Study in Canada

When in Canada, you will find a throng of international students in every city. Amidst that crowd, you will recognise many South Asian faces.

With its range of landscapes, glacial peaks, ice fields, green vegetation and massive mountains, there is a long list of Canadian scenic wonders for students to sight see while studying in the country. Most visited tourist spots at a quick glance are the Niagara Falls, the 135 km long Okanagan Lake with its Ogopogo lake monster, the Glacier National Park, the Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, to name a few.

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Why study in Canada?

From natural peaks to skyscrapers, Canada has it all! Montreal and Toronto are two large cities that offer just about everything students could possibly ask for.

Toronto, an ethnically diverse city is also a major centre of higher learning and research with many well-known institutions such as the University of Toronto.

The City of Saints, Montréal, is one that defies all expectation with its lush mix of North American & European swagger and cutting-edge culture. The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, given its low crime rate. There are also walksafe programmes, where volunteers assist people in getting to public transportation or their homes during late hours at night.

Canada is home to 25 Nobel laureates and has some of the world’s top universities. According to QS World Ranking, four of the top 100 universities in the world are from Canada. The average tuition cost in Canada is less than that in other countries like the US. Canada has a hassle-free visa application process for students. Work opportunities in Canada are good and students can work there for a limited period of time after graduation. After working in Canada for a few years you can apply for permanent residency in needed.

Study options

There are three academic intakes at the institutions in Canada: fall, winter and summer. Fall lasts from September to December, winter lasts from January to April and summer lasts from May to August. Though fall is the primary intake in most colleges, some colleges do offer a winter intake.

International students are advised to apply at the earliest, as scholarships and admissions get more and more competitive closer to the deadline. A typical application deadline would be 6 to 9 months before your session starts, and it can vary depending on each department and the subject of choice. Though deadlines are not flexible, except for diploma programmes, some institutions might accept students if seats are available.

Students can choose from a number of study programmes –

  • Certificate or diploma (One or two years)
  • Advanced diploma (Two or three years)
  • Undergraduate (three or four years)
  • Postgraduate (two years)
  • PhD (four or five years with dissertation)

Some popular courses at the undergraduate level are engineering and administrative studies and at the postgraduate level are management, finance, MBA/MIM, MS and LLB degrees.

The price tag for higher studies in Canada is roughly half compared with other leading study destinations. Tuition fees vary from institution to institution. On average, students will have to shell out CAD 10,000–40,000 per year.

Annual living expenses will depend on the living location you prefer and the type of accommodation that suits you, i.e., private, homestay or on-campus accommodation. On average, students pay CAD 6,000–8,000 per year for their accommodation. Of course, the transport and other expenses should be factored in. And one more thing that you can’t avoid is a health insurance that costs CAD 600 (approx.) per year.

International students can work part time for 20 hours per week – generally the first six months on campus and off campus post this period. Some universities with more intensive courses allow their students to work for nearly 12 hours since working for more hours can affect their students’ performance.

Benefits of studying in Canada

  1. You will have several options to choose from: big or small universities and small-town or city universities.
  2. Students can enjoy an active and varied lifestyle in this beautiful country, along with great health-care benefits, and the thing that Canada is most known for – politeness of the locals.
  3. Students will have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded people and gain valuable international student experience through student clubs and organisations.

What is your reason to study in Canada? Is it the anticipation to visit the country? Or is it the dream to study in that country? We are here to guide you with your applications to study at Canadian universities. Do let us know what assistance you are looking for, and we’ll be on the way to answer your queries.

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Canada, students should register with Oasis Abroad Study and Visa Services. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Oasis Abroad Study and Visa Services, work on the New Zealand admissions process.

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  • Profiling
    We make an assessment of academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
  • Standardised Tests
    We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
  • University/Course Selection
    Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
  • Document Editing
    We edit essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
  • Application Review and Submission
    The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
  • Interview Preparation
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
  • Visa Counselling
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.

Pre Departure Information
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Here is a list of documents required for Canada:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary in Canada.

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.