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About Canada

Canada is the world’s 10th largest economy. It is a huge landmass north of the USA and is surrounded by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is the world’s 2nd largest country by geographical area. Its economy is driven by minerals and timber production. Apart from this, it has a thriving education, healthcare, construction, finance & insurance, and logistics (transportation) industry. Its GDP is $ 2.1 trillion. The education industry makes up 6% of Canada’s GDP.

Canada has a large no. of universities and colleges but two provinces dominate the education sector – Ontario and British Columbia.

CANADA Higher Education – a Snapshot

Canada has over 100 public universities offering higher education (i.e. undergraduate and above courses) and more than 15000 courses. Canada has over 1.8 million students enrolled in its higher education. International Students comprise over 50% of all university enrollments in Canada bringing in over USD 6 billion inflows every year.

Typical Cost of Studying in Canada entails two types of costs

  • Tuition Fees
    • Under Graduate Course (CAD 18000 to 45000 p.a)
    • Graduate Course (CAD 20000 to 40000 p.a)
    • Doctoral Degree (CAD 15000 to 25000 p.a)
  • Living Costs include Food / Accommodation / Books / Transport / Utilities –
    • Living Halls / Dormitories / Student Hostels / Shared Accommodation (CAD 15000-25000 p.a)
    • Room in Private Apartments (CAD 25000-35000 p.a)

Canada offers the following types of courses

  • Certificate – typically up to 1 year
  • Diploma – generally duration is 1-2 years
  • Advanced Diploma – this program runs for 2-3 years
  • Bachelor’s Degree – 3 to 4 years (or higher if you opt for industrial placement)
  • Post Graduate Diploma – it varies for 1–2-year study after your Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s Degree – Only after Bachelor’s degree and from 1 to 2 years duration)
  • Doctoral – (PhD equivalent and takes 4 to 7 years to complete)

Among the world’s top 50 ranked universities (QS rating) – few are in Canada

  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University

‘Canada offers a large no. of course/subject options among the following streams across Business Administration / Computer Science / Information Technology / Health Sciences / Human Resources  / Accounts and Finance are popular with Indian students.

Typically Admission Process entails the following steps

  1. A student must understand his current skill set / educational qualifications / current work experience / extra-curricular achievements
  2. Be aware of various types of programs/courses to apply
  3. Prioritize the list of 1-2 courses he wants to study in Canada
  4. Evaluate and shortlist 6-7 universities /colleges to apply for admissions based on criteria of affordability/university ranking/tuition fees/placement opportunities/location/co-op options offered  
  5. Take the English Language Test (Academic) well before applying
  6. Prepare a Statement of Purpose as asked for by different universities
  7. Obtain Letters of Recommendation from current/previous professors (Education related) and from your superiors
  8. Apply to the approved Universities / Colleges at least two weeks before the cut-off date

Steps to Apply for Student Permit in Canada

  1. Once the university offers you admission – they will issue an admission offer and you have to accept the same.
  2. Next, you have to prepare an online study permit form and ensure to keep all documents ready -ie. Financial statements/income proof or sponsor documents / medical certificate /police clearance certificate / attested study certificates / English language test results
  3. After paying study permit fees you can seek an appointment with VFS for biometrics
  4. Take printout of supporting documents including bank-attested SB account statement – in case you are asked to appear for the embassy interview
  5. Attend the interview and wait for the result
  6. Students applying under the Student Dir4ct Scheme (SDS) will get results within 3 weeks

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