Why Study in Canada?
For many, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Canada is its cold, harsh winters. Well, rest assured that the warmth and friendliness of the Canadian people make up for any number of chilly winters. It is true that tundra prevails in some parts of Canada, but its universities are located in the more temperate coastal cities. Demographically, Canada is multi-ethnic and international students shouldn’t find it difficult to blend in.
Canada ranks first among OECD countries for undergraduate degree attainment, with 51% of adults having at least an undergraduate degree. The Canadian government spends heavily on education and Canadian students are known to perform well in the fields of Mathematics, Science and Reading (read tough competition).
Canadian master’s programs range from Space Studies and Aviation, to Finance, Management and Accounting, giving students the flexibility to make the best choice for their careers or further education. Canadian master’s program structures and teaching styles are tailored to help students develop an analytical approach over memorizing theoretical content.
• A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a relevant field
• English language test scores (IELTS and TOEFL)
• A GRE score is not mandatory for all universities; however, it can be an added advantage (some universities may specifically ask for GRE scores)
• A GMAT score is imperative for business schools and for students applying for a Master’s in Finance and Accountancy
English Language Tests
Both IELTS and TOEFL are accepted. The minimum score requirement may vary from university to university.
In recent years, Canada has seen a steep rise in the number of international students for one reason: its top universities. Below is a list of 10 Canadian universities that are consistently in the top universities lists:
• University of Toronto
• University of British Columbia
• McGill University
• McMaster University
• University of Montreal
• University of Alberta
• University of Victoria
• University of Waterloo
• University of Ottawa
• University of Calgary
Student Visa and Work Permit
International students who wish to study in Canada are required to apply for a Study Permit. A Study Permit is valid for the duration of a student’s program. Additionally, a student may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for the duration of their studies.
In addition to admission to a Canadian university, applicants are required to prove their financial ability to pay for tuition, living expenses, and return transportation at the end of their program. Applicants should have no health issues and no criminal record.
During the course of the program, students are allowed to work, provided they secure a work permit. Work permits allow a student to work a maximum of 20 hours per week when their course is in session and full-time during breaks.
Duration of the Course
Most courses take one to two years to complete, depending upon the course and university.
Higher education in Canada is comparatively less expensive than in other English-speaking countries, ranging from CAD 16,000 – 50,000 for a master’s program.
Typically, Canadian universities have an autumn intake in September and a winter intake in January. Some universities also have a spring intake in May. The deadlines are categorically set by the universities and are typically six to nine months before the commencement of a program.
A master’s degree from a Canadian university can provide hands-on learning and international exposure at world class facilities at an affordable rate. If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Canada and have further questions, please reach out to our representatives for personalized guidance tailored to your academic and professional profile.