Canada vs Australia: Where Should You Study?

by the team of Road to Abroad

Choosing a destination for studying abroad is not easy and requires a lot of research and thought. In the past US and UK used to be the main study abroad destinations. But in the last decade Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and many European countries have gained significant popularity. We often find students comparing and getting confused between Canada and Australia. Individually, both the study destinations are promising in terms of education, quality of life, PR opportunities and part-time work. Now let us compare Canada and Australia on a few factors:

Canada vs Australia: Education

While both the countries have highly reputed higher education institutions, Canada offers better options for studying undergraduate and Postgraduate Diplomas. In fact, most students going to Canada for higher studies enroll in colleges for UG or PG diplomas and the majority of students going to Australia enroll in UG or PG degrees.

Canadian institutions offer cheaper tuition fees than Australian universities with more options for scholarships. But the courses in Australia have better placement rates and broader options for job opportunities.

Canada vs Australia: Eligibility

Canadian has a 4+2 education system, which means 4 years bachelor’s degree and 2 years master’s degree. Students having 3 years Bachelor’s degree from India find it extremely hard to get admission in Canadian Master’s degree program. However, Australia accepts both 3 years and 4 years Bachelor’s degree to offer admission in its Master’s degree programme.

Other eligibility criteria like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE, requirement of GMAT (in selected Management programmes), percentage or CGPA are fairly similar between Australia and Canada.

Canada vs Australia: Living cost

Cost of studying for Master’s degree in Australia is generally higher than in Canada. Australian Universities have higher tuition fees for Master’s degree as compared to Canadian Universities. Expenses for UG course will depend on the duration of the programme. On average, you need USD 7,000 – 9,000 to cover your living expenses in Canada. On the other hand, you will need USD 14,000 for a year in Australia. Since Australia offers 3 years and 4 years Bachelors, total tuition fees and living expenses cannot be directly compared with Canada’s universities as they offer 4 years Bachelor programmes.

Canada vs Australia: Work and PR Opportunities

After completing the degree, all students want to gain work experience and earn back some of their investment. Getting job in a foreign country is not easy. With post study work visa the student can stay back in the country of study and search for jobs.  While US has stringent laws and hectic work policies for international students, Canada and Australia both have flexible policies to allow skilled professionals to work within the country. Canada offers up to 3 years post-education work permit and Australia offers it for up to 5 years.

When it comes to PR, Canada is definitely unbeatable. Canada offers a range of PR programs like FSWP and Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). Most students are able to acquire Canadian PR within 2 years of finishing their studies in Canada. Getting PR in Australia is more difficult than Canada these days, but not impossible.

Canada vs Australia: Judgement

If you are mad about PR then consider moving to Canada for studying. Since Canada offers many cheaper Diplomas with lenient admission criteria, students having weaker academic background and  looking for affordable options should consider studying in Canada.

Admissions to top universities in both countries could be challenging as they witness a huge rush of students from all over the world. But you don’t need to worry when Road to Abroad has your application. Our experts have an impeccable record of helping students to make it to the top universities in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Book your 30-minutes free career counselling session now!

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Hi. I want to know which one is cheaper, Australia or Canada?

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