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If you find yourself intrigued about university options north of the U.S.-Canada border, you’re not alone. Following the U.S. Presidential election, and years of a strengthening U.S. dollar, reports suggest growing interest in Canadian universities among American students.

Here are some basics about undergraduate studies in Canada:

  • Length of bachelor’s degree: 4-years, just like in the U.S.
  • Top universities include: McGill University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia
  • Other excellent universities include: Queens University, University of Waterloo, University of Victoria, University of Guelph, Dalhouise University
  • Average annual tuition fees for international undergraduates: $23,589 Canadian Dollars, or approximately $17,207 US dollars as of early 2017. Note: tuition varies both by institution and field of study

For more information, check out these two widely consulted publications:

Have a Pell Grant? Apply to earn a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad.


There are lots of ways to study abroad that don’t break the bank. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is one such way. And it’s a great one.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, and is open to undergraduate students in the U.S. who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant, or will be when they study or intern abroad. More than 2,500 students earn Gilman scholarships each year. The program prides itself on helping students who otherwise might be unable to study abroad. Last year 46% of Gilman scholarship recipients were first-generation college students.

Awards of up to $5,000 are possible.

Approximately 1 in 4 applicants earn awards, a far higher rate than many other scholarship opportunities.

Check out this Overview to learn more about this excellent opportunity, including how to apply. And hear directly from Gilman scholars in these short and inspiring videos.

Related: Interested in scholarships for overseas study of a foreign language? Learn more about the Critical Language Scholarship Program. And find other study abroad scholarships here.