Let us look at Canada one of the hottest new destinations for Indian students aspiring to study abroad. Despite a strong Indian expatriate population in Canada comprising Sikhs, Tamils and Bengalis, Canada as an alternative study abroad destination has come into focus just in the past few years. The close proximity to the USA, the high standards of living, choice of both French and English, opportunities to find jobs and attain citizenships are just some of the reasons that make Canada an attractive place to study. With three admission intakes every year, international students have a great opportunity to find a place in a Canadian university.
The Top-10 Canadian universities by academic excellence and international student support are:
- University of Toronto
- University of British Columbia
- McGill University
- University of Montreal
- University of Alberta
- McMaster University
- University of Ottawa
- University of Calgary
- University of Western Ontario
- Laval University
You can read this article for more information on these universities.
The English language requirements are on par with leading American universities. Based on the program selected and the level of study this ranges from an IELTS score of 5.5 to 7.0 or equivalent TOEFL score. Applicants to postgraduate programs are required to have a good score in their undergraduate degree and some specific postgraduate programs may require applicants to have at least two years of relevant work experience.
Specific programs require students to submit a GRE or GMAT score as well. Students are advised to ensure that they know the appropriate scores as mandated by the program and plan prepare for the tests accordingly.
You can find more information by reading this article on “FAQs on Studying in Canada”.
The Feb 2016 Intake:
Students aspiring to join a Canadian university in Feb 2016 are advised to submit their application forms with all relevant documents and academic transcripts by November 2015. Some universities accept application forms till mid-December though it is always advisable to submit the application form as early as possible. If you have any queries about the admissions process or would like to avail the assistance of our study abroad counselors for free; please call us on 1-800-103-2581. You will be assigned a dedicated study abroad counselor who will take you through the various university and program options that will suit your academic profile.
The cost factor will vary based on the city and university where you study. The cost of living in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will definitely be different. It is advisable to find on-campus accommodation that comes with a pre-determined meal plan. This will give you more time to focus on studies and you will not have to worry about reaching university on time.
Be it finding a part-time job when studying or securing a full-time job on graduation; Canada offers hard-working and intelligent students the chance to succeed. Students can seek extension on their visa once they graduate to find a job. Opportunities to settle down in Canada are also available for skilled workers. All in all it makes really good sense to consider Canada as your study abroad destination! Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programmes have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience on working in the industry.