Education in Canada Schools

Canada Schools

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School courses in Canada (all states excluding Quebec)
Education level Iran’s equal level Student’s age
Pre-kindergarten (JK) Kindergarten 4-5
Kindergarten (SK) Pre-elementary School 5-6
Elementary Schools (1st-6th grades) Elementary School (1st-6th grades) 6-12
Intermediate education (7th-8th grades) High School (7th-8th grades) 12-14
Secondary education (9th-12th grades) High School (9th-12th grades) 14-18
School courses in Quebec
Education level Iran’s equal level Student’s age
Pre-kindergarten (JK) Kindergarten 4-5
Kindergarten (SK) Pre-elementary School 5-6
Elementary Schools (1st-6th grades) Elementary School (1st-6th grades) 6-12
Intermediate education (7th-11th grades) High School (7th-11th grades) 12-17

Who have the free education right?

  1. Studying in Canada intermediate & secondary schools are 100% free for the children of Canada citizens, Permanent residents and people with work permit.
  2. Small children who are living with one of their parents, who have the Canada study/work permit, do not need any permission for studying in kindergarten, elementary, intermediate and secondary schools. After reaching the age of majority they need permissions for continuing their education.

Different School types

There are 2 types of schools in Canada: Publicly funded & private schools. Private schools offer faster pace of studying and are suitable for students who do not have enough credit for university entrance. They also charge higher tuition fees.

In another type of classification, Canada schools are divided into Day and boarding schools. In boarding schools, the accommodation will also be provided for students. The tuition fees of boarding schools vary in different states and can even reach 60K$.

School languages

English is the main education language in all states except Quebec. The official school language in Quebec is French and only the international schools offer English education. Regardless of the official school language, a second language (French, English) is being taught in all Canada schools.

Student Visa

What is the difference between ‘Temporary Residence Visa for students (TRV)’ and ‘Study Permit’?

As a student you must carefully pay attention to the difference between TRV for students and Study permit. Study Permit is the A5 paper which is being attached to your passport when you are entering Canada. Having this permit gives you the eligibility to study in Canada but not the right of re-entrance to the country. Temporary Residence Permit is what that gives you this allowance. So an Iranian student in Canada needs the following documents for traveling to Iran and back to Canada in her/his study duration:

  1. A valid Temporary residence Visa for students
  2. A valid study permit

Keep in mind that both of these documents can be renewed one month earlier than their expiration date and travelling without renewing these documents can cause many troubles for students.

Temporary Residence Visa for students (TRV)

When should we start visa application?

You need to start the visa application process at least 4-6 month before the beginning of your course.

How should we apply?

After getting the acceptance from your desired university, you need to fill out the visa application forms online. As there is not Canada embassy in Iran, you need to do the biometric tests in another country. You may be invited for an interview after your application assessment.

Visa validity duration

Student visa is valid for 3months more than your study duration.

How long does it take to understand the result of my visa application?

It usually takes around 42-90 days after your interview.

Visa cost

Visa application and study permit costs 150 CAD$.

Other costs

You need to pay extra 85 CAD$ for biometric tests.

Approvement of Subsistence

You need to prove that you can support your living expenses in Canada with minimum 830-920 CAD$ for each month in your bank account.

Required documents

  1. Acceptance letter from a valid university (except for the spouse of the ones who hve Work/study permit)
  2. CAQ letter (only for Quebec applicants)
  3. Study permit
  4. Passport scan (new & old)
  5. Certified translation of identity document
  6. A 3.5*4.5 photo
  7. Subsistence certificate
  8. your assets certificates
  9. work experience and insurance letters
  10. visa application forms
  11. visa costs payments

How can a student bring her/his family to Canada?

  1. One way is to apply for a visa simultaneous with student visa application.
  2. The other way is to provide the information about accompanying family members in the student visa application and apply for their visa after receiving your own student visa.
  3. If your spouse is planning to work in Canada he/she can simultaneously apply for open work permit.



International students can be accommodated in boarding schools dormitory or they can take part in Home Stay program (staying with a Canadian Family).

Is residency possible for students without their parent presence?

  • The age of majority varies in different states of Canada.
  • Student’s parent can get a 5-years tourist multiple visa for accompanying their children or they can use from Home Stay program. In this program the child will stay in an independent room of a Canadian family. The authorized Canadian family will further provide 3 meals per day for the student. This program normally costs 750-1000$ monthly.
  • If the student is younger than the age of majority and wants to study in Canada without his/her parent accompanying him/her, he/she needs to be under the supervision of an adult Canadian citizen or PR. This person should be the child’s Guardian or Custodian. In most of the cases if the student is younger than 10, one of his/her biologic parent must accompany him/her.

Educational Courses in schools & colleges

Junior Kindergarten (JK): is the 1st education level. JK is for 4-years old children and is equal to Iran’s kindergarten.

Senior Kindergarten (SK): is for 5-years old children. SK is equal to Iran’s pre-elementary school.

Elementary/Primary School: starts right after SK and includes 6 grades for students from 6-12 years old age.

Secondary School: is from 7th to 12th grade for the students with 12/13 to 17/18 years old ages. (In Quebec this level ends after passing 11th grade.)

Middle/ Junior high/ Senior public School: in some states Elementary school is from 1st to 8th grade and 6th -9th grade are in the Middle School level.

High/ Senior high/ Secondary high School: normally is from 9th to 12th grade. In Quebec this level starts from 7th grade.


What is the difference between Secondary & Post-secondary educational levels?

Secondary level refers to high school whereas post-secondary refers to the studies after high school level. Post-secondary courses are not the same and every student can choose it her/himself which course to take. Post-secondary courses examples are: university, college, trade schools and internships.

Diploma of College studies (DEC)

This kind of courses is designed for the students who want to get ready for entering labor market or education in higher academic levels. These courses can be divided in 2 paths:

Pre University programs:  are for a 2-years period and prepare the students for entering University.

Technical Training programs: are for a 3-years period and prepare the students for firect entrance to the labor market.

Certificate programs

Pre-requisite of these courses is Diploma & Pre university degree. In these programs you can gather the required certificates for entering labor market.

Attestation od College Studies (AEC)

These courses are only available in Quebec state and provide adults with needed skills and knowledge for changing their job. These courses do not include public studies like language, philosophy, and are more flexible than DEC and DEP in terms of time. So it is possible to work or study simultaneously with your AEC studies.

CEGEP Studies

These courses are in Quebec educational system. They are offered right after the high school and prepare students for entering a university (2 years of studies) or labor market (3 years of studies) Iranian applicants with Iranian diploma are eligible for participation in these courses.

Pre-Bachelor Studies

These courses prepare technical students with the language and other common skills needed for entering university. These courses also help international students increase their university acceptance chance. Having pre-university degree is a pre-requisite for entering these courses whereas having a language certificate is not necessary.

Apprenticeship Programs

These programs are usually offered during or after your studies. They can be optional or mandatory based on your course and level of study and can vary in time from 2 to 5 years.

Co-op Programs

These are paid courses focused on practical lessons.


Having a pre-university degree is a pre-requisite for all above mentioned courses and programs.

Schools costs in Canada

Publicly funded Schools

Elementary school: start from the average of 13000CAD$ per year

High school: starts from the average of 14500CAD$ per year

Private Schools

Starts from 30000CAD$ per year

Home Stay

Average of 10000-11000CAD$ per year

If you want to participate in introduction to school 2-weeks program, the extra fee of 500-600CAD$ will be charged.


If the student does not have a guardian him/herself, he/she needs to pay 1000-1500CAD$ for it.

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