Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world. Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Degree/Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized worldwide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful and prosperous careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements.

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Because of the great importance placed on learning within the country, Canadian schools have high academic standards and are well-maintained by a first-rate education system across all provinces. Qualifications earned in Canada are valued internationally, and graduates of institutes of higher education in Canada go on to make great contributions to society.

Why Canada?
Affordable tuition fee
Good Possibility Of Settlement ( PR )
Multicultural Society
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What you need to know about education in Canada
Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom and education. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s report on global education, Canada has the highest proportion of college graduates. The country is also renowned for some of the cleanest air and water on the planet.

Canada is definitely a friendly place that will charm you with its stunning nature, hockey matches and delicious maple syrup.

Capital: Ottawa

Currency: Canadian Dollar ($)

Population: 35,151,728

Area: 9,984,670 km²

Students: 2,054,943 (205,494 international)

Academic Year: Jan-May- September

Languages: English, French

Call code: +1

Time Zone: UTC−3.5 to −8

Education System

The Canadian education system draws students from all over the world and is maintained to a high standard by each of the provinces and territories. The Council of Ministers of Education is a forum for education ministers to discuss matters related to education, coordinate education activities and share information. Canada boasts one of the highest rates of post-secondary education in the world, with 6 of every 10 adults between the ages of 25 and 64 having completed some form of post-secondary education.

There are more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available in Canadian universities, from certificates to PhDs and everything in between.

Universities and university colleges focus on degree programs but may also offer some diplomas and certificates, often in professional designations. University degrees are offered at three consecutive levels:

  • Bachelor's level students can enter after having successfully Completed their Secondary School & Higher Secondary Education . Eligible to apply for Diploma of 2 Yrs or Advanced Diploma of 3 Yrs Or Bachelors of 4 Yrs. Minimum requirement for IELTS 6.5 not less than 6.0 in each module.
  • Students can pursue Masters after successful completion of 3 or 4 years Bachelors. The requirement of IELTS for masters in only 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
  • Post Graduate Certificate Program requires total 16 years of Education background or 15 years of Education with N number of specializations. IELTS requirement for this needs 6.5 overall no band less than 6.0

For regulated professions such as medicine, law, education and social work, the education system in Canada generally requires an work placement to obtain a license to practice.

Degree-granting institutions in Canada focus on teaching and research. Teaching is the other key function, whether at the small liberal arts universities that primarily offer undergraduate degrees or at the large, comprehensive institutions that offer more. Registration varies from about 2,000 students at some institutions to a full-time enrollment of over 62,000 at the University of Toronto, Canada's largest English-language university.

Keep in mind that unregulated educational institutions in Canada are privately run commercial enterprises with no regulations. It's recommended to know the states of an educational institution to understand the quality of a certain program.

Tuition Fee & Study Cost

  • Tuition fees in Canada vary by institution and province, but the cost is more affordable when compared to other countries around the world.
  • The average price for international undergraduate students is around CAD$25,180 (USD$20,540) per year. The average price for international postgraduate students is around CAD$42,000 (US$31,243) per year. Institutions which do not grant degrees to students are usually cheaper than universities.
  • For more specialized fields of study, tuition fees in Canada range from CAD$12,183 (US$9,143) for nursing graduate programs or CAD$13,962 (US$10,478) for Education degree, to CAD$53,105 (US$39,855) for an undergraduate dentistry degree.
  • Scholarships will not be available in Canada, as its tuition fees structure is very flexible and affordable when compare to other countries. In rare cases students with higher percentage can avail the scholarship.

Visa Information

To study in Canada, a study permit or a temporary resident visa is required. Before applying for a study permit, student must have been accepted at a recognized school, university or college in Canada. In most cases, you must obtain a study permit if you want to study in Canada.

Student Direct Stream (SDS)
Previously it was SPP (Student Partnership Program), now it has been recently updated and now it is SDS (Student Direct Stream) it is an administrative framework designed and implemented in partnership between the Canadian visa offices in India and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). SDS is created in order to speed up visa processing and to reduce the number of documents needed to assess visa/Study Permit applications for a certain category of students admitted to select Colleges / Universities. All Public Colleges & Universities will fall under this Category.

Student Direct Stream process is open to Indian nationals only.

Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada guidelines, you will require $10,000 CAD per year, not including tuition fees, to cover your living expenses. This requirement is fulfilled through the purchase of a participating GIC, and evidence that you have paid your tuition.

We have ICICI, Scotia Bank, HSBC & other Canadian financial institutions participating in this program. Once the student Student’s GIC has been opened, you may transfer the funds to your account in Canada by using any bank in India in which you hold your account. Apply for the Scotia bank Student GIC Program, once your Scotia bank Student GIC has been opened, you may transfer funds to your account in Canada by using any bank in India in which you hold your account.

Applications will not be accepted by VFS under the Student Partner Program without a copy of the formal GIC document issued by Scotia Bank. No wire transfers or bank remittances will be accepted as a proof of purchase of a GIC.

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Spring Intake: 1st Dec

Summer Intake: 1st April

Fall Intake: 1st Aug

Applications that are received after these dates will not normally be processed in time for the start of classes and may be refused.

Below 2 types of Visa categories under Canada study visa:

  • SDS (Student Direct Stream) Category
  • General category

Career Prospects

WORK OPPORTUNITIES / Working while studying

New rules that take effect on June 1, 2014, make it easier for study permit holders to work off campus. Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:

  • Eligible to work off campus without a work permit
  • Allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks and
  • Able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months

To be able to work in Canada, however, you must be registered and enrolled at your designated learning institution, and you must get a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada

It is your responsibility and your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit before you begin working. If you begin working off campus without meeting the eligibility requirements, you may be subject to enforcement action under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Work as part of a co-op/internship program

  • Starting June 1, 2014, you will be able to work as part of a co-op or internship program only if the work is an essential part of an academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution.
  • To work as part of a co-op/internship program, you will need a co-op work permit that is separate from your study permit.

Working after graduation

  • If you want to work in Canada after you graduate from your studies, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
  • The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
  • After 1 year of education student can apply for 1 year of work permit
  • After 2 years of education student can get work permit up to 3 years

Work Rights

Student work options in Canada
After you begin your degree programme, you can work both on and off-campus. As an international student, you are allowed to work under the following conditions:

  • Part-time (up to 20 hours/week) during semesters
  • Full-time (40 hours/week) during holidays

You can also apply for an internship or you can add a special light to your CV by volunteering.

These options can be easy to reach even for an international student, thanks to a large number of support programmes that the state of Canada has. The most widespread of them is the Youth Employment Strategy, which focuses on three streams: Skills Link, Career Focus and Canada Summer Jobs.

Who can get a summer or part-time job during their studies in Canada
In order to qualify for a job off-campus, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a full-time student with a valid study permit.
  • Hold a social insurance number (SIN)
  • You must be enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI) at the post-secondary level or, if you are in Quebec, you must study in a vocational programme.
  • You must study an academic, vocational or professional training programme that finishes in a degree, a diploma or a certificate.
  • If you plan to work on-campus, you won’t be required a work permit or a social insurance number (SIN), and you can also exceed the 20 hours/week limit during semesters.

Some of the most promising part-time jobs for students in Canada

Below you will find some of the jobs you can find as an international student and the salaries. There may be chances you will not find a job in your field of study, but maybe you will benefit from a well-paid opportunity.

  • Bookkeeper: 25 CAD/hour
  • Educational interpreter: 13 CAD/hour
  • Customer service assistant: 11 CAD/hour
  • Aquarium interpreter: 13 CAD/hour
  • Sales assistant: 12 CAD/hour
  • Cook: 13 CAD/hour
  • Office assistant: 13 – 15 CAD/hour
  • Human resources assistant: 13 CAD/hour
  • Lifeguard: 12 CAD/hour
Summer jobs for students in Canada
  • Painter: 13 CAD/hour
  • Festival coordinator: 10 CAD/hour
  • Camp counsellor: 12 CAD/hour
  • Programme facilitator: 13 CAD/hour
  • Recreation facilitator: 15 CAD/hour
  • Reading programme leader: 14 CAD/hour
  • Entertainment activities coordinator: 15 CAD/hour
  • Baker: 11 – 22 CAD/month

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