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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.


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 & 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 1 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.

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.

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, after & co-op program

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.

Why Study in Canada?

The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools including: community colleges / technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities and university colleges

Canadian Education System

Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories (States) and as such, there is no Federal (Central) education system in Canada. In keeping with the national commitment to education, public education in Canada is free up to and including secondary school (12th Std), in all the provinces. At the post-secondary level, institutions are divided into community colleges and universities. A significant number of university graduates attend college upon completion of their degree in order to acquire vocational skills for employment

Types of Certification in Canada

  • Certificate : Canadian Certificate Is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length.
  • Diploma : Canadian Diploma is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two year's of successful study
  • Advanced Diploma : Canadian Advanced Diploma Is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a Bachelors Degree. It generally precedes the final year of Bachelors level studies
  • Bachelor's Degrees : Canadian Bachelors Degree is awarded by Universities, University Colleges, Community Colleges after four years of full-time study. This leads to graduate (postgraduate) level studies
  • Post Graduate Diplomas/Certificates : Canadian Post Graduate Certificate or Post Graduate Diploma is level of study undertaken after a 3 years or 4 years Bachelors Degree. It leads to a Masters Degree. These programs have work terms which provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical co-op term lasts 12 to 17 weeks
  • Masters Degree : Students who have successfully finished their Bachelors level education can opt to study a Canadian Masters Degree. It is typically for those graduates who have an interest in further learning and research, and for those who want to broaden their career possibilities. It is of 2 years duration and can be pursued after a 4 years Bachelors or a 3 years Bachelors and a 1 year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada. Masters degree generally will take a time period of 2 years to finish and will also involve a blend of course work and thesis (also known as dissertation)
  • MBA : MBA in Canada can be studied after finishing a Bachelors degree. It generally requires a 4 years Bachelors. Most Canadian MBAs will require at least 3 years of work experience with a good GMAT score
  • Doctorate or PhD : Is a degree ranking above the Masters Degree and generally requires four to seven years to complete
  • Post-doctoral : These programmes are much more specialized, research oriented programmes. One of the most important factors in granting post-doctorate fellowships is the personal network established between the interested applicant and the faculty member within the institution

Post-Secondary Education is offered by four types of educational institutions:

Technical/Career Colleges: These are privately owned and operated with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction. The emphasis at career colleges is on practical skills over a broad range of programmes. Students seeking short-term training programs in multimedia, film studies, computer/internet studies, graphic design and hospitality to name a few, may want to consider applying to a career college.

Some examples of Canadian education Institutions of this type are: Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, Vancouver Film School, Imperial Hotel Management College and such other Institutions

Community Colleges & Technical Institutes: They typically have more career oriented, practical/ technical related curricula, with small classes, off-campus course offerings, a greater ratio of laboratory space to class room space, and an interactive teaching style

Here are some Institutions of the said type: Northwest Community College, Vancouver Community College, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community College, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology and many more

University Colleges: As a component of the Canadian University system, University Colleges offer students a choice of either academic oriented university degree programmes or the more practical-oriented college diplomas and certificates. Students intending to acquire a degree at a university can complete their first two years of study at a community college or university college and earn credits

Universities: Canadian Universities are largely public funded and as a result, offer consistently high quality education at lower tuition rates for International students than their counterparts in competing countries. They offer a broad range of courses and degrees from Undergraduate to Doctorate and also certificate and professional degrees. Class sizes in universities are generally large

Some popular (or known) Canadian Universities are Carleton University (Ottawa), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa), University of Toronto (Toronto), University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), University of Alberta (Edmonton), University of Calgary (Calgary), York University (Toronto), McGill University (Montreal), McMaster University (Hamilton), Dalhousie University (Halifax) and many more.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The average grade achieved by a student during the course of an educational program, is calculated on various scales depending on the Institution. (eg : generally a student may be evaluated an a 4 point scale or a 9 point scale)

Application Process

AThe basic steps for applying in Canada are:

  • Identifying universities and the course of your interest
  • Request universities for application forms
  • Taking various required tests
  • Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and sending application forms along with required documents
  • Applying for VISA after obtaining I-20 from the college

Selecting University

While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points -

  • Your academic grades (including achievements)
  • Test scores (GRE/GMAT/SAT/TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Your financial capacity
  • Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in
  • Term of entry (Fall/Summer/Spring)
  • The rank and reputation of the University
  • The student to faculty ratio of the college
  • The location of the school (Big city/Small town/Rural setup)
  • The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)


Apre-application is a tentative list of schools that you would like to apply to. On the basis of your academic profile, your probable test scores and financial ability compile a list of universities to which you must send a letter requesting further information. At this stage, you can write to the selected 25-30 universities. You can directly request application materials from the universities. There are three ways to get application forms.

  • Requesting Application Forms via email
  • Requesting Application Forms via Air Mail
  • Downloading from the university website

Documents Required For Admission

  • Completed Application form
  • Essay/s or writing sample
  • Statement of Purpose required for graduates and optional for undergraduates
  • Resume for MBA Students
  • Official score reports of SAT/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT to be sent by ETS
  • Letter from Bank stating – funds available for study
  • Affidavit of Financial Support i.e. letter signed from sponsor or parent
  • Transcripts and Mark sheets from College or University
  • Certificates of Extracurricular Activities

Recommendation Letters

Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process especially for Master's and Doctoral courses. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, your character and integrity and other such information.

The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Essays/Statement of Purpose

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty, assessing your application, information about you as an individual. For MBA candidates this is probably the most important criterion. In the statement of purpose, which must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans. It should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.

Cost of Studies in Canada



  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland


ACADEMIC YEAR (2004-2005)
  • $4,304 – $15,480
  • $5,983 – $10,364
  • $7,170 – $9,701
  • $5,004 – $6,630
  • $6,082 – $12,666
  • $8,868 – $10,188
  • $6,540 – $ 9,960
  • $6,882 – $11,718
  • $7,270
  • $6,660


ACADEMIC YEAR (2004-2005)
  • $4,000 – $17,325
  • $4,416 – $19,200
  • $5,313 – $7,170
  • $5,435 – $9,685
  • $5,174 – $26,000
  • $4,961 – $20,000
  • $5,230 – $8,216
  • $4,065 – $14,800
  • $5,947
  • $3,000 – $6,000

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 approximately C$7,100 (US$4,765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:.

  • One month’s lodging, one-bedroom apartment: ~ $400
  • Bus fare, one way: ~ $2.25
  • Local telephone call: ~ $0.25
  • Modest restaurant meal: Lunch ~ $7 / Dinner ~ $14
  • Movie: $11.50 – $13 Approx
  • International Postage (letter): ~ $1.40

Canadian winters are chilly, an adequate warm clothing budget is essential. Budget around $250 – $350 US approximate for proper winter wardrobe.

You will need approximately $12,000 US ($18,840 Cdn or 13,000 Euro) to cover your expenses for an academic year. This includes your tuition and living expenses but not your air-fare. Please remember that this figure is an average only. Actual expenses may vary depending on the region of the country you live in, the tuition fees at the university you attend and your field of specialisation. Consult us to assist with your financial planning

Tests Required

Canada is an English speaking nation. Hence, it is important that a student aspiring to study in Canada be proficient in the language. A good way of demonstrating your proficiency is by giving the standard International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams. Besides these, there are several other exams that a student might have to take. Depending on the school applied to or course of study, it may be recommended or even mandatory to appear for one or more of the following tests:

For Undergraduate Study:

For Postgraduate Study:


CThe visa is a legal document that allows a person to enter that country and stay for the duration stipulated on the document, for the reason it was granted. A student therefore requires a student visa that allows him/ her to stay for the duration of the course study and also allows him/her certain privileges (such as permit to work part time) as per the rules of that country.

An applicant must be able to convince the Consulate Representative handling the visa that she/he has “a permanent residence in India which he/she has no intention of abandoning.”

Each case is different and scrutinized individually and hence there is no standard or ‘foolproof’ procedure for obtaining visas. A prospective must be able to demonstrate the genuineness of his visit. A few examples of circumstances that applicants have submitted as proof of return are: evidence of a good job, sizeable finances or property, family and a good social standing.

However this does not mean that the officer would accept all these papers, nor that it guarantees a visa being granted. One must remember that today the number of visa applications received is so large, that it often is not possible to get them done within the normal working hours of the Consulate. It is important therefore to understand that one must submit only necessary, genuine and relevant documents and also be ready and able to answer any questions asked by the interviewing officer, quickly and precisely.

Read :-

New Citizenship And Immigration Canada (CIC) Regulations for International Students.

SPP Checklist January 2014

Employment in Canada

Work Eligibility In Canada

Students may work on the campus of the institution they are studying at, without a work permit, if they are:

Working While Studying In Canada

Full time students with a valid study permit, studying at an accredited public or private institution, may work on campus without a work permit. The type of work that students do under these conditions is normally that of a teaching or research assistant.

Some courses have industrial work as part of their study curriculum and have to work off-campus for a few weeks to a few months. This is often seen in case of Co-op and Internship programmes. In such cases, students have to take a work permit besides their study permit.

In most cases, work permits for students are granted if:

Universities in the US

The sheer volume and variety of universities in the US means that you can be pretty confident of finding a suitable institution in your preferred surroundings. And if you don’t get it right the first time, moving between universities in the US is not uncommon.

Universities in the Canada (A-F)

  • Alexander College
  • Algonquin college
  • Brock University
  • Canadian Flyers International
  • Cambrian College
  • Camosun College
  • Capiliano University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Capilano University
  • Centennial College
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of The Rockies
  • Concordia University - John Molson School Of Business
  • Concordia University, College of Alberta
  • Conestoga College
  • Confederation College
  • Dalhousie University
  • Devry Institute of Technology
  • Douglas College
  • Durham College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver

Universities in Canada (F-P)

  • Fanshawe College
  • Fleming College
  • Fraser International College (SFU)
  • Grant Mac Ewan University*
  • George Brown College
  • Georgian College
  • Humber College
  • International College of Manitoba
  • Kings University College
  • Kwantlen University
  • Lambton College
  • Loyalist College
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University of New Foundland
  • Mount Allison University
  • Niagara College
  • North Island College
  • Northern College
  • NYIT - Vancouver
  • Okanagan College
  • Parkland College

Universities in Canada (R-V)

  • Royal Roads University
  • Selkirk College
  • Seneca College
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)
  • Sheridan College
  • St. Francis Xavier College
  • St. Clair College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Lasalle College
  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Alberta*
  • University College of the Fraser Valley
  • University New Brunswick
  • University of Waterloo - Dubai Campus
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Film School
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management