Study in Canada

Benefits of studying in Canada

  • The degree awarded from the university and college is world wide recognized.
  • Canada has one of the best educational systems in the world and this combined with its wonderful multicultural cosmopolitan attitude makes it an excellent destination for international students to come and further their education.
  • Degrees from Canadian institutes are internationally recognized, and there is a diverse range of courses on offer from marine biology through to accountancy. Canada also has a number of excellent opportunities for language courses, and you can choose between both French and English as your main language of instruction, and students often benefit from taking an additional language course alongside their main degree or diploma.

Canada is a very safe, stable country and has an excellent health care system, and the educational and living costs are relatively low compared to other English speaking countries, so this is an ideal place for international students to come and enhance their learning.

  • There are more than 150,000 international students who go to Canada every year to study. International students bring a rich culture to the classrooms.
  • Canadian universities and colleges are respected worldwide for their high quality of education.
  • Tuition fees for international students in Canada, and the cost of living, are among the lowest in the world.
  • Eligible students can gain valuable Canadian work experience through off campus employment.
  • Canada ranks among the most multicultural nations in the world. Regardless of ethnic origin, students feel at home in our diverse communities and campuses.
  • According to the United Nations, Canada offers one of the highest standards for quality of life in the world.

Know more about Canada

  • About Country
  • Major Regions/ Cities
  • Major Economy
  • Education System
  • Ranking
  • Part time work during studies
  • Work opportunities after studies
  • Visa Requirement
  • English Requirement
  • Fee Structure
  • Academic Requirement
  • Useful Links
  • Scholarship/ Bursaries

About Country

  • Canada is a federation of ten provinces & three territories
  • It is a multicultural country and is considered to be a safe, clean and peaceful country
  • Canada has been ranked as one of best place to live on the globe according to the United Nations and is the second largest country in world after Russia
  • Canada is a geographically vast country and offers diverse cultures within its borders


Canada is a huge country, stretching from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean and covering five time zones, so you can imagine that the weather in Canada varies widely depending on where you are.

Canada has four distinct seasons, with temperatures cooler overall in the northern territories and milder on BC's west coast. Temperatures and climate from BC's interior east to Newfoundland are comparable, with variances depending on latitude and mountainous topography.

Some Facts

CURRENCY: Canadian Dollar ( $) (CAD)
LANGUAGE: English & French
TIME DIFFERENCE: 10 hours 30 minutes behind IST.
INTAKE: September & January


Major Regions/ Cities

Canada's capital is Ottawa, but the largest city in Canada is Toronto (ON, Canada), following by Montréal & Quebec City (QC, Canada) and then Vancouver (BC, Canada). Other major cities in Canada are: Victoria (BC, Canada), Abbotsford, BC, Edmonton (AB, Canada), Calgary (AB, Canada) and Winnipeg (MB, Canada), Charlottetown, PEI, Halifax, NS. The Largest province in Canada is Quebec. However the largest population is in Ontario with capital city of Toronto whose population is almost half of the population in Ontario.

10 Provinces

  • Alberta: ED Stelmach
  • British Columbia: Gordon Campbell
  • Saskatchewan: Brad Wall
  • Manitoba: Gary Doer
  • Ontario: Dalton McGuinty
  • Quebec: Jean Charest
  • New Brunswick: Shawn Graham
  • Nova Scotia: Rodney McDonald
  • Prince Edward Island: Robert Ghiz
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Danny Williams

3 Territories

  • Yukon: Dennis Fentie
  • North West Territories: Edna Molewa
  • Nunavut: Paul Okalik 


Major Economy

  • Canada is the home to the eighth largest economy in the world
  • The Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry, which employs about three quarters of Canadians.
  • The logging and oil industries being two of Canada's most important industries. Canada also has a sizable manufacturing sector, centered in Central Canada, with the automobile industry especially important.
  • International trade makes up a large part of the Canadian economy, particularly of its natural resources.


  • Canada’s global share of the aerospace industry has tripled in the last 20 years, and it is the third-largest exporter of automotive products in the world.
  • Canada is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of agricultural products
  • The Canadian Government has established a range of institutions and initiatives to create a supportive business environment for transformative technologies
  • Canada is a Foundation for Innovation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Genome Canada
  • National Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • The strongest growth in exports occurred in wired (+20.4%) and wireless (+16.9%) communications equipment in the year 2005.
  • The Canadian Government plans to double research and development (R&D) investments by 2010 to make Canada one of the five most research-intensive countries in the world.
  • Canada is the world’s 4th largest exporter of moulds and eighth largest exporter of plastics processing machinery.
  • Canada is the world's leading producer and exporter of newsprint, and the world's largest exporter of wood pulp.

Main Industries:


  • Alberta: Agriculture, forestry, telecommunications, Oil & Gas
  • British Columbia: Forestry, mining, fisheries, agriculture, energy, and transportation
  • Saskatchewan: Agriculture, services, mining
  • Manitoba: Manufacturing, agriculture, hydroelectricity and mining
  • Ontario: Manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, mining, services
  • Quebec: Agriculture, manufacturing, energy, mining, forestry, transportation
  • New Brunswick: Manufacturing, forestry, mining, agriculture and fisheries, tourism
  • Nova Scotia: Manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, mining, forestry, transportation, energy
  • Prince Edward Island: Agriculture, tourism, fishing and manufacturing
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Energy, fisheries, mining, forestry, tourism
  • Yukon: Mining and tourism
  • North West Territories: Mining, tourism, services
  • Nunavut: Mining, Resource development, tourism
  • Source: Industry Canada


Education System

  • Education in Canada is provided, funded and overseen by provincial, and local governments.
  • Education constitutionally provincial responsibility and rigorously guarded
  • International education/student recruitment increasing priority
  • Provincial policy approach mainly "holistic" but with strong international student recruitment emphasis

Types of Canadian Institutions:

  1. K-12- Schools
  2. Universities
  3. University Colleges
  4. Community Colleges
  5. Career College
  6. Language schools


Small, medium, large institutions

  • 3- and 4-year degrees, Master’s, PhDs, Professional
  • Research intensive
  • Fixed Admission requirements
  • One to Two intakes primarily-Sept/Jan
  • Over 90 Universities in Canada


  • Offers University degrees as well as college diplomas and certificate programs.
  • They may also offer combined degree diploma programs and university transfer programs.
  • Their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environment distinguish University Colleges.
  • Many converted to Universities now


  • Diploma Certificate, Applied Degree programs, university transfer
  • College, Institute of Technology, Cégep
  • 135 across Canada
  • Very engaged internationally
  • Programs industry driven, hands on
  • Since they prepare a student to be job ready many Indian students are attracted to applying to Community Colleges in Canada.


  • Short-term, specialized training
  • Focus on popular subject areas
  • Almost all are private
  • Business, Technology, Service Industries, Arts
  • Across Canada


  • Earn While You Learn
  • Co-op students are allowed work for the designated terms
  • Institutions help you obtain employment authorization to work

Definitions of degrees

  • Bachelors or Undergraduate
    Undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor's degree generally require three or four years of full-time study, depending on the province.
  • Master's or Graduate Studies or Post Graduate Diploma
    Master's degrees generally require at least 2 years of full-time studies including a thesis (a long essay based on original research), practicum or research paper.
  • Doctoral, or PhD
    Doctoral programs require a minimum of 2-5 years of full-time study.

Admission Timings:


University / Community Colleges
September/ January
January is an on demand intake for popular courses

Private College: 

Jan / April / May / Sept



There is no official ranking of Universities


Part time work during studies

Students are allowed to work part time 20 hours per week on campus/ off campus and full time during holidays while studying the course.
In Canada, minimum wages varies in different provinces. Under the Constitution of Canada, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour law including minimum wages in Canada rests with the ten provinces. Minimum wages varies between 8 – 10.25 cd$ per hour depending upon the province.


Work opportunities after studies

A Post-Graduation Work Permit cannot be valid longer than the length of time you studied in Canada. For example, students graduating from a four-year degree program might be eligible for a three-year year work permit. Students graduating from an eight-month certificate program would only be eligible for a work permit of eight months.

If you study for…


less than eight months

you are not eligible for this program

less than two years but more than eight months

you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of time you studied (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months)

two years or more

a work permit may be issued for three years

but more than eight months you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of time you studied (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months) two years or more a work permit may be issued for three years


Visa Requirement

  • Good academics
  • IELTS Score
  • Finance to support education
  • Genuine Intentions to Study in Canada

At present Canadian applications are processed under two categories:

1. Student Partnership Program called SPP
2. General Category

Visa processing time:

10 to 15 working days for SPP applications
4 to 14 weeks for general category applications

General Guidelines:

  • Please apply for the visa only after a week of undergoing the Up Front Medical examination
  • Please don't put in SPP applications with any additional documents
  • For Non SPP applications also IELTS score is preferred as it is much more reliable

Total Visa Fees:

Visa fee INR5,470/- plus VFS charges


English Requirement

Diploma and Bachelor degrees: IELTS 6.0/ 6.5 band with no band less than 5.5/ 6.0 Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma: 6.0/ 6.5 band Masters degrees: 6.5 band with no band less than 6.0


Fee Structure

Tuition Fee
Average C$ 10,000 – C$ 12,000 per year

Living expenses
Average C$ 10,000 – C$ 12,000 per year


Academic Requirement

Undergraduate Courses:

It varies for each institution. Following guideline
A good grade is very important to go to Canada.
You can apply if you have higher second division and first division. Some universities ask for much higher grades, check specific entry requirement details before applying.

Postgraduate Courses

Bachelor: 60% & 6.5 Bands, no band less than 6.0
MBA: 60% & 6 .5 Bands, no band less than 6.0
GMAT is also required for MBA by most of the universities. Check individual requirement.


Job Scenario

Current policy allows students to to work 20hrs per week while study time and 40hrs per week while breaks.


Useful Links
For details about SPP program


Scholarship/ Bursaries

Few universities provide scholarship; some grants are possible through any of the following options:

  • Grants or Scholarship bursaries
  • Teaching or research Assistantships
  • Financial aid from independent agencies

Disclaimer: This guidance is for students interested in studying abroad in particular country. It is only a guide for which information is taken from various relevant websites. It aims to answer some common questions. Visitors are recommended to contact the office for most updated information.