More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year. In addition to this number are many more that come to Canada to learn English or French. Foreign students bring a rich culture to our classrooms. Your knowledge and skills are welcome in our schools.
The provinces regulate education and schools in Canada. For more detailed information on living and studying in a specific province or territory, contact the school where you wish to study.
Studying in another country can be an adventure and a challenge. Read about what to consider before applying for a Study Permit, how to apply, work opportunities for foreign students and find other important information.
All persons who want to study in Canada need to apply for a student authorization and obtain the written approval of a visa officer. To apply for an authorization you must:
- Have a valid passport
- Have a letter of acceptance from an educational institution
- Have enough money to support yourself
- Complete an application form and
- Pay a fee
Who needs a study permit?
Not everyone needs a Study Permit to study in Canada. Find out if you need a Study Permit or a Temporary Resident Visa.
What is a student authorization?
A student authorization is a form issued by an immigration officer. It allows you, after your admittance, to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or other institution.
Who needs a student authorization?
If you are not a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a dependant of a diplomat accredited to Canada, you must obtain a student authorization.
Where do I apply?
You apply to the nearest Canadian visa office. You must obtain permission to study in Canada before leaving for Canada. However, the following persons may apply from within Canada:
- Dependants of athletes, media representatives, members of the Clergy, or military personnel on assignment in Canada
- Dependants of officials of foreign governments working in Canada with a federal or provincial agency under an exchange agreement
- Dependants of a person who has a valid student or employment authorization and
- A person who is a holder of a Minister’s permit and his or her dependantsIn addition, the following persons may apply at a Canadian port of entry
- Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, or Greenland
What is the cost of a visa?
If a student visa and/or authorization is required, the cost is CAN$125
How long is the visa valid for?
Student visas and authorization are valid for the duration of the program of study
What are the basic requirements for student authorization?
You must satisfy the visa officer that you meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay. You must also:
- Satisfy a visa officer that you will be able to return to your country or be admitted to another country after your studies
- Have been unconditionally accepted by an approved educational institution
- Have enough money during your stay in Canada to pay for
- Tuition fees
- Living expenses for yourself and accompanying dependants and Return transportation for yourself and accompanying dependants
- Be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate)
- Not be a risk to the security of Canada
- Produce any additional documents requested by the visa officer to establish your admissibility
- Complete a medical examination, if required and
- Pay the fee
This section explains how an application is made, how long it will usually take and how it will be processed by the visa office.
When should I apply?
The time required to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices. You should apply as early as possible, and allow at least six months to plan and prepare for your move. Note: Canadian universities suggest you apply for admission at least one year in advance of your planned arrival.
What documents are required?
You are required to provide the following documents for yourself and any accompanying dependants:
1. Proof of unconditional acceptance
- For attendance at a university, college or technical institution, a letter from the educational institution to show: O The name of the institution
O Confirmation of your acceptance and/or registration as a student
O The course of study
O The duration of the academic program and
O The latest date you may register
- For attendance at a primary or secondary school, a letter from the school board having jurisdiction for the school you are attending (or for private schools, a letter from the school itself), indicating:
- O The name of the school
O The level of study and
O The duration of the course
2. Proof of identity
- A valid passport or travel document or identity document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it (citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not require a passport but do require proof of status such as a national identity card or an alien registration card); and
- Two recent passport size photos for each family member (the name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo).
3. Proof of financial support
- Evidence that you can support yourself and accompanying dependants while you study in Canada. Such evidence may include: O proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada
O Your bank statements for the past four months; o a bank draft in convertible currency
O Proof of payment of tuition and residence fees
O For those with a scholarship or those with a Canadian funded educational program: proof of funding paid from
- If foreign exchange control measures exist in your country, you must provide proof that you will be permitted by the exchange control authorities of your country to export funds for all of your expenses; and
- If additional documents are required, a visa officer will inform you.
Note: Children under 16 years of age who are traveling alone must have information (name, address, phone number) about the person or school that will be responsible for them. If the child is the subject of a custody order, proof of custody and the other parent’s consent must also be provided. Minors traveling without their parents require a letter of permission from the non-accompanying parent(s).
Will I need to attend an interview?
After reviewing your application, a visa officer will decide if an interview is necessary. If so, the visa officer will inform you of the time and place.
Will I or my accompanying dependants need a medical examination?
In some cases you will require a medical examination. A visa officer will decide on this and send instructions if a medical are required. It may add over three months to the processing of your application.
Can I work in Canada?
You may be able to work while you are studying in Canada only in special situations. It can be difficult to find a job in Canada. You should come to Canada with enough money to live and pay your bills while you are studying.
Do not work without authorization, if u do, you may be asked to leave Canada
How do I obtain an extension of my student authorization?
Phone your nearest Canada Immigration Centre in Canada at least two months before the expiry of your student authorization, to obtain an application in the mail.
Embassy contact information: Please contact the nearest Canadian embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Canada.
Biochemistry and Computer Science have been among the fastest growing disciplines at the bachelor’s level in the last five years, closely followed by Nursing, Sociology and Psychology.In Canada the education system was divided into three stages. A very important point in Canada is its potentiality in literacy. If we search for the illiteracy rate in Canada hardly we can’t find it more than 4%. This was happening because the Canadian government has laid basic foundations. If we talk about the education stages in Canada the education system is divided into elementary education, is a secondary education and higher education.Higher education in Canada begins after the compulsory secondary education. Students depending on their skill sets and capabilities pursue graduate studies which are both professional and vocational in nature.
Higher education in Canada begins after the compulsory secondary education. Students depending on their skill sets and capabilities pursue graduate studies which are both professional and vocational in nature. Biochemistry and Computer Science have been among the fastest growing disciplines at the bachelor’s level in the last five years, closely followed by Nursing, Sociology and Psychology. Canadian universities have earned an international reputation for excellence. Their faculty has recognized research and teaching strengths in areas such as computer sciences, business (including MBA programs), health sciences, law, ocean studies, natural resources, and agriculture.
As a bilingual nation, Canada offers superior English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs for students wishing to learn either or both languages.
When we consider about scholar ships in Canada it is limited when compared to some other nations. They rarely cover the full cost of a study program and they are not always easy to find. For international students the scholar ships available at some Canadian institutions only with respect to student performance. The scholarship amount vary from institute to institute and the scholarship can be availed only part of the students education and living expenses. Regarding the scholarship information the complete details will be displayed in the calendar of each university very specifically in their websites. To obtain scholarship in Canada it is very competitive and applications must be made directly to each university along with the application for admission. Community and Career Colleges do not usually award scholarships nor do school boards or most private schools. In Canada there were different organizations that administer different scholar ship programs and them for graduate students and professors who are studying and doing their research on a specific subject. A very important note for the students who are seeking scholarships it is better to check out the possibilities in home nation only through public and private organizations.
The cost of housing varies widely. Prices depend on the location, age and condition of the apartment or house, and the local market. You can expect to pay from $350 a month for a room to $2,000 a month for a luxury apartment or a house. Housing is usually less expensive if it is outside a large city. Purchase prices for houses range considerably depending on the city, town or location where you buy. When you are budgeting for your housing costs, you may have to allow as much as 35 to 50 percent of your income. This should include the cost of such things as heating, electricity and other utilities.
Canada is equipped with good medical facilities. In Canada some universities require insurance.
You should apply for a health insurance card as soon as you arrive in Canada. Each member of your family, even babies, must have their own health insurance card.
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Medicare. In some provinces, temporary workers, students and others who are in Canada temporarily may also be eligible.
To apply for a health insurance card, contact the Ministry of Health in the province or territory where you live. You can get an application form from any doctor’s office, hospital or pharmacy, or directly from your Ministry of Health. Apply for your health insurance card as soon as possible after arriving in Canada.
You will need to show your birth certificate, you’re Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) and your passport when you apply for a health card. You can also show your Permanent Resident Card. You may also need to provide other documents showing your name, address and signature. Contact your Ministry of Health for more information.
In most provinces, you will receive coverage as soon as you apply for your health card. In British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, there is a three-month waiting period before your coverage begins. You should buy your own private health insurance in case you need medical care during the waiting period. Private insurance companies are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book. You can also get help finding private medical insurance from an organization that helps immigrants.
People claiming refugee status who are needy or living in a province with a three-month eligibility waiting period can get emergency or essential health-care services through the Interim Federal Health Program.
- 65-70% for admission in your 12th grade for undergraduate study in a university Community colleges and Technical Institutes are more flexible)
- Minimum of 550 in your TOEFL score (paper-pencil test)/213 (computer based test)
- For Masters degree you require 16 years of education(10+2+4)
- Work experience and a GMAT score of 600 range for MBA programmes
The process of making an educated decision on your place and programme of study and receiving the necessary authorizations can be lengthy. We, therefore, recommend that you begin your research one year in advance.
Intake in Canada: September and January
Canada can boast of an enriching community of Indians who migrated to Canada long ago. This country is still one of the most sought after nations to migrate to. With some excellent educational programs and job opportunities the number is growing every year. Toronto’s Indo Canadian community is fairly diverse and includes people primarily of Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Keralite, Bengali, and Sindhi ethnic backgrounds. There are well over 100 Sikh societies in Canada alone and the same number of Hindu societies/temples as well. Hindu temples are usually established by separate Indian ethnic communities. There are numerous radio programs that represent Indo-Canadian culture. A number of Canadian television networks broadcast programming that features Indo-Canadian culture. Indians have surely established a mark in the field of governance, art, culture, literature, and education.
Indian Embassy in Canada High Commission of India
10, Springfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario-KIM 1 C9, Canada
The United Nations Chosen Place to Live in!!
The UNO has time and again ranked Canada as a best place to live in and study, based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational accomplishment, life expectancy, national income and Overall quality of life. It also included Canada’s abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and a health care system that is a model for the world.Excellence in Education and Research.
Canadian universities are ranked among the best in the world. Its degrees are valued and acknowledged all over. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries.
Degrees of International Repute.
Canada boasts of world class educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines. Over 148,000 international students attend Canadian colleges and universities from all over the globe. This means that you can meet people from around the world as well as people from your own country.
Job Opportunities after graduation.
International students are encouraged to take up jobs after their graduation. Students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus and off-campus without a work permit.
Safe & Peaceful Country.
Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country. We have laws that protect the rights of our citizens. Almost 65 per cent of international students in a CBIE survey cited that Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
Excellent health care.
Canada has very sophisticated yet inexpensive health care facilities. Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada.
Expertise in Language!
Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative abilities here at Canada considered world leaders in language training. Over a century, Canada’s two official languages (English and French) have been taught as second languages.
A multicultural country.
Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people, called First Nations. Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Every year, some 200,000 new immigrants arrive here making Canada – a diverse and rich cosmopolitan country. Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.
Salubrious Nature & Seasons.
While Canada has big cities, it also has a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system. The temperature varies a great deal in Canada. Certain cities almost never have snow in the winter while other cities may get a lot. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
Canadians can be reserved with newcomers but are generally very welcoming, amicable and respectful of differences. Educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and many have targets to increase their numbers of international students. One thing is for sure-Study in Canada will be a memorable experience!
Study In Canada
‘Expenditure’ is an area which most students would like to have detailed information first, before they plan their education abroad. In fact, awareness about the costs involved is ‘very crucial’ before one ventures into this expenditure-involved process.
Here are the details of Specific costs involved in Study Abroad Process
1. Application costs
Your study abroad plans start with the application process. If you want to apply for 4-6 universities/colleges, you have to consider Application Fees, Courier Charges, Cost of Documentation and Miscellaneous Expenditure like Stationary etc.
- USA : The average application fee is between $25-95 per US University. Very few colleges facilitate applications without fee, but most have an application processing fee, which is mandatory for international students.
- Like US, most Canadian universities do charge an application fee, which is around the same costs as US universities.
- For UK, France and Switzerland, there is no application fee for post-graduate applicants.
- Some Australian and New Zealand universities charge an application fee, however there are some universities/colleges offering free application.
Altogether, the average cost of applying to 4-5 universities may come to Rs 25,000 for USA and Canada and around Rs 10,000 for UK, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and France.
2. English Tests
Students have to write TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/SAT/IELTS as a prerequisite for admissions. Each student has to pay Coaching Fees and Examination Fees as prescribed by the respective Testing Agencies. The total expenditure for tests will be in the range of 8,000-15,000.
3. Scores reporting costs
Scores of TOEFL and GRE / GMAT / SAT are to be directly reported for the application process. Following are the present charges for score reporting (in addition to what ETS / College Board allows FREE, at the time of registration)
|TOEFL – $17||GRE – $15|
|GMAT – $28||SAT – $ 9|
|IELTS – Local center will determine the cost of additional score reporting|
Students can save $40-$90, if they can report the scores to the respective universities at the time of Exam itself.
4. Tuition and fees
Interestingly, Bachelor’s degree is costlier than Master’s degree because of the more number of credits involved at Grad level. Please note that all the costs indicated are approximate and vary upon the universities and programs. These costs will hike from one year to another. However, the average increase is around 5-10% per annum.
5. Cost of living expenditure
Cost of food alone will come approximately to $ 300 per month in US/Canada and other countries. If you include other incidental expenditure like rent, entertainment and other expenses, the average could be around $ 800-1000 per month, for a single student.
Insurance is mandatory for all international students, who plan to study abroad. Depending upon the company and policy taken, the cost of insurance for a student could be around Rs 15,000 – 20,000 per year, in any of the countries being discussed.
7. Books and supplies
This could be anywhere between US $ 400-1200 per year, depending upon field of study and the courses chosen.
8. Other costs
Visa application fee, air fare and settlement expenses like deposit on room/flat, basic necessities etc. are also to be factored in, while calculating the expenditure involved for studying abroad.
Presently, the Visa application fee is around Rs 4,400 for USA, Rs 5,100 for UK
Air fare could be between Rs 15,000 to 45,000 depending upon the country, season and airline.