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Reasons To Study In Canada

Out of all the places to study abroad, Canada is the one of the best option in a lot of ways. A lot of students from all over the world are clamouring (Keep some positive word instead of clamoring) to get into Canadian Universities. Is it because of the incredibly wide and open spaces, multicultural diversity and the clean environment? That may be so but there are so many other compelling reasons to choose Canada over the other countries and here are some of them -

  • Excellent educational system - A degree or a diploma from Canadian colleges and universities are recognized around the world because of its exemplary syllabus. They include cross-disciplinary studies and develop transferable skills in students like critical thinking that is really useful throughout life. They also use cutting-edge technology and digital media so that when students graduate, they are up to date with the latest technological advancements.

Cost of Studying in Canada

There are some excellent scholarships in Canada that you can apply so that you can cut down on your costs of education. You can also work on campus even if you do not have a work permit if you follow all the requirements mentioned here. Assuming that you have neither of those things, here are the average costs that you are looking for when you go to study in Canada -

  • The average cost of getting an undergraduate degree - Your cost for a Bachelor’s degree will vary depending on the college and the degree you choose but the average cost is somewhere between CAD 12,000 (approximately 7 lac rupees) to CAD 25,000 (approximately 14 lac rupees) per year.
  • The average cost of getting a postgraduate degree - A master’s degree costs anywhere from CAD 24,000 (approximately 13 lac rupees) to CAD 35,000 (approximately 20 lac rupees) per year.
  • The average cost of accommodation in Canada - The average cost will vary from city to city but studying in Canada costs in rupees about 55,000 for Indian students per month.
  • The average cost of daily expenses in Canada - If you are commuting and eating out daily, you can expect to spend about 2,000 to 3,000 every day. You can cut down on costs by getting a monthly pass and making your own meals.

Plus, the student visa costs 150 CAD which is a little more than 8 thousand rupees.

Admissions Cycles in Canada

Unlike Indian universities that only have one cycle of admissions, colleges in Canada offer 3 intakes - 

  1. Fall - This is the most convenient option for Indian students as it starts in September
  2. Winter - If you miss the fall intake, you can try for the winter cycle. It starts in January which gives ample time for you to gather all the relevant documents and make arrangements.
  3. Summer - This intake usually starts around April or May and is only available for a limited number of courses so check with your desired college if they have a summer intake before planning. 

The deadlines for applying to colleges and universities in Canada are pretty flexible. So if you miss a deadline, give a call to the institution and ask for their last deadline or for the next intake.

PTE exams are conducted all year round so once you decide the intake program that you will be going for, you can choose which month you will be taking the PTE for Canada.

Canada Student Visa Requirement

Before you can study in Canada, student visa rules dictate that you follow the below-mentioned guidelines to the T. The Canada student visa process is very simple if you have all the required documents. If you can present the Letter of Introduction and the required documents to the Immigration Officer at the airport and the border control officer, they will validate the papers. Once that is done, you will be given the study permit to live and study in Canada. You can check out the Canada student visa checklist below -

  • A valid passport is a must.
  • You will have to provide attested copies of 10th and 12th standard certificates. If you are applying for postgrad, the certificate of your undergraduate degree is also a must. If you have participated in any extracurricular activities or won any competitions, it is recommended that you provide the certificates for the same.
  • References - Academic and Employer (if you have any work experience)
  • You need to have 2 passport-size photographs that were taken recently. They should have a plain background, they should not be blurred, and nothing should be worn on your face (unless it is for religious purposes).
  • Before you can be permitted to study in Canada, you should be able to prove that you can pay your fees, living expenses and return transportation for yourself.
  • Proof that you can speak English proficiently by giving a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) certificate. 
  • You should also be able to prove that if any of your relatives or family members come with you to Canada, you will be able to provide for their living expenses and their return from Canada.
  • You will have to prove that you have no criminal record by getting a police certificate. This is to certify that you will obey the law laid by the Canadian government.
  • You will be required to provide a medical certificate to show that you are in good health. There is a mandatory Immigration Medical Examination (IME) in which you will be required to book an appointment with one of the doctors on the panel. They will perform a complete medical check-up and give you a certificate and forward your medical information to the relevant authorities.
  • You will have to provide proof that you will leave Canada once your study permit expires.
  • Statement of Purpose may not be a mandatory document to submit during this process but it is recommended that you submit as you will be given an option. This document should have the reason for choosing Canada and a particular educational institution.

Once you get the student visa, you will be able to apply to a Designated Learning Institute (DLI). The process of studying in Canada gets very smooth after this.

Step By Step Admissions Process

  1. Check out which universities provide the course you want to pursue and have the option of applying in the intake cycle that you want.
  2. Based on your grades and budget, narrow down the colleges and universities that you can get in.
  3. Check and see if these institutions are Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). You should remove the institutions that are not DLI from your list as you can fall into scams. The government of Canada recognizes certain institutions as DLI if they are trustworthy so you should only apply there.
  4. Research your course and go to the websites of the colleges that you have decided to go for.
  5. Check the requirements of each college and see which of them you can fulfil. This should narrow your list of colleges again. Some colleges require you to provide previous job experience information if you graduated more than 2 years and if you are more than 25 years old.
  6. Canada is bilingual. The people living there only speak in either English or French. You will have to be proficient in either language to study and live there. To submit proof that you are fluent enough, you will have to give an English Language test or French Language test. For English, most universities & colleges recognize the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as it is the most prestigious and the most standard test throughout the world. The test is approved by IRCC India under Non-SDS route. If you are planning to study your course in French, then you will have to give a language test.

Canada’s student visa rules may or may not permit you to work in Canada. If you do not have a permit to work through the student visa then you will have to get a work permit within 90 days of completing your degree. This permit will let you work for the same duration as your degree for up to 3 years. You can work in most of Canada if you can speak English fluently but for certain areas, you may have to learn French as well.

Due to COVID-19, employment in Canada had risen a lot and a lot of workers in the fields of food, retail, and accommodation were let go. Although many industries are now making progress, there are some jobs that were high paying before and after the pandemic, like jobs in the healthcare sector. Therefore, the best courses to study in Canada are the ones that result in jobs that are in high demand and the ones that are high paying as well. Some of them are -

  • Physicians and Dentists - Average salary is C$142,000. Experienced Surgeons and Psychiatrists get paid about C$200,000.HR - Recruiters are always in demand with an average salary of C$44,000 to C$52,000
  • Information security analysts - Cybersecurity is an important field nowadays with a lot of opportunities in Canada that pays around C$60,000 to C$70,000
  • Marketing analysts - These jobs get around C$60,000 so the studying in the fields of business analysis, research analysis or data analysis is beneficial.
  • Engineers - This is still a high earning field with C$60,000 to C$90,000 as an average salary.
  • Financial analysts - A financial analyst job pays about C$50,000 and is in high demand in certain regions but not all.
  • Teachers and Professors - If you have MS in Education then you can earn around C$60,000 to C$70,000.Logistic workers - Supply chain and logistics degree will come in handy to earn about C$30,000.Accountant - If you have studied Financial Planning or Accounting, you can get a salary of about C$50,000.