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Learn about programs and schools, get matched to the best options for you, easily submit your application, and get the support you need along the way!

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High School

High school typically includes grade 9-12 and allows students to develop skills to pursue higher education.

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Undergraduate

Undergraduate programs are taught at colleges and universities. Students receive a diploma, an advanced diploma, or a bachelor’s degree. 

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Post-Graduate

A post-graduate program follows an undergraduate degree and takes 1-2 years. Students receive a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or master’s degree. 

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Student Journey - How It Works

How It Works

STEP 1

Find the Right Program and School

Complete a short survey and get matched to programs and schools that meet your unique background and interests.

STEP 2

Submit Your Application

Select your program and school, complete your online profile, pay the application fee, and submit the required documents. ApplyBoard will review your application and ensure you’re not missing any information.

STEP 3

Get Your Letter of Acceptance

Your application is submitted and reviewed by the school. If accepted, you will quickly receive your acceptance letter.

STEP 4

Start the Visa Process

ApplyBoard’s team of experts provide you with guidance and support during the visa application process and beyond, to give you the best chance of success.

STEP 5

Book Your Plane Ticket and Go!

Once you’ve got your acceptance and visa, book your plane ticket and begin your educational journey abroad! Don’t forget to arrange your accommodations. 

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The process to apply to study in Canada was very difficult and confusing for me, until I discovered ApplyBoard! ApplyBoard helped me every step of the way to apply to the college I dreamt of. I would love to thank everyone at ApplyBoard for their help and professionalism.

— Bahri S., International Student at Conestoga College

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

GENERAL INFORMATION

How much does tuition cost in the United States and Canada?

Tuition fees can range from $7,000 to $30,000 based on what and where you wish to study. In most cases, colleges tend to have a lower tuition fee than universities.

For most areas of study, we have programs with tuition fees less than $15,000 per year.

You can search for programs in your field of study, see their exact tuition fees and sort them by tuition fee using the ApplyBoard search tool.

Why should I study in Canada or the United States?
1. Obtain qualifications valued globally

With the high academic standards in Canada and the United States, you will be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and will have a positive impact on your future. A Canadian or American degree, diploma, or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from other Commonwealth countries. 

2. Affordable education

The quality of education and the living standards in Canada and the United States are among the highest in the world. Additionally, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than that of other countries. 

3. Diverse Multiculturalism

The vast majority of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada and the United States. You can find ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student adviser can help you get in touch with any number of clubs and associations during your stay abroad.

4. Healthy and safe communities

The United Nations (UN) consistently ranks North America as one of the all-round best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada or the United States, you will enjoy the same freedoms that protect Canadian and American citizens: respect for human rights, equality and a stable, and peaceful society.

5. World-class language education

Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

6. Exciting campus lifestyle

Post-secondary campuses in North America are wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, along with countless modern amenities. These campuses offer enormous possibility for learning and leisure. Plus, you will have amazing opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.

7. Possibility of immigration

Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

8. Land of possibilities

Under the highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment in North America, you will acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, as well as the ability to express your creativity and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help. Your students will involve both academic excellence and collaboration in the classroom.

How much does it cost to live and study in North America?

The minimum cost of living varies from $10,000 to $12,000, depending on the city where you will live. You can find the estimated living costs for our different institutions located on our schools page.

Tuition fees typically range from $7,000 to $30,000 based on what and where you wish to study. In most cases, colleges tend to have a lower cost of tuition compared to universities.

Please be advised that the following prices are just an estimated average of the tuition fees and living expenses. They may vary based on the program of your choice, your institution and your location.

For example: John’s tuition fee is $12,500 per year. John also needs about $10,000 to cover the living expenses. As result, John requires a financial proof of a minimum of $22,500  ($12,500 + $10,000 = $22,500) to cover his education and living expenses. 

(Information retrieved from CIC.GC.CA)

What documents do I need to apply to a program?

Many students ask us: “Do I need to finish my current studies to be eligible to apply?” . The answer is no.

For example: If you are applying for a bachelor’s program, you do not need to complete your high school education before applying. Being in your last year of high school (i.e. grade 12 in most countries) is the minimum requirement to apply to a bachelor’s program.

The general rule is, as long as you can demonstrate that you are qualified to graduate from your current educational program before starting your studies in USA or Canada, you are eligible to apply today. You don’t need a certificate of graduation, unless you have finished your current education.

Required documents when applying to an undergraduate program:

If you are applying for an undergraduate program (i.e. a program that only requires a high-school level of education), you will need your high school transcript and it must show all of your grades obtained from all years of high-school (usually grade 9 – 12).

If you have finished high-school, your high-school graduation diploma/certificate is also required.

You will also need a copy of your passport (if you have one).

Required documents when applying to a post-graduate program:

Post-graduate programs require a higher education degree or diploma. For example, most master’s programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree and most post-graduate certificate programs need at least a three-year bachelor’s degree or an undergraduate diploma.

If you are currently still a post-secondary student, you will need to provide your latest transcript that displays grades since beginning of your post-secondary program.

If you have finished your bachelor’s degree or diploma, you need to provide your graduation certificate/diploma as well.

You will also need a copy of your passport if you have one.

Some master’s programs require recommendation letters, résumés, essays and/or a statement of purpose.

You can find the specific requirements for high school, ESL,  undergraduate diplomas, bachelor’s and master’s programs on each program’s page of our website.

Simply search your desired programs, determine the ones that you can be accepted to by answering our eligibility questions and see the specific requirements for each program here.

What happens after I submit all of my documents and pay my application fees?

After you have submitted all of your documents and paid your application fees, ApplyBoard will send your documents to the institutions that you selected for processing.

At this point, you have done everything you need to do. We will look after everything, including communicating with the institution(s) of your choice.

When ApplyBoard obtains your acceptance letter, we will notify you and help you through the visa application process.

How Much Should my Financial Proof Be?

As an applicant, you must prove that you have enough financial means to pay your:

  • Tuition fee
  • Living expenses
  • Return transportation

(Retrieved from CIC)

FAQ

ACCEPTANCE AND ADMISSION

What is an acceptance/admission letter?

An acceptance/admission letter is the letter of confirmation that the designated institution of your choice has accepted you. This letter is one of the requirements needed to apply for a study permit in Canada or the United States. This letter is commonly referred to as the letter of acceptance or LOA.

How do I get an acceptance letter?

Every institution has its own rules and requirements to get accepted. Acceptance is based on the individual school’s discretion.

Do I have to pay to defer my acceptance letter?

Yes. ApplyBoard is now charging $100-250 in order to defer your program to the next intake. However, if you provide us with the receipt of your tuition deposit, we will waive the deferral fee. Please be advised that when you defer your acceptance letter, you may need to pay additional fees, as required by the school.

When do I have to pay my application and tuition fee?

Application Fee: You must pay the application fee before submitting your application. The application fee is charged by schools and is non-refundable. The schools will not review your application if your application fee is not paid.

Note: ApplyBoard does NOT charge any extra fees for processing your application. We collect the exact amount schools charge for your convenience and pay it directly to the school. We are totally free for all students/applicants and are only paid by schools. 

Tuition Fee: You have to pay the tuition fee for each semester at the beginning of the school’s semester.

Some schools require that you pay a deposit amount after obtaining your acceptance letter in order to secure your position in the school. The deposit amount is a portion of the first semester’s tuition fee and is usually less than $1,500.

If you do not get your visa, the school will fully refund your deposit back to you. 

Note: You do not have to pay any tuition before getting your acceptance.

Note: Unlike the deposit, the application processing fee will not be refunded if your visa application is refused.

Note: We have calculated the total annual tuition fees for each school for you convenience but this does NOT mean you have to pay the listed annual tuition at the beginning of the school year.

Do I have to pay the tuition fee in order to obtain an acceptance letter?

In most cases, no.

However, this depends on the institution of your choice. They may or may not require you to pay your tuition in order to receive the letter of acceptance.

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ABOUT APPLYBOARD

How does ApplyBoard help me?

ApplyBoard provides you with the resources to find and apply to the school and program that are the right fit for your interests and needs. ApplyBoard will guide you through the entire application process, helping you obtain your letter of acceptance so you can begin studying at the school of your dreams.

What are "Designated Institutions" in Canada?

Designated institutions are predetermined and approved institutions by the Canadian Embassy. A list of designated institutions can be found on the CIC official website and are subject to change. 

Can I study in North America with a visitor visa?

If you wish to enroll and study in a short-term course (6 months or less) or a program such as English for academic purposes/English as a second language, you are NOT REQUIRED to apply for a study permit.

For programs longer than 6 months, you ARE REQUIRED to apply for a study permit.

How much does it cost to apply to each program?

The application fee is usually between $50 to $300 for each program. You can find the exact application fee for each program on the associated program’s page on our website.

Universities and colleges in Canada and the USA charge an application fee to process your application and to issue your acceptance letter if you are deemed eligible. Application fees vary based on institution and program. The application fees that you pay to ApplyBoard are the exact amount that your selected institution(s) charge(s) to process an international student application. These amounts go directly toward the institution’s application fee.

ApplyBoard does not charge you extra for our services.These services are totally free for applicants because we are only paid by our associated high schools, universities and colleges!

Please contact us at help@applyboard.com if you have any further questions. We are happy to help.