Canada is one of the most welcoming countries for international students. Home to some of the world’s best educational institutions, seven of its universities rank among the top 200 in the world, according to Times Higher Education Ranking (2020).
As of 2018, there were more than 572,000 international students in Canada with most of them from India, China, South Korea, and France. The number of Indian students enrolled in Canada’s education system has been increasing for years. Compared to 2017, it jumped by 16% in 2018.
Not only does Canada provide world-class quality education, but the cost of studying and living in is also more affordable compared to the other popular study abroad destinations"
Under this section, let us understand the post-secondary education system of Canada. This is the term for education after Grade 12 in Canada.
According to the Canadian Bureau of International Education, 75% of international students in Canada were enrolled in post-secondary education in 2017.
CEGEP stands for Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel
There are mainly two types of post-secondary institutions – universities and colleges and these two terms are not used interchangeably in Canada.
|Type of institutions||Key Points|
May also provide Postgraduate diplomas and certificates (up to one year).
|Colleges and :- Provide training in applied fields of work. |
Provide training in applied fields of work.
While universities majorly offer Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees,
following table briefs about the programs offered by Colleges in Canada.
|Programs offered by Colleges||Key points|
|Associate degree|| |
60 credits course.
Common subjects: Associate of Arts (Business) and Associate of Arts (Science).
|Equip students with skills and knowledge for an entry-level job.|
|Applied degree|| |
Designed to meet industry demands and inculcate analytical skills.
Common subjects: Bachelor of Applied Business (Accounting, Financial Services, E-
|Diploma||Designed for technical, trades or vocational fields. |
May have a co-op internship or other apprenticeship options.
Credits or points collected during a diploma may be extended to a bachelor’s degree.
Most Canadian Institutions develop a market-oriented curriculum for you to do well after your studies and are acknowledged all over the world
|University||QS World University Rankings 2020|
|University of Toronto||29|
|University of British Columbia||51|
|University of Alberta||113|
|Université de Montréal||137|
|University of Waterloo||173|
|University of Calgary||233|
MS & Bachelors in Engineering and MBA are the most popular courses that international students take up in the top universities in Canada for masters. Within MBA, students prefer to do masters in Marketing, Finance, and HR. Other popular courses include:
While the table below briefs the courses and the pre-requisite for admission in Canadian institutions, it is recommended that a student checks for a course’s requirement on the official site of a university or a college.
|Institution||Level of Studies||Requirements||Duration|
Minimum of Higher second class in intermediate (i.e., above 55%)
IELTS (overall 6 with no sections less than 5.5) TOEFL- 80-84
|University/College||Bachelor’s degree||First class in Intermediate |
IELTS (Overall 6.5 with no sections less than 6.0)
|College||Associate Degree||Minimum of Higher second class in intermediate (i.e., above 55%) |
IELTS (Overall 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in writing band)
|College||Applied degree||IELTS 6.0 AND |
Engineering degree or basic science graduation degree OR
|University/College||Post Graduate certificate/ Diploma||Bachelor’s degree 50-60% academics ( 3 or 4 Years) |
IELTS (Overall 6.5 with no sections less than 6.0)
|University||Master's Degree||1st Class in Bachelor's degree (4 Years) |
IELTS (Overall 6.5 to 7.5 with no sections less than 6.0 or 6.5)
TOEFL- 88-100 (Graduate studies)
|University||MBA||2-3 years of work experience 2 years GMAT between 550- 730 TOEFL- 88-100 IELTS- 6.5 - 7.5 16 years of education with first class||2 years|
Canadian education is relatively affordable compared to many countries. Average masters tuition fees in Canada can be anywhere between CAD 13, 000 to CAD 66, 000.
While for under graduation, it can lie between CAD 20,000 to CAD 56,000. Table below gives you an idea for some courses. The figures have been taken from Statistics Canada.
|Average Cost of Study in Canada||Cost of Undergraduate Study (CAD)||Cost of Postgraduate Study (CAD)|
|Business, management and public administration||28,680||24,693|
|Mathematics, computer and information sciences||33,012||16,647|
|Executive MBA||Not Applicable||66,665|
|Regular MBA||Not Applicable||38,950|
Living expenses may range from CAD 1250 to CAD 2500 but will vary according to your course, college or university, your location in Canada and your lifestyle.
Canada student permit is a document issued by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) required by international students to study in Canada. The student permit is issued for the duration of the period a student will need to complete the program.
In the points below, we will provide steps to follow to procure a study permit. Please note that you are advised to read thoroughly every point in the links provided below as these form a part of the official government website of Canada.
Points to note
Given below is a set of universities, third parties and government institutions that offer scholarship opportunities to international students wanting to pursue their studies abroad.
List of scholarships for Study Abroad for Fall/Spring 2020
Masters in Data Science & Analytics Abroad
After completing a Masters in Data Science & Analytics degree, you can be hired for numerous jobs some of which are listed below:
Students can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester period and full-time during the breaks. There are lots of things to consider when working in Canada.
A single student (without a spouse) needs to show Tuition plus $10,000 for 12 months (or $833 per month).
In Quebec, this amount may vary according to the student’s age.
Canadian Universities accept IELTS, TOEFL and CAE Advanced as a proof of proficiency in English language. Still, it is good to verify in the ‘eligibility criteria’ within your shortlisted university.
If you have submitted incomplete applications or documents found are fraudulent, your visa can get rejected. Lack of sufficient funds proof may also get your application denied.
Some documents you primarily need to get a study permit in Canada are valid passport (valid until course completion), your acceptance letter from your university or college, finding proof to support your education, a visa form, visa application fee and biometric fees.
7 Canadian universities rank among top 200 according to QS WORLD RANKINGS 2020. These are from Toronto, Montreal, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
The tuition fee ranges from CAD 10,000 to $ 25,000 per year and the average cost of living including everything should be around CAD 600 to CAD 800 per month.
Unlike US since there is no face to face interview, the perception is that Canadian visa is easier, most importantly since the country has a very open door policy for internationals and immigration rules are liberal it’s comparatively easier to get the visa, overall documentation and rationale is the same.
If you don’t intend to study in Quebec.
If your program’s length in Quebec is less than 6 months. However, it is recommended to enquire with the university in case you plan to extend your stay.
For most of the universities, it is 4 years. If students are involved in co-op or other internship programs, it may extend up to 5 years. For students studying in Quebec, the duration is 3 years.
Once you have completed a BA degree in a Canadian tertiary institute you are more than welcome to continue your postgraduate studies in this country, having full legal support from the Canadian authorities regarding migration policies.
Some high in demand fields include Life Sciences, Computer Science, Biological Science, Food Technology, and Chemistry. Many Canadian MBA programs are ranked among the top in the World Ranking.
Yes, it is similar in terms of the 10+2+4 education system.
In Canada’s selection process to admit research students, it is important to have a faculty contact, else the process does not proceed. In Masters, too, some courses may require faculty contact.
Depending on the course, you may need to clear tests other than IELTS such as
GMAT to pursue an MBA in a reputed Canadian university
TOEFL may be required as an English Proficiency test. This should be checked on the university website
GRE- Only a few universties and courses need GRE general test.
After receiving an acceptance letter from a school, you shall have to pay Tuition fees for the first year of your education. However, the Canadian government needs to be assured that you have enough funds to be able to complete your course. Hence, a sponsor is required whose documents show that you have enough funds to live while in Canada.
Apart from fees involved in the shipping of documents, in case you opt for the offline process, the following are major checkpoints to note:
Well, that entirely depends on your interests. However, since Canada is one of the leading destinations for post-secondary studies, there has to be something right it is doing to attract international students. Most of Canadian institutions ensure comfort for their international students by arranging counselling sessions, encouraging them to join student clubs and orientation programs.
Such diplomas and certificates enhance a student’s resume as their primary aim is to add to a student’s knowledge of a subject. Upon completion of such diplomas, one may choose to transfer into a Master’s program depending on the subject and the university.
Yes, the 10+2+3 system is accepted for postgraduate (PG) diploma programs however, for masters, almost all universities require 10+2+4. However, certain universities may accept 10+2+3 for masters in selected programs on a case-to-case basis.
Unlike India, Canada has two parallel education systems wherein colleges and universities are separate entities. Colleges offer PG diplomas and universities offer masters programs. Some universities may also offer PG diploma programs in selected courses.
Some Universities may accept you with a 3 year Bachelor’s degree e.g., York University. Others may evaluate your academic history and consider you for a direct entry to Masters if you have an excellent academic record, so it is highly recommended you check with the University of CEC. If not, you will have one of the following options:
An international student must stop working the day they no longer meet the eligibility requirements. There is an important exemption to this regulation: students enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) program are not authorized to work with a study permit.
It is a process that gets you faster procurement of your study permit in Canada.
Through the Student Direct Stream, you can get your family members while studying with you.
Though there is no age limit to study in Canada, you need to acquire a student permit even if you are minor. The age limit also varies with province and territories.
Professions such as law, education and medicine may require an internship or examination before achieving a license to work.
University of Toronto awards Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (GDipPA) to students.
It is quite understandable that this is one of the time consuming part of the entire application process. However, this is one of the most important of them as well. A good SOP can fetch you dream admits and a bad one can force rejections upon you despite having a decent profile. Write a rough draft and make revisions.
Try to get inputs from a lot of seniors/friends and fine-tune them to get the best version of it. Do customize it from one university to another.
Do not have one generic SOP to be sent to universities.
SOPs must not be explaining your CVs. They must be focusing on pieces of stuff that cannot be captured in CVs. More like the characteristics/traits you possess with some real-time examples justifying your claims.
Stick to the number of words that are expected by the admission committee. Typically, an SOP is 700 to 800 words long.
Select 6 to 8 Professors from different universities working on an area where you are most interested in. Carefully study the most recent and active projects that the Professors are working on. Check if the Professors have an active grant and are willing to hire new grad students. Without a call for prospective students enlisted in the website, it is recommended not to e-mail a Professor.
Try to find a few tutorials online on how to prepare a research summary by listing down the strong and weak/improvement points of a research paper. Sending this will increase your chances and will give some assurance to the Professors that you are interested and willing to commit yourself to take up the stage. If the Professor doesn’t get back to you, wait for a couple of weeks and then send him/her a gentle reminder! A word of caution, “Do not spam their mailbox!”
Faculty page if you are a research student as it shall provide you information about the latest research going under a professor.
Work permits can still be applied depending on whether you have got your study permit or not.
Your eligibility is subjected to the requirement of the course you choose. Some courses require work experience as a part of their curriculum for which you may require a work permit as well.
Generally, the application period ranges from mid-October to late-January. If you are planning on securing an admission, you will have to apply as early as possible. The Professors will be on a Winter break from the last week of December to the first week of January.
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