Study in Canada

Study in Canada
  • Canada
  • Ottawa
  • 9,984,670 km2
  • English, French
  • 36.29 million
  • $(CAD)
  • Toronto
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Why Study in Canada

Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world.

Quality Education

Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Degree/Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized world-wide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful and prosperous careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements.

Inexpensive

Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada’s inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world.

Permanent Residency and Canadian Immigration

International students can apply for their Permanent Residency which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. However they need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of 67 Points.

Ranked as the Number one Country

For the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates.

A safe place to study

Every step is taken to ensure the safety of students on Canada’s campuses. Most universities / colleges have their own campus security 24 hours a day. There are also ” Walk Safe” programmes to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.

A bilingual nation

Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75%) of Canada’s French-speaking inhabitants live in the province of Quebec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country. English is the main language of communication in all provinces other than Quebec.

Work during and after and co-op programme

Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops. Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 years and students applying for 2 years program can work for 2-3 years.

Canada welcomes over 2 lac immigrants per year & has a policy for skilled professionals as well as Business Immigrants. Canada has maintained a strong stable economic growth because of its active immigration policy. Two thirds of the 5.4%pa increase in population is due to immigration.

Canadian Immigration is one of the simplest immigration systems in comparison with other countries. It allows a person to live and work anywhere in Canada, and confers upon that person a Permanent Resident status. It comes with certain responsibilities and may be revoked if the holder does not meet Canadian Residency obligations, or is found guilty of serious criminal activity. A person who is a Canadian Permanent Resident may apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years.

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Education System

Education in Canada is generally divided into primary education, followed by secondary and post-secondary. Then for International Students the entry levels after-10+2 are : Diploma and Advance Diploma.

Following levels are offered in colleges:

Evaluation and Assessment

- Diploma

- Advanced Diploma

- Post Graduate

Following levels are provided in Universities:

- Degree

- Master

Co-op : Diploma at college leading to Degree at University

Co-operative programme (co-op) is offered in 3years diploma programs ( not in all diplomas) It means student gets internship in industry during his studies. He does practical work there and works under a mentor. He gets advantage to work in actual job scenario and faces all the challenges. If he is capable enough to impress his mentor, he may secure job for himself in that company. This internship is on paid basis. So student learns and earn simultaneously. It might be possible that any student doesn’t get chance , as he is not that capable to secure internship, it will reflect in his academic profile that he is not very skilled. But based on his credits, he can get admission I university. International students prefer to go for Co-op, as it helps to find good placement after studies. If it is not possible for a student to get Co-op from India, then he can request the college to transfer his course to Co-op, once he reaches in Canada and starts his study there, for this he has to pay extra fee there.

UTP : University Transfer programme

This includes 4 years degree programme. It is good for those students who want to study in University but couldn’t secure a seat for himself. That student studies in a college for 2 years and then for next 2 years goes to University. For example Columbia College, Vancouver has UTP with University of British Columbia. Otherwise it is very difficult to get admission in UBC, directly.

Types of education providers:

*Schools/Career colleges : Theses are meant for short term courses, means certificates. No international students go in such colleges. These are like our vocational training institutes in India. These are for domestic market primarily.

Community or Technical College : Theses are meant for short term courses, means certificates. No international students go in such colleges. These are like our vocational training institutes in India. These are for domestic market primarily.

University College : Theses are meant for short term courses, means certificates. No international students go in such colleges. These are like our vocational training institutes in India. These are for domestic market primarily.

Universities : Theses are meant for short term courses, means certificates. No international students go in such colleges. These are like our vocational training institutes in India. These are for domestic market primarily.

Education Cost

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees is different for different universities and colleges and varies with courses. We have listed a few courses with the approximate range of annual tuition fees.

For more specific details, please contact the respective university and college.

Undergraduate Courses

ProvinceUndergraduateGraduate
Newfoundland $8,800 $1,896 – 3,549
Prince Edward Island $10,624 $6,100
Nova Scotia $8,050 – 14,200 $4,329 – 15,000
New Brunswick $8,677 – 14,532 $5,610 – 8,465
Quebec $14,562 – 16,260 $8,268 – 20,000
Ontario $9,107 – 25,826 $5,432 – 29,000
Manitoba $6,050 – 13,417 $3,795 – 9,685
Saskatchewan $12,735 – 15,344 $5,313
Alberta $9,331 – 18,058 $5,298 – $19,200
British Columbia $10,416 – 21,963 $2,272 – $17,499

*Source: The Directory of Canadian Universities , Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

LIVING EXPENSES (In Canadian Dollars)

Average cost of accommodation in Canada is about CDN $ 400

TypeExpenses
School-Provided Homestays $ 400 – $800 per month
School-Provided Residence/Dormitory $3000 – $7500 per year
Off Campus Housing $250 – $ 750 per month

The living expenses range from CAD 7,200-11,000 per year. The expenses are high in big cities like Montreal and Vancouver.

Canadian Government has provided facility of GIC to the International students for the better management of their expense during their stay in Canada.

Best course to study in Canada

Though there enormous courses available in all the Colleges and Universities, there are some of the popular fields that students choose to study in Canada.

  • Arts
  • Avaition
  • Biological & Life Sciences
  • Building Services
  • Business, Economics and Administration
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Fashion
  • Food and Beverage Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Language
  • Law and Regulations
  • Natural Sciences

Skill Shortage

Even after huge efforts Canada is still not able to align its large investment opportunities with a support system of skilled workers. No doubt Canada has the best education system that is effective in producing and nurturing talent for its economy, shifting demographics and an ageing population is a concern for the longer-term sustainability of Canada’s economy.

Construction, mining and petroleum sectors are some of the industries that will are expected to face intense skill shortages over the next years and are hence demanding engineers specialised in mining, petroleum, civil, mechanical, geological, computer and chemical. Furthermore, there is demand for financial and investment analysts, geoscientists and oceanographers, medical laboratory and radiation technologists, physiotherapists, apart from electrophysiological diagnostic technologists

Document Required

  • Notarised copies of Secondary and Higher Secondary- Mark Sheets as well as Certificates
  • Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets, Backlog Certificate and Degree
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE
  • Two academic references*
  • Two references from employers
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)*
  • Resume/CV*
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture Courses)*
  • Resume
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

* Requirement of these documents is merely dependent on the programme requirements set by the university or College.

Step by Step Guide in Canada

Step 1 – Perfect counselling

Your plans for studying in Canada will be fulfilled with the professional guidance of our trained and expert counsellors who are always ready with updated information to guide you. After taking student preference of college and course, your eligibility will be checked and based on assessment, final decision is taken for the course and college.

Step 2 – Offer Letter

With required fee, an application is placed in the college for procuring offer letter. When offer letter is received then we guide you to arrange further documents.

Step 3 – Arranging Documents

A detailed information will be provided to arrange all the documents, required to support your visa and course applications, according to the requirements of the Canadian High Commission. We guide you to arrange, Language Proficiency Test and all Academic Documents, Legal Affidavits and Financial Documents.

Step 4 – GIC in Nova Scotia

Meanwhile an application for the GIC account is sent through the secure email of Nova Scotia Bank to open an account in student’s name. On the confirmation of account opening, student can proceed further.

Step 5 – Fee Remittance

At this stage Student pays both the college fee and GIC payment to the college account and his personal GIC account respectively. Then fee receipt form college and GIC account statement from bank is received. Both of these documents are very important and are to be included in the application lodged for student visa with General Counsellor of Canada.

Step 6 – Medical

Student has to undergo a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by Canadian Government. The receipt of doctor is required to include in the visa application file.

Step 7 – File Lodgement

After arranging all the documents, according to the checklist shared earlier, all the forms required for lodging an application for student visa are filled and signed by the student and then the application is lodged with General Counsellor of Canada.

Step 8 – Decision

The outcome of the file is communicated to the designated contact person within stipulated time frame. Student is informed immediately about the decision.

Step 9 – Visa Endorsement

In case of approval of application, visa label is placed into the passport and student is informed to collect his passport.

Step 10 – Pre-Departure Orientation

You will be fed with the information that will help you during the journey and in the new environment like transportation system, weather conditions, accommodation, culture and lifestyle of your destination to avoid facing difficulties.

Step 11 – Fly to Your Dream Destination

With SLIG, you fly hassle free. We help you to organize your travel arrangements including foreign currency, insurance, air ticket and international mobile number. The journey doesn’t stop here. We are concerned with the successful completion of your course and bright employment opportunities also.

Scholarship in Canada

Limited financial assistance is available for international students coming from abroad. However, some schools may offer scholarships (based on academic merit) specifically for foreign students. It is best to ask the student advisor at your school to see what is available. However, keep in mind that many people apply for these awards, and scholarships do not cover the entire cost of study.

Types of Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan : The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan enables Commonwealth students of high intellectual promise to pursue studies in Commonwealth countries. Awards comprise of travel, a living allowance, and all compulsory tuition fees.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Programme : Ontario Graduate Scholarship Programme scholarships are available to graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines. Students must have been accepted to a Ontario university, and obtained a valid student authorization. Social Science and Humanities Research Council is Canada’s funding agency for university based research and graduate training in social sciences and humanities which embrace a wide range of disciplines and fields of knowledge.

NSERC : National Science and Engineering Research Council is a national instrument for making strategic investments in Canada’s capability in science and technology. NSERC supports both basic university research through research grants and project research via partnerships of universities and industry.

National Research Council of Canada : National Research Council of Canada Research Associateships are offered to masters degree holders in engineering, and Ph.D. holders in natural science or engineering disciplines.

Quebec Provincial Government Scholarships : Quebec Provincial Government Scholarships are available to those studying in Quebec.Teaching/ Research Assistantships are assessed in the general application.Financial assistance is frequently available to students studying at the masters level and above, the amount of funding is likely to increase with the level of study. Full funding, tuition and expenses, is more common at higher levels of studies, however, each application is assessed individually on the basis of merit.

University Funding

Graduate Courses

Students at the graduate level may qualify for teaching and research assistantships based on their academic abilities. Applications for this type of assistance are made through the university’s financial aid office.

Types of Assistance

Merit based assistance is awarded in many forms, from tuition waivers, various types of assistantships, to fellowships. The most common are listed here :

Tuition Waiver : This means that the student does not have to pay the tuition fees at the university. However, general fees (for the use of university facilities like the library, computers, and sports and health services) usually have to be borne by the student. A tuition waiver is frequently awarded in conjunction with a scholarship or teaching/research assistantship.

Scholarship / Fellowship : This is usually an outright grant based on the student’s academic ability and performance. Hence, only a truly outstanding student may be considered for this type of award, before enrolling at the university. A full scholarship would pay for a student’s entire living expenses at that university, whereas a partial scholarship would require additional funds from the student.

Assistantship : Most students who receive assistance do so in the form of an assistantship, i.e. is usually a cash stipend, sufficient for their living expenses, and/or tuition waiver, in return for which they have to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week which normally consists of teaching and research activities. These are usually for graduate courses. Teaching assistantships are more likely to be in universities, which have large undergraduate classes whereas research assistantships tend to be more common in those fields and universities in which considerable research is going on. Information brochures of most universities give this information. Often, teaching and research abilities must be proved before assistantship is granted. Hence, many universities grant this only after the first semester. You may also be required to take TSE (Test of Spoken English) to qualify for a teaching assistantship.

Quebec Provincial Government Scholarships : Quebec Provincial Government Scholarships are available to those studying in Quebec.Teaching/ Research Assistantships are assessed in the general application.Financial assistance is frequently available to students studying at the masters level and above, the amount of funding is likely to increase with the level of study. Full funding, tuition and expenses, is more common at higher levels of studies, however, each application is assessed individually on the basis of merit.

Who Should Apply?

  • Show evidence of a high level of academic achievement.
  • Achieve high Standardized Examination scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL etc.)
  • Demonstrate financial need but have private funding to cover some of the cost. Financial need is not crucial for some awards.
  • Enroll in a field or have teaching experience in a subject offered at the undergraduate level (to increase opportunities for a teaching assistantship)
  • Specialize in a field or have a research interest which parallels that of the department and faculty or private funding source (which increases opportunities for research assistantships and grants)
  • Have outstanding letter of recommendation and an impressive statement of purpose.
  • Send a sample of professional writing, published or otherwise.

The Importance of Networking in Financial AID

Many graduate departments at universities offer teaching assistantships or research assistantships to their graduate students (students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree particularly in engineering). Assistantships usually involve a tuition award and some sort of salary in return for teaching or research duties. Every school has a limited number of openings for assistantships based on the amount of funding allocated. As a result, such scholarships are merit-based, meaning they are competitive, based on your academic performance to date.

Individual departments at the university generally control funds. It always helps to write directly to the department to inquire about available funding. Students who are research oriented or have published papers in a particular field should contact professors interested in that field. By contacting professors in advance and building a relationship, you can greatly enhance your chance of getting aid.

Unfortunately, there are many deserving students who do not get aid along with the admission. If you are one of them and plan on joining anyway, we strongly recommend you arrive a few days prior to the registration time. This will give you an opportunity to personally talk with the professors and sell your skills. Professors usually have funding available for various projects and you may be able to find something that matches your skill set. We also strongly recommend that you don’t restrict yourself to your particular department. There are several opportunities in other departments particularly for students with strong computer skills. You have to be aggressive and persistent in your approach. Although there is no guarantee that you will get financial aid, it is well worth the try. Always remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.