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Education in Canada is different in a way as most of the students opt for postgraduate diploma courses, in other words, vocational courses. These courses are popular as most students have employment in mind.

Maria Mathias, director, Canadian Education Centre, says that these vocational courses are highly specialised in nature. Pointing to the prospectus of a top college in Canada, she says that there are specialisations such as Networking and Business. “In India while there are many vocational colleges and institutes offering good courses, few Indian students apply to these courses. This is because in India vocational study is looked down upon, when in fact, it is one of the most job-oriented and useful education that parents can encourage their children to opt for.”

Doctoral studies on a rise

“At the same time, there’s a slight rise in the number of students applying for postgraduate degrees,” says Mathai. Most of the applications are for engineering or MBA, hospitality and animation. And now the Canadian government wants to make research attractive. “You see not many are aware that Blackberry and Maple are inventions from Canada!”

The Canadian Government has recently introduced The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) programme to attract and retain world class doctoral students, offering them a significant financial award during their studies at Canadian universities.

"The United Nations has rated Canada as one of the best places on the globe to live,” says Mathai. “And a degree or a diploma from a Canadian Education Institution is universally recognized for its high academic standard.”


Cost of living and part-time jobs

The expenses depend on the region; however, in big cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver it could go up to 9,000 to 10,000 Canadian dollars. Therefore, keep a budget of 500-900 dollars a month if you are planning to take private accommodation like many students do by renting a house close to the campus.


There are plenty of on-campus and off-campus jobs available in restaurants, shops and libraries. Students are allowed to work 20 hours per week and full-time during vacation. Minimum wage is 8 dollars/hour. Therefore, if you work 20 hours you could earn 160 dollars a week. This can easily take care of food, travel and the rent. And even a visit to the local restaurant once a week! And this is non-taxable income.


New work visa policies

Students in their final semesters should start looking out for a job as the postgraduate work visa takes 90 days to process. However, now with two years of degree programme, the student can obtain three years of work permit to work anywhere in Canada, irrespective of the province.


Medical insurance

Most Canadian institutions offer mandatory health insurance which is inclusive in the fee structure outlined at the time of admission. However, if a student has not taken a medical insurance from his/her institution, it is advisable to get one before boarding the flight to Canada. Some insurance providers cover both travel insurance and medical insurance as part of their policies and are very advantageous for students travelling abroad. Students may also opt to get a Canadian Health Insurance upon arrival in Canada if he/she so desires.

Advice to Indian students

Don’t carry books. There are six-floor libraries there. Carry daily wear such as jeans and T-shirts and light woollens but do not buy heavy woollens from India. The Canadian winter is different from India’s. So save money to buy winter wear from Canada. However, socks, caps, gloves can be bought from India as they are much cheaper.


Dry food items are allowed but do not carry them in your hand-baggage, put them into your check-in baggage. You wouldn’t want sniffer dogs chasing you and the whole airport looking at you only to discover that there’s cracker peanuts in your hand baggage.


Write down the important dates on a calendar. This will take care of any unnecessary stress down the line. Use study and research skills workshops, advisors, tutors and course unions.

Talk to your professor when you have questions about course material or assignments. This can save you time and frustration. Learn the basics of academic integrity and avoid plagiarism. Go to the library!


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I did my 10th from CBSE in March 2018 and did 11th from Canada. I had to return to India along with my family couple of months back. My question is - can I do 12th from Haryana Open School in April 2020 and appear in Engineering Entrance exams like JEE and others?.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019


yes you can join nios or any state open school for studying class 10+2. but for eligible to any state quota there is different criteria for different state for domicile. however after clearing  the 10+2 exam from open school you are eligible to apply all engineering entrance test.


I am currently in 12th class.i have interest in computer science and want to be a data scientist, and I have two years to live in india later ill move out to canada. I want suggestions on what should I do in these 2years also, I want to get a good job when I move out.plz give me suggestions.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019


there are many  way to become a data scientist. either you can do bachelors degree in computer science engineering and can do mtech or 11 month data science oriented program from iiits .  or you can do bsc in statistics and  can do msc after bsc on data science. so there is many ways. but I dont know how can you manage the graduation if you moved out of india after 2 years. for engineering it takes 4 years and for bsc degree it takes 3 years.

so please think about it.


Can I write IELTS to work as a gynecologist in Canada after completing my PG in Canada

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019


IELTS examination is the language proficiency test exam for study in abroad. if you want to work in canada you need to have working visa permit. ielts exam has nothing to do with your working process. most of the candidates return india once they have completed their studies in abroad.if you want to work in any hospital of canada it is necessary to fulfill the criteria and entrance test of Canadian medical council.


what studies can i do in canada or uk aftrer persuing my masters in management without work experience

[email protected] 10th Nov, 2019

Hey there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that since you have done Masters in Management, so it is advisable for you to pursue MBA abroad if you want to settle there. But since you have mentioned that you do not have any work experience. So, it is suggested that you should gain some experience in your respective field. This will help in your admission abroad. Usually, top universities in UK and Canada require a minimum of 2 years work experience to pursue MBA as a degree abroad. You can look for other options too such as Project Management, Finance Management etc. I hope you found this answer helpful. Good Luck.


hi, I want to study in canada for computer engineering. what is the process. Moreover my financial condition is not well. how can I get scholarship?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019


you did not mention in your question that you want to pursue for masters or bachelors course. see if you want to pursue bachelors than I will suggest you not to join because its really expensive. you also mention that your family financial condition is not good. after pursuing btech i n canada there is no surety that you can do job in canada and getting a scholarship is really difficult , it varies college to college. in india after btech freshers get job with 3-5lpa .

please think before taking any decision.

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