tuition fees in social sciences and art are lower than studies in the field of medicine or engineering.
Conditions and benefits of undergraduate studies in Canada
The main condition for enrollment in undergraduate studies in Canada is completed secondary education.
English or French language test is required depending on the province in which you wish to study. Average score required for enrollment depends on the language, educational institution and study field. Average score of 6.5 on IELTS test or 84-88 on TOEFL test is usually required for English language programs.
Top quality of education is the main benefit of undergraduate studies in Canada.
Diplomas and earned qualifications are globally recognized.
Student visa gives you and your partner opportunity to work while studying and a possibility to apply for Post-Graduation Work Visa after completed studies, which allows you to work and live in Canada for a particular period of time.
Work experience you gain after graduation can help you to qualify for permanent stay in Canada.
VET courses in Canada
Many educational institutions in Canada offer Vocational Training, institutions such as private and public colleges, institutes, polytechnic schools and schools for applied art and science. These programs are tailored to develop practical and professional skills and to provide necessary knowledge to students as well as to facilitate their job hunting and their career advancement.
Vocational programs include broad range of areas that are vital for society today, areas such as business, accounting, cooking, medicine, beauty care, electronics, mechanics, tourism, design etc. Regarding level of education, these programs are positioned between secondary education and undergraduate studies.
Vocational schools offer different levels of education and qualification, from certificates to diplomas, depending on student’s needs and field of the study. These programs can last from a few months to four years.
Types of Vocational Training programs:
Tuition fees for vocational training programs
Vocational Training programs’ tuition fees depend on multiple factors: type of the program, duration of the program, school’s reputation etc. In general, tuition fees for vocational programs are lower than tuition fees for undergraduate studies and they usually range from 8.000 to 16.000CAD annually.
Conditions and benefits of vocational training programs in Canada
The first condition for enrollment to vocational programs in Canada is completed secondary education.
The second requirement is English (IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL) or French language test, depending on the province you wish to study in. The average score that is required depends on the language, chosen program and educational institution. Average score of 6.0 on IELTS or 80 on TOEFLIBT test is required for programs in English language
The main benefit of vocational studies in Canada is developing practical knowledge and professional skills for the profession you like.
Vocational training programs cost less than undergraduate studies and they last shorter.
This level of education can provide you with credits and prepare you for undergraduate studies in Canada, which will last shorter due to recognition of particular exams.
Vocational training diplomas are respected by employers due to the special focus on the development of necessary skills which are demanded on the market, which makes job hunting easier and career advancement guaranteed.
There are co-op programs that provide students with theoretical knowledge including certain period of time working in a profession in which colleges provide job opportunities.
Work experience you get with Post-Graduation Work visa after completed studies could help you qualify for permanent stay in Canada.
Master studies in Canada
Private and public universities in Canada offer master studies which last one to two years.
Master studies tuition fees
Tuition fees for master studies in Canada range from 8.000 to 20.000CAD annually and depend on study program and chosen university.
Conditions and benefits of master studies in Canada
The first condition for enrollment in master studies in Canada is completed undergraduate studies
Another requirement is English (IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL) or French language test and it depends on the province in which you want to study. Average score which is required depends on the language, field of study and educational institution. Average score of 6.5 on IELTS test or 84-88 on TOEFL test is usually required for programs in English language.
The high quality of education, development of critical thinking and analytical skills through research programs and globally recognized qualification are main benefits of master studies in Canada
Student visa gives you and your partner opportunity to work during studies and also a possibility to apply for Post-Graduation Work Visa after completed studies, which allows you to work and live in Canada for two years
Work experience gained after graduation can help you to qualify for permanent stay in Canada
Student visa for Canada
Student visa is necessary if you wish to study on some study program in Canada that lasts longer than 6 months.
The conditions for student visa
The first requirement is that you have enrolled to studies at some of the educational institutions in Canada (Letter of Acceptance)
For those who wish to study in Quebec it is necessary to get the Certificate of Acceptance (Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ)) issued by Ministry of Immigration of Quebec
You should plan to stay temporarily in Canada
You should have enough financial resources to cover one year of studying in Canada
You need to meet other conditions regarding language skills, biometric data, health condition, insurance and character requirements
The benefits of student visa
Student visa allows you to study any program you want at any of educational institutions in Canada listed on the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) list. Student visa gives you the opportunity to bring your family with you (your kids and your partner) and the opportunity for you and your partner to work in Canada. Usually, the student is allowed to work part-time, up to 20 hours a week during the studies and a full-time during the break. Some study options allow your partner to apply for open work permit and work full-time.
Duration of the student visa
Student visa is valid for the duration of study program and up to 90 days after completing your studies.
Applying for student visa
There are two ways to apply for a student visa: first one is online via website of Canada’s immigration service and the second one is in the Visa Application Centre (VAC) which can be found in most of the countries.
Fees and processing time
Visa fee for processing student visa application is 150CAD plus additional 85CAD for biometric data that needs to be provided to the nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). The average visa processing time is around 5 weeks.