Posted On : 19 February 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

Canada, the land of maple syrup, has been and still remains a top destination for quality education among Nepali students. But the road to navigating the structure of Canadian Education, getting enrolled in a top tier DLI (Designated Learning Institution) and applying for a study permit isn’t particularly an easy one. It is a long, tedious and, sometimes, troubling process, but one that leads to a better future down the road.

So if you’re a Nepali student ready to begin your success and looking to uncover all the details on how to study in Canada, you’re at the right place. We’ll be going through all the nitty gritty of what to expect and where to begin your journey as an International Student in Canada.

Let’s first start by mentioning the fact that as of January 22, 2024, there have been a few concerning updates to the study visa process for international students in Canada. We have covered this in our blog on Navigating the Application Process to Study in Canada in 2024.

The Structure of Canadian Education Simplified

Canada boasts a renowned education system, known for its high academic standards, emphasis on practical learning, and inclusive environment. The Canadian Education System is governed by provincial and territorial governments, ensuring uniformity in educational standards across the country. The education system is categorized into two distinct stages:

Primary and Secondary Education

  • Age Range: Children typically from age 6 to 18 attend primary and secondary education


  • Primary (Elementary) School: Covers preschool (optional), kindergarten, and grades 1 to 6.
  • Secondary (High) School: Includes grades 7 to 12, preparing students for post-secondary education or the workforce.

Post-Secondary Education

Students typically enroll in post-secondary education after completing high school. Here are the type of programs that students can study after high school:

  • Undergraduate Courses: Bachelor’s, diploma and certificate programs, language proficiency programs
  • Graduate Studies: Graduate certificates, Master’s and doctoral programs that provide opportunities for advanced degrees and research-based programs.
  • Professional Certifications: Pathways to acquiring industry-specific certifications or designations.
  • Online and Distance Learning: Access to high-quality education remotely, with Canada being a leader in online learning initiatives.

There are a number of educational institutions they can choose to study in:

  • Universities: Offer undergraduate (Bachelor’s), graduate (Master’s), and doctoral (PhD) programs.
  • Colleges and Vocational Schools: Provide diploma and certificate programs with a focus on practical, hands-on learning.
  • Language Schools: Options for studying English or French, catering to international students or those seeking language proficiency.

Why Do Nepali Students Prefer The Canadian Education System?

There are multiple reasons why Nepali students prefer studying in Canada. Let’s go through some of the long-term benefits of studying in Canada:


Many Canadian schools and institutes offer education in both English and French, which are two of the most widely spoken languages in the world. This can help Nepali students improve their language skills and cultural awareness, as well as increase their employability and mobility in the global market.

Compared to that, Nepal’s education system does not have a formal policy of bilingualism or multilingualism, and the medium of instruction is usually Nepali or English.

Practical Learning Approach

Nepal’s education system has traditionally been focused on theoretical and rote learning, which has been criticized for being outdated and irrelevant to the needs of the society and the economy.
On the other hand, the Canadian education system emphasizes practical learning, which means that students get to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through internships, co-ops, and other opportunities. This allows Nepali students to gain valuable skills and experience that can enhance their career prospects and personal development.

Diverse Student Population

Canada is a multicultural and diverse country that welcomes international students from many countries, backgrounds and cultures. International students get a chance to broaden their perspectives and learn from different viewpoints and experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Research and Innovation

Canada is a leader in research and innovation, especially in fields like technology, business, and natural sciences. Canadian universities and colleges have state-of-the-art facilities and resources that enable students to conduct cutting-edge research and innovation projects. This further strengthens the fact that Nepali students will have an opportunity to pursue their academic interests and passions, as well as contribute to the advancement of knowledge and society.


Compared to other popular destinations for higher education, such as the US, the UK, or Australia, Canada offers relatively affordable tuition fees and living costs for international students. This helps Nepali students to access quality education without breaking the bank. Canada also offers various scholarships and financial aid options for international students, making it more accessible and attractive.

Scholarship Opportunities in Canada

There are multiple scholarships available for international students who want to pursue their studies in the country. These scholarships are offered by Canadian governments, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. While some of them are based on academic merit others are based on financial need, research potential, leadership skills, or other criteria.

Here are some websites you can check out to learn more about scholarship opportunities in Canada:

  • EduCanada: This is the official website of the Government of Canada for international education. It features scholarships offered by Canadian governments, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. You can use the scholarships search tool to find scholarships that match your profile and interests.
  • Study International: This is a website that provides news, guides, and tips for international students who want to study abroad. It has a section on scholarships in Canada that lists some of the generous and popular scholarships available for different levels and fields of study.

A Glimpse into Student Life in Canada

Canada is renowned for its diverse and inclusive society, making it a melting pot of cultures from around the world. As an international student, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions. The country also offers a range of housing options for international students, such as on-campus housing, homestays, and private rentals. However, finding suitable and affordable accommodation can be challenging, especially in major cities, due to the ongoing housing crisis.

International students are also allowed to work part-time during their studies and full-time during scheduled breaks, up to 20 hours per week. This can help you gain Canadian work experience and earn some income to support your living expenses. You can also apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) after completing your studies, which can open up more opportunities for you to stay and work in Canada.

Preparing for Cultural Differences in Canada

Canada is a country that values politeness, punctuality, networking, small talk, and respect for differences. As an international student, you may encounter some cultural differences in Canada that may challenge your assumptions and expectations. To adapt to the cultural differences in Canada, you can

  • keep an open mind
  • be sensitive to others
  • work on your language skills
  • expand your friend circle
  • give yourself time to adjust and
  • seek support if needed


What is the education system like in Canada?

The education system in Canada is divided into four stages:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary (Elementary) Education
  • Secondary education
  • Post-secondary education

Kindergarten is the first stage of formal education in Canada, but it is not mandatory for all children. Primary education generally starts at age six and consists of grades one through eight. Secondary education consists of grades nine through twelve and leads to a high school diploma. Post-secondary education includes various types of institutions, such as universities, colleges, vocational schools, and language schools, that offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees in different fields of study.

How can Nepali students apply to Canadian universities?

Nepali students who want to apply to Canadian universities need to meet the academic and language requirements of their chosen program. You also need to apply for a study permit, which is a type of visa that allows you to study in Canada for a specified period of time. To apply for a study permit, you need to prepare a number of documents like a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada, an attestation letter, proof of financial support, a valid passport, and other supporting documents. Check out our detailed blog on Navigating the Application Process to Study in Canada in 2024.

What Scholarships are available for Nepali students in Canada?

There are various scholarships available for Nepali students who want to study in Canada including these:

  • the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • the Ontario Trillium Scholarships
  • the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Many Canadian universities and colleges also offer their own scholarships that you can find about in their websites.

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