Canada is quickly catching up as one of the favorite higher education destinations for students across the globe owing to its relaxed immigration policies, strong educational practices and world class institutes.
Highlights of Canada:
A few facts & figures:
Canada is a in North America and it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
At 9.98 million square kilometers in total, Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border shared by the same two countries
Canada consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg are the major cities.
Average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary from region to region.
By December 2012, Statistics Canada reported a population of over 35 million, signifying the fastest growth rate of any G8 nation.
The Toronto Stock Exchange is the seventh largest exchange in the world and Canada is the world's eleventh-largest economy. It is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and theG8.
Canada's two official languages are English and French.
The beauty of Canada lies in its multiculturalism. Though the French and the English are more in number, Canada is the land of Immigrants.
Canada's post-secondary opportunities revolve around a wide range of University options. Throughout Canada's 13 provinces and territories, there are 72 universities to choose from. Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year.
The top reasons to study in Canada are:
A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the US, UK or any other country. Canada offers myriad funding opportunities to students by way of scholarships, tuition, grants & student loans.
The cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other developed countries and at the same time, the educational quality is par excellence.
The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. The people in Canada are very friendly and easy to get along. There is no racism or cultural bias towards international students.
International students are allowed to work after the completion of their studies up to 3 years.
Students studying in Canada may be eligible for faster PR under PNP program.
Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you'll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education.
Students in Canada are allowed to work part time up to 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops
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.
The education institutions in Canada can be broadly classified into 4 categories:
Canadian Universities are largely public funded and as a result, offer consistently high quality education at lower tuition rates. These offer Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs.
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. They may also offer university transfer programs.
There are 150 community colleges across Canada that offer industry driven and job ready programs. These offer Diploma certificate, applied degree programs and university transfers.
Most of these colleges are privately owned and are spread across Canada. They offer short term specialized training in subject areas like business, technology, service industries, and art.
Types of Certification
Is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a program which is usually one year in length.
Is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two years of successful study.
Is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a 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 which provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical co-op term lasts 12 to 17 weeks. The prerequisite to participate in these programs is a Bachelors Degree of 3 or 4 years duration.
Is an option for Bachelors Degree holders. 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 4 yrs Bachelors or 3yrs 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
Gaining a Canadian study permit for prospective Indian students was always a challenge. But now the Student Partnership Program (SPP) launched by the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, has come as a boon for Indian students. A student visa to Canada is usually a simple process.
We at Beyond Global Consulting make sure that none of our student visa applicants lag behind and are in their universities before the start of their sessions. Students must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations.
Where to Apply?
There are two offices of Canadian High Commissions in India:
1.Canadian High Commission
7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110 021, India Telephone: 91 (11) 4178‐2000
Fax: 91 (11) 4178‐2031 E‐mail: Delhi‐in‐firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible for the application from: India, Bhutan and Nepal
2.Canadian Consulate General
Sector 17 A
Responsible for application from: Haryana, Chandigarh and Punjab.
How many days prior a student can apply for Visa?
It is strongly recommended to apply for visa at least 3 months prior to your course start date.
What documents are required?
Our visa experts would check the entire profile before suggesting the required documents as documents vary according to the category of visa student is applying. However some of the documents that are required under all categories of student visa include:
What are the visa categories for students?
There are 3 categories to apply for Canada student visa:
What is the visa application fee and how is it paid?
The current visa application fee is C$125 and is payable by demand draft in the favor of Canadian High Commission.
How much time will it take to process student visa?
For SPP Colleges and Universities:
After submission of Student Visa File along with the medical report from empanelled doctors, applicant will normally receive the decision (Approval or Rejection of VISA) within 1 week. In some specific cases the applicant may require to attend a telephonic interview.
For Generic VISA applications:
Applicant will normally receive an approval‐in‐principle and medical instructions, a refusal letter, or a convocation for interview, within 1 week of application. Once the applicant undergoes their medical examination and provides their passport, the Study Permit will normally be issued within one week.
What is GIC?
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) guidelines under the Student Partners Program (SPP), students will require approximately $10,000 (CAD)per year, not including tuition fees, to cover your living expenses. This requirement is fulfilled through the purchase of a GIC.
For more information you can meet the Visa counselor at Beyond Global Consulting.
Q. What is the difference between a University and a College?
Universities are educational institutions attended after at least 12 years of school, or after secondary school, for studies leading to a degree and research. All Canadian Universities offer four year bachelors degree programs; most offer one to two years master's degree and few also offer doctoral or PhD programs. Bachelors Degrees can be granted by Universities, some colleges and some Institutes in Canada. Community colleges are two-year institutions that offer technical or vocational courses or courses for transfer to a university, leading to a certificate or diploma. These colleges do not generally offer degree programs.
Q. Can I study and work part-time to help finance myself in Canada?
Yes, you can. However, when applying for a student authorization you must be able to prove to the visa officer that you have enough finances to support yourself for the entire length of your study program. International students can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies and 40 hours per week during vacation.
Q. Do I need Health Insurance?
Yes. Health Insurance is mandatory. You will have to arrange for medical coverage before you arrive in Canada. Medical coverage varies from province to province, and sometimes from university to university within each province. Most of the Institutes have health insurance included in their tuition fees. You may also take health insurance from India.
Q. Is my spouse/dependant allowed to work in Canada?
If your spouse or any dependant wants to work while in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. Your Spouse Permit will be valid for the same period that you are authorized to study in Canada.
Q. Can I work after Graduation?
Students may work up to one year if they have completed a one year program and up to 3 years if they have completed 2 years or more program.
Canada offers affordable tuition & living cost as compared to other countries. However, the same varies across programs, universities/colleges, personal living patterns, type of accommodation & province.
Given below, is a rough estimate of tuition fee & living expenses:
Tuition Fees (Approx)
Diploma & Certificate program
C$ 12,000 to $15,000
C$ 12,000 to $ 18,000
C$ 22,000 to $ 26,000
Types of Accommodation
Living costs & expenses(Approx.)/per month
C$350 – $515 per month
Off campus Rental housing
C$350 – $700 per month (Shared apartment)
C$550 – $800 per month