Why study in Canada

Hosting nearly half a million international students, Canada is known to offer high quality education at affordable tuition fee with degrees that are globally recognised. Add to it, an excellent quality of life, immense post-study work and immigration opportunities - Canada stands out as a popular country to study among Indian students.
Here are the top 8 reasons why Canada could be a great choice:
1. Academic excellence
One of the most important reasons why students choose to study in Canada is because of the high quality of education. When a student receives a degree from a Canadian university, it acts as a mark of trust and excellence. 26 of Canada's universities rank in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and 27 of them in the THE World University Rankings 2019.
2. Ample research opportunities
One of the biggest reasons why Canadian education stands unique is because of its strong focus on research and development. If you’re a research scholar, there can be no country better than Canada. The government of Canada offers great support to research in the disciplines of medicine, telecommunication, agriculture, environmental science and technology.
3. Affordable, falls in budget
Tuition fee in Canada, when compared to universities in the US and UK, is fairly cheaper. And when considering the return on investment, it is quite a viable option for Indian students.You can also apply to a range of scholarships to cut down on your educational expenses.
4. Cultural diversity
In Canada, you’ll find extremely warm and welcoming people who come from varied ethnic groups with different cultures and lifestyle. The multicultural environment in Canada promotes friendliness and peaceful living like no other country. In fact, you will find a lot of Indians studying, working and living here. You can also experience festivals and rituals such as:
• The Montreal International Jazz Festival
• Calgary Stampede
• NHL Hockey
• Experience “Poutine Week” – The blend of French fries, delicious gravy and cheese curd.
• Just for Laughs comedy Festival in Montreal
5 Safe and peaceful
Canada has been consistently ranked as one of the safest nations in the world. In 2018, the Global Peace Index*, listed Canada as the sixth peaceful country across the globe. As international student, you’ll enjoy the same rights as any other Canadian.
6. Earn while you learn
Thanks to its special regulations, Canada provides all its international students with an opportunity to work for up to 20 hours every week during their semesters and full-time during the summer and winter breaks. To work on-campus or as an intern in any company, you would not require any additional work permit as your study permit is enough to help you find a part time job.
Can I Study And Work Part-Time To Help Finance Myself In Canada?
Yes, you can in certain circumstances. However, when applying for a student authorization you must be able to prove to the visa officer that you have enough finances to support yourself for the entire length of your study program. International students can work off the University/College campus for 20 hours per week during their studies and 40 hours per week during their vacation period. Full-time students can work in their institutions without the need for an employment authorization. They can earn approximately C$ 7 - C$ 10 per hour. Students can work full time off campus during co-op terms and can earn approximately C$ 10 - C$ 15 per hour, amounting to C$ 400 to C$ 1,000 per month. You are allowed to work in Canada for 1 to 3 years after completing your academic program depending on the length of the program.

7. Vibrant and lively campus life
At all Canadian campuses you can expect events, fests, and other activities being conducted all through the year. This creates a happy and lively environment for all the students, helps you network and meet new people besides keeping the homesickness away.
8. Immigration opportunities
Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after completion of their graduation. You can gain some international work experience and apply for permanent residency later on.

Education system

Here’s an overview of the Canadian education for you.
One of the major reasons behind Canada’s popularity among students is its affordable quality education. The Canadian government spends generously on higher education and is among the top three countries to spend per capital on post-secondary education. Let’s find out more about the Canadian education system.
Study levels in Canada
Since the education system in Canada is managed by the provincial governments, the study levels and educational stages may lie in different clusters with different names. Here’s a synopsis:

Qualification Duration Description
Certificates and Diploma 1 to 2 years Vocational and job oriented programs, mainly technical
Associate degree 2 years Equivalent to first two years of a 4-year bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree 3 to 4 years And undergraduate degree which requires successful completion of secondary school. The duration of your course depends on the province and type of program although most courses last for 4 years. Certain provinces like Quebec have bachelor's degree of 3 years.
Bachelor's Honors degree 4 years This will require getting a specific GPA or credits, a majors or a specialist program
Postgraduate diploma 1 to 2 years A post bachelor degree qualification
Master's degree (by thesis) 1 to 2 years Often referred to as research masters, this requires mandatory submission of thesis for assessment and course completion
Master's degree (by non-thesis) 1 to 2 years This is a taught master's degree, not requiring thesis submission
Doctorate or PhD 4 to 7 years Ph.D. is awarded when students complete dissertation and successfully defend their work before a panel of faculty members
Post-Doctoral Programs No time limit Specialised research-oriented programs

Types of institutions
There are different types of qualifications offered by various institutions of Canada.
• University: Students can apply for undergraduate degree, postgraduate certificate, diploma and degree, professional degrees and doctorate in universities of Canada.
• University colleges: Programs offered by university colleges include diploma and university transfer programs.
• Community colleges: Students can get certificate, diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma in community colleges.
• Career and technical colleges: Certificate and diploma offered for technical education.

Co-operative education
This unique platform brings together classroom-based education and practical work experience making for more structured and pragmatic learning. This is an exceptionally wonderful avenue for international students who do not wish to consume themselves in a completely lecture-based education. Note that 50% of the program will include work experience therefore you must have a work permit.
Academic year
September is the main intake in Canada and witnesses maximum number of student admissions. While most colleges and universities offer the September and January intake, you may also be able to get admissions in the Summer intake that starts around April/May.

Pedagogy in Canadian classrooms
Active participation, research and analysis via presentation, assignments and lab tests are the basis of Canadian learning. Classes are usually a mix of lectures, tutorials and lab sessions having a student strength of about 30 to 200. While lectures may have a higher number of students, tutorials are generally held within small groups for better and in-depth understanding of the concept. Canadian universities focus on providing a holistic experience wherein students get opportunities that improve their learning, career and life.
Tuition fee
In comparison to the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Canada offers the lowest tuition rates for foreign students.
To cover tuition fees, you will need between CAD 7,000 and CAD 29,000 (indicative costs) a year. However, this is a general guide only and cost varies in relation to the institution and program you are applying for, as well as the location and lifestyle.
Financial aid
Financial aids are available for Indian students applying to Canadian students in the form of scholarships, grants, bursaries, tuition waiver, etc. Note that the amount of the reward and its type varies between various institutions and programs. Since getting a scholarship is competitive, we recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the preferred intake begins.
Here’s an overview of the kinds of scholarships you can apply for based on your study level.
For undergraduates (UG)
• Merit-based scholarship
• Provincial Government scholarship
• Need-based grants and bursaries by college
• Tuition waiver
• Commonwealth scholarship
• Private/Organisational scholarship
For Postgraduates (PG)
• Merit-based scholarship
• Provincial Government scholarship
• Research associate-ship
• Professional Development award
• Fellowship
• Teaching assistantship
• Commonwealth scholarship
• Private/Organisational scholarship

Popular programs among Indian students
Global Business Management
Mechanical Engineering- Industrial & Design / Automotive

Project Management
Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts

I.T. Business Analytics

Big Data Analytics
Embedded Systems

Wireless Networking
Fitness and Health Promoti

Education cost

Education Cost

Canada is the world’s most educated country with over half of its residents being college graduates. As per Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada is amongst the top 3 countries in the world in terms of spending per capita for public post-secondary education.
Canadian institutes charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada's inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world.

Tuition Fees
Programm Tuition Fees(Approx.)/Year in CAD In Indian Rs./Year
Diploma & Certificate Program 13,000 - 16,000 7,41,000 – 9,21,000
Bachelors Program 13,000 - 18,000 7,41,000 – 10,26,000
Masters Program 17,000 - 25,000 9,69,000 - 14,25,000

Conversion Rate C$1 = Rs 57/-

Living Expenses
Types of Accommodation Living costs & expenses(Approx.)/month in CAD In Indian Rs/Month
Residency/Dormitory 350 - 515 per month 19,950 - 29,355
Off campus Rental housing 350 - 700per month (shared apartment) 19,950 - 39,900
500 - 1200 per month(single apartment) 25,500. - 68,400
Homestay 550 - 800 per month 31,350 - 45,600

Conversion Rate C$1 = Rs 57/-