Canadian Universities are leaders in imparting quality education to students. More than 2.5 lacs international students enroll themselves to pursue courses from various universities in Canada.
The list is endless if someone is to pen down the advantages of pursuing higher education from Canadian universities. A wide variety of courses to choose from along with low tuition costs has always been the prime reason. Work while you study and competitive accommodation cost has made it easy for everyone to study here. Also, the Canadian government has opened an option to qualify for a permanent residency visa for work experience gained through the post-graduate work permit program. This in turn gives an individual an opportunity to settle here and enjoy the perks of being a Canadian permanent resident. It is evident worldwide that Canada has got the highest employment rate, so there are huge opportunities for students to work here after course completion. With the motive to impart quality education for the betterment of the country Canada has decided to intake more than 4 lacs students from different parts of the globe by 2022.
Canada is known to deliver high-quality academic facilities along with a very low tuition fee. This is why it is considered as one of the best study destinations for students. There are almost 70,000 international students studying in courses in Canada explaining the popularity of Canadian education across the globe.
A brief overview of intakes available in Universities of Canada:
|Undergraduate and Postgraduate in a University|
|Fall – September||December – March|
|Winter – January||September- November|
|Diploma Programs in Colleges|
|January||August – September|
|May||January – February|
|August/September||February – April|
Even though the tuition fee is not much in Canada as compared to different countries. But the Government and educational institutions of Canada still offer a varied variety of scholarships to students. This is done in order to help a capable and deserving student cope with the financial strains in Canada. Given below is the list of scholarships provided by the Canadian Authority.
|S.No.||Name of the scholarship||Description|
|1||Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute||Offers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate and from research to training fellowships|
|2||Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan||This scheme identifies students with high intellect from Commonwealth countries applying to programs of advanced study and research at the Master’s and Ph.D. level
The award comprises travel, living allowance, and the compulsory tuition fees
|3||Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program||For students pursuing graduation in a wide variety of courses
Requirement: Students must accept an offer from a university in Ontario and must have a valid study permit
|4||National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)||Master degree holders in engineering and Ph.D. are offered Research associateship. Holders in natural science or engineering disciplines|
|5||Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship||For students studying in Quebec
Financial stability for students pursuing a master’s level or above
Each application is assessed on its own merit
|6||Ontario Trillium Scholarship||It was announced in November 2010 for students pursuing a doctoral degree to study in Ontario.
This scholarship is worth 40,000 USD per year and renews every year for up to four years.
75 scholarships are awarded each year
Ontario universities are responsible for selecting and awarding a scholarship to international Ph.D. students based on merit and program criteria
|7||Partnership Grants offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada||For Ph.D. candidates
Supports new or existing research initiatives in social sciences and humanities
Worth up to CAD 20,000
Duration: 4 to 7 years
The main pillar behind Canada’s popularity among students is its quality education at an affordable price. The Canadian government is known for spending a generous amount on quality higher education. In fact, it is among one the top three countries to spend per capita on post-secondary education.
The education system in Canada is actually managed by the Provincial Government. So the education levels may be known by different names and in different groupings. Given below is a brief overview of the education system in Canada.
|Certificates and Diploma||1 to 2 years||Vocational and job-oriented programs, mainly technical|
|Associate degree||2 years||This degree is equivalent to the first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree|
|Bachelor’s Honors degree||3 to 4 years||An undergraduate degree after the successful completion of secondary school. The duration of the course depends mainly on the province and type of program, although most courses last for 4 years. Certain provinces like Quebec have a bachelor’s degree of 3 years.|
|Bachelor’s Honors degree||4 years|
|Postgraduate Diploma||1 to 2 years||A post-bachelor degree qualification|
|Master’s degree (by thesis)||1 to 2 years||Often referred to as research masters, this requires mandatory submission of thesis for assessment and course completion|
|Master’s degree (by non-thesis)||1 to 2 years||This is a taught master’s degree, not requiring thesis submission|
|Doctorate or Ph.D.||4 to 7 years||Ph.D. is awarded when students complete a dissertation and successfully defend their work before a panel of faculty members|
|Post-Doctoral Programs||No time limit||Specialized research-oriented programs|
There are various course options that are being offered by different institutions in Canada.
Co-operative education: This is a unique educational system offered by the Canadian Government that combines classroom-based education with practical working experience for a more intricate learning experience. This is the best option for those who are willing to learn some new skills and enhance their learning spectrum without losing their jobs. As working experience is required in this program, the applicant must have a valid work permit to engulf its perks.
Academic year: Canada mostly encounters the most enrollment of students in September intake. That is why almost all universities and colleges offer September and January Intake. A student can also apply for admission in April/ May for the summer intake as well.
There is an opportunity for all students to come and study in Canada as offered by the Canadian government. But to grab this opportunity, the applicant must have a valid Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). After that, the student will be eligible to study in Canada.
This is an authorized document that is issued by the Citizen and Immigration (CIC) Authority of Canada allowing the applicant to study and pursue the desired course in Canada. The main requirement of this study permit is that the applicant must make timely progress and stay enrolled until the completion of their course.
But getting a study permit is not enough, the student must have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). This visa is required by the applicant to enter the country. So Study Permit is required for your studying purpose while TRV is required for entering Canada.
Educational Institution Acceptance Letter.
You may also be asked to provide proof that you can support yourself and your family in Canada. The documents required as a prof are:
There is a way to get your student permit faster in Canada. It is through the Student Direct Stream. If the applicant applies through this stream, they are entitled to gain a student permit much faster than the conventional stream. This stream just requires some additional documents to apply.
To get your Canadian visa, the Canadian Immigration Authority dictates that the applicants need to prove that they are proficient in English Language both in communication and correspondence skills. The most widely taken test to prove English Language proficiency is IELTS which is recognized by almost 10,000 organizations inclusive of educational institutes in over 140 countries.
Studying in a foreign country can be a bit more expensive. But thanks Canada’s Education System offers quality education with very nominal tuition fees than other countries. But before an applicant decides to study in Canada, they must look at the various expenses other than the tuition fee and plan their budget accordingly. Now let’s look at the expensive in a more detailed manner.
The primary expense while studying abroad is the tuition fee of the institute. The tuition fee of an institute depends on the university and the course the applicant has applied for. The average fee required in Canada is approximately 7,000 CAD to 42,000 CAD per year. Post-graduate programs usually have a higher tuition fee than normal programs and may vary depending on the specialization. Given below is the overview of tuition fees along with the corresponding programs.
|S.No.||Study Program||Average annual fee (in CAD*)|
|1||Undergraduate Program||$13,000 to $20,000 per year|
|2||Postgraduate master’s degree||$17,000 to $25,000 per year|
|3||Doctoral Degree||$7,000 to $15,000 per year|
|4||MBA||$30,000 to $40,000 per year|
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