Canada

   
   

General information 

At nearly 10 million square kilometres in total, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It consists of 10 provinces and three territories and is home to much outstanding natural beauty, featuring bright blue glacial lakes, rivers, mountains, rolling plains and forests, all on a collossal scale. Canada's remote forests are home to wildlife, from bears, wolves, beavers, deer, and mountain lions, to smaller animals like chipmunks and racoons.

Canada has two national languages: English and French. The academic year runs from September to May.

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.

CANADA

 
  Partner universities
 
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Concordia University website

Fast Facts:

  • Language of instruction: English and French
  • Number of students enrolled: 46,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April

Location and language

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, with a population of over 3 million and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is located in the south of the beautiful province of Quebec. Concordia University’s Sir George Williams campus is located in the heart of downtown Montreal. The official language of Montreal is French and it is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the Western world after Paris. Most citizens however are bilingual and you do not have to speak French to study at Concordia.

Things to do

From Montreal you can travel to nearby Quebec City and Toronto by bus or train. Montreal is only 37 miles from the United States border, bringing New York within easy reach. A number of winter sports including ice skating, ski-ing and snowboarding, are possible from Montreal.

Top attractions: Underground City (shopping area), Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal lookout and Jean-Talon Market.

Climate

Montreal is beautiful throughout all four distinct seasons. With average highs of 26°C in the summer and lows of -5°C in the winter, Montrealers fashionably adapt to the weather. In winter, enjoy crosscountry skiing and tobogganing in Mont-Royal Park or ice skating on one of the many outdoor rinks. With the underground city and extensive Metro system, it’s easy to keep warm. In the spring Montreal transforms. Outdoor patios open and parks fill with people relaxing, playing games, having picnics and enjoying the sunshine.

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from The University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Concordia:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information

Approximate living costs per semester, compiled from student surveys and partner university website:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 7 hours) £450-800
  • Visa costs £80-100
  • Health insurance (compulsory) £200-250
  • Accommodation £1695 -2050

One of Montreal's most valuable assets is its low cost of living. Compared to other major world metropolises, the cost of living in Montreal is among the lowest.

More information on living costs

Accomodation

  • The vast majority of exchange students secure private rented accommodation in Montreal. Students who are planning to live off-campus are advised to allow 2 weeks to search for suitable accommodation in Montreal.
  • The Concordia Student Union (CSU) Off-Campus Housing and Job Bank (HoJo) provide a reliable source of housing information and assistance although students should be aware that they are responsible for locating and securing their own accommodation. See here for more information.
  • Limited accommodation is provided in a university residence downtown but this is not guaranteed. Students living in residence must enrol in the meal plan provided and should be aware that the cafeteria is not in the accommodation itself.

More about accommodation at Concordia

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2014/15 = 23%
2015/16 = 23%
2016/17 = 16%

Module  information 

Module Catalogue

 

More about studying abroad at Concordia University

 
 
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

McGill University website.

This  is only available as a 1st choice option

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English & French
  • Number of students enrolled: 40, 000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – April

 

Location and language

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, with a population of over 3 million and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is located in the south of the beautiful province of Quebec. McGill’s downtown campus is located in the heart of the city.

The official language of Montreal is French and it is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in theWestern world after Paris. Most citizens however are bilingual and you don’t have to speak French to study at McGill.

Things to do

From Montreal you can travel to nearby Quebec City and Toronto by bus or train. Montreal is a short flight from the United States border, bringing New York and Detroit within easy reach. The McGill International Student Network also arrange trips around Canada for exchange students. A number of winter sports including ice skating, ski-ing and snowboarding, are possible from Montreal.

Top attractions: Fortifications of Québec, Château Frontenac(in Old Québec), Petit-Champlain District and Montmorency Falls Park

Climate

Montreal is beautiful throughout all four distinct seasons. With average highs of 26°C in the summer and lows of -5°C in the winter, Montrealers fashionably adapt to the weather. In winter, enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing in Mont-Royal Park or ice skating on one of the many outdoor rinks. With the underground city and extensive Metro system, it’s easy to keep warm. In the spring Montreal transforms. Outdoor patios open and parks fill with people relaxing, playing games, having picnics and enjoying the sun

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at McGill:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information

Approximate living costs per semester: 

  • Return flight from UK (av. 7 hours) £450-800
  • Visa costs £80-100
  • Health insurance (compulsory) £200
  • Accommodation £1800-3000

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.

One of Montreal's most valuable assets is its low cost of living. Compared to other major world metropolises, the cost of living in Montreal is among the lowest.

More on living costs

Accommodation

The vast majority of exchange students secure private rented accommodation in Montreal. Students who are planning to live off-campus are advised to allow 2 weeks to search for suitable accommodation in Montreal. The McGill off campus housing office offers excellent advice and support for students, including a database of available rented accommodation.

There is very limited availability in McGill’s on-campus catered residences and apartment for exchange students. Nottingham students have always looked for accommodation in the private sector in the past.

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2014/15 = 21%

2015/16 = 32%

2016/17 = 16%

Module links and information

More about accommodation at McGill University

More about studying abroad at McGill University

 
 
 
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

The University of British Columbia website

This is only available as a 1st choice option

Fast Facts:

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 61,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April

Location

UBC's main campus is situated 40 minutes by bus from downtown Vancouver. 

Things to do

The Vancouver campus boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Top attractions: Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island Market, BC Palace Stadium and Grouse Mountain Skyride.

Travel opportunities

Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains. Vancouver is less than 1 hour from Seattle, just over 2 hours from San Francisco and 5½ hours from New York. Vancouver is well known as the gateway to Whistler. In the winter you will find some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America. British Columbia is both a place full of natural wonder and active adventure.

Climate

Vancouver is Canada’s third wettest city with an average rainfall which is twice that of London.

Temperatures range from an average of 2ºC in the winter and 26ºC in the summer. Most rainfall occurs between October and March although rain and cloudy days are common at any time of year.

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at UBC:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours) £500-800
  • Visa costs £80-100
  • Health insurance (compulsory) £160
  • Accommodation £1700-2150

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.

Vancouver is ranked as the most expensive city in Canada by the Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2016.

More on living costs

Accommodation

  • On campus accommodation: on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed to international students and is in high demand. There is a wide range of different kinds of accommodation available on campus.
  • Off campus accommodation: some students prefer to live off campus. Jericho beach and Kitsilano are areas that typically offer private student housing. There is an efficient bus network operating between campus and these locations.
  • Students do not tend to live in downtown Vancouver due to the distance from campus.

Further accommodation information

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2014/15 = 9%

2015/16 = 9%
 

2016/17 = 7%

Module catalogue

Module  information

Go Global provides lots of information for exchange students.

 

 
 
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, British Columbia

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students: 8, 300
  • Opened in 2005
  • Students from 80 different countries
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April

 

Location

The campus is located in Kelowna, a town of
179, 839 people in the Okanagan Valley in the heart of ski country.

Travel opportunities

The Okanagan campus is 5 minutes’ drive to the Kelowna International Airport which then gives access to the rest of Canada and even further afield.

There are many fantastic cities to visit including Vancouver which is a 1 hour flight or 4 hour drive,  and Niagara Falls and Montreal which are within a five hour flight. It is possible to drive through Canada to the U.S.A and the city of Seattle is particularly close to the border, with a five hour drive time.

Things to do

UBC Okanagan campus is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley which is home to exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. It is a region renowned for having ski resorts with terrain to satisfy every level of skiing and snowboarding ability with up to 7.5m of snow in a single season. There are buses from campus directly to the ski resort and the university even provides discounted buses at $10 on some evenings and weekends. 

More on skiing and outdoor adventure at Okanagan

 There is easy access to swimming, paddling and water-skiing at the lake and waterfront.  For the less adventurous, it is also an area with many museums, galleries and over 300 scenic trails.

Further out the Myra Canyon Park and Lake Okanagan also provide plenty of opportunities to explore Canada’s landscape.

Climate

Kelowna’s climate is relatively mild for Canada. Warm summers are characterized by low humidity, along with winters with average lows of -7. It is also a very rainy region.  

 

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Toronto:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester: 

    • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours) £600-1000
    • Visa costs £80-100
    • Health insurance (compulsory) £160
    • Accommodation £1, 700 - 2, 500
    • Meal plans range from £862 - £2200 (some accommodation includes the cost of a meal plan

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.  

 Accommodation

On campus accommodation is guaranteed at Okanagan.

There are nine residence areas at the Okanagan campus. Most first year undergraduate are placed in halls with single furnished rooms with common areas for snacking and socializing.
Students also often have meal plans which are valid at more than 12 campus food spots and partner locations in Kelowna. The meal plan fees vary depending on the size of the plan you choose.

Some accommodation has compulsory meal plans others it is an optional extra. Check the cost of accommodation to see if the meal plan is included in the cost of accommodation or if you need to pay an added fee.
There are also suite-style residences where upper year students and some graduate students also live.
For students wanting to live off campus UBC provides support and services for students. The University Centre is home to three, social spaces specially designed for students who commute to University.

When deciding where to live consider transportation access, proximity to grocery and drug stores, parking, and cost. Many students choose to live in neighbourhoods such as Lake Country, Ellison, Glenmore, and Rutland, and often live with other students to cut down on costs. 

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2016/17 = 27%

 

Further accommodation information

More about Okanagan campus  

Module information and links

Watch an introduction to Okanagan video

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students: 12, 262
  • Students from 81 different countries
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April

 

Location

The campus is a 300-acre site located in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough in the Highland Creek Valley, one of Toronto’s most spectacular natural settings.

The campus is next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area, and is situated in one of Toronto’s most diverse and multicultural
neighbourhoods.

It is a 45min to one hour journey from UT scarborough campus to UT St George campus and downtown Toronto.

The city of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The city is home to more than 2.7 million people and is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.

It is said that more than half of the people living in Toronto were not born in Canada. This has helped to make it one of North America's most culturally diverse and exciting cities, which is reflected in its internationally renowned restaurants and social and cultural resources.

 

Things to do

Toronto gives you the opportunity to visit world-famous landmarks including the CN Tower, the world’s tallest freestanding tower in the world, and Niagara Falls. Excellent sports and recreation facilities are available on campus and many students take advantage of Toronto's relatively long winters to enjoy one or more winter sports such as skating, skiing, etc.

Toronto Zoo, the largest in Canada is a 10min drive from Scarborough campus.

Scarborough is also home to two swimmable beaches, Bluffers Park Beach and Rough Beach and also has world class swimming facilities that were built for the PanAm games in 2015.

There are several parks in and close to Scarborough with beautiful scenary and many miles of nature and walking trails.

Top attractions: CN Tower (World’s Tallest Building), Canada’s Wonderland (themepark), Harbourfront Centre, St Lawrence Market & Hall and 401 Richmond. 

Travel opportunities

From Toronto you can travel to Montreal and Quebec City by bus or train. Toronto also enjoys excellent rail and bus connections with all major North American cities, bringing New York within easy reach. It is an excellent base for travelling around Canada and the USA.

Climate

Toronto's climate ranges from near tropical in the summer (up to 35° C), to occasional lows of -20° C in the winter, with an average winter temperature of -4.6ºC. The first snowfall in Toronto usually happens toward the end of November, but it is very light and usually melts away the same day. Heavier snowfalls usually happen between December and February, although it does not snow every day. Snow season usually finishes by the end of March

Finance 2017/18

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Toronto:

  • Means tested International Office Travel Bursary of £750 dependant on household income for students starting their studies in 2016. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the financial webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester: 

    • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours) £450-700
    • Visa costs £80-100
    • Health insurance (compulsory) £160
    • Accommodation £1, 650 - 2, 700
    • Meal plans range from £820 - £2000

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and partner university website.  

Accommodation

Exchange students who apply for registration at the Scarborough campus are guaranteed on-campus accommodation and will receive a residence offer at the time of admission.

Students have the option of on campus or off campus accommodation. There are two types of accommodation on campus; Townhouses or Apartments.

Townhouses are within a 5 minute walk to any U of T Scarborough class or facility. Each unit consists of 4-6 students and is self-contained and fully furnished with bedrooms, bathroom(s), a kitchen, storage area and a living room/dining room.

The Residence fees include all utilities (water, heat and electricity), ResNet (University wireless internet) and the Student Residence Council fee. A fully equipped kitchen gives students the ability to cook their own meals or an optional meal plan is available for purchase on campus.        

87% of the 536 townhouse bedrooms are single-occupancy.

Apartments consists of four and three bedroom units - all come equipped with two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living/dining room, and a storage room. One three-bedroom unit is available as accessible accommodation for any students with accessibility needs.

The Residence fees include all utilities (water, heat and electricity), ResNet (University wireless internet) and the Student Residence Council fee. Additional costs may include: meals (optional meal plan available), telephone, cable and laundry.

Further accommodation information

Module information and links 

 

 

 

 

International Office

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