Education In Canada

Study in Canada


Why Study In Canada?

Canada institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and Canada qualifications are internationally valued and recognised. When you study in the Canada you meet people from different nationalities, sharing their multicultural backgrounds. Canada universities are monitored regularly to ensure that they uphold the high standards of teaching, learning and research set by the Government.

For the past 9 consecutive years, UN survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live in. International students can apply for their PR which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. Students are eligible to work off campus without a work permit upto 20 hrs per week & full time during vacation. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. Further students on the completion of their program can work upto 3 years depending on the length of their study program.

Top Courses

Humanities And Social Sciences: Under Humanities and Social sciences the study of psychology is a very popular major to study. It involves the study of humans and other life forms. The study of psychology has become increasingly popular course to study in over the years. The course stands out from the usual clinched study of Business and Engineering.

Engineering And Technology: Engineers with formal training and accreditation are called Professional Engineers. In Canada the accreditation organization is the Canadian Council for Professional Engineers. The engineering field stands high in the list of the popular courses in Canada because of updated technology and ample resources that are most important in this sector. Engineering is one of the most sought after and highly paid jobs, although it is competitive in nature.

Biological And Life Sciences: Canada is considered as one of the largest Biotechnology hub outside U.S.A. With its prominent universities and research institutes. The booming economy and advanced technologies allow researchers to perform and progress in this field.Biologists can combine their biology degree with other fields to work in applied science such as biotechnology, forensic sciences, politics and policy and science writing.

Business Studies: Canada also offers bounteous of academic opportunities to its students for learning about business.Business schools in Canada develop future leaders by focusing on analytical, organizational and management skills.
The above presented courses are most common courses opted by students due to their popularity and demand across the globe. These majors in Canada scale up to 51% of preference and offered by most colleges in Canada.
Despite that, Engineering is still one of the most staggering courses in Canada. Alongside Engineering, the study of Arts, Music and Theater are a few to name as the special courses to study in the Canadian universities. It also includes other courses:

Aviation : Briefly this course prepares you to operate safely in a complex aircraft, to understand the technologies and human factors that affect the successful operation of an aircraft and to assume the professional responsibility associated with being a commercial pilot.

Sports : It studies the psychology of sport and exercise. This includes coaching,motivation and emotion, psycho pharmacology, and stress.

Tourism And Hospitality : Tourism and leisure refers to the management of products and services related to such activities as traveling for pleasure, personal recreation and various social events.

Law And Regulations : Students learn a general overview of the Canadian legal system, and choose to specialize in civil or property law, environmental law, and many more.

Language : Canada has two official languages English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL).

Career Opportunities

International students graduating from a program of 2 years or more in length would be eligible for a 3 year work permit after graduation with no restrictions on the types of employment and no requirement for a job offer. The experience gained would provide them an opportunity to work in an international setting and at the same time allow them to earn the money invested.

Canada is an international leader in Java, computers, networking and wireless communications. Insulin and flat-screens are some of the leading inventions originated in Canada. It has a reputation of excellence in sectors such as telecommunications, transportation, engineering, microelectronics, hydroelectric power, biotechnology, food & beverage processing, geometric, ocean & environmental industries, aerospace etc. Some top Canadian companies recognized worldwide are Black Berry, IMAX, BATA, Corel etc. The Gourmand Report ranked 18 of North America's top 40 Electrical Engineering Faculties in Canada. The Global Competitiveness Report 2000 ranked Canada 1st in Knowledge workers

Co Operative Work Term
Co op is a work term provided as part and parcel of the course curriculum. It provides an excellent opportunity to students to gain first hand practical experience related to the field of specialization. Students can gain on the job experience while continuing to study. Co op provides full time opportunities that last for 12 to 17 weeks. Co-Operative work programmes combine courses in many subjects with relevant work, giving students an invaluable head start with their careers. This assists international students in connecting with the Canadian job market and developing network with the Canadian companies.

Work During Studies
As of 1st June 2014 full time students are eligible to work off campus without a work permit upto 20 hours per week and full time during vacation. Several programs may even have a paid co op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. They can earn approximately C$ 10.50 onwards. Students can work full time off campus during co op terms, amounting to between C$ 700 to C$900 per month. Further students on the completion of their program can work upto 3 years depending on the length of their study program.

Education Cost

Canada is the world’s most educated country with over half of its residents being college graduates. As per Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada is amongst the top 3 countries in the world in terms of spending per capita for public post-secondary education.

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.

Tuition Fees:


Tuition Fees(Approx.)/Year in CAD

In Indian Rs./Year

Diploma & Certificate Program

13,000 - 16,000

7,41,000 – 9,21,000

Bachelors Program

13,000 - 18,000

7,41,000 – 10,26,000

Masters Program

17,000 - 25,000

9,69,000 - 14,25,000

Living Expensive

Types of Accommodation

Living costs & expenses(Approx.)/month in CAD

In Indian Rs/Month


350 - 515 per month

19,950 - 29,355

Off campus Rental housing

350 - 700per month (shared apartment)

19,950 - 39,900

500 - 1200 per month(single apartment)

25,500. - 68,400


550 - 800 per month

31,350 - 45,600

Conversion Rate C$1 = Rs 57/-
Types of Accommodation

Residence / Dormitory
Many institutions have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campuses. Many residences have a shared kitchen, toilets and other facilities. There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room. Dormitories are usually separated by gender. In some cases, the meal plan can be included in the cost of the room.

Off campus Rental Housing
Renting is another option open to students. Many students share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places that meet their needs & preferences. Many institutes offer an off campus housing service which can provide a list of affordable accommodation near the campus.

Many Canadian families welcome international students. Homestays also offer a more stable & secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a homestay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada. Meals are provided in homestay but are not compulsory. Homestays are arranged by schools & students are matched with families who share similar interests.

Health Insurance
In Canada it is compulsory for an international student to have a medical insurance. The medical coverage provided to international students varies throughout Canada with respect to the province. The provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan cover international students under their provincial health care plans, but coverage generally depends on the length of your stay. *For any specific information or accuracy with respect to personal expenses please contact Indur counselors.

Application Procedure

International students are expected to start planning for their studies in Canada 1 year in advance. The major intake for Canada primarily is 'Fall', September. The other intake is in the month of 'winter' i.e. January, but it depends on the student's program and the institution that he/she is applying to. Very few institutes might have the May intake as well.

English Language Requirements:
All students must be fluent in English if they are applying to Canadian Institutes. International students need to reach the required level of English language competence. All students should take up the IELTS or TOEFL (ibt) exams. An IELTS band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduates & 6.5/7 for postgraduate courses or a TOEFL score of 80 and above for undergraduate and 90 and above for postgraduate courses is desirable.

Universities in Canada have a requirement level for its programmes. The requirements are mentioned below:-

Advance Diploma/ Diploma / Certificate:
The student should have a higher second class score in HSC. Should have cleared the IELTS/TOEFL (ibt) exams successfully complying to the conditions laid down by the university.

Bachelors Degree:
The student must clear HSC in First Class. Should have cleared the IELTS/TOEFL (ibt) exams successfully complying to the conditions laid down by the university.

Postgraduate Certification / Diploma:
A higher second class in Bachelors degree (3 or 4 years) is necessary for a student to apply for Postgraduate Certification/Diploma. Should have cleared the IELTS/TOEFL (ibt) exams successfully complying to the conditions laid down by the university.A Masters Degree student should have a first class in Bachelors degrees (4 Years only). Should have cleared the IELTS/TOEFL (ibt) exams successfully complying to the conditions laid down by the university or first Class in Bachelors degree (3 years in India) is required. Completed Post Graduate Certificate or diploma from a Canadian university.

  • A valid Passport
  • Updated Resume
  • An Essay or a writing sample latest.
  • Academic Documents - Secondary and Higher Secondary mark sheets, Bachelors mark sheet, Masters mark sheet (As per the student's case).
  • A complete research report and questionnaire form for post graduate and research students.
  • Work experience letter (As per students case).
  • A Letter of Acceptance from the respective university.
  • The Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (If applied for Quebec).
  • IELTS score sheet/ TOEFL or English proficiency test score result.
  • Visa processing fees - Bank Draft.
  • Work experience letter (As per students case).
  • Proof of Funds Passport Biodata pages.
  • Portfolio, thesis on the research subject (As per students case).
  • Transcripts and Mark sheets from College or University.
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose.

Education System

Certificate:Is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a program that is usually a course that demands one years time.

Diploma: Is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two years of successful study.

Advanced Diploma:Is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a Bachelors Degree.

Bachelors Degree: Are awarded by Universities/ University Colleges/ Community Colleges after four years of full-time study and lead to graduate level studies.

Post Graduate Diplomas / Certificates: It leads to a Masters Degree. These programs have work terms that provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. The prerequisites to participate in these programs are Bachelors Degrees of 3 or 4 years duration.

Masters Degree:Is an option for Bachelors Degree Graduates who have an interest in further learning and research, and for those who want to broaden their career possibilities. It is for 2 years duration and can be pursued after a 4 years Bachelors or a 3 years Bachelors & a 1year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada.

Doctorate or PhD:Is a degree ranking above the Masters Degree and generally requires four to seven years to complete.

Institutions: The degrees & diplomas from Canadian Institutions are among the most widely recognized in the world. The education system in Canada encompasses of both public funded & private institutions. Students have a diverse choice of 90 Universities & 175 Community Colleges offering a wide array of programs. While pursuing their studies, the students are allowed to work for the first 6 months on-campus and thereafter off-campus. Student can earn more from vocational & Technology courses than normal degrees.

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 programs.

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 classroom space, and an interactive teaching style

University Colleges: As a component of the Canadian University system university colleges offer students a choice of either academic oriented university degree programs or the more practical-oriented college diplomas and certificates.

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.

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 the student may be evaluated an a 4-point scale or a 9 point scale).


Gaining a Canadian study permit for prospective Indian students was always a challenge. However with the launch of the Student Direct Stream (SDS) by the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, for students applying to Canadian has come as a boon for Indian students. Under this SDS proposal the student has the advantage that if they apply to these colleges who are under the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) members then the student visa will be processed faster with a lot more of positive response from the CHC.

To qualify for Study Permit Application under SDS the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the universities / colleges that are included under this scheme. Students must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations. The study permit is a document issued, that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada.

The Canadian High Commission provides all visa applicants an efficient, transparent, and standardized application process which simplify application submission and fee payment in India.

Visa Interview is not mandatory for Study Permit applications,but if required the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may ask you to attend an interview at the Visa Office – Delhi / Bangalore / Chandigarh.Once the Visa Office has assessed your application they will make a decision and affix a visa counterfoil in your passport or otherwise issue you with a letter explaining why a visa could not be granted.

Where to Apply
You may deposit your application at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), India operated by VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Once you deposit your application at the Visa Application Centre, the VAC staff will perform a complete check based on IRCC requirements and will then submit your application on your behalf on the following business day. Applications may also be submitted to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship by using online application system of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s website at

Visa Process

Step 1 - To obtain an Unconditional acceptance letter from the University/ College.

Step 2 - Paying the tuition fee for 1st year as requested by the university / college.

Step 3 - Demonstrating the proof for purchase of Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution to cover the living expenses for first year in Canada.

Step 4 - Complete the medical examination before submitting the study permit application by visiting one of the panel physicians in India.

Step 5 - Submission of the visa application forms along with the relevant documentation.

Step 6 - Collecting the passport from the nearest Canada Visa Application Centre after the application gets processed and receive a notification to get the passport collected.

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