FAQS "Frequently Asked Questions"
Read this list first!
For a list of additional questions that every international ESL student should ask their
education agent or English school representative go to the page called:
Questions to ask
Budgeting for 2013 - 14 Expenses
Average Canadian Budget for Accommodation, Utilities and Food
$525 per month and up
$450 per month and up
Room and Board
$750 per month and up
$600 per month and up
1 Bedroom Apartments
$700 per month and up
2 Bedroom Apartments
$900 per month and up
3 Bedroom Apartments
$1200 per month and up
$1500 per month and up, utilities can be 300 per month with winter heating costs
$75 and up per week -self prepared meals are less expensive
Ranges from $75 and up per month
installation charge $55, monthly rate $30, long distance extra
installation charge around $75, monthly rate $45 for basic service
Your life-style, entertainment, activities and tours determine other expenses
Canada -- USA Price Comparisons
Is it less expensive to study in Canada than the USA?
YES !! The Canadian dollar is equal to the US dollar 2011 - 13. Life costs are virtually the same in dollar
terms between Canada and the USA.
Do Canadians have experience with foreign nationals?
YES !! Canada is truly a multi-cultural country as almost every language and culture is represented. You will
be able to find food, products, services, entertainment from almost every country, region or culture.
In addition to expatriats from 189 countries you can experience unique Canadian life-styles and
activities, and experience the international flavor of a truly multi-cultural nation. You can
learn English and sample all the styles of pronunciation, Canadian, British, American, Australian, and
South African right here in Canada.
- The ISIC card provides Canada travel and accommodation discounts.
- Special internet "Groupon - Living Social & WagJag prices are posted daily.
- Charities offer coupon books to raise money offering excellent discounts for meals and activities.
- Food coupons provide excellent discounts for meals and groceries.
Link to additional coupon information
Link to additional Food coupon information
- Special discounts for private teachers for small groups is often available.
When is Homestay the best option for ESL
students staying in Canada?
Homestay is the best option for
short stay students (under 10 weeks) and for students under the age of 21 years, or students who have never
travelled or lived on their own, students at a
beginner English level not confident of their language skills.
Do I have to pay all my homestay fees in
No !! You can pay for the first month, then choose
month by month.
What percentage of students want to change their homestay after 1 month?
Of the students we talked to over the years over 60%.
( see student testimonials for more info)
Do I require Medical Insurance to enter
Canada as a student?
YES !! Medical insurance is regulated by
each of the Provinces in Canada.
What is the cost of medical insurance in Canada?
Prices start at 2.05 per day.
Can I buy insurance in Canada and have the
coverage information sent to me so I can use it to show immigration upon entry
YES !! This is the best method, the insurance
services are excellent and less expensive in Canada.
Which rules are used if there is a dispute
between me and the school or homestay?
The rules of the school in Canada are usually followed. Most schools have a contract with the homestay family to
provide services. Students can ask schools to provide contract copies or service lists.
Do foreign contracts or verbal presentations
have any validity in Canadian courts?
Usually only written contracts signed and agreed to under the laws of Canada are enforceable.
Do agents have the ability to change the
rules of the schools in Canada?
Most school's contracts state very clearly the school rules cannot be changed by anyone.
What can I do if my agent does not pay the
The usual process is to contact your local police and
lawyers to initiate action to collect your funds from the agent.
If the school is bad and will not refund my
tuition what can I do?
You have several options. If you believe fraud has been committed then you can go to a Justice
of the Peace and file criminal charges. You can file a civil action in small claims court for amounts
that total less than $5000.CDN. For larger civil actions a lawyer and upper court may be required.
Each Province has a Ministry of Education that may have some jurisdiction and can assist you . The
school may be a member of local business or education organizations that may have membership rules and
regulations. You can complain and request assistance from local consumer protection organizations.
Link to "Can your Agent honestly help you!" for additional information
Do I have to pay 3 or 6 months tuition to get
a letter of acceptance from a school?
NO !! You can pay month
by month. (Good schools are confident you will stay)
What is the best formula for calculating the prices of the different schools?
We have found that the cost per instructional hour is an excellent method. We add the registration fees,
plus the monthly fees and divide by the actual number of hours in class with an ESL teacher.
What are the price ranges for ESL schools in Canada?
Prices range from $6.33 to $20.20 per instructional hour, so it is wise to shop around.
Can I change schools after only one month in Canada?
Yes, apply to change your visa and change schools if you find your school is inadequate.
Can I go to more than one school at the same time?
Yes - read your visa to see exactly what is allowed!!
We have several students taking music, computers and other content courses.
Is it mandatory to use the airport pick-up service offered by the schools?
NO !! The cost of a luxury limousine in Toronto and Vancouver is $40 to $60, less than half the school
fees. The airport services have licenses and insurance for public cartage. We recommend that students
use licensed insured carriers. If you use public transportation the cost is even less.
Can I apply to the Government and obtain a VISA myself?
YES !! We recommend that students apply for visas themselves. This is a good learning experience.
Can I download the VISA forms from the
internet for free?
YES !! Go to our
Visa information page for access to the FREE downloads
To enter Canada what general questions do I have to prove?
In general you need: Accurate identification, Clean Medical Health, No Criminal violations, School
acceptance and registration, Adequate financial resources for the period, proof you will and are
able to return home.
What is the Government filing fee to change a Visitor Visa to a Student Visa?
Why do some students from Japan and European countries have work permits with their student Visa?
This is the result of a treaty that allows Canadian students to work while in Japan or in Europe.
Can I work in Canada with a tourist or student Study Visa?
NO you cannot !!!
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