Why study in Canada?
What makes study in Canada such an appealing prospect for Indian students?
- Canada consistently ranks among the 10 best countries to live in the world in United Nations’ annual Human Development Report
- Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world. In 2017, Canada played host to more than 494,525 international students
- Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world
- Degrees and diplomas from Canadian institutions are among the most widely recognized and sought-after globally
- Cost of living and tuition fees for international students are among the lowest in the English-speaking countries with education standards among the highest anywhere
- Part-time work is allowed when you study in Canada
- Canada spends more per capita on education than any other country in the organization of economic cooperation and development(OECD.)
- The Canadian educational system encourages cross-disciplinary studies and the development of transferable skills (e.g., critical thinking, teamwork and communications)
- Canada is a country of incredible physical beauty. Safe, clean, cosmopolitan cities sit adjacent to spectacular mountains, oceans and great lakes. Almost 25% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada.
- Canada is a world leader in software development, telecommunications, aerospace engineering, automobile engineering, biotechnology, mining technology, and environmental industry. The animation schools of Canada created your favourite movies such as the lion king, Jurassic Park, the terminator, the Flintstones, Forrest Gump, etc.
North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and North Pacific Ocean, north of the conterminous US
Varies from temperate in south to sub-arctic and arctic in north
Canada has four very distinct seasons: spring (March-May); summer (June-August); fall (September-October); and winter (November-February).
As on 14/06/18 – 1 CAD= 52.12 1NR
Education System in Canada
Study in Canada has its advantages! Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories and as such, there is no federal education system in Canada. In keeping with the national commitment to education, public education in Canada is free up to and including secondary school in all the provinces.
However, each provincial system, while similar to the others, reflects its specific regional concerns, and historical and cultural heritage. At the post-secondary level, institutions are divided into community colleges and universities.
There are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces of Canada. Secondary schooling in Canada could go up to Grade 11, 12 or 13, depending on the province, unlike India, where Grade 12 is standard all over the country.
If you are planning to study in Canada, post-secondary education is offered by four types of educational institutions:
- University Colleges
- Community Colleges/Technical Institutes
- Career Colleges
Canadian universities are largely public funded, and, as a result, offer consistently high-quality education at lower tuition rates for international students than their counterparts in competing countries. They offer a broad range of courses and degrees from undergraduate to doctorate and also certificate and professional degrees.
As a component of the Canadian university system, university colleges offer students a choice of either academic oriented university degree programs or the more practical-oriented college diplomas and certificates. As a part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. They also offer combined degree/diploma programs and university transfer programme.
Community colleges and technical institutes
They typically have a more vocational-related curricula, with small classes, off-campus course offerings, a greater ratio of laboratory space to classroom space, and an interactive teaching style. The uniqueness of Canadian colleges lies in the combination of employer-centered curricula. These institutes have the primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry, and public service sectors. Most colleges and technical institutes offer diplomas and certificates rather than degrees, however, more and more now grant degrees and applied degrees to students aspiring to study in Canada!
Technical/ Career College
This is a privately owned and operated school with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction. The emphasis at career colleges is on practical skills over a broad range of programs. They specialize in such areas as business, computers, and secretarial skills. Although privately owned, these institutes are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that programs standards and quality are maintained.
While you study in Canada, the academic year usually starts in September and ends in May, and is normally divided into two semesters. Some institutes operate on a semester or trimester system and admit students in January and/or May as well as September. Many institutes offer a limited number of courses and special programs during the summer session.
Type of Certification:
Here are the options in degrees and courses, if you wish to study in Canada:
- Certificate is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length, and is offered at colleges.
- Diploma is the qualification awarded on the basis of one or two year’s successful study, and is offered at colleges.
- Undergraduate/bachelor’s degrees are awarded by a university after four years of full-time study, and lead to graduate level studies.
- Graduate/post graduate degrees lead to advanced degrees, diplomas and certificates. A pre-requisite to participate in graduate studies is a bachelors/undergraduate degree (4 years).
- M.B.A. programs will typically require a minimum of two to three years of relevant work experience and a 4 year degree and are generally 2 years in duration, though a few institutes offer a fast track option. Although the requirement vary, 650+ in GMAT and 100+ in TOEFL are considered competitive scores for top universities in Canada.
- Pre-requisites to participating in a master’s programme is a four year bachelor’s degree with high academic standing equivalent to a minimum mid-B grade in Canada (mid 70’s); at least two academic letters of reference; and other qualifications as specified, i.e., TOEFL, GRE general and/or subject test. Master’s programs generally require two years to complete full time, and usually require a combination of course work and thesis.
- Doctorate or Ph.D. is a degree ranking above a master’s degree, and generally requires four to seven years to complete full time. A combination of course work, original research, and a thesis is required. Prerequisites are typically a master’s degree, although direct entry from a bachelor’s degree to a Ph.D. programme may be possible depending on the school and programme. Minimum high-B grade in Canada (high 70’s) is required; where relevant, demonstrated research competence equivalent to at least a B+ grade; at least two academic letters of reference; and other qualifications as specified, i.e., TOEFL, GRE general and or subject test.
- Post-doctoral programs are much more specialized, research oriented programs. One of the most important factors in granting post-doctorate fellowships is the personal network established between the interested applicant and the faculty member within the institution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Usually, at the undergraduate level, little financial assistance/scholarship is available. However, at the graduate level, individual universities offer some scholarships based on students’ academic achievements.
International students can work only on the university/college campus. However, students may be allowed to work in Canada for up to one year, following completion of their graduate studies.
You may work for up to 20 hours per week within the campus when you study in Canada, but only if you attend a publicly-funded post-secondary institution. However, off-campus employment may be possible in the following cases:
- The intended employment is an essential and integral part of the course, such as a co-op placement (excluding accounting students, medical interns, or medical residents)
- The intended employment is related to an approved research or training program
You must inform officials at the port of entry that you are an international student; an immigration officer will then issue you a student pass. You must either leave Canada on or before the date of Visa expiry or have it extended by an immigration office in Canada.
The duration of an undergraduate program in Canada is 4 years and you need to have completed 12 years of education in order to apply.
In most Canadian universities/colleges/university-colleges, the academic year is divided into two semesters: Fall Semester (September to December) and Winter Semester (January to May). Many colleges also offer Summer Semester (beginning in May). Deadlines for the September session vary from mid-December to the end of April. Certain institutions may have a rolling admissions policy.
The duration of the undergraduate program in Canada is four years, and you have to complete 12 years of education to apply.
Visa officer decides if an interview is necessary. If so, the officer will contact you directly for time and place for an appointment.
You must inform officials at the port of entry that you are an international student picking up your country of origin to an immigration officer, who will issue your students pass. You must either leave Canada on or before the date set by the immigration officer or have it extended by an immigration office in Canada.
International students with a valid study permit may work on- or off-campus when you study in Canada, for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
Off-campus employment may be possible if:
The intended employment is an essential & integral part of the courses such as a co-op placement (excluding accounting students, medical interns or medical residents). The intended employment is related to an approved research or training program. It should be printed on the study permit that you are authorized to work off-campus.
The following international students are not eligible to work off-campus:
- Students enrolled in an English as a Second Language or French as a Second Language program
- Students taking a general interest course or program
- Visiting or exchange students at a designated learning institution
After completing their studies in an eligible program at an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution, international graduates can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, which allows them to work in Canada. In its effort to retain international students, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) operate a Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. Under this program, international graduates may obtain a three-year open work permit, allowing them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry. They are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application.
Yes, your Student Permit expires while you are out of Canada, you may not be allowed to return. All documents should be valid.
Contact the nearest Canada immigration center at least 2 months before the expiry of your SP and ask for an application to be mailed to you.
The requirements vary from one institution to another. In general, the eligibility is as follows:
TOEFL score 100+ / IELTS 6.5 with a 6 in each section
Completion of 10+2
High percentages are required for top schools
Graduate (Post Graduate)
TOEFL score 100+ IELTS 6.5
Completion of 4-year bachelor degree or equivalent
Qualifying tests, such as GRE, may be required.
TOEFL score 100+/ IELTS 6.5
GMAT score minimum 550 – 600
2 – 3 years of work experience may be required.
Completion of 4-year bachelor’s degrees or equivalent with B+ average as a minimum
In most of the Canadian universities/colleges/ university-colleges, the academic year is divided into two semesters: the fall semester (Sept-Dec) and the winter semester (Jan-May). Many colleges also offer a summer semester beginning in May. Deadlines for the September session vary from mid-December to the end of April. Certain institutions may have a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications while processing time still permits.
Canadian university degrees and college diplomas are recognized as equivalent to those from other Commonwealth countries or the USA. There is no official rating of Canadian universities, as all provide the same high quality of education. Differences between institutions are on the basis of course options, fee structure, facilities available, etc.
At the undergraduate and college level there is very little financial assistance/ scholarships available, depending on the individual educational institution you are applying to.
At the graduate level, some scholarships are available with the individual universities based on the students’ academic achievement.
Scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited, highly competitive, and primarily available at the postgraduate level.
Tuition fees in Canada vary by institution and province, but the cost is more affordable when compared to other countries around the world. University fees range from CAN$ 14,000- 32,000 annually (average). Postgraduate/ master’s fee range from CAN$ 8000-16000 annually. College programs range of fees from CAN$ 8800- 10,000. As is the case worldwide, executive MBA programs are generally the most expensive.
Living expenses: students will require approximately CAN$ 12,000 per year. Prices and living costs vary from one city to another.
Depending on your budget, expectations, and other circumstances, Canada’s schools can supply or connect you to a variety of both on and off-campus accommodation options. Many post-secondary institutions have accommodation conveniently located on or near campus. Dorms generally have a shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities.
Persons intending to proceed to Canada for study must obtain a visa and student authorization from a Canadian government office abroad prior to their admittance to Canada. They are not allowed to obtain a student authorization after their arrival in Canada. Applications for the student authorization should be directed to the immigration section of the Canadian High Commission. Such applications should be submitted well in advance of the planned date of departure to ensure that the processing of the application can be completed in time. It takes between 6-8 weeks from the submission of completed documents to obtain a student visa.
After receiving your letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institute, you may apply for study permit in Canada and submit an application for a study permit at a Canadian Visa Office.
VISA INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS:
All overseas students are required to obtain a Student Authorization and Visa before going to
Canada for studies. Students must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act
and Regulations. Under normal circumstances, allow at least two months for your visa to be
Visa and Student Authorization Procedure:
Submit the completed application kit to the immigration section of the Canadian High
Commission. Please note that all the documents submitted, must be either original or
photocopies notarized and witnessed by a notary public or a magistrate or the Canadian
Immigration Officer, and be accompanied by a duplicate copy.
• Completed Application form for Study Permit.
• Two Photos meeting the requirements of the Visa application photograph specifications
• Completed Supplementary Student Questionnaire for students and postdoctoral researchers.
• Official letter of acceptance from Canadian university, college or Technical Institute.
• Family Information form.
• Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (Only if you plan to study in province
• TOEFL scores if applicable
• Proof of Financial Support for the duration of your studies in Canada.
• Passport, valid for at least one year from the planned date of entry to Canada, plus valid
passports of any accompanying dependents.
• Bank Draft for the applicable visa processing fees
• Optional: Proof of completion of upfront medical examination from the Panel Physician. The
Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP) in India
• Proof of Funds
Every applicant must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources available to them
to pay tuition fees, maintain him/herself and dependents who go to Canada, and to pay return
transportation costs without engaging in employment in Canada. For example, students without
accompanying dependents must demonstrate that they have at least $10,000 Cdn plus the cost of
tuition for a twelve-month period, plus the cost of transportation to and fro from Canada.
Canadian $10,000 is the base amount considered adequate to cover all costs, other than tuition,
for one person for a twelve-month period. Some educational institutions require that more funds
be available; if the local cost of living is higher than average, more money may also be required.
After the Completed application forms along with the documents are submitted;
INTERVIEW – An interview with a Canadian Visa Officer may be required. If this is the case,
you will be advised in writing of the time and place for the interview.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION – The Canadian High Commission will issue medical instructions.
Students and accompanying dependents must pass a medical examination.
If the student and accompanying dependents are found to be in good health and there are no
other concerns with the application, the Visa and Student Authorization will be issued.
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