Why Study in CANADA
A United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. This assessment was based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life. Conducted every year, the survey evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. Canada’s prime cities Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have been recognized as world class cities to live and work, for cleanliness, safety, cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.
Canada’s education system is excellent and ranks among the best in the world. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries.
Earning While Studying in CANADA
Full-time students registered in a degree or diploma-granting course are allowed to work on the campus of the institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorization. This includes on-campus employment for graduate, teaching or research assistants. Spouses of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted employment authorizations, depending on medical requirements having been met. Students whose intended employment forms an integral part of their course of study such as undergraduate co-op programs, some programs offered by career colleges or language schools and some high school programs.
Admission in CANADA
Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, here we’ll discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canadian universities.
When you select a university or college where you wish to study your required course, write to the institution’s respective admission department asking for more information on admission requirements and admission application forms. After you enquire, the admission department will send you the documents required by the university and other requirements for admitting you into their university. These documents may be your academic, character, and financial evidences that show you are the deserving candidate for admission in the respective university. Every university has right to mark their own requirements to admit students into their institution.
The major languages used in Canada are English and French. Bust most of the universities offer courses in English language. So you need to show your efficiency by means of English Language tests. IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English language test in Canada, however, some universities even accepts TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study students choose. Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment, which might even be Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment. All these assessments test the ability of students to take the course in English language.
For admission in undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. If you’ve done three years of bachelor’s course then you’ll have to do diploma for one year in Canada to be eligible to study in Canada as postgraduate student.
For management students, students may be asked for two years of work experience before being admitted to the university. In most of the cases GMAT is compulsory for MBA students.
Though education isn’t free in Canada, tuition fees are cheaper in compare to other similar nations like UK, USA, and Australia.
Admission Tests on English Requirement for SPP
For any course in diploma that belongs to SPP, a student must score at least 6.0 bands(not less than 5.5 bands in each module) out of 9.0 bands in IELTS and for any course in PG that belongs to SPP, a student must score at least 6.5 bands out of 9.0 bands in IELTS.
Student Visa Process
The student visa in Canada is most commonly known as Study permit. Either a student needs to obtain or don’t need to obtain Canadian study permit depends upon the country of residence of the student. Students from most of the countries need to obtain Canadian student visa to study in Canada, but students from some countries don’t have to obtain any Student visa to study in Canada.
Documents Required for Study Permits in CANADA
- Completed Application for Study permits
- A valid passport
- Two photos of the students and each of the family members. The photograph must not be more than six month old. Back of the photo, the name and date of birth of the person appearing in the photo should be written
- Proof that shows the educational institution has accepted the student for admission in their institution
- Evidence of sufficient funds to overcome all the living expenses and study costs in Canada
- Bank transaction statement of last four months
- Proof of payment of fee in acceptable format. This format varies according to country and region. However, the most general method is presenting it through Bank Draft
- Evidence that show students have no criminal records
- Students from some nations may even need to present medical reports
- Any other documents that may help for obtaining a Student visa for Canada
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:
1. 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.
2. 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 or other activities. 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.
Who Should Apply?
- Students will have a greater chance of getting financial aid if they:
Show evidence of a high level of academic achievement
- Achieve high Standardized Examination scores (GMAT, TOEFL etc.)
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.
- Very few international students get any kind of assistantships and most people get it after reaching there. So you have to arrange for funds for the first few semesters, at least till the time you can arrange something there.
1. Athabasca University
2. Augustana University College
3. Concordia University College of Alberta
4. University of Alberta
5. University of Calgary
6. University of Lethbridge
7. British Columbia Open University
8. Okanagan University College
9. Royal Roads University
10. Simon Fraser University
11. The University of British Columbia
12. Trinity Western University
13. University College of the Cariboo
14. University College of the Fraser Valley
15. University of Northern British Columbia
16. University of Victoria
17. Vancouver Island University
18. Brandon University
19. Collège universitaire de SaintBoniface
20. The University of Manitoba
21. The University of Winnipeg
22. St. Thomas University
23. Mount Allison University
24. Université de Moncton
25. University of New Brunswick
26. Memorial University of Newfoundland
27. Acadia University
28. Dalhousie University
29. Mount Saint Vincent University
30. Nova Scotia Agricultural College
31. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
32. St. Francis Xavier University
33. Saint Mary’s University
34. University College of Cape Breton
35. University of King’s College
36. Université SainteAnne
37. Brescia College
38. Brock University
39. Carleton University
40. Collège dominicain de philosophie et de théologie
41. Huron College
42. King’s College
43. Lakehead University
44. Laurentian University of Sudbury
45. McMaster University
46. Nipissing University
47. Queen’s University at Kingston
48. Redeemer College
49. Royal Military College of Canada/ Collège militaire royal du Canada
50. Ryerson Polytechnic University
51. St. Jerome’s University
52. Saint Paul University / Université Saint Paul
53. Trent University
54. University of Toronto
55. University of Guelph
56. University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa
57. University of Trinity College
58. University of Sudbury / Université de Sudbury
59. University of St. Michael’s College
60. University of Waterloo
61. University of Western Ontario
62. University of Windsor
63. Victoria University
64. Wilfrid Laurier University
65. York University
Prince Edward Island
66. University of Prince Edward Island
67. Bishop’s University
68. Concordia University
69. École des Hautes Études Commerciales
70. École Polytechnique de Montréal
71. École nationale d’administration publique
72. École de technologie supérieure
73. Institut national de la recherche scientifique
74. McGill University
76. Université Laval
77. Université de Montréal
78. Université du Québec à Hull
79. Université du Québec
80. Université du Québec en AbitibiTémiscamingue
81. Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
82. Université du Québec à Montréal
83. Université du Québec à Rimouski
84. Université du Québec à TroisRivières
85. Université de Sherbrooke
86. Campion College
87. Luther College
88. Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
89. St. Thomas More College
90. The University of Regina
91. University of Saskatchewan
Best Canadian Universities
1. McGill University
2. University of Toronto
3. Queen’s University
4. University of Montreal
5. McMaster University
6. University of Waterloo
7. University of Western Ontario
8. Simon Fraser University
9. University of Calgary
10. University of Victoria
11. Dalhousie University
12. Ottawa University
13. York University
14. Laval University
15. University of Manitoba
16. University of Quebec
17. Carleton University
18. Concordia University
Some provinces apply a provincial tax levy to goods and services. All provinces must apply the federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) of seven per cent to most purchases. As a visitor, a portion of the GST may be refunded to you upon your departure from Canada. There are restrictions that apply and you must provide original receipts. Contact Revenue Canada or your school for further information. GST refund forms can be obtained at the information counters at airports and at most shopping malls.
Note: On an average, an Indian student will need approximately Rs 5 lakhs per year for studying in Canada, depending upon your tuition fees and location
Hostelling is a temporary and inexpensive way to stay in major cities. Accommodation is basic but economical, and primary facilities (toilets, baths and kitchens) are shared. Rates are calculated daily, and costs are less than other accommodation choices.
Average cost of a room in a hostel: $10 – $20 CDN per night.
The YWCA/YMCA hotels are also inexpensive, clean, safe and comfortable. Many of these establishments also have pools and fitness centers. Keep in mind, though, that hostels and YWCA/YMCAs fill up quickly during the summer months, so you should plan ahead. Average cost of a room in a YWCA/YMCA: $24 – $45 CDN per night.
Many schools have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and in quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room, and dormitories are usually separated by gender. In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans that can be included in the cost of the room. Most dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way to become involved in campus activities and meet other students.
Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 – $7,500 CDN per school year. For more information, contact the school you will be attending.
Many Canadian families welcome international students. This may be an effective way for you learn about daily life in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Home stays also offer a more stable and secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a home stay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada. Meals and a private, furnished room are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community activities.
Average cost of home stay accommodation: $400 – $800 CDN per month.
Renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major cities, and places are not always available. Many students share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. At this service centre, those seeking shared accommodations can also find roommates. Once on campus, you will often find a variety of postings throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before coming to Canada.
There are different types of places you can rent as an international student. A house is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home. Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent.
Listings of available apartments or homes are published in local newspapers. It is the responsibility of the student to determine suitability as schools do not inspect these places nor can they make any other arrangements. Most landlords require a damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in cash or by cheque.
Area:3,854,085 sq mi
Language:English and French
Religion:77% Christian, 23% Mix
Currency:Canadian dollar ($) CAD)