Your Guide to University in Canada

By University of Waterloo Modified on October 04, 2023
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Here's how to make sure you're ready to start your university journey!

Your Guide to University in Canada

If you're interested in studying in Canada, then you might feel overwhelmed by all the different things you'll need to do. Here are some important things to remember that will help you get ready to study in Canada!

Applying to university

The process to apply for university in Canada may seem stressful, but the following information can help you out!

The first thing you'll want to do is research the universities and programs you're interested in. You'll be able to see lots of important information, like the admission requirements. These requirements will cover what grades you'll need to be considered for the program of your choice, English language test requirements, as well as any other required pieces of information.

You'll also need to get some important documents before coming to Canada. As an international student, you'll need a valid study permit. You should apply for a study permit as soon as you receive an offer of admission to your university of choice. This way you can avoid any delays in processing and make sure your studies in Canada move forward as expected.

If you apply to the University of Waterloo and receive an Offer of Admission to a co-op program, then we also recommend applying for a co-op work permit using your Letter of Acceptance.

By doing research beforehand, you can make sure you have everything organized so you're ready to study in Canada.

Tuition and fees

After researching your programs and universities of interest, you should also research the tuition and fees you'll need to pay.

How you pay these fees will require some planning. Outside of paying your tuition by yourself or with support from your family, there are also financial aid and scholarship options. At some universities, you'll be automatically considered for entrance scholarships. There are also other scholarships that require an application.

If you plan on applying for scholarships, make sure to keep track of when the applications are due and submit yours on time! Take your time and research all the resources available to you and come up with a plan that works for you.

Learn about your new home

Coming to a new country for university means living away from home. Your university will usually offer places to live on campus which means you can really get familiar with your new school. Living on campus gives you the experience of living on your own, while also being convenient. You'll be close to your classes and study spots on campus, and depending on where you're staying, you won't have to leave your building to get yourself lunch or dinner!

Your campus will also offer things like services that will provide you with support when you need it, as well as social events, clubs, and activities that will help make you feel right at home.

Outside of campus, you'll also be able to discover the city you're studying in. You can research what the city has to offer and explore it in your free time. You'll be able to experience the unique Canadian lifestyle and find your new favourite places to visit.

Studying in Canada also means you'll meet people from all around Canada and the world. The people you meet will be your classmates, friends, and people you remember even after you graduate.

Starting university is overwhelming, but hopefully these tips will help you get ready to study in Canada!

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