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Study in Canada

Every year, 180,000 international students choose to study in Canada, a country fast becoming India’s favorite study hub. And it’s not that hard to see why

Canada- for starters-is a HUGE (9,984.670 sq km) country with six time zones (!), the world’s largest coastline, and more number of lakes than all of the world’s lakes combined! This large landmass (the second largest to be more precise), Canada, takes the world’s breath away with its majestic range of landscapes, glacial peaks, ice-fields, green vegetation, and massive mountains. And yes/oui- it has two official languages – English & French!

Filled with popular tourist attractions, there is a long list of Canadian scenic wonders for students to sight see. Most visited tourist spots at a quick glance: the Niagara Falls, the 135 km-long Okanagan Lake with its supposedly scary Ogopogo monster (boo!), the Glacier National Park, the Banff National Park, and the Canadian Rockies, to name a few.


Students can have their pick from more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate programmers offered across approximately 92 unis plus 175 community colleges.

A look at what to study in Canada:

• Certificate level (One year)
• Diploma level (One or two years)
• Advanced Diploma (Two or three-years)
• Bachelor degrees (Four years of full-time study)
• Post-graduate Diplomas/Certificates (One or two years)
• Master’s degrees (one to two years)
• Doctorate or PhD (four to seven years)
Some popular courses at the undergraduate level- Bachelor of Engineering & Bachelor of Administrative Studies, and at the postgraduate level- PGD in management, MBA, MS and LLB degrees. For those looking to go for postgraduate study- you’ve hit gold-Canada is the right place for you! Research happens to be one of the key components of a Canadian education; the Canadian Government and industry support research in areas including telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Top University's

Here are a few of Canada’s most reputed university's
1. Concordia University
2. McMaster University
3. McGill University
4. University of Alberta
5. Queen’s University
6. Universite de Montreal
7. University of British Columbia
8. University of Toronto
9. University of Calgary
10. University of Western Ontario
11. University of Waterloo
12. York University

How to get a Canada Student Visa

Eligibility criteria

You need to apply for a Canadian study permit before entering the country. To be able to apply for this permit, you should have been accepted by a designated learning institute (DLI). You can check your institute’s name in the designated learning institutions list offered by the Canadian Government here.

The list only includes schools at the post-secondary level. On your application form, you will have to write the DLI number which you will get from the above link. There are some institutes that may not have a DLI number, but if you can find their name on this list, then it means they are eligible to take international students.

Remember, you can only start your application process for the study permit as soon as you get the letter of acceptance from your university. That’s number one in the Canadian student visa eligibility requirements list.

Next in line in the eligibility criteria, is the money/assets you have. You need to prove that you will be able to pay for your tuition fees, bear the living expenses of yourself and any accompanying members in the country, as well as return transportation costs from Canada.

As an aspiring foreign student in Canada, you will have to make the immigration officer understand that you will not stay back in the country after you finish your studies.

Documents Required for Canadian Student Visa Application

Here’s a checklist of the documents you’d need to apply for a Canadian study permit:

1. Letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institute with a valid DLI number. You will be required to attach the original letter.
2. Valid proof of identity for every single person accompanying the family, including recent passport size photos, their name and date of birth.
3. Proof of financial support according to which you must prove that you can support yourself and all your family members while in Canada. This would include your bank account details with a Canadian bank, bank account details for the past four months, proof of loan details secured from a financial institution as a student, among others.
4. Letter of explanation, with details about why you are applying for a study permit, even though you may not need one. Having a study permit also gives you the freedom to work part time on campus as a full-time student. At the same time, if you wish to continue studying in Canada, you can apply to renew the permit while living in Canada. You don’t have to leave the country to get it renewed.

Fees for Canada Student Visa

As proof of financial support, you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Canada.

Applying for a study permit in Canada is stated to cost $CAN 150. Beyond this, the minimum amount you would need to study in Canada is $10,000 plus tuition fees for a 12-month period outside Quebec, and $11,000 plus tuition for the same period in Quebec, for a single student.
This amount will increase with the addition of each additional family member.

Processing time for student visas

Processing time is the time taken by the CIC to take a decision about the application you filed. It will be counted from the day CIC receives an application to the final decision day.
There is no specific day or time mentioned when you check the processing time. The visa offices update processing time tool weekly on the whole, and only show the time which it took to process 80% of the applications.

Working as a student in Canada

One advantage of having a study permit as a full time student in Canada is that you are at liberty to work on campus. You don’t need a separate work permit for it. Ensure that your study permit has printed on it either of the following remarks:

• May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
• May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria