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Study in Canada

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.

 

Top-Ranked Universities

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:

  • University of Toronto (among the top 30 best universities in Canada)
  • McGill University (among the top 50 best universities in Canada)
  • University of British Columbia (among the top 40 best universities in Canada)
  • University of Alberta (among the top 150 best universities in Canada)
  • University of Montreal (among the top 150 best universities in Canada)

 

Types of Master’s Degrees Offered

Traditional Master’s/Grad Programmes

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.

Co-operative Education Programmes

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.

Types of MBA degrees

  • Generalised MBA Program
    A generalised MBA program is of 2 years. In the first year, MBA students get to study various general management concepts and in the second year, they deep dive into the elective, the chosen area of specialisation.
  • Specialised MBA Program
    A specialised MBA program caters to those who wish to solidify their knowledge and skills in a specific area. The duration of such a program is one year or less.
  • Combined MBA Program
    A combined MBA program caters to those students who wish to gain a management degree while pursuing another disciple like agriculture, arts, engineering, law or medicine.

Types of Undergraduate’s Degrees Offered

The following types of undergraduate courses are offered in Canada:

  • Bachelor’s degrees – These are standard degrees and the duration can vary from three to four years depending on the university and the major
  • Bachelor’s with Honours – It provides the highest level of training in an undergraduate degree. Honours actually means an extra year of study after completion of the bachelor’s degree in the same field
  • Advanced Diplomas or Associate Degrees – Advanced Diplomas are pursued by those who wish to pursue technical or vocational fields. An Associate Degree is usually 2 years of bachelor’s study
  • Diploma and Certificate Programs– The duration of such courses is 1-2 years in a specific field of study

Cost of Studying

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)*

Why Study in Canada

  • High Living Standards
    Canada consistently ranks among the top 10 countries in the United Nations Quality of Life Index since 2004. According to the latest report, Canada’s HDI value is 0.922 which puts the country in the very high human development category. This study abroad destination ranks above average in education and skills, jobs and earnings, health, safety, environmental quality, wealth and subjective well-being. If you have planned to study in Canada then you can choose your stay in its top cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary
  • Globally Recognised Degrees
    Canadian colleges and universities have gained global recognition in the annual rankings of the world’s top universities. Canadian universities are active partners as members of international bodies such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Association of Universities that work primarily for the promotion of international education. Degrees conferred by Canadian universities are globally recognised and highly valued by international employers. The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Waterloo are among the top 50 institutes in the world.
  • Cost of Education and Living
    Being the most advanced and progressive country, the cost of higher education in Canada is comparatively low in price than its western counterparts. Studying in Canada gives you an opportunity to gain a high-quality education at an affordable tuition fee. According to QS World University Rankings, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the three Canadian cities that are in the list of top 50 student cities. The ranking is based on several criteria, including affordability, the diversity of the student population, and the job market.
  • Research Opportunities and Excellent Technology
    Canada provides excellent research opportunities to graduate students. Research scholarships are provided to students with excellent academic record. Both the universities and the government lend full support to bright students with the best research ideas. In fact, the government and the industries are pretty likely to bear the cost of research provided it is highly innovative. In terms of technology, Canada has strong telecommunications, digital media, biotech and aeronautical industries. Also, Canada is the first country which linked its schools and libraries to the internet through the SchoolNet programme.

Admission Season and Timeline

Application Start
Dates

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.

Submission of
Application

The application deadlines may vary between universities, courses and levels of courses. Usually, the deadlines fall between December and March

Admission
Results

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

Apply for
Visa

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

Academic Session
Begins

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

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Visa, Study & Work Overview

Student Visa for reaching Canada

Visa Application Process

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Fees for Visa

CAD 150 = Rs8,289

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Work permit after study in Canada

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FAQ's

What is the main difference between Universities and Colleges in Canada?

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.

What is the difference between private and public post-secondary educational institutions in Canada?

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.

 

What are the common requirements into getting accepted in a Canadian University/College

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.

 

Is it possible to work in Canada during studies?

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.

How long does it take to get a Master degree in Canada?

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.

 

Are police clearance certificates required for a study permit application in Canada?

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.