Study in Canada would be a beautiful experience for anyone, literally, since Canada is ranked as the BEST PLACE in the world to LIVE. Because of its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates, Canada is a very attractive destination for students throughout the world. Of more attraction to Indian students is the fact that Canada welcomes immigrants with open arms. Thus, those who complete their education can decide upon staying back and complete the immigration process to enjoy the best life in the world! As a country of immigrants, Canada places a high-demand on multicultural diversity.
Moreover, Canadian education costs are relatively cheaper than US and other countries – by at least 30%. Coupled with its low cost of living, Canada is one of the best destinations for international students. Almost 80% of colleges and Universities in Canada are Government / Public Funded. SPP, Student Partnership Program, is a new concept, which gives opportunity to study with 3 years of Work Permit and can file for PR (Permanent Resident).
When you come to Canada it is having 10 provinces and 3 territories. It is a second largest country after Russia in the world and having the population is around 35 million. Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, Quebec, Halifax, Victoria are some of the major cities of Canada and the Ottawa is capital city of Canada. Most of the Canada Population is situated nearer to USA border so the people can easily move to USA once they get the immigration in Canada as the country having strong immigration program after study.
Canada is among leading manufacturing countries with its economy spread in petroleum coal products, primary metals paper and allied products, fabricated metals, petro-chemicals and chemicals, fabricated metals, food & beverages, heavy machinery, automobile, aerospace, telecommunication etc. Canada has its strong presence in computers and information technologies with excellence in telecommunications, transportation, hydroelectric and nuclear power generations, finance, insurance, banking etc. Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages – English and French. Most of the French-speaking inhabitants live in Quebec. However, almost all non-Quebec based universities offer education instruction in English only.
Admission requirements vary from one university to another. However, as a general rule, Canadian institutions prefer applicants with very good academic background and decent scores in TOEFL or IELTS for admission but for visa compulsory IELTS. A four-year Bachelor’s degree is required for admission into M.S/MBA programs, with a minimum of mid-B grades (around 70%).
For those with a three-year degree, admission into PG diploma program is possible with a minimum score of around 240 in TOEFL. PhD programs generally require five years to complete full-time. They usually require a combination of course work, original research and a thesis, which must be defended by oral examination. One important factor is time. It takes at least one year for the whole admission process to be completed. Most institutions have a January deadline for September intake. Hence, it would be in your best interest to apply at least one year before the start of semester.
Main intake every year commences in September and ends in May. Some universities that run on the semester system conducts courses even in the Summer, and have intake in January (winter)June to August is the period of vacation. All the programs in all fields of specialization are available for study in Canadian institutions at all levels.
Canadian colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency for admission. Depending upon the institution, the score requirements may vary. GRE is required for Master’s level admission some universities and programs may need a good score in the Subject Test too. However, for MBA admission, good score in GMAT is essential, in addition to academic performance, other tests’ scores and requirements as prescribed by the B schools individually.
COST OF EDUCATION
Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is C$ 11,600.
Accommodation and living expenses
For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, home stay etc.
Cost of living for students in Canada would be between Can. $ 8,000-12,000, depending upon the location of their residence.
Financial Assistance for International Students
There are limited scholarships available in Canada. They rarely cover the full cost of a study program and they are not always easy to find. Scholarships to international students are available at some Canadian institutions for students with exceptional results. The amount awarded varies from one institution to another and usually covers only part of a student's education and living expenses. The calendar of each university in Canada includes a complete and detailed list of the scholarships it administers. This information is usually available on school web sites as well. Obtaining a scholarship is very competitive and applications must be made directly to each university along with the application for admission. Community and Career Colleges do not usually award scholarships nor do school boards or most private schools.
There are various organizations within Canada that administer scholarship programs in various countries but they are usually for graduate students and professors who are studying or researching a specific subject; a Canadian study is a typical area for which scholarships are awarded. Students should also check within their home country through public and private organizations for any financial assistance they may provide to
APPLY FOR VISA
You may obtain study permit forms in your country of origin at the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Canadian Education Centre. Applications and documentation must then be submitted to the nearest visa office. IAEC provides wide range of services for studying in Canada. For information on our Visa service and other services, click here. Or, contact our helpline for further assistance.