Entry Requirements for Canada Universities

Interested in studying abroad? Finalised Canada as your dream destination? You are on the right page! Read this page further to know the entry requirements, and all the other basic information that you must have before preparing to apply to a Canadian University.


To begin with, let’s know about the intake timeline:

In India, the universities offer a one-time intake, whereas, in Canada, colleges and universities offer three intakes. At times, intake and semester can be used interchangeably. The three intakes available in Canada are:

Fall: Begins in September and most common

Winter: Begins in January (best, in case you missed the September intake)

Summer: Begins around April and May (universities offer this for limited programs only)


Confused about which intake to apply for?

To decide which intake will be best for you, consider factors such as the availability of your preferred program, your academic records, entrance test scores, acceptance rates, job opportunities and your readiness to join the program.

The September intake is a common and most preferred choice for Indian students, while the January and April intakes are equally good for certain programs. Look at the timeline of your current university…. will you be able to procure the transcripts and so on? Maybe you should skip this year and avoid applying in haste… or maybe not!

Look at the table below to get an idea about intakes available for different programs in universities and colleges:


Program Intake Deadline

Undergraduate and postgraduate in a

Fall – September
Winter – January

December – March
September – November

Diploma programs in colleges


August – September
January – February
February – April

*Deadlines vary basis institution and your program. Please speak with your MEPL counsellor for more information

MEPL is there to answer all your common questions, such as:

Are deadlines flexible?
Universities in Canada offer flexibility in deadlines for their diploma and post-graduate diplomas

What if I have missed my deadline?

You can explore the option of applying at the last call for admission in April and May. This decision can be made after interacting with the department, of course, you aspire to pursue. The advisors at Manya are equipped to update you with the timeline for the upcoming intake!


For Bachelor’s/Diploma/Certificate courses

Flexible admission

IELTS score: 6 /6.5 overall – Depending on the course and institution requirement

TOEFL: PBT: 550 min. CBT: 213 min.

For Post-Graduate/Master’s courses

2-3 years’ work experience (full-time)

GMAT: 580-600 min.

IELTS score: 6.5 overall with no bands less than 6/Depending on the course and institution requirement

TOEFL: PBT: 580-600 min. (depending on the course requirement)

CBT: 237-250 min. (depends upon course)

4-yr bachelor’s degree, 70% average

A few Universities may require written samples/copies of published work/Portfolio

For Undergraduate/Bachelor’s level

70% in 12th grade

TOEFL: PBT: 580-600 min. (depends upon course)

CBT: 237-250 min. (depends upon course)

12th grade level with Maths

As a prerequisite to study in Canada, you’ll have to obtain a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).


What is a study permit?

Study Permit is a document issued by the Citizen and Immigration (CIC) which allows you to study in Canada. A study permit is always accompanied along with a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). The Manya advisor can connect you with the authorised migration experts and help you access the latest information.

Note: A study permit allows you to study in Canada while a visitor visa is a permit to enter Canada.

Documents required for your study permit

  • An offer letter from your education institution,
  • A valid passport or travel document
  • Proof that you can support yourself or any family members who might accompany you, while you are in Canada

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