Study in Canada - Admission Cycle
Shraya Singh, 16 Oct 2018, #Canada
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Canada is becoming an interesting study overseas destination for students from across the world, especially for postgraduate programmes. Study in Canada has become a dream for many students and the number of Indian students applying for Canadian student visas has risen tremendously in the past few years. With more and more students aiming at getting a degree from Canada, the knowledge of the admission cycle for Canada is integral for prospective students. Details of the Canadian admission cycle provides prospective students with information regarding the right time to prepare/apply to various Canadian universities and the tentative course commencement dates for both the annual intakes (spring and fall).


Study in Canada: Spring vs Fall intake

There are primarily two different intakes for admission to Canadian universities. The classes for the spring intake generally begin in the month of January and the semester lasts till May. On the other hand, the classes for the fall intake begin in September and last till December. Admission for both the intakes begins around 6 months prior to the tentative date of course commencement. 


There are primarily a few differences between the two types of intakes:

  • Many course and programs which are available for the fall intake are not available for spring intake.

  • A significant number of the top universities do not offer any programs for spring intake (except deferred admission in certain cases).

  • A lower number of students apply for the spring intake as compared to the fall intake.

  • The class size for spring intake is generally smaller than the class size for courses and programs in the fall intake due to a smaller number of applicants.

Study in Canada: Application start date

The application start date varies for different universities and institutes in Canada. Usually, the application procedure starts at least 6 months prior to the commencement of classes in the universities and varies with the prospective program of study. A student who wishes to get into the top universities in Canada must apply at least 10-12 months before the start of classes.

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The ideal application methodology for fall 2019 applicants is:

June 2018 - August 2018: Candidates need to select and shortlist 6-12 prospective universities for study in Canada in the preferred programs of study.

June 2018 - November 2018: Candidates must appear for the requisite exams for admission such as GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Apart from these, candidates also need to give any of the English language proficiency exams such as TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or PTE Academic depending on the requirement of the selected universities. 

August 2018 - December 2018: Candidates must apply to the shortlisted programs and universities with the required statement of purpose, essays, exam scores, and other documents. Ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted well before the application deadline. The application deadline generally varies for different programs and universities. 

November 2018 - April 2019: Candidates need to reply to any emails or other forms of university correspondence. Most universities send out acceptance letters in this period with the tentative date being dependent upon the prospective program of study as well as the time of application. Candidates therefore may need to provide confirmation, enrolment deposits and/or interviews prior to admission confirmation. 

April 2019 - July 2019: In this period of time, candidates need to settle all money-related matters including applications for student loans. Subsequently, the prospective University of study will provide assistance in obtaining a student visa for the duration of study in Canada.


Study in Canada: Visa Cycle

For Indian applicants, the processing time for a Canadian student visa is approximately 6 weeks. Therefore, candidates should apply for a student visa as soon as they receive an all-clear from the prospective university of study. Students should ideally apply for a Canadian student visa at least two months prior to the course commencement date in order to evade problems which may arise due to a delayed visa.

Study in Canada: Course commencement

The programs available at Canadian universities have two different commencement dates dependent upon the type of intake: either fall semester or the spring semester intake. The academic session is divided into two terms - the first, or fall, is from September to December and the second, or spring, is from January to May. There are also a number of summer courses offered by various Canadian universities between the months of May and August.


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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

hi,

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.

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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

hi,

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.

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

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

hey,

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.

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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.

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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

hey,

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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