Information for parents about universities in the USA and Canada
The choice to study in North America can be difficult for both students and their parents. As a parent, you'll want to know about the quality of education and support and the cost of university. It is natural to worry about the safety and well-being of your son or daughter while studying abroad. We have gathered key information to address your concerns and help inform your decision.
These are some common questions from parents, but please contact us at any time to discuss your child's application to an American university:
Why should my son or daughter go to university in North America?
As a parent, you want your child to have access to the best education in the world, which will open up many career opportunities after graduation. A US or Canadian university education is an excellent and popular choice for international students. The USA and Canada have two of the finest university education systems in the world. A North American degree is recognized by employers, governments and other universities worldwide. Find out more about the benefits of North American university education.
What quality of education do North American universities provide?
We have carefully selected universities that are an excellent choice for international students. You can be sure that your son or daughter will be studying at an accredited university that offers outstanding academics and will be on the path toward earning a degree that will be recognized worldwide. All degrees and English Language preparation are rigorous and focused programs that will stretch your son or daughter academically. There are sure to be some differences between the US/Canadian university system and the system in your home country. Learn more about the North American education system.
How will my son or daughter be supported in the United States?
The first year at university can be a big challenge, especially for international students. That's why enrolling your son or daughter at the James Madison University International Study Center or Royal Roads University International Study Center gives you the peace of mind of knowing that dedicated staff are on hand to offer the academic, personal development, and cultural transition support that your son or daughter needs at every step of their university journey. In addition, all of the universities we work with provide academic support services and have a proven track record of successfully graduating international students.
How much will it cost to send my child to a North American university?
The price of a North American education varies according to institution. Private universities are more expensive but usually offer more individual attention and extra facilities, while public/state institutions tend to be larger, but less expensive. Tuition fees in Canada are generally lower than fees in the USA. Undergraduate degree tuition costs between $16,320 and $34,656 per year, and a Master's degree tuition between $23,520 and $79,317 for the entire program. Search for a degree by price.
You should plan for the additional costs associated with studying at university and the cost of living in the surrounding area. Additional costs beyond the tuition fee include accommodation, meals, insurance, books, laundry, clothing, personal items, transportation, and cell phone.
Please note that when your child applies to university through us, you will need to submit your bank/financial statements with the application.
Will I be getting the best value for my money?
- Royal Roads University is a public university in Canada that offers a lower cost of living and competitive tuition fees
- James Madison University has been named one of the top 50 'Best Value' public university in America
Are there payment options or financial help available?
We do not offer scholarships or fee discounts, but you can spread the cost of sending your child to university across the year, by taking advantage of our two-part payment option. There may be limited scholarship opportunities available from your own country. Once at university in the USA or Canada, international students may be permitted to undertake paid work on campus for up to 20 hours per week (conditions may apply).
Will my son or daughter be safe in America?
As part of our services, we will provide your son or daughter with a Student Handbook that includes safety tips. Upon arrival for university, we can book a transfer so your child will be met at the airport and taken to their accommodation. University residence staff or homestay families will make sure they are settled in. All of the universities we work with take student safety very seriously.
Just like everywhere else in the world, there is crime in the United States and Canada. But the odds of being a victim of a crime are very low. Every city has areas that might not be particularly safe, and everyone should use good judgment and take basic precautions (e.g. don't carry large amounts of cash, lock doors, don't leave valuables unattended) to maintain a level of safety.
What if my child is involved in an accident or has a medical need?
Every university we work with provides student health services on campus. In addition, all our students are protected by StudyCare, a comprehensive student insurance policy. StudyCare insurance provides accident and medical cover, as well as insurance against loss of personal possessions.
What if my child has an issue that requires immediate attention?
Parents and students have access to a 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, Study Group telephone hotline. This service will help to promptly resolve any problems or concerns that your child has at university in the USA or Canada.