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Study in Canada

Choose to study in Canada, and you’ll have the opportunity to encounter vastly different cultural and natural experiences – from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities such as TorontoMontréalVancouver and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural.

Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its natural beauty – few nations in the world can boast anything close to its wealth of forests, lakes and mountains – and for its multicultural diversity. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used concurrently in government and official documents.

It’s also known for its sparse population (despite being the world’s second-largest country, it has a population smaller than that of just one US state, California) and for its harsh winters. In some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half the year – but you’re unlikely to find any Canadian universities in those regions!

Click on the tabs below to find out more about top universities in Canada, popular student cities, and practical information on applications, costs and visas.

Fast Facts

  • Federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
  • Made up of ten provinces and three territories
  • Official head of state is UK monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II), who appoints a governor general (currently David Johnston)
  • Head of government is Prime Minister (currently Stephen Harper)
  • Capital city: Ottawa
  • Largest city: Toronto
  • Official languages: English and French (French is spoken mostly in Quebec province)
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Currency: 1 Canadian dollar = 100 cents
  • Total landmass of approximately 3,855,100 square miles – the world’s second biggest country
  • Main exports: Machinery and equipment, automotive products, minerals such as zinc, uranium, gold, nickel and lead among others, metals and plastics, forestry products, agricultural and fishing products, energy products
  • Quebec is world’s largest producer of maple syrup (three-quarters of global output), while 80% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada.
  • Most popular sport: ice hockey, with lacrosse, curling and Canadian football also popular
  • Time zone: varies from UTC-3.5 to UTC-8, changing to UTC-2.5 to UTC-7 during summer months
  • Internet domain: .ca
  • International dialing code: +1
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