Studying in Canada vs studying in the US- the pros and the cons

An aspiring student has a myriad of opportunities available in today’s world. You can take up a variety of courses in numerous schools and colleges all over the world. Both the US and Canada are the hot favorites for Indian students to take up study programs at various levels. Today, Canada has become the preferred destination for international students with a more than 90% increase in its international students’ intake in the last 10 years. This brings to the forefront of the perpetual question which is better for higher studies-The the US or Canada?

Below we will discuss the points on which we will try to find out the difference in programs for a study in USA vs. studying in Canada.

Study in USA


  1. Presence of world-renowned Universities- The US is known to provide quality education, research, training and development in the fields of Engineering, MBA, Ph.D., IT and Software Studies, Sports & Sports Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, and Hospitality. The caliber of the Universities in the US is very high as compared to the rest of the world.
  2. Presence of Leading Research-oriented Universities

Many Universities in USA are research-oriented and provide valuable hands-on learning. Technology schools offer access to cutting-edge research. The U.S. also places an emphasis on a liberal arts education. This means that undergraduate students are exposed to other academic areas beyond their program subjects. Universities in USA are committed to developing their students outside the classroom in any programs that they choose.

  1. The US, as a country, is renowned for its upscale job market, high standards of living, and its thriving multicultural atmosphere.


  1. Going for further studies in the US is more costly than the expense of studies in Canada. Even financial aid is comparatively harder to receive as an international student in the United States.
  2. The cost of living in US colleges is also very high. Healthcare and insurance are also expensive.
  3. In the US, it is difficult to secure a Work-while-you-study permit. If you want to take up a job while studying, you will have to secure an OPT (Optional Practical Training), however the work you take-up has to be related to your field.
  4. US Visa policy also has become very strict over the years. The application process for the U.S. visa is also a complicated and lengthy process, requiring questioning, intense scrutiny, and a lot of waiting.

Studying in Canada


  1. The Canadian visa process is simple and short. It is convenient for international students to receive a permit for study. Even after completion of your course, Canada proposes seamless immigration possibilities that make it simple for you to obtain Canadian citizenship.
  2. The living costs are also much lower in Canada. International students prefer to study in Canada as it is more reasonable.
  3. Canada promotes international students. The government of Canada aims to fetch millions of international students to Canada, and so their study programs have relaxed norms for cultural exchange.
  4. International students can work in Canada for up to three years after they graduate on a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which helps them find work and provides a gateway to permanent residence and, eventually, citizenship. This is not the case in the United States where students are not allowed to work unless they have been sponsored.


  1. Canadian colleges are community colleges and are meant for the local population. Most Universities rarely provide Bachelor’s degree programs.
  2. If you want to seek admission to a high ranked university which is also world-renowned, and with less than 5,000 enrollments, Canada is not your ideal choice.
  3. You are highly likely to not making it out of a Canadian university if you don’t work hard. This is because of the difficult minimum entry grade requirement, course structures, grading schemes, and academic support available.