Canada: An immigrant friendly destination
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MULTICULTURAL VALUES drive life in most of the university campuses and beyond

CANADA offers a wealth of higher education options and life-enriching opportunities at its universities and university colleges, and has over 90 universities and university colleges that are diverse and range in size from less than 1,000 students to over 40,000 students. They are located across the country.


There is no federal or national department of education in Canada. Each province and territory has exclusive responsibility for elementary, secondary and post-secondary education within its borders.

Range of programmes
Universities in Canada offer undergraduate (Bachelor’s and Honours) and graduate degrees (Master’s and doctoral). The length of most undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degrees is four years when undertaken on a full-time basis. Bachelor of Law (LLB) programmes are usually three years in duration, but require at least three years of prior undergraduate study for admission.

Similarly, degrees in medicine are usually of 4-year duration, however, admission to medical schools in Canada requires three years of prior undergraduate study. Postgraduate degrees from Canadian universities, including Master’s and doctoral degrees, are highly regarded internationally and generally offer competitive tuition fees. University colleges also offer academically-oriented undergraduate degrees as well as more practically-oriented college degrees or diplomas.

Postgraduate programmes in Canada offer excellent value for money, and tuition fees are generally lower than most other international destinations.

World rankings
Canadian universities consistently appear in rankings of world-class institutions. The Times 2010 World University Ranking placed nine Canadian universities in the top 200. Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s prestigious 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities placed four Canadian institutions in its top 100.

Colleges and technical Institutes
These institutes offer vocationally-oriented programmes of study leading to certificates and diplomas and some degree programmes (eg Applied Arts degrees). These institutions are very similar to TAFE (Technical And Further Education) colleges in Australia and generally tend to focus heavily on training and skills development through hands-on experience. Some colleges offer transfer programmes that enable participants to complete courses through the college and then later transfer into a university or university college, sometimes with credit towards their university degrees.

Canadian visa procedures
As a student, the documentation you require to study in Canada may depend upon the length of time you plan to stay in the country, the province in which you will be studying and the academic institution you will attend.

 “Canadian programmes offer excellent value for money and tuition fees are generally lower than most other destinations" 

Applying for a study permit
A study permit is required for programmes of six months or more. Applications should be submitted to the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate. You will be asked to provide identification documents, your acceptance letter to a Canadian institution and proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Canada. A medical exam may also be required.  Students are strongly urged to apply for their visa as soon as possible, and at least two to three months in advance of their planned departure to Canada. Regardless of whether or not you require a study permit, ensure that you obtain a visa and carry it with your Letter of Acceptance from the Canadian institution where you plan to study. You can get more info at or

General flow of University semesters
  • Semester 1: Early September to Mid-December
  • Holiday Break: Mid-December to early January
  • Semester 2: Early January to early May
  • Summer holidays/summer courses: May to September
Study permit tips
  • Visit for more information on how to apply for a study permit and/or visa to Canada.
  • Contact the Canadian education institution you plan to attend to clarify what documentation is required of you to study in Canada.
  • When in doubt, ask questions!
You are ineligible for off-work if you are a:
  • Part-time student
  • Visiting or exchange student
  • Student who has come to Canada under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan or under the Government of Canada  Awards Program
  • Student enrolled in English as a Second Language or French as a Second Language programmes
  • Student receiving funding from the Canadian International evelopment Agency (CIDA)
  • Student who has previously held an off-campus work permit and failed to maintain their eligibility or comply with the conditions of their work or study permit
  • A full-time student at a secondary (high) school

Post-Graduation Work Programme
The post-graduation work programme is designed to provide graduating students with Canadian work experience in their fields of study for up to three years after their graduation. The work permit cannot be valid longer than the length of time the student studied. For example, students graduating from a four-year degree programme might be eligible for a three-year work permit. Students graduating from an eight-month certificate programme would only be eligible for a work permit of eight months.

Working in Canada
Under certain conditions, you may be able to work in Canada. Students who do not have a study permit are not eligible to work in Canada. Provided you hold a study permit, you can work on the campus of any publicly funded, degree granting institution that you are attending (no separate work permit is required).

The employer can be the institution, the faculty, a student organisation, a private business or a private contractor providing services to the campus. This provision also allows for working as a graduate, research or teaching assistant at an ‘off campus site’ that has a formal affiliation with the institution (Eg: Teaching hospitals, clinics or research institutes).

Some full-time students who have obtained a study permit may also be eligible to apply for an off-campus work permit that allows them to work for any employer. They can work for up to 20 hours per week during the term, and full-time during holidays. You can get more info at

There are a variety of programmes and funding available to non-Canadians looking to study in Canada. The first place to look for information is the International Scholarships website . Whether you are in Canada for six months on an exchange or are a full fee-paying student who is embarking on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, your time abroad is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and make valuable contacts which will help you in personal development and self-discovery. So go ahead, hunt for the right programme.  

This article is sourced from Canadian High Commission, New Delhi



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after my mbbs in can i become doctor in canada.. I mean what i have to study there i want to know info about all exam and all imp info

Suryashis Chakraborty 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Arsheen,

After acquiring the much coveted MBBS degree from India, an Indian doctor may wish to try his / her luck up abroad in Canada and try to become a doctor, only after the fulfillment of certain official formalities:

  • The basic requirement for an  Indian doctor in Canada  is to get a valid medical license for the province, where one wishes to practice. One has to pass the certification exams in the concerned province through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • This licensing procedure requires a foreign doctor to go through a series of examinations and get certified based on eligibility, program selection, qualifying the exam followed by final certification
  • The doctors have to also undergo language proficiency tests, credentialing, postgraduate training and assessment, return-of-service agreements, etc.

Indian doctors can discuss and explore the field of Medical Science in Canada through the study groups for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), provided by some immigrant-friendly organizations.

The governing body of the medical practices in the concerned Province of Canada can give guidance regarding the formalities and fees required for licensing.

Acquiring a medical license in Canada is a tedious and complicated  process and may take up to 5-6 years. An Indian doctor is advised to be well prepared and equipped with financial backup and tenacity in order to have a shot at becoming a doctor in Canada.

Provinces like Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward are some good provinces to work as a doctor in Canada.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



which are the good courses in Canada

Afrin Hossain 21st Feb, 2020


So , here is the list of courses which you can Study in Canada for Good job :

  • MBA.
  • Computer Science & IT.
  • Business & Finance.
  • Core Engineering & Engineering Management.
  • Physical & Earth Sciences and Renewable Energy.
  • Agricultural Science & Forestry.
  • Biosciences, Medicine & Healthcare.
  • Media & Journalism.

Hope this Helped:)

7 Views forensic psychology in Canada....was it good or not....if its good suggest good universities...

prerna vats 19th Feb, 2020

Hello dear student !

Msc. Forensic psychology is a good course and in Canada there are many good universities which offers this course and the campus as well as the faculty is quite good. The top 5 universities in Canada which offers the same are listed below :

1. City university of New york

2. University of North Dakota - Grand forks

3. University of Denver

4. California Baptist University

5. Chicago school of Professional Psychology (Irvine campus)

Hope this will help you


can u please guide about courses related to physiotherapy as a postgraduation programe ?

Charvi Nayyar 17th Feb, 2020

Hello nidhi

Following are some of the courses available for post graduate physiotherapy:-

  • Master of physiotherapy
  • Master of health practice
  • Postgraduate diploma in physiotherapy
  • Master in public health
  • MBA
  • Masters in hospital management/administration
  • Pg diploma in health care management

There are many other courses you can select from depending on your interest.

Hope this helps


Canada mein plus two karne ke bad kaun si degree jo ki bahut hi acchi salary de


There are some degrees having great salary after graduation.

Medical Degree

Nursing Degree

Law Degree

Engineering Degree

Computer sScience dDegree

Business Degree

Dentistry Degree

Here are some jobs salaries as per 2019.

  • Nurse Practitioner – 104,000 CAD/year
  • Dentist – 93,600 CAD/year
  • Utilities Manager – 114,000 CAD/year
  • Power Systems Electrician – 86,000 CAD/year
  • Mining and Quarrying Supervisor – 83,200 CAD/year
  • Pipefitting Supervisor – 81,000 CAD/year
  • Engineering Manager – 106,000 CAD/year
  • Scientific Research Manager – 102,000 CAD/year
  • Public Administration Director – 110,000 CAD/year
  • Construction Manager – 83,000 CAD/year

I hope it helps, Thank you.

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