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G - Costs of Studying in Canada and Scholarships


G1 Overview

Canada is among the most affordable of the leading study abroad nations for international students. It has lower tuition rates for foreign students than the UK, Australia, and the US. Students can pursue their studies in a globally recognized program at one of Canadas top schools for less than half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private US university or college. Still, studying abroadanywhererequires careful financial planning and it can be important to find out if there are scholarships or other forms of financial support available. This section will provide guidance on how to find that information.

G2 Costs of Study
The following tables provide different ways for the agent to show students (a) how Canada compares to other leading study abroad countries in terms of affordability and (b), in Figure 4, the costs of studying at various levels of schooling in Canada. Figure 1 looks at the average cost of an undergraduate degree (tuition only) across leading study abroad destinations including Canada:

Of course tuition is not the only cost international students will need to budget for when studying in Canada; they must also factor in the cost of living. Figure 2 provides another comparative look, again across the four leading countries, but this time in terms of living costs:

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Figure 3 addresses the cost of obtaining a graduate degree in Canada versus other leading study abroad destinations. It imagines an international student in a Master of Arts degree, and factors in tuition and living costs.

The agent will be counselling students of different ages pursuing different levels of education; this next table breaks average costs down by level of study in Canada.

The following table, Figure 5, shows typical costs for common items in Canada:

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Copy and paste the following template for your files as a way to help students budget for studying in Canada.

G3 Scholarships
There are many programs and funding options for international students interested in studying in Canada: particularly international students of high academic standing or, in some cases, qualified students from certain areas or countries for whom scholarships or other financial assistance is in place. The first place to look for information is the Canadian governments international scholarships page. This online resource allows students and agents to look up available scholarships based on their country of origin. Increasingly, Canadian provinces and territories are developing their own scholarship and award programs for international students. This is why we also recommend that students visit the Ministry of Education website

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of their host province. Beyond these general search sites, most universities and colleges will have some sort of funding assistance available to international students, and some secondary schools will as well. It really will be the task of the agent and/or the student to determine if there is a scholarship or funding assistance available for the program or school under consideration. There are two ways of conducting research to see if the international student may be eligible for a scholarship or other funding: By institution: In this case, the student narrows down a list of program and institution options, then the agent and/or student searches the schools website (or contacts the school directly) for suitable funding opportunities. By available funding: In this case, the agent/student goes to the http://www.scholarships.gc.ca site, chooses the country they are from, then reviews the list of scholarships for which they are eligible to apply. Home Country Scholarships The agent should be aware of scholarships offered by the students home country government for studies undertaken at recognized institutions abroad. These can be very substantial, for example: King Abdullah Scholarship Program (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi government invests a hefty 9 billion SAR (approximately 2.4 billion Canadian dollars) in the KASP program each year, and this provides full funding for 125,000 Saudi students for both undergraduate and graduate programs abroad. Current KASP programs of study are medicine, medical science, and health sciences. Science Without Borders (Brazil): Brazils scholarship program is designed to send 100,000 students to study abroad. Canada will welcome 12,000 students at the undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level for a total of up to 12 months of study, research or internship in Canada, with a possible two additional months of language study. Students then return to Brazil to complete their degree programs. Chinese Scholarship Opportunities: Canadian Prime Minister Harpers visit to China in February 2012 resulted in an agreement to elevate education to the fifth pillar of the Canada-China bilateral relationship. China and Canada will explore expanding two-way academic mobility with the goal of reaching a combined total mobility of 100,000 Canadian and Chinese students by 2017. Please check www.scholarships.ca to determine the most appropriate scholarship opportunity available. Agents can find out what scholarship programs are relevant to their students by checking with the Canadian diplomatic mission in the home country or again, by conducting a search by country on the www.scholarships.gc.ca site. The RSS feed on the scholarships website is a useful tool to get updates on Government of Canada and Foreign Government award competitions. Graduate Scholarships There is significant funding/financial assistance available for international students of high academic standing at the Canadian graduate level (e.g., masters, PhD, post-doctoral). This assistance may be in the form of:

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Teaching/departmental assistantships Research funds University graduate scholarships External scholarships (i.e., scholarships provided by a third party) Bursaries (awards based on financial need that are intended to supplement a students other funding sources) The value of these awards will vary significantly by academic department as well as institution. For more information, agents should contact the institutions under consideration by the international student. Government of Canada and External Scholarships Agents should be aware of a few big Government of Canada and external scholarship opportunities for top international students applying for graduate programs: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Bourses de la Francophonie Sauv DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) region-specific awards (e.g., Emerging Leaders in the Americas, CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program) and country specific awards (Canada-China Scholars Exchange Program and Canada-Chile Leadership Scholarship Program). Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Designed for students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in health, natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences Open to Canadian and international doctoral students 500 highly prestigious scholarships available valued at $50,000 per year for three years On par with Rhodes and Fullbright Scholarships, from the UK and US, respectively For more information: www.vanier.gc.ca Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Designed for top postdoctoral researchers Two-year fellowships worth $70,000 per year Open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree 70 fellowships awarded each year Criteria for selection: (1) research excellence and leadership in area of expertise or research; (2) quality of the applicants proposed research program; (3) institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities For more information: www.banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca Trudeau Foundation Scholarships (and Fellowships) Highly competitive programs offering up to 15 doctoral scholarships each year for studies in social sciences and humanities, with some available to foreign students
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Candidates must be nominated by their university and in their first or second year of doctoral studies Can be held for three years Total value of up to $60,000 per year There are also some three-year fellowships available with a total value of $225,000 awarded to up to five fellows per year (international fellows on odd years, Canadian fellows even years) For more information: www.trudeaufoundation.ca Bourses de la Francophonie Open to students from any of the 37 member countries of la Francophonie Differs from ordinary bursary programs in that students must meet stringent selection, study plan, program, oversight, and academic results criteria (i.e., it is not just dependent on financial need) Awarded for professional training in leading-edge technologies at the college level, for masters and doctoral studies at a university, for post-docs as well as for short-term training programs For more information: www.boursesfrancophonie.ca The Sauv Scholars Program Hosts young leaders aged 2330 who want to change the world Scholars are chosen above all on the basis of initiative, motivation, vision, imagination, communication skills, awareness of international and domestic issues, as well as a strong desire to effect change Each year young leaders are offered a unique opportunity to spend nine months away from their studies, careers, or other formal commitments, for a period of reflection and self-realization while undertaking a new project in his or her chosen field Since 2003, the program has welcomed 126 scholars from 50 different countries. For more information: www.sauvescholars.org/en/scholars/how_to_apply

DFAIT and Other Government of Canada Awards These are Government of Canada awards open to students from different regions, and students and agents can find scholarships for which they may be eligible by searching the http://www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca /scholarships-bourses/non_can/opportunities-opportunites.aspx?view=d site.

Did You Know? International Experience Canada (IEC) is a travel and work abroad initiative of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. It is enabled by the fact that bilateral youth mobility arrangements and agreements with different countries around the world allow Canadians and non-Canadians to travel and work in each others countries for up to one year. Youth aged 1835 from countries where an arrangement or agreement exists may apply to the IEC program. Find out more about travel and work in Canada at www.international.gc.ca/experience.

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G3.1- Focus Questions

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