Higher Study in Canada

1. Introduction

Canada is one of the best-ranked countries in the world in terms of quality of life. There are more than 200,000 international students who go to Canada every year to study. Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages – English and French. Most of the French-speaking inhabitants live in Quebec. However, almost all non-Quebec-based universities offer education instruction in English only. Many Universities in Canada such as McGill University, the University of Toronto, and HEC Montreal are among the top-ranked universities in the world. There are 3 universities out of the top 50 universities in the world.

2. Education System

Canada has a well-recognized, high-quality education system. Universities in Canada are both public as well as privately funded. The Universities in Canada offer degree programs in various subjects and fields of specialization. Individuals who wish to study in Canada can also opt to study at government community colleges that offer a wide variety of diploma, postgraduate diploma, and certificate programs for students. Admission into public universities is difficult as they are counted amongst the best Universities in Canada and entry criteria have very high standards. Indian students, who opt to study in Canada prefer community colleges due to the benefits provided under the Student Partnership Program and the simple admission process.

3. Top Universities in Canada

  • 1. University of Toronto
  • 2. University of British Columbia
  • 3. McGill University
  • 4. McMaster University
  • 5. Universite de Montreal
  • 6. University of Alberta
  • 7. University of Calgary
  • 8. University of Ottawa
  • 9. University of Waterloo
  • 10. University of Western Ontario

**There are more than 90 universities with incredible infrastructure in Canada. So you have a chance to get admission to any university according to your subjects, marks, and which course you want to study.

4. Top Courses

  • 1. MBA
  • 2. Computer Science & IT
  • 3. Business & Finance
  • 4. Core Engineering & Engineering Management
  • 5. Physical & Earth Sciences and Renewable Energy
  • 6. Agricultural Science & Forestry
  • 7. Biosciences, Medicine & Healthcare
  • 8. Media & Journalism.
  • 9. Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science & Analytics
  • 10. Psychology & Human Resources

**These are the top 10 courses for international students but you can take admission for any course.

5. Basic Criteria to Apply

  • 1. Passport
  • 2. Passport-size photographs
  • 3. Unconditional letter of acceptance
  • 4. Fees receipt ( Recommended )
  • 5. Scholarship letter ( If applicable )
  • 6. Any relevant correspondence with the institution
  • 7. Financial documents
  • 8. Academic documents
  • 9. English or French language proficiency test scores ( minimum 65% or above )
  • 10. Work experience certificates ( If applicable )
  • 11. Medical report ( If already undertaken )
  • 12. High qualification Marksheets ( Transcript if required )

6. Intakes for Admission Purposes

  • 1. January
  • 2. September

7. Expenses

  • 1. Living Costs
  • a. 10,000 C$ - 15,000 C$ per annum ( As per Canadian High Commission )
  • 2. Tuition Fees
  • a. 10,000 C$ - 15,000 C$ per annum ( Community colleges )
  • b. 10,000 C$ - 25,000 C$ per annum ( Universities )
  • 3. Total Expenses
  • a. 20,000 C$ - 40,000 C$ per annum

8. Process

  • 1. Choose one university which can fulfill your all criteria ( Preferable course, marks, and fees )
  • 2. Write IELTS / TOEFL examination
  • 3. Write entrance examination ( If required )
  • 4. Submit application
  • 5. After completing the selection process apply for a student VISA.

9. VISA Processing

Processing time for the visa is about 1-2 weeks. To get a student visa, you will have to prove that you have enough finances to pay for living expenses, education costs, and travel for your course. Under the new SPP ( Student Partnership Program )visa rules, students have to pay 1st Semester fee in advance to the Canadian college. For living expenses, the candidate has to show living expenses through GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) from Scotia Bank in advance into a specially designated bank account in your name which will periodically release funds for him when you are in Canada. Under the SPP route, the visa success rate is very high with little documentation. Usually, there is no visa interview.

10. Work Option

International Students studying in Canada can work for 20 hrs per week and full-time during Public holidays or Vacations. The dependents (spouse/partner) of student can work full-time. Some Canadian universities and colleges provide Co-op programs in which a student can work as part of the course in their related field and also earn credits for it. Students are eligible for a Post Study work permit for a period of 3 years if the study program is for a minimum period of 2 years. Otherwise, the work permit is for a period the same as the duration of the course. International students who have graduated from a course in Canada would gain points under the Skilled Migrant Category and may lead the path for applying for PR.

11. Conclusion

Canada has become the most popular destination for immigrants, effectively dethroning their southern neighbor, the USA. With great job opportunities, a booming economy, incredible infrastructure, and picturesque landscapes, there is no shortage of reasons for why students intending to study in Canada and workers looking to make a living there, are flocking to Canada from all over the world. One of the safest nations to reside in, Canada is poised to dominate the global stage in the next 10 years. It’s no wonder then, that the number of university applicants wishing to study in Canada has been the highest so far.