Canada’s known for more than just its lakes & hockey, it is now a popular Indian student destination as well- & a surprisingly affordable one at that. And no we are not JUST saying that- Canada is internationally recognised for its higher education and has 200,000 international students from round the globe flying in EVERY year.
Q- But why pack your knapsack to go study in Canada?
Here are a few reasons why Canada could be a great pick for you…
- Velvety Chocolate and maple syrup- yummy-you only get the very best here. And no we are not trying to sugar coat (no pun intended) when we say- Canada IS the sweetest student destination to be.
- Canadians are sooooooo polite- they are notoriously famous for it…they really can’t help themselves…you’ll find them saying sorry for all sorts of reasons. SORRY- We are serious-LOL!
- Educational qualifications you receive will be recognised on a global scale. Canada’s unis, reputed for its quality, are among the best and are well renowned for their research opportunities.
- Programmes offered are career- focused and industry-aligned- ensuring you can hit the ground running when you graduate. A huge advantage.
- Recently stats show that 90% of graduates find employment within six months of graduation in Canada.
- Canadian uni campuses offer high-tech facilities, modern amenities, sports facilities of “Olympic-quality”, art galleries, concert halls, and much, much more for that perfect student experience
- Canadian unis enjoy international links to over 5,000 institutions from around the world. Studying there could open up a world of opportunities for you.
- Being the largest country in the Western hemisphere- it stretches 5,500km from the Pacific all the way to the Atlantic. Whew! Being so large, it has endlessly beautiful landscapes- lakes, mountains, glaciers, and forests- everything you could ever dream of. Close to 800,000 sq.km. of the Country’s land is made up of rivers, lakes, and water bodies. If you are an outdoors person- this is the best place for you. We are sure! There is a ton of fun activities you can take part in like hiking, river rafting, climbing, golfing, skiing, and camping! Sounds fun, eh?
Q- Which are the best ‘Cannuck’ unis I can study in?
Here are some of the best…McMaster University; Concordia University; McGill University; Queen’s University; University of Alberta; University of British Columbia; Universite de Montreal; University of Calgary; University of Toronto; York University; and University of Waterloo.
Q- What is this study permit I hear about? Do I need one?
Yes- international students generally need a study permit for higher studies there. And we suggest you apply the moment you get your letter of acceptance from the uni.
Q- What about my visa- what kind do I need?
If you receive your study permit, you will automatically get an eTA issued along with your permit. This is all you need.
Q- Can I get a quick checklist of what I need to produce when I apply for the Visa?
The documents you need to produce are:
· Your filled out student application form
· Your letter of acceptance from the Uni
· Your Certificate of acceptance from Quebec (If you are planning to study in the province i.e.)
· Your IELTS/ TOEFL scores
· Your passport (which should be valid at least for a year from when you plan to enter Canada)
· Bank draft for visa processing
Q- How about part-time work alongside my studies?
You can work up to 20 hours per week.
Q- Is Canada really more affordable than other international study destinations? How much would I have to spend on an annual basis?
Absolutely- we can’t stress this enough. At the undergrad level, you will have to spend somewhere between CAD 12,000 (nearly 6,35,000 INR) to CAD 35,000 (nearly 18,50,000 INR) and at the postgrad level- CAD10,000 (nearly 5,30,000INR) to CAD 39,000 (nearly 20,70,000 INR). Quite a reasonable price tag for international education.
Q- Are scholarships available?
Yes- here are some of the scholarships that Indian students like you can apply to…
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond
- Jubilee Scholarship
- CIFAR Global Scholars
- CIHR Fellowship
- IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
- Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) Program
- Trudeau Fellowships
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Q- Where would I stay?
When it comes to accommodation options- these are the three commonly used types…
- Dorms- These could work out to be the cheapest option of all- you’d have to spend anywhere between CAD 3,000 – 7,500.
- Homestays– This is a good way to learn more about Canadian culture up close and personal. A Canadian family will share their home with you and generally your food and laundry will be covered in this option- leaving your calendar open for study. You will have to shell out somewhere around CAD 400 –800 per month.
- Off-Campus Housing- Or you could rent out an apartment and share the rent with a few roommates- this could be really light on your pocket depending on how many roommates you decide to split the rent with. But how would you get look for these options from back home- student associations of the uni could lend you a hand with this. Some things you may want to look out for could include factors like damage deposits if the rent is inclusive of the heating and electricity; or if you would need to give rent by cheque or in cash every month.
Q- What should I spend my first few weeks doing?
In simple words- do all you can to get to know your uni. Here are few simple steps to get you there…
- Take some time to really explore the uni campus
- Check out if there are any workshops or learning resources available exclusively for international students
- If you are in confusion about anything-feel to ask your uni’s international student support for guidance
- There should be an international student club or something of that sort that you should definitely join to meet more students like yourself.
- Get yourself a Student ID- trust us-this is kind of a big deal- you might get discounts in restaurants, pubs, and shops in the locality and on campus.
So there you go- we’ve covered all your basics from your how to go there to your what to do there qs. Still have plenty more to ask? Fire away…just pick up that phone and dial 1-800-103-9634 or 1-800-103-2581 and we have all the answers you will ever need.