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What you need to know about life in Canada as an international student

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Are you eligible for scholarships or financial support?

The good news is that despite being an international student, you’ll still be eligible for scholarships and financial support in Canada. Keep in mind that funding is not guaranteed and you often have to do some digging to find out what you’re eligible for and how to apply.

If you’re a graduate student attending a Canadian university, many programs will offer a funding package that includes scholarships and bursaries. You should also contact your school’s financial aid office to see if they have any scholarships or bursaries available for international students.

Search online for additional resources; a good place to start is EduCanada.

How do you find a place to stay?

While many schools will offer residence to international students in dormitories, if your school doesn’t have housing or if you don’t get offered a dorm room by your school, you’ll need to find a place to stay. Ask your school’s international student office where apartments or rooms to rent are usually advertised in the city you’re moving to.

Before you sign a lease, read through the CMHC’s renter’s guide for information on the process of renting in Canada and what to look for in a lease agreement.

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