Canada is an ideal destination for higher education studies; it is sought by almost half a million applicants from all over the world. The icing on the cake for Indian students who aspire to study in Canada is that a recent educational strategy set up by the Canadian Ministry of Education stresses on expanding the number of foreign students. This means that international students are now more than welcome in Canada than ever before.
Canada has a total of 13 provinces and every single province has a world-class university. In addition to this, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec carry the largest foreign-student population. Canadian universities are equipped with top-notch educational facilities and extremely skilled and erudite faculty. Many Canadian higher educational institutions stand at par with leading universities from the U.S. and the UK. Some of the top-ranked Canadian universities are:
Here are the main categories of taught programmes- Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Engineering (MEng), with each lasting for 1-2 years. These include lectures, tutorials, interactive teaching such as site visits, projects, group work. Most of these programs include a dissertation.
Under such programmes, students can gain hands-on, paid experience in their field of study. These are available in all disciplines and provide significant work exposure.
|Program||Average Tuition Cost|
|Undergraduate courses||13,000 to 20,000|
|Graduate programs (MS)||17,000 to 25,000|
|PhD||7,000 to 15,000|
|MBA||30,000 to 40,000|
Approximate Annual Tuition Fee (in CAD)*
The application start date(s) depends on the intake. There are three intakes offered in Canadian universities: Fall or September/December-early January intake; Winter or January-May intake; Summer/Spring or May-August intake.
The application deadlines may vary between universities, courses and levels of courses. Usually, the deadlines fall between December and March
The release of admission decisions depends on the number of applications received for a particular program of study. Generally, the decisions are released between January and April for the fall session of the same year
It is ideal to apply for a visa immediately after receiving an admit from the university. The visa decision is generally notified in around six weeks from the date of visa application
There are three intakes offered in Canadian universities: Fall or September/December-early January intake; Winter or January-May intake; Summer/Spring or May-August intake. Fall intake is the primary intake
CAD 150 = Rs8,289
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Universities get to deal independently with academic matters regarding the curricula, methods and teaching strategies. Universities have the power to set academic, admission, and graduation policies and standards, appoint staff, and undertake academic planning, meanwhile, Private Universities are out-of-province institutions permitted to provide degrees after a meticulous quality assessment process by the designated governmental authorities which give the green light to certain degrees.
The public universities are commonly independent from governmental monitoring and don’t require accreditation meanwhile private universities are commonly monitored by the state gathered education council.
In order to get admitted in a Canadian tertiary education institution there are requirements students will have to meet, whether it is an undergraduate or a postgraduate program. Depending on the field of studies, programs and other relevant factors competition can vary. The two essential criteria are however, high school grades/performance as well as language skills be it English (in most of the provinces) or French.
An international student may be eligible to work while studying in Canada. A student must have a valid study permit and be enrolled full-time at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Study permit holders may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full time during scheduled breaks.
Commonly, Master’s degrees in Canada last for a whole academic year including an obligatory internship added to the overall duration. Sometimes a Master’s degree can last for two academic years, depending on the curricula and the sensitivity of the program.
This step is not mandatory, although an applicant may need a criminal record check if he or she intends to come to Canada as a student. If required, he or she will have to obtain a police certificate from each country or territory where he or she has lived for six or more months consecutively since the age of 18. Police certificates are required to determine if applicants have a criminal record. They also help visa officers make sure applicants are not a security risk to Canada.