The quality of Canadian institutions attracts plenty of student visa applications for students to continue their academic path in Canada. Regardless of where you choose to study, you will receive a similar quality of education. When choosing where to study, international students will often have a choice between a University or College. This article will help you determine what’s best for you.


Currently, there are over 100 public colleges in Canada that offer full-time, part-time, and certificate programs. For example, some colleges offer certificate courses in nursing and
accounting, while others may offer a diploma. Colleges tend to be more affordable than universities.

Program lengths often vary, however, a certificate program is generally 1 year
or less and a diploma program can be 2 or 3 years. Many colleges also offer bachelor’s
degrees in applied areas of study. Many colleges also offer courses for pre-trades and apprenticeship training, language training ,and hands-on skills.

Colleges tend to be more career-oriented than universities. This means they offer practical or hands-on training. The types of careers college-grads pursue depends on the program they pick, however, here are some examples:

  • Technicians: Technicians will often have college degrees. College programs such as Auto Body Repair can introduce students to a career in working with auto repair.
  • Accountant: If you are looking to become an accountant, going to college may be good for you. It is often a shorter time period than going to university and has certificate programs.


Currently, Canada has around 96 public universities with over 15,000 different programs. All universities offer undergraduate (bachelor) degrees and most offer graduate (master’s and doctoral) degrees. Some will offer specialized degrees (for example law or medicine).

Here are different types of programs often offered by universities:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate programs
  • Professional designations
  • Certificate and diploma courses
  • Short career-focused programs
  • Co-operative education and internships

Undergraduate degrees usually take 3 to 4 years to complete. Master’s and doctoral
degrees take around 2 to 4 years to complete, depending on the program of study. The cost of university is much more affordable compared to certain countries and is approximately on the same level regardless of the chosen university.

Universities will make certain careers more accessible and will be required if you are looking to pursue further education (example: a master’s degree). Here are some careers available with a university degree:

  • Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Psychologist

The Decision

Regardless of whether you choose college or university, you will receive a high-quality education. When deciding you should keep in mind the career you would like to pursue, the cost of education, whether you would like to pursue further education and the length of time that you are willing to spend in school.

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