Canada is also a destination favored by Nepali students. However, each university in Canada has its own entrance requirements and assesses students on an individual basis. The university determines the equivalency of a student’s academic credentials. There is no nationwide set of entrance exams. All 93 member universities of AUCC offer three or four year bachelor degree programs; most offer one to two year master’s degrees and a number of them also offer doctoral or PhD programs.
To study at a Canadian university, information has to be obtained by contacting the dean of graduate studies at the universities that interest you. Generally, international students should apply to a Canadian university up to eight months in advance. Engineering, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and dentistry are fields where the first professional degree is considered an undergraduate program.
A degree from a Canadian university is recognized around the world and is usually equivalent to an American degree or a degree from another Commonwealth country. Professional and specialized programs such as medicine, nursing and engineering are accredited by reliable and reputable agencies. Current and new academic programs are regularly reviewed by provincial, institutional or regional bodies to ensure quality standards.
However, Canada does not have an institutional accreditation process similar to that found in the US. Since the winters are cold in most parts of Canada, an adequate warm clothing budget is a must. Average expenses for an academic year can be approximately $12,000 US ($18,840 Cdn or 13,000 Euro) that includes tuition and living expenses.
There are a number of opportunities to work while studying in Canada. All international students may work on campus. In order to work off-campus, international students must obtain a work permit. This may be obtained if employment is considered essential to your course of study. However, one has to arrange for medical coverage before arriving in Canada.
While some provinces cover international students under their provincial health care plans, some do not and international students planning to study in one of these provinces must arrange for private medical coverage through private insurance companies.