Canada is host to international students from almost 180 nationalities. Such a myriad student fraternity always adds up to the exuberance and experience of the international students. International student community is spread all across Canada, from the large metropolitan areas to serene towns and countryside. An international student is legitimately entitled to work 20 hours per week, and 40 hours per week, during the semester breaks. A student life in Canada can teach more lessons than one and make an individual learn not only at a College or a University, but also it makes the student learn many a things about time management, financial and social independence, decision making and climate acclimatization. The following are the Top 15 host cities and towns for international students in Canada:
As of 2017, 25,575 students with the Indian citizenship at Canadian Universities, which is the second highest number of international students after the students of Chinese origin. On the other hand, in 2017 only, 86,900 students with the Indian citizenship were enrolled at the Canadian Colleges, which, by far, was the highest number for the students from any country.
The tertiary education system in Canada can be bifurcated into two layers as far as the international students are concerned:
Canada’s tertiary education focuses on enhancing not only the knowledge of the students, but also equips them with the skills and abilities required by the industry. This makes the candidates competent enough to excel in their respective fields anywhere across the globe. Canada’s higher, post-secondary education can be broadly categorized into the following credentials:
Pursuing a full length program (At least 4 subjects per Semester) for a minimum period of two years, entitles the students with an Open Work Permit of 3 Years. Of these 3 years, if the student works in his own field of study for one year (managerial/supervisorial/co-ordinator categories of work), the student becomes eligible to file his Permanent Residence in Canada. However, if the student applies for a 1-Year, full time program, he becomes eligible to receive an Open Work Permit for 1 year only, of which he needs to work for a year, in order to file his Permanent Residence.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic) is by far, the most widely accepted English Proficiency test score across all the Canadian Universities and Colleges. The generic requirement under the SDS (Student Direct Stream) Category for IELTS asks the candidates to have a score of 6.0 bands overall, no less than 6.0 bands in each module (out of 9.0 bands). The score of 6.0 bands overall, no less than 6.0 bands in each module can assist in getting some of the most reputed Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs (IELTS requirements may vary from institution to institution. Please check the institution’s websites for the respective IELTS requirements). On the other hand, most of the Bachelors’, Post Graduate Diploma programs as well as Masters’ programs require the candidates to have a score of 6.5 bands overall, no less than 6.0 bands in each module (IELTS requirements may vary from institution to institution. Please check the institution’s websites for the respective IELTS requirements).
PTE (Pearson’s Test of English - Academic) is another English Proficiency test score that is accepted certain Canadian Universities and Colleges. Some of the premium institutions might require the candidates to have an overall score in excess of 60, out of 90 in PTE. Candidates with the PTE scores cannot submit their files under the SDS (Student Direct Stream) category.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language - iBT) is also accepted as one of the English proficiency test scores by some Canadian Universities and Colleges. Some top-notch institutions might require the candidates to have a score of 90 or more, out of 120. Candidates with the TOEFL scores cannot submit their files under the SDS (Student Direct Stream) category.
For Masters’ programs in Engineering or Health Science, very few Universities in Canada might require the candidates to submit the score of GRE (Graduate Record Examination). If at all, the institutions require the score of GRE to be submitted, the score has to be in excess of 300 for better prospects. For Management graduates, again, a very few Universities and Colleges would require the submission of GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) scores. A score in excess of 550 out of 800 would be a considered a sound score.
Typically, any College Diploma, Advanced Diploma or a Post Graduate Program in Canada would bear a Tuition Fee in the range of $15,000 CAD to $17,000 CAD per annum. It may be lower in certain provinces for some of the programs, and might also be higher for certain programs of higher academic excellence.
A Bachelors’ program may cost anywhere in the range of $20,000 CAD to $28,000 CAD per annum. A Masters’ program may also range somewhere across the similar range or even higher, depending upon the ranking of the Universities.
Under SDS (Student Direct Stream), a student is required to pay the Tuition Fee of the first academic year in full. Additionally, a student is also required to pay the GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) amounting to $10,200 CAD at Scotia Bank, CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) or ICICI Bank Canada. The GIC covers the routine expenses (Rent, Grocery, Public Transport Card/Pass as well as other utility bills) that the student might incur during the first year of his stay in Canada. GIC is a one-time investment. As a part of his first withdrawal, the student can withdraw $2,000 from his GIC account when the student arrives in Canada, and a portion of the investment back each month for 12 months – approximately $667 CAD each month.
The GIC amount has to be transferred from the student’s bank account only. Having a PAN card is mandatory for transferring the GIC.
Including other miscellaneous expenses, a budget estimate of INR 15,00,000 to 16,00,000 must be reckoned. All leading nationalized banks provide education loans for studying in Canada.
This application package is for applicants in India:
Everyone must fill out and sign their own form, including those travelling as a family. If the student is under the age of 18, the student’s parent or guardian must sign his/her form.
The Study Permit Fee is $150 CAD (INR 7,890 as on April 2019) and the individual Biometrics Fee is $85 CAD (INR 4,470, as on April 2019) as per CIC’s website.
Canadian Universities and Colleges offer a reasonable amount of scholarships to the deserving and eligible candidates. Most of the scholarship programs are not available at the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Post Graduate Diploma programs at the Community College level, as these Colleges, being Community Colleges provide education at a very nominal rate to the international students. Most of the scholarship programs in Canada at the international student level are available at the Masters’ or PhD levels. Some of the prominent scholarship programs for international students are as under:
Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships
The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto is intended to recognize international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years.
Humber College International Entrance Scholarships
Humber offers renewable full and partial tuition scholarships to NEW international students beginning classes in September and January of each year.
York University International Student Scholarship Program
International students who have an excellent academic record and admitted to York University are eligible for scholarships worth $60,000 – $100,000 for a four-year degree program.
University of British Columbia Scholarships for International Students
UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $10 million CAD annually to awards, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for international undergraduate students.
See also International Leader of Tomorrow Award and Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award
Carleton University Entrance Scholarships for International Students
Carleton offers partial scholarships worth $4,000 – $16,000 to exemplary students who meet the admission average criteria of 80% and above.
International Graduate Scholarships in Canada »
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) at participating Canadian Universities. The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships
The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba. The fellowships are valued at $18,000 for PhD students, or $14,000 for Master’s students for a 12-month period.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
The scholarships are open to foreign nationals (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) who are applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university. Its annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for a maximum of three years.
University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Student Awards
Eligible full-time international students starting a research-based master’s program or PhD program will receive an International Student Award valued at $2,045 per term for 2 years (Master’s) or $4,090 per term for 3 years (PhD).
University of Calgary Graduate Awards
University of Calgary offers a wide range of full and partial scholarships for international students. Scholarship value range from $1,000 to $40,000 and covers different fields of study.
View the detailed list of scholarship opportunities for non-Canadians compiled by the Canadian Government.
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Pursuing another year of studies in Canada after completing one year of study in Canada can lead to a two-year Post Graduate studies in Canada, thereby leading making it a two-year program and the availing of a three-year Post Graduate Work Permit. The students can choose any field of study as a second year of their Post-Graduate studies at Canada. If the students decide to switch their field of study, it enables them with the dual-specialization, and thereby allowing the students to work full-time in either of the specializations (offering the students with a wider range of work fields to choose from).
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As an international student, a candidate is eligible to work in Canada (both, on and off-campus) along with his/her studies for 20 hours a week, and during the semester breaks, the students can work for 40 hours a week, legally. International students can work off campus without a permit, provided that all of the following statements are true:
they hold a valid study permit
they are full-time students enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI)
the program in which they are enrolled is a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program, or a vocational training program at the secondary level offered in Quebec
the program of study is at least 6 months in duration and leads to a degree, diploma or certificate
Note: The eligibility requirements for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) differ from off-campus work eligibility requirements. Please see the PGWPP page for more information.
Certain programs in Canada also provide students with the opportunity to get some work experience.
Upon the completion of the full time 1-year program, the candidate shall receive an Open Work Permit of one year and would be required to work exactly for a year in his/her field of study in order to be eligible to file the Permanent Residence. On the other hand, all the candidates with a minimum 2-year full-time program shall receive the Open Work Permit of three years and would be required to work for a year in his/her field of study to file the Permanent Residence. The students need to apply for the Post Graduate Work Permit within 180 days of the completion of their full-time studies.
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Canada is attracting a good number of students from all over India and is fast emerging as a preferred destination for higher education for overseas students, not just from India but from the entire world. And the aim of SPP, which is an administrative framework designed and implemented in partnership between the Canadian visa offices in India and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC), is to provide a faster and more efficient student visa application process.