Bachelor studies in Canada

After finishing high school, many students enter the university and continue their studies at the undergraduate level. If you are one of the people who have received a diploma and are planning to study for a bachelor’s degree in Canada, but you do not have enough information in this field, by reading this article, you will get to know the guide for studying a bachelor’s degree in Canada completely.

Advantages of studying at the undergraduate level in Canada

  • Benefiting from the high quality of education with the world’s leading professors
  • Benefit from advanced educational facilities
  • The possibility of working while studying and earning money
  • Receive a bachelor’s degree with international recognition
  • The possibility of working after studying and obtaining permanent residence in Canada

Bachelor’s degree education system in Canada

  • Bachelor’s degree in Canada, which is called undergraduate, is usually offered as a three-year course with 90 credits or as a four-year course with 120 credits.
  • Continuing undergraduate education in Canada is possible in all provinces except Quebec after finishing high school. In the province of Quebec, after finishing the 11th year of high school, a student can either enter a college course or enter a three-year bachelor’s course after completing two years of pre-university course.
  • In some Canadian colleges and universities, there is a transfer program at the bachelor’s level. This means that after two years of studying at the college, you can enter the university and get a bachelor’s degree by completing only two years of study. The college and the university must cooperate in the transfer program, so you cannot enter the bachelor’s program of any university with a diploma from any college.


Obtaining admission to the Canadian undergraduate course

After deciding on the field and university and preparing the necessary documents, it is time to apply and obtain admission to Canada. In order to apply for undergraduate studies in Canada and get admission from its universities, you must complete the application process correctly.


Steps to apply and get admission in Canadian bachelor’s degree

1. Enter the Undergraduate Admission section on the university website and then click on the Apply option.  In some Canadian provinces, such as Ontario, there is a central application called  Ontario Universities’ Application Center (OUAC) . Through this application, you can apply to three Ontario universities if you wish.

2. In the second step, create an account and enter your personal information.

3. Enter the main application and specify the name of the course and the semester to start studying.

4. Enter other information such as educational background, occupation (if applicable) and language score (if applicable). If you don’t have a language score, in some universities you need to apply separately for the language course.

5. If possible, upload the necessary documents.

6. In the last step, enter the bank information and submit the application.

7. A few days after applying, you will receive an email from the university containing your application number, through which you can activate your portal. You can find out about the status of your application through the activated portal.

8. You will receive your acceptance letter a few months after applying. If you need to pay a deposit, pay the fee and get a receipt from the university (not all Canadian universities have a deposit)

9. After paying the deposit, you will receive the final letter of acceptance.

10. Pay attention to the registration deadline, unit selection, or admission deferment.

Duration of undergraduate studies in Canada

The duration of the undergraduate course in Canada is 3 to 4 years. Usually, most students choose 4-year courses to study. Each academic year is held in two or three semesters. Academic semesters of universities include fall semester (from September to December), winter semester (from January to the end of April), spring semester (from May to the end of July).

The cost of studying for a bachelor’s degree in Canada

On average, undergraduate tuition in Canada for international students is between $20,000 and $25,000 per year. Depending on the field of study and the university, the cost of undergraduate studies in Canada varies. Usually, the tuition fees for engineering and basic sciences are higher than other fields.

You can see the humanities and arts tuition fees for international students in a number of Canadian universities in the table below:


University name Average annual tuition for 2022-2023
Concordia University $19,581 – $26,550
Carleton University $26,268 – $36,457
Dalhousie University $18,192 – $21,180
McMaster University $29,139 – $33,852
Memorial University $11,460
Queen’s University $41,053 – $48,500
University of Guelph $10,703 – $26,730
University of Saskatchewan $17,615 – $18,038
University of Toronto $37,680 – $58,970
McGill University $18,031-21,787


The best bachelor’s programs in Canada

Many courses are offered at the undergraduate level in Canadian universities, but among them there are courses that are more popular among students and have better career prospects.

  • Engineering in all  fields  (civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.)
  • Financial
  • Pharmacology or pharmacology
  • Earth science or geoscience
  • Accounting
  • Management science
  • computer science

The best undergraduate universities in Canada 2023

According to the statistics of QS organization, the list of the top 15 universities in Canada for bachelor’s degree in 2023 is as follows:


University name National rank Global ranking
University of Toronto 1 26
McGill University 2 27
University of British Columbia 3 46
University of Montreal 4 111
University of Alberta 5 126
McMaster University 6 140
University of Waterloo 7 149
Western University 8 170
University of Ottawa 9 230
University of Calgary 10 235
Dalhousie University 11 272
Laval University 12 414
Queen’s University 13 240
Simon Fraser University 14 298
University of Manitoba 15 650-601


Undergraduate student income in Canada

As an undergraduate student, you can work as a student in Canada while studying and   earn an average of $14 to $20 an hour .

You are allowed to work 20 hours a week during your studies and 40 hours a week during holidays such as summer vacations or holidays between two academic semesters.

With these conditions, you will earn an average of $1,200-$1,600 per month and between $18,000 and $24,000 annually, including full-time work on holidays, which will cover your living expenses to a large extent.

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