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    Study in Canada: Costs, Visa Process, Top Universities, Application & Interview, Job Opportunities

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    Bhavya Rawal

    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - Jul 27, 2021

    Towards the end of 2018, Canada overtook the USA and became the top study abroad destination for international students. Between 2018 and 2019, applications for studying in Canada recorded an increase from 10.1% to 13.8%. Amongst all the countries, the majority of international students in Canada are Indian nationals, followed by China. From 52,645 study permits in 2016 to 139,740 permits in 2019, Indian students. As per IRCC reports, the number of applications in the initial four months of 2021 is around 75% of that in the entire 2020. 

    Check out: Why Canada is preferred over USA?

    Over the past decade, foreign students have been flocking to study in Canada, especially from Asian countries like India and China. The international student population in Canada is booming over the years, now exceeding over 642,000 in 2020. The latest data released by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicates 404,000 new study permits approved to study in Canada, 2020. 

    Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia are the largest beneficiaries of foreign students studying in Canada. The number of students holding Canadian study permits is nearly 500,000. Countries like India, China, and Korea contribute to a major part of this population. The graphical representation below discussed how a rise has been observed in the number of international study permit holders for a time span of 10 years (2010-2019). 

    Study Permit Holders in Canada 2010-2019

    Study in Canada during Pandemic

    The total number of international students in Canada decreased by 17% in 2020 as compared to 2019. Additionally, changes in the government policies resulted in a 48.1% decline in the study permit approval rate for Canada. Even after the decline, CBIE reports around 96% of international students to recommend Canada as a study destination and 60% of those studying in Canada plan to apply for permanent residence. 

    The Covid-19 pandemic did hit the Canadian education sector quite hard. In 2020, the study permit applications for Canada witnessed a decline of 48.3%. As the pandemic situation in Canada has significantly improved in 2021, the number of Canadian study permit applications is witnessing an upward trend. As per IRCC reports, the number of applications in January- April 2021 is around 75% of that in the entire 2020.

    Study in Canada: Top Colleges for International Students

    Top Colleges Avg. Annual Fees (INR)
    University of Toronto  34.55 lakhs
    University of British Columbia 27.89 lakhs
    McGill University 9.96 lakhs
    McMasters University 17.81 lakhs
    University of Montreal 14.38 lakhs
    University of Alberta  14.67 lakhs
    University of Ottawa 29.85 lakhs
    University of Calgary 10.08 lakhs
    University of Waterloo 20.86 lakhs
    Western University 18.04 lakhs
    Queen’s University 12.04 lakhs
    Calgary University 12.09 lakhs
    University of Ottawa 13.14 lakhs
    Dalhousie University 11.40 lakhs
    Simon Fraser University 16.01 lakhs
    University of Victoria 13.58 lakhs

    Why International Students Study in Canada?

    Apart from offering education excellence through top universities in Canada, the reasons driving international student’s desire to study in Canada are manifold. Some of these are discussed in details as:

    • Easy visa policy: Canada welcomes the international student population with open arms. The immigration-friendly policies and multi-cultural cities make it easier for students to live abroad.
    • Cost-effective quality education: Considered a better study location as compared to the USA, Canada ensures that its students receive a quality education at affordable prices. The cost of studying in Canada is relatively lower and the scholarship opportunities available are relatively more. 
    • Plenty of similar job opportunities for natives and immigrants: The job sector in Canada for each and every kind of work profile offers both natives and immigrants with  
    • Declining international acceptance rates in the US: The acceptance rate of US F1 visa has seen a decline which opens doors for Canada as the next popular study destination. 
    • Canada’s International Education Strategy (2019-2024) aiming to promote global ties and diversify the education sector.
    Student Population to study in Canada

    With burgeoning middle-income aspirants in the developing countries, reduced costs of education and living expenses have played a vital role in the rising demand for study in Canada. Canadian universities are expected to see a large part of incoming foreign students in the future due to the uncertainties surrounding visa approval in the US.

    Pardon us if we forgot to warn you about the Canadian weather. Despite all the pros of studying in Canada, adjusting to extreme cold weather can be a little overwhelming for international students, especially those coming from tropical areas.

    What to Study in Canada?

    Education in Canada is cheaper and recognized globally. The flexibility and variety of programs offered by the education system in Canada is the foremost reason why the number of international students studying in Canada has grown by nearly 90% since 2008. The education system of Canada is divided into three levels: -

    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Post-secondary Education

    The Hierarchy: After completing their elementary and secondary education for up to the age of 16-18, students move on to their Post-secondary Education. Listed are the post-secondary programs and their duration in the Canadian higher education system.

    Post-Secondary Programs Duration
    Certificate 1 year
    Diploma 1 to 2 years
    Advanced Diploma 2 to 3 years
    Bachelor’s Degree 4 years full-time study
    Post-Graduate Diploma or Certificates 1 or 2 years
    Master’s Degree 1 to 2 years
    Doctorate or Ph.D. 4 to 7 years

    With a huge number of short-term courses in Canada open for international students, you can find many designated colleges offering only short-term courses like diploma and certificate programs for a specific level of education.  

    Language Requirements: Out of the two official languages of Canada i.e. English and French, students need to be well acquainted with any one of these languages compulsorily. One can also opt for language courses offered at some of the Canadian universities.

    Top Courses in Canada

    Top Program University Cost
    BBA in Canada UToronto, SFU, Dalhousie University 18-22 lakh
    BTech UToronto, University of Calgary, UBC 6-28 lakhs
    MBA in Canada U of T, McGill University, UWO 11-59 lakhs
    MS in Data Science UBC, Ryerson University, U of T 12 lakhs
    MS in Business Analytics UBC, York University, University of Alberta 14-36 lakhs
    Masters in Computer Science UToronto, UWaterloo, UBC 9.5 to 57.9 lakhs
    Masters in Civil Engineering U of T, UBC, UWaterloo 14-22 lakhs
    PG Diploma Courses Algonquin College, Centennial College, Fleming College 7-15 lakhs

    Popular Programs and Courses in Canada: The most popular courses opted by international students in Canada are in the field of Business and Finance, Engineering, Computer Science and IT, Humanities, Health & Medicine, Life Sciences, and Media & Journalism. Here are some more programs to look forward to studying in Canada:

    Where to Study in Canada?

    Apart from wishing to studying in your preferred university, you might be interested in knowing the best student cities in Canada. Some of the most popular student cities include Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, Vancouver, and Edmonton. Here is what you can expect when choosing universities in these particular student cities:

    • Toronto: Located in the province of Ontario, Toronto is home to Canada’s most reputable university, U of T. It is also the largest city in Canada and boasts of being one of the world’s most multicultural cities. The city is known as the financial center of Canada, with 5 of the largest banks in the country. 
    • Vancouver: This young city in Canada, is the third-largest metropolis in the country. It makes it to the most liveable cities in the world. Home to universities like the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and more, it is best for students who wish to combine city-living with laid-back outdoors within easy reach.
    • Montreal: Canada’s second-largest city is the highest in a concentration of post-secondary students. It also features in Best Student Cities as per QS. It is home to universities like McGill, University de Montreal, and Concordia University.
    • Edmonton: The capital of province Alberta, Edmonton is also popularly called the Festival City. It is home to UAlberta and offers students relatively decent weather to survive in Canada.  

    How to Study in Canada?

    Application timeline of pursuing higher education in Canada is as follows:

    Month Details
    September/October Fill in the online application form
    January/February Submit all the required documents
    March-May The response is sent by the university
    May - July Apply for and obtain a student visa to Canada
    September Orientation session, the program commences

    Documents required to study in Canadian Universities are listed below:

    • Scanned copy of passport
    • Academic transcripts from your previous institution, that is
      • School-leaving certificate, if applying for a Bachelors course
      • Bachelor's degree certificate, if applying to a Masters course
      • Any other relevant certificates of merit
    • Letter of recommendation, if needed
    • Statement of purpose for Canada
    • Proof of language proficiency
    • Resume or CV, if needed

    Study in Canada with IELTS

    The minimum IELTS score requirements to study in some of the top Canadian universities are listed below 

    University IELTS score
    University of Toronto 6.5
    McGill University 6.5
    University of British Columbia 6.5
    University of Alberta 6.5
    McMaster University 6.5
    University of Calgary 6.5
    University of Ottawa 6.5
    University of Saskatchewan 6.5

    Canada Student Visa

    International students must obtain a study permit to study in Canada for a duration of more than 6 months or continue ongoing education in Canada. A student visa in Canada is known as a study permit.

    When should you apply for the study permit?

    Planning is the most important part when deciding to study abroad. Students aspiring to study in Canada are advised to apply for their study permit 4 to 6 months prior to the beginning of their classes.

    What documents are required to apply for the student permit?

    • A letter of acceptance from the designated learning institution (DLI) is mandatory to apply for a student visa.
    • Valid passport or travel document
    • Identity proof, authorized by the resident’s government.
    • A financial statement in support of the candidate’s eligibility to meet living costs and fees is also required.
    • Medical information
    • A letter defining your statement of purpose to study in Canada and how will you add to the pool of resources there.

    Apply: Application for Canada Student Permit can be made online and offline via:

    • Government of Canada Key, log in at GCKey
    • Visit the nearest VAC (Visa Application Centre) or apply at the entry port

    You can restore your status as a student if you are planning to extend your stay in Canada by renewing the study permit for 350 CAD (Restoring status - 200 CAD & new study permit - 150 CAD)

    How should you prepare for the visa interview?

    After the visa application process, students are called for an interview. This process is a bit strenuous and requires a lot of preparation. Students are advised to go through a student guide for tips to crack visa interviews.

    Visa Interview

    If you are accepted at a Quebec based institution, produce the following documents additionally:

    • Letter of explanation/ Statement of Purpose of visit
    • Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)

    Find out What can result in Rejection of Canadian Study Permit

    Canada study permit takes 6 weeks’ time for processing. However, with the introduction of the SDS Program, students from China, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines can get their visas within 45 days.

    Rise in indian students holding Canadian Visa

    How can the students immigrate to Canada?

    Migrating to Canada becomes easy after obtaining a degree from a Canadian university. The Canadian government has many programs dedicated to the transition of an international student into a permanent resident.

    For recent graduates, Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is open to gain some working experience within the Canadian industry.

    Some of the other offers for international students include:

    • Canadian Experience Class: For students who have completed 2 years of education and have work experience of 1 year.
    • Quebec Experience Class: Students must have proficiency in the French language and completion of the CEGEP program from an institution in Quebec.
    • Provincial Nomination Program: Eligible candidates apply via a paper-based process or express entry after getting nominated by the province officials.

    Cost of Studying in Canada

    When planning to study abroad, the tuition costs and budget planning are the first things crossing our minds.

    You need not worry much about Canada Study costs. It stands out to be the most student-friendly country among others due to its affordable study options. Studying and living in Canada may cost up to $38,000- $39,000 per year for an international student. The tuition fee for an undergraduate degree varies from 1,800 CAD per year to 20,000 CAD per year. Cost of accommodation, food, books, and supplies, as well as transportation, add to your budget. Estimated annual expense average around 12,000 CAD.

    Tuition Fees for Popular Courses in Canada

    Courses  Total Fees in INR
    MBA in Canada 11-59 lakhs
    Masters in Canada 14-22 lakhs
    Masters in Data Science  12 lakhs
    Masters in Business Analytics  14-36 lakhs
    Masters in Computer Science 9.5 to 57.9 lakhs
    BTech in Canada 1.1 Cr or more
    PG Diploma in Canada 7-15 lakhs
    Masters in International Business 19-49 lakhs
    Masters in Mechanical Engineering 8 to 29 lakhs
    Bachelors in Computer Science 88 lakhs

    Tuition Fees in Canada vs USA and UK

    Country Level of Study Annual Costs (CAD) Cost (INR equivalents)
    CANADA Undergraduate $7,700 - $23,200 3-12 Lakhs
    Graduate $11,600 - $27,000 6-15 Lakhs

    Undergraduate $7,700 - $27,000 3-15 Lakhs
    Graduate $15,500 - $46,500 8-25 Lakhs

    Undergraduate $11,000 - $20,000 6-11 Lakhs
    Graduate $13,600 - $27,800 7-15 Lakhs

    Scholarships to Study in Canada

    To reduce the financial burden, students can apply to scholarship programs for international students initiated by the Government of Canada.

    Scholarship Eligibility Award Application
    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Canadian and Foreign citizens $54,219 per year (taxable) Registration at Canadian Common CV and ResearchNet Account
    Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program Students from Caribbean Countries pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs 4 months: $5,576; 
    5-6 months: $7,513;
    8 months: $11,386
    Canadian institutes register at ‘International Scholarships Canada Application Tool’ for eligible students
    Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) Students from ASEAN countries 5-6 months: $8,675;
    8 months: $11,153
    Scholarships Canada Application Tool’ for eligible students
    Queen’s University International Scholarship India Indian applicants with 80% or more $15,314 No application required
    Queen’s University International Scholarships For international students with higher academic grades $6,969 No application required
    UBC International Major Entrance Scholarship UG applicant for UBC with high academic grades Variable No application required

    Jobs after Studying in Canada

    Jobs in Canada are available for students of all levels, graduates, and professionals alike. Plenty of work-study in Canada options is available for international students. You can work either on-campus or off-campus, you can work as a co-op student or as an intern. You also have the option to stay and work in Canada after your graduation. You will need a work permit (PGWP) to work in Canada. Application for Post-graduation Work Permit costs $255 CAD.

    Job opportunities available for graduates from the high-demanding fields of Management, Engineering, and Medicine:

    Fields Job Profile Expected Average Package
    Management Recruitment Professional Specialized $62,932
    Statistician and Actuaries $69,404
    Senior Business Manager $75,241
    Engineering Chemical Engineer $65840
    Mechanical Engineer $61,967
    Environmental Engineer $80348
    Medicine Dentist $99,148
    Pharmacist $77,465
    Veterinarians $77,465

    The Canadian universities with the highest employability rate are: 

    Study in Canada: ROI for Top Universities

    University Fees (lakhs INR) Salaries Offered (INR/yr)
    U of T 34.5 64 to 98 lakhs
    UBC 27.89 58 lakhs to 1. Cr
    McGill 9.96 52 to 90 lakhs
    McMaster 17.81 41 to 89 lakhs
    UAlberta 14.67 42 to 53 lakhs
    uOttawa 29.85 37 to 96 lakhs
    University of Calgary 10.08 41 lakhs to 1.1 Cr
    University of Waterloo 20.86 49 lakhs to 1.4 Cr

    Here are some important things to take away with you, if you are planning to study in Canada:

    How much does it cost to study in Canada?

    The costs vary depending on the university of choice or level of study. However, the basic costs for certain programs and at a certain levels of study are:

    • Undergraduate programs- 7,700 - 23,200 CAD (annual)
    • Some of the popular bachelor’s programs costs in Canada:
      • Btech in Canada: 158,000 to 323,000 CAD (total)
    • Postgraduate Programs-  11,600 - 27,000 CAD (annual)
    • Some of the popular masters programs to study in Canada:
      • Masters in Canada: 20,000 to 30,000 CAD (annual)
      • MBA in Canada: 21,000 to 105,000 CAD (overall costs).
      • Masters in Data Science in Canada: 22,000 to 44,000 CAD (overall costs).
      • Masters in Business Analytics in Canada: 26,000 to 56,000 CAD (overall costs).

    Candian Student Visa

    • Eligibility: Register to DLI, show minimum funds, obtain a medical certificate, proof that you will leave Canada after completion of studies. 
    • Application fees:150 CAD
    • Minimum Funds Required: 10,000-11,000 CAD for the applicant.

    Immigration & Residence

    • Immigrant friendly nation
    • PR is comparatively easier to obtain
    • For immigrating to Canada, the initial and most important step is to complete the Express Entry Profile. The invitation to apply for a PR is based on the individual score and rank in the express entry profile.
    • You can find out more on the Candian Immigration website.

    If you have made your decision to study in Canada, vastly different natural and cultural experiences await you in the friendly, tolerant, and globally recognized powers. Your education standards will be comparable to those at Ivy League institutions and studying in Canada will offer you all this at a cheaper price than other international education destinations.