Want to join the hundreds of thousands of international students who have made Canada their study destination? We would be delighted to welcome you! Whether you study in person or online.
Canada welcomes more than 290,000 foreign students every year, including at least 22,000 French students.
From Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, Canadian institutions offer a range of innovative and diversified training and offer an exceptional research environment.
The multicultural environment of cities and university campuses is greatly appreciated by students as well as the possibility of choosing a French, English or bilingual college or university.
The options are attractive and unique in North America: only Canada allows you to study in French while living in an English-speaking environment or to study in English while living in a French-speaking environment.
To guide your choices and facilitate your steps, the Air Sprint Logistics has prepared this guide in the hope that it will answer your questions in order to prepare for your departure to Canada.
Studying in Canada or abroad is a dream shared by International students, but the cost of the experience can be a barrier to realizing it. Fortunately, many universities and organizations offer scholarships, grants and discounts to help international students finance their study abroad.
In this article, we look at the scholarships, visa, financial help and admission available for international students who want to study in Canada. Ranked first in the world for quality of life, this North American country is welcoming, diverse and offers unbeatable natural landscapes, which makes your stay even more unparalleled.
To create this list, we visited the websites of Canadian universities and funding organizations and gathered the information on the most relevant scholarship options we found for you. This list is not definitive, that is, there are still several other possibilities. You can use our scholarship search tool to find alternative funding options in Canada!
Check out the selected scholarships below to see if you qualify and can make your dream of studying in Canada a reality.
Scholarships offered by universities in Canada
One of the surest ways to get a scholarship is directly with the university. The vast majority of them offer some form of financial assistance or discount to foreign applicants who apply with all the necessary requirements, whether on academic merit, proven financial need or other selection criteria.
Discover some examples:
1. University Canada West (UCW)
Located in Vancouver, the 6th best city to live in the world according to The Economist in 2020, University Canada West, also known by the acronym UCW, offers a variety of scholarships and funding options for international students who wish to study there, such as:
Scholarships for Academic Excellence
Scholarships for Academic Excellence are valid for the following programs:
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCom);
- Bachelor of Business Communication (BA);
- Associate of Arts.
The scholarship is aimed at international and native students with exemplary academic performance and excellent grades. No separate application required: the university assesses each applicant and automatically applies the scholarship upon admission to eligible students.
The following table describes the amount available for the entire duration of the course based on the average (GPA) of eligible students:
Contact University Canada West directly to learn more about scholarships.
2. University of Alberta
One of the top five universities in Canada and one of the top 100 in the world, the University of Alberta awards C$32 million each year in funding to undergraduate students. Discover some of Alberta’s scholarship options:
Scholarship for international student
The International Student Scholarship is awarded to high-grade international students who are admitted into their first year of Alberta undergraduate degrees on a student visa. Those selected can receive up to C$9,000.
You do not need to apply for this scholarship as it will be added at the time of admission if you are eligible.
University of Alberta Centennial Scholarship
Students with an “upper admission average” who are able to demonstrate leadership skills when being admitted to their first year of study at an Alberta degree on a student visa may be selected to receive a discount of up to C$30,000 over four years.
Learn more about University Of Alberta Scholarships here.
3. University of Ottawa
located in the capital of Canada, with over 8,000 international students, the University of Ottawa is in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. The city is culturally diverse and has a mix of English and French speakers, ideal for international students.
Want to join this bustling University of Ottawa student community with discounted tuition fees? Check out the following available scholarships below:
Faculty of Engineering Merit Scholarship
Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Merit Scholarships are awarded to 35 students according to the admission average :
- Students who achieve an admission average of 95% to 100% receive a C$5,000 scholarship;
- Those who achieve an average of 90% to 94.9% receive C$4,000.
Applicants must be applying for graduation for the first time. All international students will automatically be considered for this scholarship when applying for an Ottawa Bachelor’s degree.
Faculty of Arts Merit Scholarship
Ten Dean’s Merit Scholarships are awarded by the Faculty of Arts in the total amount of C$4,000 each. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in their first degree with an admission average of 90%.
Other examples of universities with scholarships
There are many other Canadian universities that offer scholarships to international students. We have selected a few more examples for you to know:
- University of Winnipeg
- Carleton University
- Lakehead University
- Conestoga College
- University of Regina
How to get Financial Help?
If you have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada and are pursuing studies in the country, you may be eligible for financial assistance. This is offered by various organizations established in Canada or elsewhere and takes different forms, for example:
- scholarships and grants, which you do not have to repay once you have finished your studies;
- student loans, which you must repay once you have finished your studies.
Public and private funding organizations in Canada
The second best option to find your scholarship in Canada (or any country) is to look for organizations, companies, foundations, etc. that offer different forms of scholarships and academic funding, as is the case of the following three examples:
1. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)
Administered by the Canadian government, CGS scholarships of C$50,000 are awarded to a maximum of 166 doctoral students per year. Selection criteria are based on academic excellence, research potential and leadership skills.
2. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
The Trudeau Foundation awards scholarships to up to 15 doctoral students who excel at enrolling in a social science or humanities course. Those selected will receive C$60,000 per year for up to four years.
3. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Seventy fellowships are awarded each year to postdoctoral candidates in the natural and social sciences or health sciences. Successful students will receive C$70,000 per year for two years.
So, as you can see, there are many ways to finance your studies in Canada!
How To Get A Student Visa
Canada is not part of the European Union, all French students must be in possession of a passport and apply for a student visa to be able to study in Canada. The request for the registration form can be done via the internet, or near the nearest Canadian embassy.
The student visa application is made once you have received by mail a letter proving your admission to a Canadian university. It is only once this proof of admission has been obtained that you can begin the process of obtaining your student visa.
The documents required to obtain the Canadian student visa:
When registering, you will be asked for the following documents in the application file:
- Photocopy of the first six pages of the passport
- Two passport photos
- Original or certified copy of acceptance letter from university or school
- Proof of financial means (about 6000 euros)
- Application fee
The amount of the application fee for the student visa application was around 90 euros at the beginning of 2011, but may change.
Deadlines for obtaining a student visa:
It takes an average of two weeks for the embassy to send you a response , positive or not, for obtaining your visa. This delay can reach a maximum of 5 weeks during the most important periods, which is why it is advisable to start the visa application as soon as possible, once you have proof of admission to the university.