Study Canada

Canada has huge number of institutions located in both rural and urban settings in every region of the country. The education system consists of both public and private institutions:

  • Community colleges
  • Language schools
  • Career colleges
  • Summer camps
  • Secondary schools
  • Universities and
  • University colleges

Canadian universities are globally reputed for the teaching quality and research. Its degrees are always compared with degrees from US universities. Universities are mainly government funded; hence they are of high qualities, despite of location or area of education.

Canadian Universities are not officially ranked such as USA or as in other countries. Number of full-time students at individual institutions range from 1,000 to over 35,000. In addition, there is huge number of part-time or continuing education students in many institutions. Both universities and colleges offer variety of courses and a range of degrees from undergraduate to doctorates, as well as certificates and professional degrees.

Why Canada

  • There are more than of 2.65 lakh international students currently studying in Canadian Institutions
  • Ranks 7th in the most popular international student’s destination category
  • Education systems ranks 10th in the world
  • World reputed Degree
  • Affordable cost of education
  • Safe environment for education and for living
  • Stable Economy
  • Possibility of immigration after graduation

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Undergraduate Studies

Canadian universities offer a large range of undergraduate (Bachelor) courses with many areas specializations to choose from.

Admission Requirements

To get admitted to the Canadian University you need to hold the certificate of a secondary/high school (generally 12 years of education).

For Indian Students one of the following is applicable:

    • All India Senior Secondary Certificates (Grade 12)

Or

    • Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 12)

Or

    • India School Certificate (Year 12)

Or

    • Pre-University Exam (Year 12)

Or

  • Intermediate Certificate (Year 12)

English Lanugage Requirements

Language of instruction is English. International students need to provide scores of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

The average minimum TOEFL requirement is 80 and for IELTS its 6.5

Universities also accept score from other language proficiency exams such as:

  • CAEL
  • Can TEST
  • CAE
  • CPE
  • MELAB
  • PTE

Required Documents

  • Application Form
  • Copies of High school/ Secondary school mark sheets and certificates
  • Essays/ Statement of Purpose (if applicable)
  • Letter of Recommendations (if applicable)
  • Resume (if applicable)
  • Proof of English language requirement
  • Copy of passport ID page

Application Intakes & Duration

There are two major intake semesters when universities generally admit students. They are:

  • Fall: September is the main intake which is called the “Fall Intake”
  • Winter: January is called the “Winter Intake”

However, some institutions also admit students for “Summer Intake”, which starts in the month of May.

Duration

In general the duration of bachelor degree program in Canada is 4 years for most of the programs.

Application Process

  • Step 1  Choose the program
  • Step 2  Select the university
  • Step 3  Check entry requirements and the application deadline
  • Step 4  Check documents requirements
  • Step 5  Start online application
  • Step 6  Upload required documents if asked
  • Step 7  Submit online applications
  • Step 8  Send required documents
  • Step 9  After receiving admission offer apply for education permit (Visa)

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fee for undergraduate program is CAD$6,000 to CAD$$18,000 per year but can be varied depending on the program or the university.

Living Expenses
Estimated living expenses is around CAD$12000 per year but you can vary, depending on the way you choose to spend your time.

Scholarships
Scholarships and financial aid from both universities and external sources are available, though they are limited for international students.

Master Studies

Masters are a full time study that generally takes two years to complete. Apart from lectures and tutorials, other activities in the programs expected to include site visits, projects, group work and internships.

There are two types of masters program.

  • Master by Coursework, where no major research work involves and students appear for the final exam at the end of their classes
  • Master by Research, where students involves greatly in research activities and they need to submit a dissertation (thesis) at the end of their program.

Admission Requirements

To get admission to the master’s program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with an academic standing of at least a B+.

Canadian universities do not accept Indian three year bachelor degree for the master’s program admission. Students need to complete a one year diploma or a master’s degree in order to be eligible for Canadian master’s program.

Depending on students’ subject area, they may be asked to provide a graduate entrance test score such as a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

English Lanugage Requirements

If your native language is not English so you have to give either IELTS or TOEFL exam these two exams accepted by all the universities. Average minimum TOEFL requirement is 80 and minimum IELTS requirement is 6.5.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (online/ offline)
  • Official sealed copies of transcripts from each post-secondary educational institution you have attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Resume
  • GRE/ GMAT scorecard (if applicable)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scorecard
  • Copy of passport (if applicable)

Application Intakes

There are mainly three intakes for master’s program in Canada:

  • Fall: Programs start in September/ October
  • Winter: Programs start in January/ February
  • Summer: Programs start in May/ June

Application Process

  • Step 1   Find out the right program and universities
  • Step 2   Select right universities
  • Step 3   Check entry requirements and the application deadline
  • Step 4   Check documents requirements
  • Step 5   Start online application
  • Step 6   Upload required documents if asked
  • Step 7   Submit online applications
  • Step 8   Send required documents
  • Step 9   After receiving admission offer apply for education permit (Visa)

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fee for graduate program is around CAD$7,000 to CAD$25,000 per year. However it can be varied depending on the program or university.

Living Expenses
Students average living expenses is around CAD$12000 per year but can be varied depending on the students lifestyle.

Scholarships
International students are generally offered a range of scholarships given by Individual universities and colleges. Although research and teaching assistantships are available, but they are limited for master’s programs.

Doctoral Studies

In order to complete a doctoral degree in Canada, students need to complete an original research and require to defend a thesis. In general, it takes three years of full-time residency, although it might take longer to complete the doctoral thesis, as a longer period of directed research and writing is often required.

Admission Requirements

For PhD program, applicants must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited university with an academic standing of at least a B+. If students’ Master’s degree is still in progress, they can submit their current transcripts at the time of application, and then send final copies to the respective universities once they receive their degree.

Depending on students’ subject area, they may be asked to provide test score exams such as a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

English Lanugage Requirements

All the universities accept either IELTS or TOEFL exam score. For PhD programs, universities normally ask for higher score comparing to master programs. Generally an IELTS score of 7.5 and TOEFL score of 100 is requires being eligible to apply for good universities.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (online/ offline)
  • Supplemental program information form (if applicable)
  • Official sealed copies of transcripts from each post-secondary educational institution you have attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Resume
  • Sample written work (if applicable)
  • GRE scorecard (if applicable)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scorecard
  • Copy of passport (if applicable)

Application Intakes & Duration

Canadian Universities only admit students for fall intake for PhD program. The application deadline for PhD programs start as early as in December of the previous year.

Application Process

  • Step 1   Find out the right program and the research area
  • Step 2   Contact selected universities
  • Step 3   Check entry requirements and the application deadline
  • Step 4   Check documents requirements
  • Step 5   Start online application
  • Step 6   Upload required documents if asked
  • Step 7   Submit online applications
  • Step 8   Send required documents
  • Step 9   After receiving admission offer apply for education permit (Visa)

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fee for PhD program is CAD$10,000 to CAD$25,000 per year. As many doctoral students also receives tuition waiver from individual universities, most of the times students pay reduced tuition fee.

Living Expenses
Students average living expenses is around CAD$12000 per year but can be varied depending on the students lifestyle.

Scholarships
PhD students are funded through a combination of scholarships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and tuition waiver. Most of the scholarships are based completely on academic merit. The Canadian government also offers a range of awards for graduate students.