Canada has evolved as one of the top choices in categories ranging from “best place to live” to “best place to study,” while also ranking high for working, visiting and investing.
There are 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada. Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Some of Canada’s most popular destinations are – Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, and Winnipeg. Canada is also known as the ‘land of immigrants’. Canada has two official languages – French and English
Canada has developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.
A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is taken in high regard in business, government and academic circles around the globe. One of the prominent reasons that makes Canada a sought-after education destination is that some international students who have graduated from Canadian Institution are allowed to apply for permanent residency visa without moving out of the country.
The tuition fee is generally much lower than in other leading study abroad countries. Students can pursue their studies at one of Canada’s top universities for roughly half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private US university. One more advantage for international students is that they can often work while they study and can avail of many cooperative education and internship opportunities.
Govt. of Canada, in its efforts to strengthen its multicultural society, has initiated various programs allowing immigrants to settle in its provinces and territories. One of these programs’ is called PNP (Provincial Nominee Program).
Types of Education Institutes in Canada
• University Colleges
• Community Colleges
• Language Schools
Type of Certification
1. Certificate Level – It is generally a 1 year program and is offered at colleges.
2. Diploma Level – It is a 1 or 2 years’ program.
3. Undergraduate/ Bachelor’s Degree – It is a 4 Year Program and leads to graduate levels.
4. Graduate/ Post Graduate Degree – Generally leads to advanced degrees, diplomas and certificates. It is mandatory to complete 4 years of bachelor’s/ undergraduate degree to participate in the Graduate studies.
5. MBA Program – They are generally a 2 Year program. Prerequisite is a minimum of 2 – 3 Years of relevant work experience. Few universities also offer Fast-track MBA programs.
The candidate should have a minimum of 4Year Bachelor’s degree with a high academic score. Candidate should have a minimum scoring of various standardized exams as follows –
a. GMAT score – 580-600
b. TOEFL score – 560-600
6. University Transfers – These programs are offered through Canadian Colleges and technical institutes having agreements with universities. Here the student can avail the opportunity by choosing to transfer his/her college degree to a university degree program. The various University Transfer programs include Business, Journalism, Commerce, Arts, Education, Engineering, Computer Science and Science.
7. Doctorate or Ph.D. – Generally, involves 4 -7 Years of full time study. It requires a combination of original research, course work, and a thesis. Usually opted by students who have successfully completed Master’s Degree.
A bachelor’s degree holder can also opt for a direct entry to a Ph.D. programme depending on the school or program. Prerequisites for a bachelor’s degree holder opting for a Ph.D. programme is as follows –
a. Academic standings of minimum high- B grade in Canada (i.e. high 70’s),
b. Illustrated research competence equivalent to a minimum of B+ grade
c. Minimum of 2 academic letters of reference.
d. Standardized test scores as illustrated (i.e. TOEFL, GRE general and/or subject test).
8. Post-doctoral Programmes – Primarily a more specialized, research-oriented program. These fellowships are usually initiated between the interested applicant and the faculty member within the desired institution.
A student with Canadian student visa can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. A student can get paid around $20 an hour (on an average). An international student can also opt for an off-campus work permit once he/she has completed 6 months of study.
Cost of Studying & Living in Canada
An estimated cost of studying and living in Canada can vary from $15000 Cdn to $30000 Cdn annually. However, this cost may vary according to the institution or program the student has registered for. This may also vary based on the student’s location.
The total expenditure for an international student in Canada is much more affordable than many other countries and hence, is also being considered one of the first choices for study abroad programs in recent years.
1. September Intake
2. January / or February Intake
Canadian universities follow the semester pattern and their academic year is usually divided into two semesters-
a. The Fall Semester (September-December)
b. The Winter Semester (January-May)
Standardized Exams Required
TOEFL or IELTS are the commonly accepted standardized tests to get admitted in a Canadian University.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for admissions in the Master’s program. GMAT tests are required for students opting for business or management programs.
Canada Student Visa Guidance
International students can apply for a Student Permit (Student Visa) which is issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, previously known as CIC). This Visa allows an international student to study in Canada for a limited period.
More recently, student visa applications from India have been put on the ‘fast-track’ system, accelerating the processing of requests.
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