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Studying Bachelors in Canada

Our expert Anuj Jain outlines all you need to know about pursuing bachelors in Canada 

Studying in Canada is an appealing option for international students. Canada is not only one of the safest places to be in the world, but also has a wealth of cultural diversity that is truly inviting for foreign students from across the globe. 

Bachelor degrees in Canada 

Undergraduate education in Canada follows the completion of senior secondary or high school, with the full duration of a standard undergraduate education (culminating in a bachelor's degree) being three to five years. While Canada has always been known for its diploma and post-graduate diploma programs, which provide students with a three-year work permit; lately, bachelor degrees have become equally popular with students willing to study for three to five-year degree programs given it has better job prospects later on. 

A bachelor’s degree in Canada (mainly offered by universities and only few colleges) covers a broader area, and includes subjects like science, mathematics, humanities and history and engineering. 

Co-op option in bachelor degree programs

Most bachelor degrees in Canada integrate paid work experience as part of your university degree, which is called a Co-op. Co-op students normally alternate between four months in school and four months as a full-time employee of the organisation they're working for. It's an amazing way to explore careers, gain relevant experience, and make money while earning a bachelor’s degree. This is again a great option as you get a chance to learn how to give successful interviews for jobs, gain hands-on experience, apply the skills learnt on job to real life problems, and graduate with up to two years of valuable experience. By choosing which types of co-op jobs you apply to, you can be well-prepared for your future with relevant experience or industry connections at an earlier stage itself.

Difference between co-op and internships

Tuition fee 

On an average, the tuition fee per year for a bachelor degree program will approximately range between CAD 18,000 to 40,000 depending upon the kind of program and institution if you have chosen for yourself. That said, you should know Canada is yet very affordable as tuition fee here is much cheaper than many other countries. 

Financial aids (scholarships offered by universities)

To enable students manage their study expenses, there are many scholarships available for undergraduates. In fact, a student can earn a scholarship of up to 60,000 CAD if applying for bachelor degree programs. These scholarships can be classified into:

  • Merit-based scholarships

  • Provincial Government scholarships

  • Need-based grants and bursaries by college

  • Tuition fee waivers

  • Commonwealth scholarships

  • Private / Organisational scholarships

Here are some of the most popular universities and their scholarship details:


Scholarship amount

Acadia University

$500 - $60,000

Brock University

$4,000 - $16,000

Crandall University

$2,000 (annually)

Kings University College

$1,500.00 - $3,500

Lakehead University

$4,000 -$30,000

Laurentian University

Up to $60,000

Queen’s University from

$2000 - $6,000

Ryerson University


The University of Winnipeg

$3,500 - $5,000

Trent University


University of Alberta

Over $29,000

University of Saskatchewan

$500 - $32,000

University of Waterloo


University of Windsor

$1,000 -$16,000

Wilfrid Laurier University


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You can apply without IELTS or Class 12 results

While the IELTS score and academic percentage required to make an application varies from university to university, the best part of applying to a bachelor’s degree in Canada is that you can apply without IELTS and your Class 12 results. Yes, you read it right. Most Canadian universities are willing to accept students on the basis of their Class 11 mark sheets or predicted school results to get the application process started on a conditional basis. However, you will have to provide with your Class 12 results later when your offer letter comes through.

Academic and IELTS requirement to apply for Bachelor degree programs

Academic Requirement

The student must have qualified 12th class with at least 65% marks

IELTS Requirement

6.5 (no individual score less than 6)

Though for courses such as business studies or computer sciences, it is required to have math as a subject in class 12, but check with your university as some may accept admission without math for business programs as well. For courses like engineering, it is required to have studies Physics, Chemistry, Math and English in class 12; and for fine arts, you are required to present a portfolio or documentary evidence of your creative skills. 

Study Bachelors in Canada


All Canadian universities focus on a practical approach delivering education with classes endowed with seminars and projects. These help you understand the concept being taught in detail as well as help you bond with peers when you work together as a group. Studying in Canada can be a life-changing experience with unmatched quality of education and opportunities to grow.  

Updated on July 31, 2020

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Anuj Jain

Anuj Jain is a part of IDP Education’s client relations team for Canada division at the South Asia headquarters in Gurgaon. An MBA by degree, he has an experience of over 10 years in the international education industry. He has spent a major part of his career in guiding students to pursue their dream of international education in Canada, and has delivered seminars on different aspects of studying in Canada at various platforms including social media.

He has also travelled to Canada to visit and interact with some of the most popular institutions to understand in depth the quality of education and infrastructure offered to international students, so he can guide them in making even better decisions; besides having attended multiple workshops to increase his knowledge and expertise on Canada as a destination.  


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