written by: ThomasTrzyna•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 10/28/2009
You can save a bundle on your online degree by taking advantage of Canada's best online universities...
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Our neighbor to the north boasts many world class research universities and a well-managed system of state funded education. Canada nationalized its many universities early in the 20th century, with the result that all Canadian universities benefit from federal support and quality control. Some of those universities, such as McGill and the University of British Columbia rank toward the top of world universities in research rankings like those published annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
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Best Online University Education in Canada
Canada has offered online university education for many years. Athabasca University is the primary provider of these degrees, which include both bachelors and masters programs. Other universities also offer online education and have joined together under the aegis of Canadian Virtual University. The website of CVU will provide you with a list of all the online programs available in Canada. Foreign students are welcome, though foreign students are required to help set up examination sites by making arrangements with US colleges to proctor (supervise) examinations.
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How much will a degree cost?
The Canadian exchange rate varies, and Canada has astutely raised tuition for foreign students over the years, so that Canadian education is not the extraordinary bargain it was a few years ago. Still, if you figure that four years at a good American state university will cost you $25,000 to $50,000 US dollars, and that a full education at a well known American online school such as the University of Phoenix may cost about $50,000, a Canadian online degree is a good bargain at about $30,000. Like other good online schools, the Canadian programs are organized to evaluate credits that you may bring from other accredited universities. Keep in mind that US accreditation does not have an exact counterpart in other nations. Canadian universities operate under the authority of the Canadian government and are highly respected around the world.