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Study in Manitoba, Canada

Population: 921,800

Province overview

Manitoba sits in the very south of Canada, sharing a border with the northern US states of Minnesota and North Dakota. It is one of Canada’s prairie provinces, and, to add to its picturesque qualities, is known for being the country’s largest producer of sunflowers.

The region is known for its numerous festivals and its cultural scene, as well as being a centre for popular Canadian sports. The majority of the province’s population, educational establishments and cultural activities are centred on its capital, Winnipeg, home to over 700,000 people.

Education profile

Manitoba has five universities, four of which are located in its capital, Winnipeg. The other, Brandon University, is largely focused on undergraduate studies.

Winnipeg’s four universities are:
Of these, The University of Manitoba is the only one that offers an extensive choice in academic postgraduate courses. It is a research-led university with around 3,400 students on graduate programs. Most of its faculties offer masters and doctoral postgraduate courses.  Masters degrees generally take one year, whilst PhDs take between three and five years.

The Canadian Mennonite University, a Christian institution, offers graduate courses in Theology, whilst Universite de Saint-Boniface offers masters programs in Education and Canadian Studies.

Immigration and visas

Most foreign nationals will need a study permit to study on a graduate course in Canada and others may need to apply for temporary residence in Canada.

Generally people taking a postgraduate course in Canada that lasts less than six months will not be required to gain a student visa. Regardless of whether or not you need a permit everyone must demonstrate:
  • Acceptance from a university or educational institution in Canada.
  • Ability to pay tuition fees, living expenses and return fares to their home country.
  • Satisfy health requirements.
You can find out more about students visas and immigration in Canada at Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website -

Life in Manitoba

Manitoba is judged to have one of the best qualities of life in all of Canada, due to the province’s natural beauty and low cost of living. As a student on a postgraduate course, you will find that life in Manitoba will be extremely affordable - this includes everything from rent to utilities to tuition fee costs.

Outdoor living is paramount in Manitoba, as is it throughout Canada. Wide open spaces mean that living here offers great opportunities for sport, as well as outdoor activities – over a hundred festivals take place every year in the province, celebrating everything from folk music to the coming of winter.

Manitoba also has a large number of art galleries and museums, most of them based in or around Winnipeg.

Working in Manitoba

Wages in Manitoba are the fifth highest in Canada. Whilst the biggest employers are the health sector, universities and the government, a large number of private sector corporations have chosen to make the province their home. These companies include Cargill Ltd and The Great-West Life Assurance Company. Tourism also gives a large boost to Manitoba’s economy. Clearly, if you decide to stay and work in Canada after the completion of your graduate program there will be many sectors for you to go into.


Students studying graduate programs at the University of Manitoba have the option to live on or off campus.

If you live in a flat on campus you will benefit from being very close to the lecture halls, and all your bills and utilities will be included in your rent. You will live with other students, usually in a shared flat. At the University of Manitoba, on campus accommodation also includes meal plans.

Alternatively, you might decide to live away from campus, renting privately. The amount you will pay will vary hugely depending on where you choose to live, with how many people and whether you choose a house or an apartment. The UMSU Living Office can help you find somewhere to live.

Weather and climate

Manitoba has an extreme continental climate, meaning it is prone to diverse weather conditions. The province experiences extremely hot and humid summers, and often there are a large number of tornados, due to its flat landscape. Despite this, Winnipeg is one of the sunniest places in Canada during the winter.

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