Study in Canada

Why Study in Canada

Canada plays host to more than 175,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, it is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world and is renowned for its quality education.

Canada spends more per capita income on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A degree from a Canadian university is recognized worldwide as a result, international students who graduate from Canadian universities enjoy successful and prosperous careers. It 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 education 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.

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.

For the past few years, a United Nation survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates the 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.

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” programs to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.

Canada is a bilingual country with two official language, English and French. The vast majority (75%) of Canada’s French speaking inhabitants lives 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.

Education System in Canada

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.

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 92 Universities & 175 Community Colleges offering a wide array of programmes. While pursuing their studies, the students, are allowed to work for the first 6 months on-campus and thereafter off-campus.

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.

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.

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.

University :
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.

Types Of Certification:
Certificate is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length.


Qualification Details
Certificate Itis a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length.
Diploma It is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two years of successful study.
Advanced Diploma It is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a Bachelors Degree
Bachelor’s Degrees It is awarded by Universities/ University Colleges/ Community Colleges after four years of full-time study and lead to graduate-level studies
Post Graduate Diplomas/Certificates, leads to a Masters Degree These programs have work terms that provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical co-op term lasts 12 to 17 weeks. The prerequisites to participate in these programs is a Bachelors Degree of 3 or 4 years duration
Master 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 yrs duration and can be pursued after a 4 yrs Bachelors or a 3 yrs Bachelors & a 1 year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada
Doctorate or PhD It is a degree ranking above the Masters Degree and generally requires four to seven years to complete.


There are five levels of study for foreign students in Canada. They are:

  • Universities Offer degree-granting programs at the undergraduate (bachelor’s) graduate (master’s), and postgraduate (doctoral, post-doctoral) levels, and may also offer programs leading to certificates or diplomas in various academic disciplines.
  • Colleges Offer academic or professional training programs leading to diplomas or certificates (includes CEGEPs in Quebec, which is generally mandatory before attending university).
  • Trade, Non-university educational institutions in Canada that offer vocational trades and/or technical programs (such as vocational institutions, or private career colleges).
  • Other post-secondary: Post-secondary studies that are not undertaken at university, college or trade school. This includes studies at language institutions and private institutions, and in university qualifying programs.
  • Secondary or less: Includes primary and secondary schools in Canada.
  • Other: Studies that cannot be classified at any of the above levels of study.

Cost of Study in Canada

Programs  Tuition Fees (Approx.)/Per Year
Diploma & Certificate Program C$ 10,000 to $ 13,000
Bachelors Program C$ 10,000 to $ 15,000
Masters Program C$ 12,000 to $ 20,000

Admission Information:


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

Academic Requirement

Level of Study Requirements
Advanced Diploma / Diploma / Certificate
  • Higher Second Class in HSC
  • IELTS / TOEFL- 5.5 to 6/ 80 and above
Bachelors Degree
  • First Class in HSC
  • IELTS / TOEFL- 6.0 to 6.5/ 80 and above
Post Graduate Certificate / Diploma
  • 3/4 years Bachelor degree
  • IELTS / TOEFL- 6 to 6.5/80 and above
Masters Degree
  • First Class in Bachelors Degree (4 years only)
  • IELTS / TOEFL- 6.5 to 7/80 and above

English Language Requirement :
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 for Undergraduate & for Postgraduate courses or a for Undergraduate and for Post Graduate courses is desirable.

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).

Co-Operative Work Permit :
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 on invaluable head start with their careers. This assists International students in connecting with the Canadian job market and developing a network with the Canadian companies.

Work During Studies :
International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus for the first 6 months and thereafter can work off-campus up to 20 hours per week. They can earn approximately C$ 6 – C$ 10 per hour. Students can work full – time off campus during co-op terms, amounting between C$ 400 to C$ 1,000 per month.

Canadian Scholarships

There are limited scholarships available in Canada but they rarely cover the full cost of a study program and they are not always easy to find. Scholarships are available to International students with exceptional results at some Canadian institutions. The amount awarded varies from one institution to another and usually covers only part of a student’s education and living expenses. 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.

About Canada

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It is bordered by three oceans the Arctic, the Pacific & the Atlantic. The people of Canada are known for their hospitality & tolerance. Canada has a multi-cultural society and it is an English & French-speaking country. It is the lowest population density in the world. Canada has 4 distinct seasons- day time summer temperature rises to 35oC and lows of – 15oC are not uncommon for winters in not coastal Canada. Moderate Temperatures are the norm during Spring & Fall. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Quebec, Victoria are some important cities in Canada.

Canada has ten provinces and three territories:


Province Capital City
Alberta Edmond
British Columbia Victoria
Manitoba Winnipeg
New Brunswick Fredrickton
New Found land & Labrador ST Johns
Nova Scotia Halifax
Ontario Toronto
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Saskatchewan Regina
Quebec Quebec City


Teritory Capital
Northwest Territories Yellow Knife
Nunavut Territories Iqualuit
Yukon Territories Whitehorse


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