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Why Study in Canada?

Whether it’s Ice Hockey, Niagara Falls, Snow or Maple Syrup, Canada holds its own when it comes to choosing a destination to study abroad. Canada houses many of the top universities in the world today. Canada has been a premium destination for studying abroad and the number 1 choice for Indian students for higher education.

The culture of Canada is very peaceful and is filled with friendly people. To boost cultural diversity, every year thousands of students from different nationalities come to study in Canada. Other than this, most of the ethnic groups in Canada are represented.

 Apart from this it has emerged as one of the popular choices for students for higher education in recent times as it offers innovative curriculums for study in their degrees and has a progressive education system. Canada’s strength is in delivering a high-quality education with comparatively modest spending to people between the ages of 5 and 19.

Higher Education System in Canada

Major intake in Canadian universities are September and July.

The degree and diploma from Canadian institutions are among the most widely recognized in the world. The education system in Canada encompasses of both public and private institutions.

The composition of universities and colleges in Canada is:

University colleges: As a component of the Canadian university system, University colleges offer both academic degree programmes as well as professional and practical diplomas to students.

Universities: Canadian universities offer high-quality education at lower tuition rates for international students than their counterparts in competing countries. They offer a broad range of courses and degree from Undergraduate to Doctorate and also certificate and professional degrees.

SPP (Student Partners Program) programs are very popular it is designed in partnership between the Canadian Visa Offices in India and (ACCC). The Association of Canadian Community Colleges was established for the purpose of improving the outcomes of visa applications for Indian students who want to go for studies abroad. The main objective behind this program was to streamline admission and visa process for Canadian Community Colleges which would increase the number of visas issued to Indian students for studying at Canadian Community Colleges.

Top Universities

Some of the top Universities in Canada are:

University of Waterloo

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

McGill University

Vancouver Island University

University of Fraser Valley

Dalhousie University

Lakehead University

University of Victoria

Popular Courses

Canadian Universities offer a plethora of courses to choose from in both undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses.

Canada has been one of the leading countries in computer and IT sector. Courses that are popular in Canadian Universities are:

IT and Telecommunications





Engineering (Automotive, Civil, Petroleum)



Environmental Sciences

Business, Finance and Economics

Tuition Fee and Cost of Living

Tuition fees in Canada vary by institution and province

Typically, one can pursue a undergraduate degree or a post-graduate degree within the price spectrum of CAD 12,000 – 30,000 per year (~INR 6,00,000 to INR 15,00,000).

The Cost of Living in Canada falls to around CAD $ 20,000 per year (~INR 10,00,000).

Application Procedure and Admission Process

Typically, a 2 years Masters program at University requires 16 years of completed education. For Bachelors programs, you need aminimum of 60% in class 12th with Top Universities having cutoffs of 95% marks.For diploma and Graduate certificates you need a minimum score of 50% in Class XII or in your Bachelor’s.

Some science programs evaluate student’s GRE Score among other criteria. MBA programs require GMAT Scores & relevant work experience among other criteria.

English Requirement: Most Canadian universities insist upon a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for Bachelor’s, Diploma and Advanced Courses, and 6.5 for Graduate, Graduate Certificate and Master’s Programs.

Career Prospects

While the cost of education is comparatively lower in Canada, the career opportunities after completing your degree are enormous. Canada offers a high employment rate and even higher employee satisfaction rate.

International students are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20hours per week.

Canada also offers post study work right for 1-2 years depending on the course taken.

Students with Canadian credentials, qualifications and work experience can apply and easily secure permanent residency in Canada without having to leave after completing their education. However, this varies for each individual depending upon points obtained. During the process which takes up to 15 to 18 months to complete, students from India find gainful full-time employment which just adds to their credentials strengthening their application.


Canadian government has made amends to offer a wide range of scholarships to international students that further lowers the cost of education.

A few scholarships in Canada are:

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards

University of Calgary Graduate Awards


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