Study in Canada

Studying in Canada is an excellent option for those who are looking to spend some time abroad. To study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less.

The first step is finding an eligible school and enrolling there on their website. Once you have registered at the school of your choice, they will provide you with all of the information you’ll need about applying for your study permit.

Why study in Canada

Canada has an excellent education system that is recognized around the world. Its immigration policy makes it friendly towards immigrants, and its universities are some of the best in North America – many with reputations for quality research and teaching facilities. 

Canada offers several different types of job-focused study programs, including coop options so students can gain work experience while studying alongside their classwork to develop valuable skills right away after they graduate from university or college. They also have postgraduate work permits available, allowing international students who complete a degree program at Canadian institutions to stay employed here until they find a permanent residency. From an immigration perspective, the message below from the Immigration Minister spells out the policy very clearly – Canada wants students to stay and become permanent residents.

What to study in Canada

Canada has a robust education system that consists of Public, Private and Technical Schools. It also includes Universities & Colleges, Community Colleges / Institutes, Career Schools, and Language schools at the secondary level.

Courses offered in Canada

  • First Professional Degree
  • Diploma
  • Associate Degrees
  • Applied Degrees
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate

Where to study in Canada

The provinces of Ontario and Quebec are considered the most popular student-friendly destinations in Canada. These two regions together have more than 1,000 designated learning institutions.

You can choose from many cities when deciding where you want your undergraduate studies or postgraduate degree program. Popular cities include Toronto, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Thunderbay, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Halifax, Windsor, Burnaby, Oshawa, Kingston, Guelph, Sault Ste Marie, Oakville, and Vancouver.

Study in Canada fees

The average tuition cost for a year of Canadian college or university is around CA$12,000. However, the cost of your education will vary depending on which program you choose. For example, a certificate course can range anywhere from CA$11,000-CA$13,000 per school year, while an undergraduate degree might be between CA$13,000 – CA$19,000 annually. Postgraduate degrees are usually around CA$14000 but can go up to CA$50000 each year. For example, the average cost of an MBA degree in Canada is between CA$30000 – CA$40000 for each year. The MBA program in Canada typically takes two years to complete.

Study in Canada low tuition fees

Public universities and colleges generally have lower fees compared to private colleges. Universities and colleges with the lowest fee include:

Memorial University

University of Quebec

Dalhousie University

Simon Fraser University

University of Calgary

University of Saskatchewan

University of British Columbia

Study in Canada with scholarship

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Scholarship

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)

Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at University of Toronto

Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia

Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award

University of Calgary International Entrance Scholarship

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship

Winnipeg President’s Scholarships for World Leaders

York University International Student Scholarships

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Waterloo International Master’s Award of Excellence

International Undergraduate Student Bursary at University of Manitoba

University of Ottawa President and Chancellor’s Scholarships

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Carleton Prestige Scholarships

Humber International Entrance Scholarships

UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships for Developing Country Students

YorkU The International Student Emergency Bursary

Quebec Merit Scholarship

Study in Canada visa requirements

There are two pathways to apply for a Canada study visa.

Student Direct Stream Application [SDS Route]

SDS Route is a fast-track application. IRCC processes most applications in 20 calendar days.

To apply under SDS, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • Be a legal resident living in India, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, Vietnam, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.
  • Have a letter of acceptance from a Canadian designated learning institution
  • Live outside of Canada when you apply for the study permit
  • Have proof that you have paid your tuition for your first year of study in Canada
  • Have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) with a participating Canadian bank of CA$10,000
  • Obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate, or CAQ) if you plan to study in Quebec
  • Obtain a medical exam before submitting your application (if you are required to get one)
  • Obtain a police certificate before submitting your application (if you are required to get one)
  • Have your most recent school transcripts (secondary and post-secondary)
  • Obtain a language test result of at least the following:
    • A minimum of 6.0 in each skill on the IELTS (reading, writing, speaking, and listening)
    • A TEF score equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of a minimum of 7 in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

Non-Student Direct Stream [NON-SDS Route]

If you do not meet the requirements of SDS, then IRCC will process your study visa application via the NON-SDS route, which is the general application. Here you must prove that you have the financial resources to cover tuition and living expenses, as well as those of their family members.

Students may use the following information to prove financial resources:

  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating financial institution
  • Proof of a student or educational loan from a financial institution
  • Your bank statements from the past four months
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition (receipt) and accommodation fees
  • A letter from the person or institution providing you with money
  • Evidence of a scholarship or funding paid from within Canada
  • Canadian bank account statements in the applicant’s name, if money has been transferred to Canada

Study in Canada IELTS requirements

English test is mandatory for international students in most cases.

Canada’s IELTS requirement for university students varies depending on the program and institution. The majority of universities/colleges require a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 for Undergraduate courses, 6.5 for Graduate programs and 7 bands for courses such as Engineering, Teaching/Education Studies.

Every college/university provides a minimum IELTS requirement in their respective course description.

Study in Canada without IELTS

If you don’t have an IELTS score, Canadian universities offer many alternatives. These include TOEFL, Duolingo English Test CanTEST, PTE and others. Additionally, some universities offer their in-house language courses like the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). You can also submit proof that you studied for four years or more in an English medium school to replace your ESL score.

Best universities and colleges in Canada for your area of interest

Study nursing in Canada

Top universities to study nursing in Canada include:

University of Toronto

University of Alberta

McMaster University

University of British Columbia

McGill University

University of Calgary

Dalhousie University

Western University

Queen’s University

University of Ottawa

University of Victoria

Memorial University

University of New Brunswick (UNB)

University of Saskatchewan

Ryerson University

York University

University of Manitoba

St. Francis Xavier University

Laurentian University

Nipissing University

Study fashion in Canada

Top institutions to study fashion in Canada include:

Ryerson University School of Fashion

George Brown college

Lasalle College

Academy of Design

Humber College

Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Fanshawe College

Olds College Fashion

École Holt Couture; School of Sewing and Design

Seneca College

Sheridan College Fashion

University of Alberta Fashion

NSCAD University

University of the Fraser Valley

Toronto film school

Study mass communication in Canada

Top universities to study mass communication in Canada include:

Carleton University

Ryerson University

University of British Columbia

University of King’s College

Concordia University

Study music production in Canada

University of Toronto

McGill University

Queen’s University

University of Montreal

University of Calgary

University of Alberta

University of Waterloo

McMaster University

Western University

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Study French in Canada

Top universities to study french in Canada include:

Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Alberta

Lakehead University

Cape Breton University

University of Lethbridge

Carleton University

University of New Brunswick

The University of Winnipeg

University of Regina

Western University (Ontario)

York University

Trent University

Study and work in Canada

You can work up to 20 hours per week as a full-time student and full-time during semester breaks without restrictions.

Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

International students who graduate from Canadian programs of a designated learning institution can apply for a post-graduation work permit. These open and unrestricted permits allow holders to find jobs anywhere in the country, allowing them valuable experience that will help when applying for permanent residence down the road. Postgraduate permits are valid between 8 months – 3 years, depending on your study duration in Canada.

Work permit after 1-year study in Canada

PGWP duration will be the same duration as your study program. So, for example, if you have completed a 9-month course, IRCC may issue a work permit valid for nine months.

Work permit after 2-year study in Canada

Post Graduate Work Permit is usually given for 3 years after completing a two-year study in Canada.

Post Graduation Work Permit [PGWP] application

You must apply within 180 days of completing an eligible course and getting your documents.

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