Under Graduation in Canada

Canada, ranked no. 8 (just two positions below the United States) in the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index (HDI) 2014, is considered one of the best countries to live in. A comfortable and safe environment, research-oriented education structure, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and immigration-friendly policies make Canada an ideal study abroad destination for Indian undergraduate aspirants.

Standard/quality of education

  • Three Canadian universities have been ranked among the top 50 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2014-15
  • Canada’s educational institutions and polytechnics offer industry-aligned, career-focused programs with growing levels of applied research directed at solving industry problems
  • According to the Government of Canada, over 90% of its college graduates are successfully employed in their field of study within six months of graduation
  • Canada ranks among the top Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in terms of its investment on student expenditure for post-secondary education

Undergraduate education process

  • The duration of undergraduate courses in Canada is four years
  • Each academic year comprises two semesters; students take about 18-20 credits per semester
  • Only a few top colleges such as University of Toronto accept credit transfer and Advanced Placement (AP) scores
  • Co-op programs are structured programs that combine in-class trainings with periods of actual work. They offer undergraduate students networking opportunities and valuable work experience during the period of study. Unlike other undergraduate courses in Canada, these programs span five years

Admission process

  • Most universities, except those located in Ontario and Quebec, require minimum 12 years of secondary school education
  • Universities in Ontario and Quebec require minimum 13 years of secondary school education
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores are required; estimated TOEFL score range is 80-85, and IELTS score range is 6.0-6.5
  • IELTS score is mandatory for students applying to an independent college for a diploma/certificate course
  • Some universities may recommend students to take the SAT

Top schools

University of Toronto (U of T)

  • ranked 21st according to QS University Ranking 2014/15
  • 21 faculties and professional schools offer degrees in more than 300 fields of study
  • popular programs: arts, humanities, life sciences, and medicine
  • ranked 25th (for life sciences and medicine), 26th (for arts and humanities), 44th (natural sciences) as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015
  • 20% of its students come from 160 countries

University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • ranked 43rd according to QS World University Rankings 2014/15
  • boasts of some of Vancouver city’s best attractions and research facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and the Centre for Plant Research
  • offers options to study abroad at any UBC's 175 partner institutions in 42 different countries (including the United States)

Cost of education

Popular Courses Tuition Fees Per Year Living Expenses
Engineering CND 20,000-CND 30,000 CND 10000-CND 13,000 per year
Computer Science CND 20,000-CND 30,000 CND 10000-CND 13,000 per year
Business Management CND 20,000-CND 30,000 CND 10000-CND 13,000 per year

1 Canadian dollar = 53.35 INR approximately

  • Canadian universities receive public funding through provincial governments, resulting in lower tuition fees as compared to fees in US and other countries
  • Canada provides an added advantage of allowing students to work while they study (note: undergraduate students are not allowed to work in the first year). The total co-op work experience cannot be more than 50 percent of the total program hours.
  • Canadian student visa requirements include proof of funds to support the student in Canada, in addition to proof of tuition fees. The living costs to be shown should be at least CND 10,000 per year of stay (CND 11,000 if applying to universities in Quebec).

Post-education options

Post completion of their graduation, students can apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program (minimum course duration should be eight months). A student can also opt for a Master’s program. In such a case, a student must seek extension of the study permit, and apply for renewal at least 30 days before the current permit expires.

Canada certainly is one of the most sought-after study abroad destinations for Indian undergraduate aspirants, since it offers world-class education within a safe and culturally diverse environment, and at a reasonable cost compared to the US and other nations.

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