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Why study at a medical college in Canada?

Although studying at a medical college in Canada might not have the glamour of studying in the USA, you are still going to get a high-quality medical education.
 
Consequently, international students flock to Canada to study medicine, attracted by the quality of live, short medical programs and excellent research facilities.

What medical programs are offered in Canada?

Medical study in Canada normally takes four years to complete, with the first part of the program dedicated to the basic principles of medical science, such as anatomy and physiology.

Clinical study focuses on in practice learning, with students working in teaching hospitals alongside fully licensed staff practitioners. Students will work across different rotations, from psychiatry to surgery, paediatrics to emergency medicine. Electives leading to specialisms are also common.

Postgraduate medical education in Canada is aimed at students looking to move into either medical research or a particular area of medicine.

Immigration and visas in Canada

Most foreign nationals will need a study permit to study at a medical college in Canada and others may need to apply for temporary residence in Canada.

Regardless of whether or not you need a permit everyone must demonstrate:

  • Acceptance from a university or educational institution in Canada.
  • Ability to pay tuition fees, living expenses and return fares to their home country.
  • Satisfy health requirements.

You can find out more about students visas and immigration in Canada at Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Canada?

Tuition fees in medical colleges across the US vary depending on the institution and program of study. International student fees are often significantly higher than home student fees.

As a guide, you should expect to pay between $35,000 and $60,000 to study at a medical college in the USA.

Working in Canada

In order to undertake temporary work during your medical program in Canada you will need to obtain a work permit. These are usually issues after a temporary offer of employment has been confirmed by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

To work in Quebec a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) may be needed from the Quebec government. 

Some positions although they do need a work permit, do not need confirmation from the HRSDC. You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada and to receive any government services.

You can apply for a SIN by submitting your application to a local Service Canada Centre after arriving in Canada. You can find the location of offices on the Service Canada website.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for to a medical college in Canada, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best medical program for you.