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Canada, the Perfect Place to Get Your Tertiary Education

Canada is known for its high-quality and affordable education. For Aussies and Kiwis, there’s also the ease of English (unless you’re in Quebec), a lifestyle that’s not too different to home, a diverse and friendly bunch of locals, and poutine. 

International students should be aware that Australian and NZ degrees are accepted and recognised in Canada. This makes it super easy to start your post grad studies or find employment.

Canada has three of the top universities in the world, and they are known for their top quality research. Here, you’ll produce academic work that guides the future of our world.

Top Ranking Universities in Canada

University of Toronto (U of T)

Ranked 25th in the world, the University of Toronto was founded in 1827. It has grown and evolved into one of the top learning, discovery, and knowledge creation centres in the world. With a focus on innovation and inspiring invention, U of T has teaching and research faculty who are thought leaders in their respective fields. 

Diversity is a core belief of U of T. With a huge range of people, diverse perspectives are expressed, resulting in creative and challenging solutions. Freedom of speech, freedom in academia, and freedom in research.

The average undergraduate degree costs between CA$21,560 and 64,810 annually. The average fee is CA$45,690.

McGill University

Since 1821, McGill University has been educating the next generation of leaders. Students come from more than 150 countries, making McGill the most diverse student body in Canada. It is recognised for its excellence, with many world leading discoveries starting here. Ernest Rutherford may have started his journey in 1894 in Christchurch NZ, but it was in the early 1900’s that he conducted his research into radioactivity at McGill. This would result in the Nobel Prize being awarded to him in 1908. 

Now, McGill is known for its studies into epigenetics, alternative energy sources from plants, and many environmentally friendly studies. McGill students win more awards than any other Canadian university, and 145 students have so far been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.

Average undergraduate degrees range from CA$22,000 to $66,000 per year.

University of British Columbia (UBC)

In the top 100 universities in the world, UBC has two campuses, 58,000 students from 140 countries, and strives to make the world better.

Their focus is on challenging the status quo, changing the way things are done using innovation and discovery. They want you to realise your full potential; inspiring you to advance a civil and sustainable society.

The average cost per annum for an international undergrad student is around CA$53,000 depending on the course you intend to take.

Popular courses in Canada


Want your MBA? Or a good general undergrad program that gets your foot in the door for a career in business? Canada has highly sought after degrees that get you where you want to be. 

U of T has the Rotman School of Management, with a range of under and post grad programs, and one the best MBA programs in Canada.

University of British Columbia has Sauder School of Business, a leader in academic business schools. They also offer international study opportunities.

The Alberta School of Business was founded in 1916 at the University of Alberta. With a choice of six specialisations and a range of joint degrees, backed with real-life experience, it’s a well-rounded degree option.


Getting your IT degree in Canada can help you get technical skills that are highly marketable. The focus is on hands-on experience for advanced concepts and complex problem solving. An IT degree from Canada gives you real skills that employers want, whether it’s as a developer, systems architect, or anything in between.


Hospitality is one of Canada’s fastest growing industries. A good hospo degree will equip you with the skills you need to move straight into employment in Canada. In particular, hospitality management is popular, with a range of degrees from certificates and diplomas through to Bachelor of Hospitality Management and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management. These degrees prepare you for roles managing restaurant, hotels, tour operations, conference centres, and careers in the airline or travel industries.


With shortages in qualified builders in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, a degree in construction will ensure you a solid career in a location of your choice. A degree in construction provides skills in project management, maths, and business as well as hands-on building experience. 


There’s a huge range of engineering career options, and whether it’s civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering, Canada has degrees to suit. A four year Bachelor degree in an engineering discipline sets you on the track for a great career. After the completion of the undergraduate degree, students can go on to get a Masters in their area of specialisation, making them highly employable.


Teacher shortages in Canada mean that a teaching degree puts you on track for a secure career. Many Canadian universities and colleges have specialised teaching schools, with holistic degrees that create strong, well-rounded teachers. A Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is a masters- equivalent degree that is internationally recognised.

Canada offers the best research options

Canada ranks as one of the best countries in the world to complete research. U of T is consistently awarded more than $1 billion in research funds each year, and other institutions are similar.

The quality of research is high, particularly in the fields which Canada specialises in:

Clinical Medicine





Environmental Sciences


Fisheries and Forestry

Canadian research has resulted in the discovery of stem cells and insulin, developing a theory of plate tectonics, and mapping the visual cortex; who knows what the future holds for you and research in Canada?

Working and study in Canada

Due to the migrant-friendly government, the ability to find employment after study and start a journey towards PR is possible. 

By studying in Canada, you can form the networks and friendships needed to take the next steps in your degree or career. In particular, paid internships are often available, and are called ‘co-op education’. These programs are where students are placed in a field related to their study, giving them real-world work experience that also advances their education. 

Creates valuable connections in their industry

Increases chances of finding a good job

Helps to pay for the education

Develop marketable skills

Explore different work environments and career options

Find your strengths and skills

Canada values diversity

Canada welcomes migrants from every corner of the globe. This makes the country incredibly diverse, their citizens accepting, and they value the culture that migrants bring. It’s easy to fit in, find like-minded people and make friends. 30% of students in Canada are international students.

Contact IDP to start your Canadian degree

Get in touch with us to chat about your study options, or refer you to our IRCC agent to discuss your migration options to Canada.

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