Information for parents about universities in the USA and Canada

Sending your child to university in another country is a big decision for any parent. We understand your concerns and hope that the following information is helpful for you and your family.

If you have any other questions that we haven’t answered here, please get in touch with one of our advisors who will be happy to help.

What will a Canadian or US degree give your son or daughter?

A world-class education

Sending your son or daughter to one of our partner universities in the USA or Canada means giving him or her access to the some of best education in the world.

Encouragement to think independently

In the USA and Canada, students are encouraged to think for themselves, analyze information and challenge ideas. This makes our graduates far better prepared for life after study.

Respect and prestige

All of our partner institutions are highly respected and accredited educational institutions. The quality of a graduate’s education can be an important factor in future career and life opportunities.

Greater career opportunities

A degree from a university in the USA or Canada opens up a broad range of exciting, challenging and lucrative career opportunities worldwide.

Real professional experience

The competition is tough in today’s global job market, and employers want graduates who already understand business culture and etiquette. That is why many of our degree programs include the option to gain valuable work experience through internships or co-ops.

A strong support network

Our experienced and professional teachers and student support staff understand the needs of students who have traveled far from home to study. We make sure that our students have everything they need, including a caring home environment and tools for academic success. We want them to live a happy and productive life in the USA or Canada.

What are the costs involved in sending your son or daughter to university in the USA or Canada?

Undergraduate degree tuition:

  • Between $10,000 and $37,000 per year

Graduate degree tuition:

  • Between $23,520 and $79,317 for the entire program

As you research universities in the USA and Canada, you may find that some universities are 'private', and others are 'public'. Private universities are typically more expensive, but may provide more individualized attention and extra facilities for students. Public and state universities are usually larger in size and less expensive.

Comparing Canada to the USA, tuition fees in Canada are generally lower than fees in the USA.

Will there be additional costs?

You should plan for additional costs including but not limited to:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Insurance
  • Books
  • Laundry
  • Clothing
  • Personal items
  • Transportation
  • Cell phone

Once your child is admitted to university, he or she will receive more specific information about any additional costs to consider.

Is financial help available?

There may be limited scholarship opportunities available from within your own country. For more information, please contact us and we'll be happy to talk through your options.

Once at university in the USA or Canada, international students may be permitted to get a job on campus for up to 20 hours per week (conditions may apply).

Find out more about university fees and payments

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Lorenzo from Italy
International Business, James Madison University