Study Abroad in Canada
Let’s get down to the reasons why you should Study in Canada.
Canada is one of the best countries to choose if you want to study a master’s programme or an MBA abroad.
In addition to highly ranked universities and a friendly, multicultural environment, you’ll be living in a country with
some of the best living standards in the world – and you can choose to study in either English or French.
What makes Canada special?
Over 350,000 international students choose to study in Canada every year, largely because of the quality of the Canadian education system – and 95% of them would recommend the country as a study destination.
Canada is well-known as a tolerant and diverse society, so wherever you’re from, you’ll be able to find a home there.
Top 10 universities in Canada
Canada has many excellent universities, four of which are in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings 2018.
The top ten to study in Canada are:
- University of Toronto
- McGill University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Alberta
- Université de Montréal
- McMaster University
- University of Waterloo
- The University of Western Ontario
- University of Calgary
- Queen’s University at Kingston
What’s on offer
There are universities, colleges, polytechnics, and vocational colleges (cégeps) all over Canada, but all of them maintain the highest of standards. This means that if you choose to study an MBA programme or master’s course there, you’ll get a qualification that’s recognized around the world.
Most institutions focus on offering courses that are very career-focused, helping you to succeed in your professional life: over 90% of Canada’s graduates are employed in their field within six months. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore research.
What to expect from Canada
The main cities in Canada are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa – but wherever you go, you’ll find that the people are friendly and polite. Toronto, the biggest city, is one of the most multicultural places in the world and is ranked consistently as one of the most liveable cities worldwide.
Canada is also home to Niagara Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world.
So go ahead, study in Canada while enjoying its culture
How To Apply For Canada University
Each university has its own entry requirements, so once you’ve decided where you want to study, look up what you need to get in. There are usually two intakes for courses, but it’s recommended that you start applying a year before the start date.
In general, Canadian universities require:
- Good marks in an English or French standardized language test
- A study permit (if your chosen course is more than six months long)
- Proof of funds
- GPA of at least 3.0, or its international equivalent
- CV and references
- A copy of your qualifications
- Personal statement
If you don’t meet all of these criteria, you can always look into a preparation course to make sure you succeed with your master’s course or MBA.
Study in Canada
Students who choose to study in Canada enjoy many benefits. Not only is Canada home to three of the top universities in the world, Canada provides international students with several amenities to ensure the best possible academic experience.
International students are given the option to work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and 30 hours weekly during breaks while studying in Canada. Working while in school allows the student to not only get a head start on paying for their education, but also work towards becoming a Canadian citizen if he or she so chooses.
For potential students with prior family commitments, Canada also allows international students to bring their loved ones in certain instances. The spouses and common-law partners of international students are eligible for open work permits. These open work permits allow the partners of international students to contribute to their households by obtaining employment anywhere in the country while their loved one is in school.
Children of international students are eligible to attend any primary or secondary Canadian school without a study permit.
The Canadian Student Visa
Canada offers international students two main temporary visas. The Canadian Student Visa offers potential international students the opportunity to study, live, and work freely in Canada for the duration of their studies, which makes it a perfect option for the student who will be in Canada for a finite amount of time.
This program not only assists potential international students with applying to schools, but also helps the student make a seamless transition from immigrant status to permanent resident.
Families of potential international students have several visa options as well.
Parents and grandparents of international students in Canada may qualify for the Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents. This family visa allows the parents and grandparents of international students in Canada to join their loved ones for up to 10 years.
International students who seek permanent residence in Canada may also sponsor their parents and grandparents permanently. Many family members of international students are also eligible to apply for work permits through several government programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
Canadian Study Visa Requirements
Once you have an acceptance letter from a Canadian university, you will need to make sure you meet the qualifications for a Canadian Study Visa. This visa, locally known as a study permit, has various general, language, documentation requirements, as well as a biometrics interview.
In addition to the standard immigration qualifications, all prospective foreign students will need to meet the following requirements:
- Proof that you have the financial resources to pay for your time in Canada, such as money for tuition.
- No criminal record.
- Medical records that demonstrate you are in good health and have taken the necessary medical examinations.
Prospective foreign students from English-speaking countries will most likely not have to meet extra language requirements, but prospective foreign students who are not from English-speaking countries will need to submit proof of English language proficiency.
This can be shown by providing the results of the following tests:
- Cambridge English: Advanced
Documents for Foreign Students in Canada
All prospective foreign students will need to provide the following documentation upon application of a study permit:
- Completed visa application form.
- Original acceptance letter from a Canadian university.
- Passport or valid travel document that allows you to return to your home country. Please note this is not necessary for USA students.
- Two recent passport-style photographs. Please put your name and date of birth on the back of each photograph.
- Proof of financial support during your academic programme. If you are not studying in Quebec, the fee is your tuition fee and $833 (Canadian) per month of study. If you plan to study in Quebec, the fee is your tuition fee and $917 (Canadian) per month of study.
- A letter, explaining when, where, and what you plan to study.
- For applications to study in Quebec, please include a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations of your document, a statement from the translator, and a certified copy of the originals.
- A receipt for your study permit fee of Canadian $150.
Please be aware that you may not need a Canadian Study Visa under the following circumstances:
- If you or a relative work for a foreign representative in Canada. This post needs to be accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in Canada.
- Your academic programme takes less than 6 months to complete.
- You are a qualifying armed forces member through the Visiting Forces Act.
- If you are a foreign citizen with an Indian status registration in Canada.
Universities in Canada
In addition to finding Canadian schools less expensive than US universities, prospective foreign students will receive a quality education at any of the Canadian universities. Some of the top universities in Canada are also the best in the world. Six Canadian universities are in the top 200 global universities and three of those are ranked within the top 50. Canada was also ranked Best Country for Education in 2017.
How Do You Get a Canadian Student Visa?
Obtaining a Canadian Student Visa is a relatively straightforward process.
- Decide where you want to study and apply.
- Get your acceptance letter. You will have to decide what you would like to study before you apply, as your course of study will need to be listed on your Student Visa application.
- Verify that you need a Canadian Student Visa. Please see Canadian Study Visa Requirements on this site or contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for more information.
- Once you have met the first two requirements, be sure to gather any proof that you meet the general and language requirements for a study permit. You can then apply for your visa once you have collected all of the required documentation.
- Complete a biometrics interview, which can be scheduled at a Canada Visa Application Centre in your home country.
Student Direct Stream
Student Direct Stream has a portal to make applying for a Canadian Study Visa more streamlined. In addition to an application portal, this site has a complete checklist of necessary documents and requirements to obtain a Canadian Study Visa.
How much money does it take to study in Canada?
The cost of studying at a Canadian university for international students varies by university. Canadian university tuition ranges from $4,462 – $16,204 yearly for an undergraduate degree and $1,896 – $19,200 per year for a graduate degree.
Living expenses for prospective foreign students also vary by region, with Vancouver being the most expensive Canadian city. It is estimated a prospective foreign student will need to budget $15,050 per year, on top of tuition and other academic fees.
Fees associated with studying in Canada include:
- $6,000 – $8,400 yearly for living accommodations (university, shared private, home stay, etc.).
- $864 per year for health insurance.
- $20 per university to report exam scores.
- $50 – $150 per university for application fees.
- $200 – $500 per university for entrance exam fees.
- $25 per university for document authentication fees.
The average cost of living for each region can be estimated here.
Can foreign students work while studying in Canada?
Yes. Foreign students in Canada can work up to 20 hours weekly during university semesters and full-time during breaks. In order to work while studying in Canada, prospective foreign students will need to meet the following criteria:
- Have a valid study permit.
- Be enrolled in a university as a full-time student.
- Be enrolled at a qualifying post-secondary institution in a program that is at least 6 months long.
- Have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
There are several jobs in Canada for Indian students who meet the above criteria. Jobs available to Indian students in Canada can also be found on Canada jobs boards and summer jobs in Canada websites.