Study Abroad in Canada

Canada is one of the most popular and attractive destinations for international students. With high educational quality, job opportunities after graduation and a safe and friendly living environment, Canada has attracted hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world to study and improve knowledge/skills.


As a multicultural country with cultural diversity development, international students coming to Canada will have the opportunity to experience and learn about cultural diversity, while participating in artistic and cultural activities to gain knowledge and experience. Furthermore, education in Canada is also designed to encourage diversity and respect for differences, helping international students integrate and develop in this multicultural environment.


The living environment in Canada is also very favorable for students studying abroad, especially those from countries with different educational and cultural backgrounds. In Canada, students live in a diverse and inclusive environment, thereby learning new experiences and knowledge. In addition, Canada also has a safe and peaceful living environment, with a low amount of crime along with a clean and fresh atmosphere.


Education is one of the top priorities of the Canadian government.

For the most part, children in Canada attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five. School then became compulsory for grade 1.

Depending on the education program of each province, students who reach grade 11 or 12 (age 16 or older) have the right to choose to continue their higher education at universities, colleges or Cegep.

1. Pre-elementary

Pre-primary or “kindergarten” is the first stage of education in Canada and is provided to children between the ages of four and five before beginning primary school. In New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this is mandatory, while in other provinces it is optional.

2. Primary

Primary education is compulsory for children in Canada, starting in grade 1, usually at age 6 or 7, and up to grade 6 between the ages of 11 and 12.

In Canada, students at this stage of education tend to have only one teacher teaching all subjects in the same classroom, with the same students. The pre-primary curriculum includes subjects such as reading, Math, English (French in Quebec), History, Science, Music, Social studies, Physical education and Art. The difficulty of courses increases as students advance in grade level.

3. Secondary

Secondary education in Canada has two levels: 

  • Middle School (grades 7 – 8): gives students the opportunity to adapt to the changes of classrooms and teachers throughout the day. The goal of this stage is to help students best prepare for the next step of their studies, with the difficulty of the courses expected to increase greatly.
  • High school (grades 9 – 12): In Ontario and New Brunswick, the law is that students must stay in school until age 18 or until they successfully earn a high school diploma. In Quebec, secondary education ends in grade 11, typically followed by a two-year university preparatory program known as CEGEP.

4. Post-secondary education

As soon as they graduate from high school, Canadian students have the opportunity to apply to colleges and universities. Colleges in Canada usually refer to a smaller community college or a private school. Many students in Canada will attend college to further prepare themselves for university and earn transferable credits.

Universities in Canada are where academic degrees can be obtained in a variety of subjects that have a structure similar to that of the US, starting with a bachelor’s degree, then a master’s degree and finally a doctorate – highest level of education.


Canada’s two official languages ​​are English and French. International students have the choice of studying in either language, and many schools in Canada offer programs in both languages.


Cost is an important factor in deciding whether Canada is right for you. However, compared to other countries such as the US or UK, the cost of studying abroad in Canada is often lower.

If you want to study abroad in Canada, you need to calculate costs to have a suitable financial plan. Here are some main costs by year:

  • Reference average tuition fees: 
    • Primary and secondary school: 
      • Public school: 9,500 – 17,000 CAD/year
      • Private school: 15,000 – 30,000/year 
      • Boarding school: 63,000 – 83,000 CAD/year 
    • College and vocational level: 7,000 – 22,000 CAD/year
    • University level: 36,100 CAD/year
  • Cost of living: The cost of living in Canada is relatively reasonable. According to Canadian Government statistics, an international student needs about 10,000 – 15,000 CAD per year to live in Canada. This includes food, transportation, entertainment and rental expenses.
  • Health insurance: Depending on the province or region of Canada where you settle, the cost of health insurance may vary, about 600 – 1,100 CAD

The total cost of studying abroad in Canada will depend on many factors such as school, study program, living location and each person’s lifestyle. However, based on the main costs listed above, you can estimate some basic costs to have a suitable financial plan for studying abroad in Canada.


What do I need to do to register to study in Canada?

To apply to study in Canada, you need to take the following steps: find information about the school and program you want to study, submit the study application and necessary documents, check visa requirements and meet other conditions of the province or territory you are traveling to

Do I need to have good English to study in Canada?

Yes, you need to have a sufficient level of English to be able to understand and participate in study and daily activities. Normally, schools in Canada require international students to have English proficiency equivalent to IELTS from 6.0 – 6.5 or other equivalent certificates.

Can I work while studying in Canada?

Yes, international students are allowed to work in Canada while studying. However, the limit is 20 hours/week during term time and 40 hours/week during vacation. Students need permission from the school and need a work permit from the Canadian government.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply for a Canadian student visa?

You need to prepare documents such as passport, portrait photo, admission confirmation from school, degrees and English or French certificates (if applicable). You also need to prepare financial information for the visa application.

How long does the visa process take?

Visa processing time usually ranges from 4-6 weeks. However, during peak season or complex applications, processing time may be longer.

Can I enroll late after the first day of school?

Usually, the school will require you to enroll at the scheduled opening time. However, in some cases, you can request permission to enroll late and must have the school’s consent.

Can I travel between Canada and Vietnam while studying abroad?

Yes, you can travel between Canada and Vietnam during your studies. However, you need to make sure that your visa, study permit and other immigration-related documents are valid and comply with Canadian immigration regulations.