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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


11 Apr 2018 2.1K Book icon 4 mins Share

Australia or Canada – Where will you study this year?

The day has finally arrived when you'll be deciding where to study abroad? Is it Australia or Canada that appeals most to you?

11 Apr 2018 2.1K Book icon 4 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Imagine a life – when you look outside your window, you see only snow! Snow becomes the only thing credible in your life. You step outside in the snow and grab a coffee at Starbucks or all you do is snuggle inside your warm blanket and spend the entire day reading.

Imagine another life – When you step outside, you see wild animals and forests galore. You want to experience the Phylum Arthropoda, and marsupial animals that keep hopping and popping around you. And you want to be out there and experience the ‘wild’ life that you often have seen on National Geographic or Animal Planet.

If you were to lead one life, which one would you choose? Which one appeals more to you? Let me know the reason…

Simply put, why do you prefer to study in Australia or Canada?

The general perception behind more international students moving to Canada, for the past few years, is due to the infamous ‘Trump’ effect. But there are other reasons why many international students prefer Canada for their overseas studies. Similarly, international students prefer higher education in Australia for several reasons. DIversity, quality of education, employability options and post-study work options are the main reasons why international students choose Canada and Australia for their studies. 

So the major differences between studying in Canada and studying in Australia are as follows:

Academic requirements

In most Canadian institutions, applications are accepted from international students who have had 12 years of schooling. To apply for management degree programmes, students must take up GMAT and for engineering programmes, students need to take up GRE exams.

Also, a common English language assessment criterion is IELTS exam, which students need to take up. Most Canadian institutes demand a minimum 6.0 IELTS band from Indian students.

In Australia, most institutes accept 12 years of pre-university education for undergraduate admissions. For postgraduate admissions, Australian institutes ask for a minimum 3-year UG degree as a prerequisite.

Students might need to take up GMAT or GRE based on the programme they enrol for at Australian universities. And IELTS or TOEFL could be waived off at certain universities, depending on the course choice and qualification of students. Exams like PTE and CAE are given equal weightage at some institutes in Australia when accepting applications from Indian students.


Based on THE World University Rankings 2017-18, the following Australian universities are considered as top ranked –

  1. University of Melbourne
  2. The Australian National University
  3. The University of Sydney
  4. The University of Queensland
  5. Monash University
  6. University of New South Wales
  7. University of Western Australia
  8. University of Adelaide
  9. James Cook University
  10. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Similarly, THE World University Rankings classify following Canadian universities as top ranked –

  1. University of Toronto
  2. The University of British Columbia
  3. McGill University
  4. McMaster University
  5. University of Alberta
  6. University of Calgary
  7. University of Ottawa
  8. University of Waterloo
  9. Western University (Ontario)
  10. Dalhousie University

Popular courses

Popular courses in Canada amongst International students are Business, Management, Engineering, Computer Science and Hospitality.

In Australia, international students tend to choose Accounting, MBA, Healthcare, Computer Science and IT, Hotel Management and Business as popular options.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee in Canada ranges from INR 7,00,000 to INR 15,00,000 for undergraduate studies. And for postgraduate studies, the tuition fee ranges from INR 10,00,000 to INR 23,00,000.

In Australia, the tuition fee ranges from INR 15,00,000 to INR 18,00,000 for undergraduate studies. For postgraduate studies like MBA, the tuition fee ranges from INR 13,00,000 to INR 19,00,000.

Life outside campus

Canada – some of the popular student cities are Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec.

Australia – some of the popular student cities are Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Housing and living expenses vary from place to place. Often students might find the expenses in Australia to be more expensive than what it is in Canada. But as an international student, you will eventually learn how to manage your finances. You can also look for scholarships to support your tuition and living cost either in Australia or Canada. 

There are plenty of things to do in both countries. Given both Australia and Canada are rich in diversity and culture, Indian students are never too far from their own community wherever they go. 

Life after studies

In Canada, students who complete their postgraduate studies can stay over for maximum 3 years. The rule is also applicable for students seeking undergraduate studies for 2 years. This rule came into effect with the amendments made into the existing Express Entry System in 2016.

In Australia, Students who enrol themselves for 2-year programmes can get a stay option of maximum 2 years. But this rule is not applicable to students who choose 1- or 1.5-year programme to study in Australia.


Both Canada and Australia have scores of companies to work for. 

In Canada, Some of the popular companies are as follows:

  1. 3M
  2. Accenture
  3. Bell Canada
  4. Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
  5. PerpsiCo Canada
  6. Procter & Gamble Inc.
  7. Salesforce Canada Corporation
  8. Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd.

According to LinkedIn, these are the top Australian companies to work for:

  1. Commonwealth Bank
  2. Wesfarmers
  3. Deloitte Australia
  4. Macquarie Group
  5. Suncorp Group
  6. REA Group
  7. AMP
  8. Vodafone Australia
  9. National Australia Bank
  10. Origin Energy
  11. Cotton On Group
  12. Lion
  13. Bank of Queensland


The infamous phrase from Game of Thrones  ‘winter is coming’ applies to Canada. When it’s winter in Canada, it means you should be ready to face adversity in your life. The harsh winter in Canada is a testing time for many, who would have earlier boasted of spending great amount of time swimming in cold waters of the sea.

In Australia, the climate varies from location to location. The northern region of Australia experiences a tropical climate, quite similar to the Indian climate, with hot, humid summer and warm, dry winter. On the other hand, the southern region experiences mild summers and cool, sometimes rainy, winters.


Gone are those days when you used to sit and think – How do I apply to my favourite study destination? Who will help me with the application and visa process? Will I be able to complete the application process in time? Will I be able to convince the visa officer that I have an honest intention to study abroad?

Now, we are all living in the digital age, and like everything else, the procedure to apply at your favourite study destination has become easier.

Some students would have already applied to Australian universities whereas others might be waiting to apply to institutes in Canada. The virtual services offered by us make it faster and convenient for students to process their applications. 

Our counsellors can tell you how to shortlist and apply to institutes of your choice. Let us know which is your ideal study abroad destination, and we’ll tell you how to go for it.  

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