Online and distance learning in Canada

If you want a Canadian education, but you’re unable to leave home for all or part of your studies, virtual studies may be the right option for you. Canada’s commitment to innovative and universal education has made us a leader in online learning and distance education.

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Distance education allows international students like you to gain remote access to our world-class universities and colleges and learn from our renowned academic faculty. Virtual learning gives you the benefit of a Canadian education when you are unable to be physically present in the classroom. It also offers opportunities for flexible learning, often at your own time and pace.

Find online programs in Canada

Most Canadian universities and colleges welcome international students into their online and distance education programs. Search for your academic program to find out whether you can complete part or all of your studies via distance education, including what it will cost.

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The Canadian Virtual University (CVU-UVC) is another excellent source of information (available in English and French) about this thriving part of the education sector in Canada. It’s a network of 11 colleges and universities that specialize in distance and online learning. You may search their database of programs to find the one that interests you.

Cost of online and distance education

Fees for online learning vary based on whether the program is part of a college diploma, bachelor’s degree or at the graduate studies level. Costs can also vary depending on the institution and program you choose. You may use our search tool to calculate the costs of your distance education program.

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Language and academic requirements

You must have good French or English skills before you can participate in a Canadian online program. Learn about language tests that apply to international students.

There may also be some academic or entrance requirements. Check with your chosen college or university to find out more. If you’ve completed part of your studies in your home country, you may be able to transfer credits to an online program at a Canadian institution.

How to enroll

To enroll, complete an application to the university or college you wish to attend as an online or distance student.

The Canadian Virtual University (CVU-UVC) provides details on how to apply to the institutions that are part of its distance learning network in Canada.