Canada

Types of Program

Undergradute Program
Undergraduate Program

‘Undergrad’, is a 4 year program, after 12th Grad, where students can study a wide range of subjects to begin with. Once they have met the core curriculum requirements, students at most institutions are asked to choose a specific field of study, also known as the major. The final two years are spent taking more courses that are more directly related to your major.

Master’s Program
Master’s Program

Masters of Science (popularly known as MS) is the choice of maximum applicants across the country. Others graduate programs are MBA, MPH, etc. These are 2 years full time programs which combine first-class teaching and practical industry exposure to prepare graduates for professional work.

PhD Program
PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest academic degree graduate students can earn in most fields of study. These students often go on to teach at the college level or pursue research positions. The doctorate degree normally takes 4 to 6 years in the USA and 3 to 5 years in Europe.

Application Process

Each university has its own required documents but generally most of the following would include:

  • Standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • Proof of English proficiency (or French if studies are in French). For example, a TOEFL score of around 90 or approximately 6.5 for IELTS.
  • Some schools may require students to take pre-requisite courses to ensure that they have the appropriate academic background.
  • Completion of an acceptable undergraduate degree from an accredited/recognized university.
  • Official academic transcripts translated into English or French as requested by the Canadian institution. Most of the institutions may require notarized official transcripts.
  • High level of academic achievement in previous studies.
  • Strong letters of Recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose.

Application Timeline

Fall Intake - August

August - December
  • Prepare and take the required standardized test
  • Research universities
  • Shortlist universities
  • Request for official transcripts
  • Identify your recommenders and get the LORs
  • Draft your SOPs/essays
January - July
  • Apply to the universities
  • Send supporting documents if requested
  • Report your scores(GRE / GMAT / TOEFL)
  • Send your financial documents
  • Confirm your acceptance
July - September
  • Apply for VISA
  • Get necessary clearances/insurance
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Fly to your dream destination

Spring Intake - January

May - August
  • Prepare and take the required standardized test
  • Research universities
  • Shortlist universities
  • Request for official transcripts
  • Identify your recommenders and get the LORs
  • Draft your SOPs/essays
August - November
  • Apply to the universities
  • Send supporting documents if requested
  • Report your scores(GRE / GMAT / TOEFL)
  • Send your financial documents
  • Confirm your acceptance
December - January
  • Apply for VISA
  • Get necessary clearances/insurance
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Fly to your dream destination

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Financials

The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an undergraduate program is between CAD$13000-15000. Compared to U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., Canada offers the lowest tuition rates. One can study in Canada incurring almost half the expenses as compared to a U.S. private university and 25% less in U.S. public universities.

Scholarship

In Canada, an international applicant, with a student permit is granted permission for up to 20 hour per week for a paid job. Students who enroll to a difficult or intensive program are often advised to work for a maximum of 12 hours a week to maintain a work-study-life balance.

Internship

Working off-campus

A student can work up to 20 hours in one week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays, and spring breaks.

Internship

Co-op/Internships

The Co-op/Internship Work Permit Program is offered to the international students whose propose employment is an important part of this study program in Canada as certified by their Canadian academic institution. The work part of this program can form up to 50% of the program of study.

On-campus work opportunities

International students may be eligible to work on-campus at the institution where they study without a work permit. This is applicable to international students with valid student permits and who are studying full-time at eligible Canadian public and private colleges and universities.

VISA Requirements

You need the following documents for getting the Canadian student Visa

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Passport

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Passport-size photographs

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Unconditional letter of acceptance 

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Fees receipt (recommended) 

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Scholarship letter (if applicable) 

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Any relevant correspondence with the institution 

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Financial documents

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Academic documents 

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Test scores 

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Work experience certificates (if applicable) 

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Medical report (if already undertaken)

Requirement of documents depends on your country of origin, the program you are enrolling, and the duration of your study:

  • If you enroll to a program of up to six months: no study permit is required.
  • Student permit is required for a program longer than six months.

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