Living In Canada

You will find this section a useful guide to living in the Canada throughout your stay in Canada. It explains everything from the basics, such the Canada Climate, Banking system etc. It also includes tips on how to stay Safe and Secure.

Students may choose to accommodate/live either on or off campus while studying in a college/university in Canada. Hence there are several kinds of accommodation available.

Accommodation provided by the school/college enrolled in:

Canadian Schools/ Colleges and Universities provide two kinds of accommodation:

Residence Halls/ Dormitories

In this variety, normally 4-6 students share a flat – like space with individual bedrooms and common living and kitchen areas. This is a good way of making friends, getting to be part of the student community, share chores and exchange cultural tips, while still being able to have one’s own individual space while studying, writing and sleeping.

Gender specific floors or dormitories may be specifically asked for if a student so requires.


Many Canadian families enjoy renting out their extra rooms to international students after their own families have moved out. The advantages of such homestays are many. The student gets to stay in a home-like atmosphere and has the benefit of being part of a family. This is often essential for international students, especially the younger students and helps them adapt quicker. It also gives the student a chance to improve their English or French. Typically the student has a room to her/him and shares meals with the host family.

Since homestays are arranged by the school/college the student has enrolled in, every effort is made to match the student profile with the host family to ensure safe and healthy adaptation.

Prices will depend on the location, placement fee charged by the school/college and whether a meal plan is included or not.

Off Campus or Private Accommodation

Renting is a popular system of accommodation. However, in this system, there are no set prices or set of amenities provided. Rents may vary vastly depending on location, the lists of amenities and utilities included. Rents are higher in the city centre areas, especially in larger cities while the suburban accommodation may appear or actually be much cheaper. It is important for the student to make a thorough comparison and read the fine print before signing a lease.

The attending college/ institution may be able to provide a list of renting options within the vicinity. Though recommended by the institution, it is still important that the student makes a thorough study to avoid problems later. Often an entire flat or house is too expensive for one student alone to rent out and so one can join a group who is renting by either checking out new students with similar requirements, or keep a lookout on notice boards, newspapers and the like for any single rooms within a house being advertised.

Landlords may take a damage deposit at the start with rent being payable monthly, quarterly or as a lump sum.

Things to remember when choosing accommodation in Canada:

Try to make arrangements ahead of time but be especially sure to do so if you require accommodation during the summer months, and during holidays and festivals.

If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, always inspect the room on arrival before making a payment. If you are unsure about the location, ask the local tourism association.

Prices can vary greatly according to location and time of year, so try to investigate before you leave. Canada is a friendly and wonderful place, and having made the proper arrangements, you will undoubtedly enjoy your stay regardless of where you choose to live in Canada.

Youth Hostels/YWCA/YMCA

Youth hostels are a boon for students looking for temporary stay because they have not been able to make arrangements in advance for the longer duration. These are ideal for short stays as they are relatively cheaper and provide the basic amenities. Canadian hostels must be inspected and approved by the Canadian Hosteling Association however these may not be ideal for longer durations. Also these are open to travelers from within and outside Canada, so may be also booked up during holiday or peak season. It is best for a student to make arrangements for even such short stints before one leaves one’s homeland.

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Money and Measurements

Canada uses the metric system of measurement.

The official currency, the Canadian dollar consists of 100 cents and is available in denominations of paper $5, $10, $20, $50 & $100. Coins come in denominations of 1 cent (pennies), 5 cents (nickels), 10 cents (dimes), 25 cents (quarters), $1 (loonies) and $2 (twoonies).

Though the $1 and $2 coins have been around for the last 10 years, you will still sometimes come across bills of $1 & $2. These are still legal tender but now getting scarce as collector items. Each bill is of a different colour and hence easy to differentiate especially for the new arrivals in the country.

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Banks & Currency Exchange, Travellers Cheques

The nationalized banks of Canada are regulated by two bodies and are reputed to be some of the world’s most diversified and best managed institutions.

If a student is not already carrying Canadian money, it is better to have the US dollar changed to Canadian at a bank as most banks do not charge a commission. But since the banks are open only during the week, it would be best to carry some Canadian money to use at the airport and for the first day or so especially in case of arrival on a weekend.

Travellers cheques should also be used for its safety as well as the fact that they are accepted at most stores just like cash, i.e., without paying commission.

At a pinch, one can use one’s US money as well as it is freely circulated, but one must remember that the change returned will be Canadian.

Banks and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

Bank branches are fairly easily accessible and ATMs even more so. You will find one of the other near any shopping area, bus-train-stations, airport and many others scattered over the business centre or tourist spots.

If traveling to remote parts though, it is best to carry some cash. Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro ATMs are also connected to International networks. A variety of credit card companies are accepted, Visa being most popular.


There is a 5% Goods and Service Tax (GST) levied on most items and services provided in Canada. The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is 13% and in Ontario. Visitors are entitled to get refund of GST paid at the time of leaving the country; however conditions apply and one must be aware of them.

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Canada encompasses a large body of both land and water; hence the climate varies every few hundred miles. The southern belt of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba is known for moderate temperatures and milder days in the summer months of June, July and August interspersed with thunder storms. Come September-October autumn makes its appearance with frost and December more often than not is snowy. Further up north in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, weather is more severe, requiring the use of a light weight jacket in summer and warmer clothes the rest of the year round.

With modern technology having advanced and penetrated even the deepest territories, the ambience indoors of a typical Canadian home is kept fairly stable, with most modern housing and transportation being equipped with air conditioning and heating systems.

Canada is experiencing climatic changes recently, what with global warming, greenhouse effect and the likes. However, the government is aware of the effects that it could have on the lives and health of Canadians, and is working on several environmental projects to fight the changes and bring about awareness to stop any detrimental changes that could take place.

In recent years, the standard of living of the average Canadian has gone up by leaps and bounds. Post World War II, Canada was considered the 2nd wealthiest industrialized country in the world.

Canada has a large amount of natural resources in the form of lakes and mineral deposits making it one of the richest countries existing today. With a population that is small, well educated and modernized, it has not taken long for the average Canadian to improve his lifestyle.

A record number of Canadians own their own homes today. Most homes are equipped with all modern amenities and machines and most Canadian families own a car if not two.

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Welcoming Environment

Canada is a melting pot of various cultures. It has migrants from all over the world who lend their cultural hues to the country whilst retaining their individuality. You will see this present in the vibrant range of cuisines and various clubs and associations of different communities.

All major cites have a variety of amenities that help a student adjust to the new country – Shopping malls, entertainment in the form of theatres, restaurants, art galleries, museums and several parks where many cultural events are held during the warm weather. Winter too has its own kind of charm with ice skating and other winter sports being pursued.

Beautiful Environment

Native Canadians value their beautiful natural environment. Endowed with beautiful landscapes, Canada has several national park reserves, forests, beaches and gardens allowing the locals and visitors a host of recreational activities. Besides Jasper and Banff National parks, which are well known tourist destinations, there at least another 25 plus that are open to the public. A student can experience the vast diversity of this country from rugged mountains, limestone landscapes, wildlife reserves and forests to snowbound ski jumps as well as – yes – beaches!!

Little known to most, Canada can boast of the largest shoreline in the world and some great beaches. Long Beach (Vancouver Island), ParleyBeach (New Brunswick), MagdalenIslands, TribuneBay (British Columbia) is some of the most visited.

Students can avail of local guided tours that give an insight into the country’s culture and social life. Maple syrup tasting tours, vineyard tours and Native Indian Reserve tours are a pleasant way of learning more about this country.

Although it is a good idea never to let down your guard when you are in a foreign country, Canada offers an international student one of the safest environments to study in. This is because it has a relevantly low crime and violence rate compared to some other nations.

In fact its crime rate has been on the decline in the last two decades and is at its lowest since 1973. This is partly because the Government and its judicial and security system are vigilant and tough on criminals.

Another contributing factor may be that the standard of living continues to go higher. As the locals lead a better life in terms of having their basic needs as well as comforts catered to, there is less likelihood of crime increasing.

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Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council report states that Canada has a sound base and what it takes to take the country forward through Innovation Leadership. Cutting edge Research Work being undertaken in several Canadian Universities will help enhance Canada’s potential in leading the way in fields of technology and innovation.

Canada is on par with the use of latest techno-gadgets especially in the field of wireless communication- both the use of CDMA and GSM based technology as well as 2.5 and 3G mobile technology. The country is ranked 14th as per 2016 updates in the ‘Networked Readiness Index’ only 3 places behind US. Top 10 of the Most High Tech Countries in the World- Canada ranks 8 th in the world as per 2016 update.

CANTAT is Canada’s transatlantic submarine cable that connects it to the US and Europe.

Canada is equally well known in other sectors such as transportation and engineering; aeronautics, medical equipment, hydroelectric and nuclear power, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, lasers and optoelectronics.

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Canada has two official languages – English and French. Though a bilingual country, the large majority of the staunch French speaking population is found in Quebec, with a few scattered communities around the rest of the country. A whopping 83% of Quebecers speak French at home and are proud of it!

As a bilingual nation, Canada also offers superior English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as Second Language (FSL), training for students wishing to learn either or both languages. It is estimated that some 800 million people speak English and 250 million speak French

Studying Costs In Canada

Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7100 (US$4765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:

Tuition fees for international students vary from province to province and depend on your faculty of choice. The following table shows the range of tuition fees for each province. Fees are in Canadian dollars – for general arts and science programs.


2016 – 2017

2016 – 2017

Canada Undergraduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx Graduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx

9000 – 17000

12000 – 20000

Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7,100 (US$4,765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:.

  • One month’s lodging, one-bedroom apartment: $400 Approx
  • Bus fare, one way: $2.25 Approx
  • Local telephone call: $0.25 Approx
  • Modest restaurant meal: lunch $7/dinner $14 Approx
  • Movie: $11.50 – $13 Approx
  • International Postage (letter): $1.40 Approx

Canadian winters are chilly, an adequate warm clothing budget is essential. Budget around $250 – $350 US approximate for proper winter wardrobe.

You will need approximately $12,000 US ($18,840 Cdn or 13,000 Euro) to cover your expenses for an academic year. This includes your tuition and living expenses but not your air-fare. Please remember that this figure is an average only. Actual expenses may vary depending on the region of the country you live in, the tuition fees at the university you attend and your field of specialisation. Consult us to assist with your financial planning

About Canada

You will find this section a useful guide about Canada.It explains everything from the basics, such as Canadian History, Economy, Geography etc.

The discovery and exploration of Canada is credited to the early adventurers of  England and France. However, Canada was inhabited long before these settlers came in. Canada was home to the ‘Indians’ as they were known then – now called the ‘Aboriginal People’, ‘Native People’ or ‘People of the First Nation’.

In 1949 Canada joined NATO and in the same year was able to replace its British Judiciary with the Supreme Court.

Today however, Canada is the melting pot of several cultures with migrants not only from Europe but from South American and Asia Pacific countries as well.

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories, most of which are populated by Canadians who can trace their ancestry from virtually everywhere in the world. A recent census showed that over 11 million Canadians, or 42 per cent of the population, reported having an ethnic origin other than British or French.

Canada follows the Parliamentary system with the party with largest number of elected MPs leading Parliament.

The economy of Canada is largely service oriented, with 69.8% (Updated as per 2012 census) of the GDP being contributed by the Services sector. Industry contributes 28.5% and agriculture 1.7%. In the year 2010 the GDP was estimated at a whopping $1.6 trillion (2016 update).

Before World War II, the economy was primarily agrarian, but with the growth of mining as an industry, agriculture soon took a backseat. Owing to its large resources of mineral deposits, it is no wonder that Canada’s major exports are petroleum, energy, natural gas, aluminum, timber besides aircraft & industrial machinery and telecommunication equipment. A healthy sign of Canada’s economy is that it exports more than it imports.

12.9 % Canadians live below the poverty line and unemployment rate is a mere 6.8% (January 2017). Today, the Canadian economy closely resembles that of its neighbor, the USA; the Canadian dollar too is gaining strength and ground against the US dollar.

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Land Mass:

Canada is the Second largest country in the world in terms of area after Russia, covering 6.7% of the earth and spanning approximately 9.9 million square km. It is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The Arctic Ocean lies to its north. It is the northernmost country in the Western Hemisphere sharing borders with USA to its south. Canada has the largest coastline in the world.

The Provinces/Territories:

The Capital of Canada is Ottawa.

Canada has 10 provinces and three territories, each with its own capital city:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Québec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Canada is a naturally beautiful country, with many mountains, lakes and forests. A land so naturally endowed, has no dearth of places to visit and throughout all the seasons. In the warmer climates there are always activities such as biking, fruit picking, fishing etc. The winter months bring snow, and Canada is known for its beautiful ski slopes and resorts.

A very popular way of seeing the Canadian countryside is the train. Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada are two popular organizations that offer tourists scenic routes through Jasper and Banff, St Lawrence Route, the Rocky Mountains etc.

Many cities are known to have Carnivals at specific times of the year and these attract a large number of tourists. These events give visitors a glimpse of the Canadian way of life.

Other attractions such as the Historic Totem poles, Polar Bear spotting in Manitoba, CN Tower edge walk, Ice Sculpting Contests in winter are also reason for tourists to make time to travel.

Students often get discounts and extras on such trips and so it helps to keep a vigilant look out for good deals.

Capital City:

Ottawa, Ontario

Type of Government:

Federal Parliamentary Democracy & Constitutional Monarchy

Head of Government:

Prime Minister

National Emblem:

Maple Leaf


In July 2011, the population of Canada is estimated to have reached 35.85 million (2015). However, Canadians are spread over a large geographic land mass, giving Canada one of the smallest population density ratios in the world at 3.4 persons/km².

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Map of Canada

The National Flag of Canada has the official colors of Canada, viz. Red & White, and was formally adopted in 1965. The 11 pointed Red Maple leaf in the center on a White background is the official emblem of Canada.

Flag of Canada

Test Requirements For Canada

Canada is an English speaking nation. Hence, it is important that a student aspiring to study in Canada be proficient in the language. A good way of demonstrating your proficiency is by giving the standard International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams.

Besides these, there are several other exams that a student might have to take. Depending on the school applied to or course of study, it may be recommended or even mandatory to appear for one or more of the following tests:

For Undergraduate Study:


For Postgraduate Study:



Canadian Visa

Increase in GIC Administration Fee

With effective from May 1, 2015, the Scotiabank Student GIC Program administration fee for all new GIC Applications will be changed to $200 CAD.

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A valid passport and a valid long term stay permit (student visa) is required to enter and study in Canada. The making of a new passport, if the student does not already have one, can take from several weeks to a couple of months. The visa process too can take from a few days in some cases to up to 2-3 months in others. Therefore it would be wise to factor these in when you start planning the course intake in which you plan to study.

Here is some information with regard to Visa Procedures and Requirements.

The visa is a legal document that allows a person to enter that country and stay for the duration stipulated on the document, for the reason it was granted. A student therefore requires a student visa that allows him/ her to stay for the duration of the course study and also allows him/her certain privileges (such as permit to work part time) as per the rules of that country.

An applicant must be able to convince the Consulate Representative handling the visa that she/he has “a permanent residence in India which he/she has no intention of abandoning.”

Each case is different and scrutinized individually and hence there is no standard or ‘foolproof’ procedure for obtaining visas. A prospective must be able to demonstrate the genuineness of his visit. A few examples of circumstances that applicants have submitted as proof of return are: evidence of a good job, sizeable finances or property, family and a good social standing.

However this does not mean that the officer would accept all these papers, nor that it guarantees a visa being granted. One must remember that today the number of visa applications received is so large, that it often is not possible to get them done within the normal working hours of the Consulate. It is important therefore to understand that one must submit only necessary, genuine and relevant documents and also be ready and able to answer any questions asked by the interviewing officer, quickly and precisely.

New Citizenship And Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations for international students

International students are required to obtain a Study Permit before going to Canada. The student can apply for Study permit under the Student Partners Program (SPP) of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Immigration Programs in New Delhi and Chandigarh. To qualify for Study Permit Application under SPP the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the universities / colleges that are included under this scheme. SPP is currently open to Indian nationals only. Allow atleast two months for your Visa to be processed.


1) SPP Checklist – Attach THIS checklist as a cover sheet to your application.

2) Application form fully completed (all questions answered), dated and signed, indicating your personal mailing address, reliable phone contact, and your personal email address (if you agree to e-mail communications).

3) Original, valid passport for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the bio data page

4) Family Information Form and Student Questionnaire (leaving no gaps).

5) Two passport photographs with a white background for yourself and each family member requesting a visa. The photographs should have your name printed on the back, dated and taken in the past 6 months.

6) Letter of Acceptance from your SPP educational institute in Canada stating unconditional admission, course title, duration of study, level of study, start date (multiple start dates, if applicable) and latest possible date of admission.

7) Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (if applicable)

8) IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5.

9) Photocopy of the most recent diploma/leaving certificate, and most recent mark sheets (for entire program; consolidated mark sheets are NOT acceptable)

10) Copy of receipts for tuition payment provided by the SPP institution.

11) Proof of funds: You MUST demonstrate the purchase of a special (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada. Please consult page 2 for information on how to obtain a GIC. Official GIC document is mandatory.

12) Copy of medical examination form IMM1017 if you opted to undergo a medical examination before submitting your application.


It is mandatory to complete a medical examination prior to submission of your application. Medical results are valid for one year

Only one application per person per semester will be processed under the SPP (Student Partnership Program). Subsequent applications for the same semester following a refusal will NOT form part of SPP processing

To file Study Permit application under SPP, it is mandatory to show a GIC certificate obtained from Scotia Bank proving that funds to the extent of CAD$ 10000 are available as living costs for the student.

After reviewing your application, the Visa officer will decide if an interview is necessary. The Visa interview will be taken at CHC, New Delhi

New Citizenship And Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations for international students

To study at a Canadian university, you will need a study permit. You may also need a visitor visa, which will be issued to you at the same time as your study permit. We can assist you to obtain the study permit. It is best to apply early, as processing of a study permit usually takes one or two months. There is a processing charge of $150 Cdn (approximately INR @10000) for one person. If you plan to study in the province of Quebec you must pay another $100 Cdn for a Certificate d’acceptation du Québec. There is no fee for a visa when it is issued with a study permit. Note: You must be sure to arrive in Canada with a valid study permit (and visitor visa, if required).

New Citizenship And Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations for international students

Education System In Canada

This section takes you through the universities admission process step by step. It starts with general requirements, application procedure right till bank loans. It also gives a helpful guide for Studying in Canada.

Canada is a country blessed with unimaginable physical beauty. The Canadians are proud of their land and respect their natural environment. Stress is given on maintaining the incredible surroundings. Students coming to study here will not be disappointed with the beauty that surrounds them.

Geographically though, Canada is diverse. It is endowed with mountains such as the famous Rockies, the largest coastline on earth, the Great Lakes and several natural forests that have been developed into National Parks. Canada’s cities are safe, modern, of a cosmopolitan culture and are unbelievable close to their natural habitat. Almost 25% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada.

There are 4 seasons; they being more distinct in the regions close to the US border. Temperatures vary from as low as -deg C in winters to as high as 35 deg C at the height of summer. Spring and fall are more moderate.

Culturally too, Canada is a vibrant country. There is much to see and do in the form of public festivals and events that are held by the local government as well as the local communities.

World-class theater, music, restaurants, cultural and sporting events (including cricket) can be enjoyed here year-round. Being a bilingual country where the English and French languages are equally used, Canada has a uniqueness all its own.

Canada was ranked for nine consecutive years by the United Nations to be among the top 3 countries in the world in which to live and study out of 174 countries. Also, the Human Development Index survey consistently ranked Canada number one for a variety of reasons including its excellent education systems, high quality health care, low incidence of crime and clean environment.

Education in Canada is governed by the Provincial and Territorial governments and hence is not an integrated national system. In line with its commitment to the education sector, Canada’s public education is free up to and including the level of secondary school in all provinces. Post secondary education is offered by Community Colleges and Universities.

Education here may be public or private funded. However as the government aided education is provincially governed, there are fundamental differences in the education systems of the different Provinces. The standards of education are maintained by the Ministry of Education of each Province.

The following are the types of Educational Institute in Canada:


University Colleges

Community Colleges

Language Schools

Following are the brief details about general admission requirements:-


A minimum of 70% 12th grade; for Business and Computers program, Math’s in 11th and 12th is compulsory.


Bachelors in the same field that you wish to pursue Masters. It should be 4 years duration. A minimum of 70% in your undergraduate or Bachelors level of study. GRE and references (2-3) required only for some fields and for some institutions.


A master’s degree with a good academic record; GRE and references in some cases; previous research work, papers published etc.

The total cost on an average is CDN$ 10,000 as tuition fee and CDN$10,000 as living expense per year which varies for different provinces and courses. There is no ranking of any of the institutes recognized by Govt. of Canada.

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The basic steps for applying abroad are:

Identifying universities and the course of your interest

Request universities for application forms

Taking various required tests

Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters

Completing and sending application forms along with required documents

Applying for VISA after obtaining I-20 from the college

Selecting University

While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points –

Your academic grades (including achievements)


Your financial capacity

Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in

Term of entry (Fall/Summer/Spring)

The rank and reputation of the University

The student to faculty ratio of the college

The location of the school (Big city/Small town/Rural setup)

The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)


A pre-application is a tentative list of schools that you would like to apply to. On the basis of your academic profile, your probable test scores and financial ability compile a list of universities to which you must send a letter requesting further information. At this stage, you can write to the selected 25-30 universities. You can directly request application materials from the universities. There are three ways to get application forms.

Requesting Application Forms via email

Requesting Application Forms via Air Mail

Downloading from the university website

Documents Required For Admission

Completed Application form

Essay/s or writing sample

Statement of Purpose required for graduates and optional for undergraduates

Resume for MBA Students

Letter from Bank stating – funds available for study

Affidavit of Financial Support i.e. letter signed from sponsor or parent

Transcripts and Mark sheets from College or University

Certificates of Extracurricular Activities

Recommendation Letters

Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process especially for Master’s and Doctoral courses. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, your character and integrity and other such information.

The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Essays / Statement of Purpose

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty, assessing your application, information about you as an individual. For MBA candidates this is probably the most important criterion. In the statement of purpose, which must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans. It should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.

The first step to be able to study at a recognized Canadian education Institution is to be accepted by that institution – this is usually in the form of a Offer Letter.

Once a student has determined what course to study and at which universities, s/he must contact the registrar’s office at each of these universities and obtain an application form for a Bachelor’s or Professional degree. For; Post Graduate Studies (aka Graduate Studies), s/he must contact the dean of graduate studies at the universities that interest her/him. It is important to apply early.

When to apply:

Many universities have deadlines for application submission and this must be kept in mind while applying. In general, though, an international students would be required to apply around 8-9 or even 12 months before the start of classes (intake). Semesters typically start in September (fall or autumn) and in January (winter). However, some institutions have May intakes or even ‘rolling admissions’ (especially for higher education such as PhD) when students are admitted throughout the year depending on availability of the advisor or guide.

Calendars with course descriptions, admission requirements and procedures, costs and scholarships are available from the registrar at each university.

Engineering, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and dentistry are fields where the first professional degree is considered an undergraduate program. Limited seats are available contingent on your academic merit. International students must have obtained very high percentage of marks for such courses, and some would even require the student to have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in specific subjects before embarking on the professional course. Entrance exams specific to the professional courses (such as DAT for Dentistry) too may be required to be given by the student.

This listing provides a general outline of requirements for students interested in applying to a university undergraduate program in Canada. There are a wide variety of programs to choose from at this level.

Please note that specific requirements for institutions will vary and students are encouraged to check directly with the institution(s) they are interested in for specific admissions requirements.

Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school academic program with strong marks.

Proof of strong proficiency in English (or French if studies in French). Students may be required to provide proof of language proficiency by way of a language proficiency test (For example TOEFL, IELTS).

Generally, Francophone universities require international students to complete their own test of French proficiency.

Some institutions have other forms of English or French language assessment; they may offer their own language proficiency test or, may admit students to academic programs on the basis of having successfully completed that institution’s language program.

This listing provides a general outline of requirements for students interested in applying to a university graduate program in Canada. There are a wide variety of programs to choose from at this level.

Please note that specific requirements for institutions will vary and students are encouraged to check directly with the institution(s) they are interested in for specific admissions requirements.

Completion of an acceptable undergraduate degree from an accredited/recognized university

High level of academic achievement in previous studies

Strong reference letters

Written Statements

Standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

This listing provides a general outline of admissions requirements for students interested in applying to an engineering program in Canada. Program length for engineering is typically four years of full-time study.


Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school academic program with strong marks.Although some institutions may request above 70% or B average for their academic admission requirement, many engineering programs are highly competitive thus making the standard for entry requirements quite high, above 80% or A average at some institutions. Admission officers are looking for students with exceptionally strong marks in mathematics, chemistry and English.


Strong proficiency in English (or French if studies in French). A TOEFL (iBT) is required for most institutions, minimum score required is 90. Many institutions accept equivalent tests such as IELTS.

This listing provides a general outline of admissions requirements for students interested in applying to a graduate management program in Canada. Program length for an MBA is typically two years of full-time study however, there are other options available such as the part-time MBA, fast track MBA and learning through distance education that can reduce or increase the length of the program.

Please note that specific requirements for institutions will vary and students are encouraged to check directly with the institution(s) they are interested in for specific admissions requirements.


Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, a B average, or no lower than 70%

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) minimum score required ranges from 500-600


Strong proficiency in English (or French if studies in French). A TOEFL is required for most institutions, minimum score required is 90. Many institutions accept equivalent tests such as IELTS.


Previous work experience. Two years work experience is the norm, although some institutions will accept applicants with one year of work experience

Letters of reference

Personal essays



Admissions representatives are looking for students who:

Demonstrate skills such as motivation, maturity and leadership;

Have past accomplishments or experience at work or in campus and community activities;

Have a strong academic background

The basic steps for applying abroad are:

Identifying universities and the course of your interest

Request universities for application forms

Taking various required tests

Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters

Completing and sending application forms along with required documents

Applying for VISA after obtaining I-20 from the college

Selecting University

While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points –

Your academic grades (including achievements)


Your financial capacity

Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in

Term of entry (Fall/Summer/Spring)

The rank and reputation of the University

The student to faculty ratio of the college

The location of the school (Big city/Small town/Rural setup)

The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)

E.g. Law, Medicine, Dentistry etc.

Minimum G.P.A. of 3.5, a B average or no lower than 75%

Already successfully completed several years of undergraduate university study

Specific course prerequisites may be required

Standardized tests such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Dentistry Admission Test (DAT) (Possible link or banner advertisement).

Note: Requirements for University Colleges are similar to university and community college requirements. Please see General Requirements for University College studies section. Some community colleges also offer university transfer programs, which means students intending to acquire a degree at a university can complete their first two years of study at a community college or university college and earn credits towards a university degree program. Completion of a university transfer program does not mean automatic admission to a university program. Students must also meet university admission requirements.

The basic steps for applying abroad are:

Identifying universities and the course of your interest

Request universities for application forms

Taking various required tests

Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters

Completing and sending application forms along with required documents

Applying for VISA after obtaining I-20 from the college

Selecting University

While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points –

Your academic grades (including achievements)


Your financial capacity

Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in

Term of entry (Fall/Summer/Spring)

The rank and reputation of the University

The student to faculty ratio of the college

The location of the school (Big city/Small town/Rural setup)

The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)


The first degree is the undergraduate “Bachelor’s Degree” that usually spans three to four years if studied full time. Honor’s degrees have a high level of concentration of study in the subject being undertaken, and are usually fore-runners for admission into graduate studies.

“Graduate” studies or “Post Graduate” studies as we know them consist of the Master’s and PhD degrees. The taught Masters is usually a full time two year programme whilst the same by research as well as the PhD would take 3-5 years.

Though a “Masters’ is required by most Canadian Universities for any admit into PhD, some may consider students having finished an Honours “Masters” degree on a case to case basis.

Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank.


All Professional / Technical job oriented courses offered by reputed Universities.

Loan Amount

Maximum Rs.20 Lakhs.


For Loans up to Rs.4 Lakhs, no collateral security is required.

For Loans above Rs.4 Lakhs & Upto Rs. 7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security in the form of satisfactory Third Party Guarantee.

For Loans above Rs.7.50 Lakhs Collateral Security is required.


Course period + one year or 6 months after getting a job, whichever is earlier. The loan is to be repaid in 5-7 years after commencement of repayment.

Rate of Interest

Upto Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR

Above Rs. 4 Lakhs-PLR + 1%*

Documents Required

Loan application

Admission Letter from College/University

Academic documents of the student

Photograph, Residence proof of borrower and guarantor

Covering letter stating sources of owned funds

Fee receipts or proof of payments made

Title Deeds of the ownership property to be mortgaged as security

Copy of passport & Visa, if student is going abroad for higher education and related documents

Income proof of the applicant in the form of last 3 months salary slip/Certificate or copy of the last 3 years IT returns filed with computation details of personal assets & liabilities

Two guarantors with their latest salary Slip / certificate in case guarantor belongs to service class or latest income tax returns filed with the computation of income in case the guarantor is a businessman, professional or self-employed

Simple interest will be calculated during Repayment Holiday / Moratorium period.

Scholarships in Canada are few in number and hence not easy to find. They rarely cover the full cost of tuition and are available only to international students with exceptional academic achievements.

A list of available scholarships and how to apply may be found in the calendar of each institution. Application for scholarship must be made directly to the University along with the application for admission to the course one wants to study.

Community and Career Colleges do not usually award scholarships nor do school boards or most private schools.

There are a few independent organizations within Canada administer scholarships, but these are mostly for higher studies- graduate studies and even higher research oriented studies being undertaken by professors.

Students must also scour their home country for scholarships, as often, one may not avail of funds kept aside by various organizations for students intending to study abroad because of sheer ignorance of their existence.

In Canada, a public health system care system covers visits to doctors and other medical procedures. Each Province has its own healthcare system. International students too can avail of this system at a nominal insurance premium. Health insurance has to be arranged for before arriving in Canada. Hence, quite often the Universities or colleges make it mandatory for international students to enroll in their health plan.

The details of health insurance plans of a few provinces are given below as an indication for students:


The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) is available to International students with permission to reside and study in the province of Alberta for a minimum of 183 days in a 12 month period. Coverage starts on the first day of the third month following the date of entry into Alberta. Documents required to accompany the application are:

Proof of Identity and proof of permission to reside and study for a minimum of one year.

The insurance premium is paid monthly and ranges from approximately $34/- to $68/- per month per student.


British Columbia’s Medical Service Plan (MSP) must be applied for immediately on arrival into BC, if the student intends to stay for 6 months or more. There is a waiting period of approx. 3 months (remaining part of month of arrival + next two calendar months) before start of coverage. For the interim period, the student would have to take iMed a three month temporary policy until coverage of MSP starts.

iMed is available for $120 for a 3 month period.

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In Ontario, international students are not covered under the provincial health plan OHIP. So, the universities of Ontario have put together a mandatory health package – University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) – for international students and their dependents.

UHIP premium is $ 57 per month for member student.

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Working in Canada

This section gives you details about your Work Eligibility and Employment Opportunity in Canada.

Students may work on the campus of the institution they are studying at, without a work permit, if they are:

Studying full time at a public post secondary institution or a private post secondary institution operating under the same rules as a public one,

They have a valid study permit.

To be able to work off campus,

A student must have a valid ‘Off campus work permit’. Such a permit allows you to work while studying but does not guarantee a job.

The institution at which the student is studying, must have signed an ‘off campus work agreement’ with their provincial government.

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Full time students with a valid study permit, studying at an accredited public or private institution, may work on campus without a work permit. The type of work that students do under these conditions is normally that of a teaching or research assistant.

Some courses have industrial work as part of their study curriculum and have to work off-campus for a few weeks to a few months.  This is often seen in case of Co-op and Internship programmes. In such cases, students have to take a work permit besides their study permit.

In most cases, work permits for students are granted if:

The intended employment is an essential part of the programme under study.

The employment is certified with a letter by a responsible official of the institution where student is studying.

The Co-op or Internship duration does not exceed 50% of the total programme of study.

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Universities In Canada

This section takes you through the list of Colleges and Universities in Canada. It starts with tips on finding the program that’s right for you and ends with choosing the right university.

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology Profile
Alexander College Profile
BCIT – British Columbia Institute of Technology
Canada International College
Capilano College Profile
Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology Profile
College Montmorency
College of New Caledonia
Columbia College
Conestoga College
Coquitlam College
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology Profile
George Brown – The Toronto City College
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
LaSalle College International, Vancouver
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
Niagara College Canada Profile
Red Deer College
Selkirk College Profile
Sheridan College
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) International Centre Profile
St. Clair College Profile
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Camosun College Profile
Cegep Marie-Victorin
College Jean-de-Brebeuf
College of the North Atlantic
College of the Rockies Profile
Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
Douglas College
Durham College, Oshawa Campus
Fleming College Profile
Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology Profile
Grande Prairie Regional College International Education
Institut Teccart
Lambton College
Langara College
North Island College
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Northern Lights College
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Parkland College Profile
Red River College Profile
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
St. Lawrence College Profile
Yukon College
Fraser International College Profile
Alberta City
Athabasca University Athabasca
Concordia University of Alberta Edmonton
MacEwan University Edmonton  Profile
Mount Royal University Calgary
The King’s University Edmonton
University of Alberta Edmonton
University of Calgary Calgary
University of Lethbridge Lethbridge
British Columbia  
Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouve
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley
Richmond  Profile
Royal Roads University Victoria Profile
Simon Fraser University Burnaby
The University of British Columbia Kelowna
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops Profile
Trinity Western University Langley
University of Northern British Columbia Terrace
Fort St John
Prince George
University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford Profile
University of Victoria Victoria
Vancouver Island University Nanaimo Profile
Brandon University Brandon
Canadian Mennonite University Winnipeg
The University of Winnipeg Winnipeg
Université de Saint-Boniface Winnipeg
University of Manitoba Winnipeg Profile
New Brunswick  
Mount Allison University Sackville
St. Thomas University Fredericton
Université de Moncton Moncton
University of New Brunswick Fredericton
Saint John
Newfoundland & Labrador  
Memorial University of Newfoundland Corner Brook
St. John’s
Nova Scotia  
Acadia University Wolfville
Cape Breton University Sydney
Dalhousie University Halifax
Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax
NSCAD University Halifax
Saint Mary’s University Halifax
St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish
Université Sainte-Anne Pointe-de-l’Église
University of King’s College Halifax
Algoma University Sault Ste. Marie
Brescia University College London
Brock University St. Catharines
Carleton University Ottawa
Dominican University College Ottawa
Huron University College London
King’s University College at Western University London  Profile
Lakehead University Orillia  Profile
Thunder Bay
Laurentian University Sudbury
McMaster University Hamilton
Nipissing University Brantford

If you know the general subject area you would like to study, this will help you to narrow your search to schools that offer a program in your field. Factors to consider are:


What is your overall financial budget? Tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, and personal living expenses are different at each institution and depend on the type, size and location of the school.

Program Length

How many months or years are usually required to complete your program? Which school’s program best suits the length of time for which you are planning to study in Canada?

Program Flexibility

Is there more than one start date each year for your program? Will the school allow you to transfer courses from another institution? Are there twinning programs available in your own country? Find the school that best suits your needs in these areas.

Program Instruction

How are the program courses taught? Different instruction methods include case study, lectures, field study, online, workshops, lab sessions, and tutorials.


Are any special equipment/supplies required for your program?


How many hours each week will you have to dedicate to your program? Are there frequent evaluations, multiple projects, and opportunity to apply practical skills?

Projects or Work Terms

Are team or individual projects offered as part of the program? Will you be required to complete a work term or cooperative placement as part of your studies?

International Student Admission

Is there limited space for international students in your program? For example, gaining entrance into a medical school is highly competitive and few spaces are allotted for international students.

Program Focus

Which schools offer a higher level of expertise or focus on subjects specific to your program? This is usually more important at the graduate level.

Selecting an Institution

Academic Standards & Entry Dates

You need to know the academic admission and English language requirements (if applicable) of the institution you would like to attend. You must be able to meet those requirements to gain entry to the institution.

Location & Size

The location of the institution may be important. The decision of where to go will depend on your preference for big cities or small towns. Also, consider the location of the campus within the city. Some schools are located near or in a city centre, while others are located in settings that are more rural.

Large, medium or small, you should also consider the size of the institution and the classes you would prefer. Schools in Canada range from large universities that have 40, 000 or more students to language schools that have as little as 40 students. Smaller classes generally allow for more individual attention; however, larger classes often offer smaller seminars in addition to lectures.

Facilities & Activities

Think about what facilities are important to you. Do you want a school that has extensive computer and study facilities? Are you looking for a school that excels in its sports, music or research facilities? Check with the institutions to see what they have available.

Other activities may not be offered directly by the institution, but are easily accessible from the campus. For example if you enjoy snowboarding or windsurfing, ask the school if your activity can be pursued in the local area.


The cost of a Canadian education includes tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, and personal living expenses. You should choose a school in relation to your overall budget. The institution you plan to attend will be able to provide information on tuition, housing (if applicable), books and supplies, and food (if purchasing a meal plan). You can also ask the institution for information on how much it costs to live in the city or town where the school is located. You should also note that living in a big city could be more expensive than living in a smaller town.

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