Study in Canada -
With over 30,000 Indians currently studying in the country, it is an accepted fact that Canada is one of the most popular destinations for Indian students studying abroad. Not just that, Canada has also witnessed a four-fold increase in the number of Indian students travelling to the country in the last four years. 

Do you know that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live? Canada is known for its excellent quality of life - vibrant cities and a plethora of multi-cultural communities.


In this series, #Eye on the Globe, we present you Canada as a destination for education. Find all your answers regarding Canada - the best colleges, top courses, admission cycle and how much you need to invest to get a high- quality degree from the country.


Below are the edited excerpts from the interview with Ms. Marie-Josee Charbonneau, Counsellor & Head, Advocacy Program, High Commission of Canada in India.


Q.  Could you give us an estimate of the number of Indian students in Canada?
A: There are over 30,000 Indian students, currently, in Canada.  In 2013, we issued over 14,000 study permits to Indian students. We have noticed a four-fold increase in the last four years, which speaks of Canada’s growing popularity as a study-abroad destination. This is primarily due to the advantages that Canada offers to international students in terms of quality education, cost advantages along with a safe and multicultural environment. 


Q. How is Canada as a destination for education? Why should students opt for Canada as a destination for their UG/PG studies?
A: Canada is known for its excellent quality of life - visually vibrant cities, beautiful spaces and welcoming multi-cultural communities.


Here’s why you should go to study in Canada

Qualifications Valued Around the World

Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or other Commonwealth countries.


multicultural-group-at-graduationAffordable Education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.


Multicultural Society

With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.


Healthy and Safe Communities

While you may have heard of or experienced the friendly and open nature of Canadians, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you will enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.


World-Class Language Education

Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and/or second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.


Exciting Campus Lifestyle

Canada’s post-secondary campuses are not only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.


Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research including: telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology and environmental science.


Land of Possibilities

Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.


Possibility of Immigration

Some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may even apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada!


Q. Tell us about the admission cycle in Canada.
A: Academic session in Canada usually starts in September, but some schools may have intakes in January and May, or even on an ongoing basis.  For schools, which accept students in September, deadlines range from the fall to winter. Ideally, students should check websites of each school and contact each university directly for specific admission related queries.

Some provinces like Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta have a common application process. Please visit their web sites for more details:


Asian-Man-with-MoleculesQ. How does the Canadian education system give students an edge over the Indian system?
A: Canada is internationally recognized for a competency-based teaching approach that prepares students to be productive in the workplace immediately after graduation. The focus is on applied learning. Many institutions offer a co-op or internship program, which helps students to enhance their curriculum with real world industry experience, which eventually helps open doors globally. Canadian universities and colleges are primarily publicly funded and are known for their high quality in teaching, research and campus facilities.

Q. Which are most preferred courses for international students in Canada? What courses are most sought after by Indian students?
A: Business Management and Computer Science continue to be the popular among Indian students. Other courses that are emerging include Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Journalism, Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, Animation and Gaming.  We are also noticing a growing interest in liberal arts.  India has traditionally been a graduate market but recent trends show that interest in undergraduate programmes is growing. 


Q. What are the job prospects for Indian students in Canada?
A: Canada ranks among the top 10 most competitive economies in the world accordingly to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013.  It ranks #1 in the G7 as “the best place to invest and do business” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global business rankings of 2013.Canada has the soundest banking system in the G-7 according to Global Competitiveness Report, 2013-2014. The same report ranks Canada first among G-7 countries in a study measuring the extent to which education meets the needs of the business community.


Canada’s strong economic position provides sample opportunities for international students to work and gain valuable experience while studying in Canada. Most students are eligible to work part-time during their studies, either on- or off-campus. Students can work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session. However, students can work full-time during breaks, such as the summer recess. After graduation, students may become eligible to apply for permanent immigration under the Canada Experience Class (CEC) program.


Q. What is the cost of education in Canada (UG and PG separately)?
A: The average university fee is around $8000-25000 per year (INR 5-15 Lakhs) depending on the institute and the program you choose. Cost of living is additional. Check with individual institute for accurate cost. 


Q. Scholarships play a key role in the choice of a programme abroad. However, with options galore, is there a mechanism which eases one’s search for financial needs?
A: Most Canadian universities and colleges offer scholarships at the time of admission based on academic merit. These are, generally, awarded automatically. A few Canadian universities offer India specific awards.  Students will need to contact the institutions directly to find out more about what scholarships or bursaries. More information on scholarship is available on our site or .


Q. What are the basic requirements for a Study Permit?
A: Letter of Acceptance and proof of funds are key documents.  Other requirements include language test results, references, proof of education etc.   You can see the full checklist on .  Students are usually required to undergo a medical examination. 


Applications must be submitted at any of the ten Visa Facilitation Centres across India – .  Students also have the option of submitting their application online. Visit the visa site  for application forms and other details.

Students should plan to apply as soon as they receive their acceptance letter. Ideally, students should apply at least two months before the start of their studies to avoid missing arrival on or before the registration date specified on their letter of acceptance.


Q. Do students need someone to help them in preparing the application?
A: Ideally, students should prepare their own application.  This not only ensures accuracy of facts but also reflects the true ability of the student which can be useful for institutions and visa officers in assessing the application better.  However, if they choose to take help the applicant shall be responsible for all the information provided. Applications submitted by agents do not get any special treatment. Assessment is based on purely the merit of the application and supporting documents.


Boys-Playing-SoccerQ. What are the requirements for admission into Canadian universities?
A: There are no entrance tests for admission at the undergraduate level including for engineering courses.  Admission is primarily based on overall academic performance in grades 11 and 12. Students will also need to demonstrate proficiency in English. 

Canadian universities and colleges have their own policies regarding admission requirements. The best course of action would be to identify which universities or colleges in Canada offer the program which interests the applicant, and then contact the institution directly regarding their admission requirements. Canada’s official site is other sites such as and could also be explored.


Q. Will the certification students get after finishing study program be recognised in other countries?
A: In most cases Canadian certifications are recognised worldwide. In some areas such as law, accounting and medicine a local certification might be required unless there is an agreement that provides for mutual recognition of credentials. 


Q. How do students renew their study permit while in Canada?
If someone wants to renew their study permit, then they must apply before the permit expires. If the study permit has expired, then the student must leave Canada. In some cases, students may be able to apply for restoration of status. However, students are not allowed to study until your status has been restored. 


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lowest cost for MBA drgree in canada

Smeet Almeida 24th May, 2020

Greetings, Aspirant!

MBA is a high profile degree and pursuing it is expensive. In countries like USA, the tution fees alone for MBA requires many students to take up education loans.

The situation in Canada is somewhat better when it comes to fee structures. However, the fee structure is still substantial.

Depending on the university you opt for, the fee structures may vary greatly from $30,000/- to $120,000/-

To learn more about the best MBA universities in Canada and their fee structures, click on the link below:-

Apart from the tutition fees, one also needs to consider the living cost. Depending on your place of accomodation, rent rates will differ greatly. If you live with roommates, you can split the rent, utilities and grocery bills.

Hope this information helped you

Best of luck!!


What is the qualification for a music teacher in Canada

Pankhuri Kumari 20th May, 2020


To be recruited as a music teacher in Canada, the person should have taken a training or done the specialisation in this field from University, or College or a private instructor. A university degree Is required for a classical musician, singer or even an orchestra artist. The talent and ability shown during the audition also plays a major role.

Hope this helps.

Good luck!


Im interested to do BBA in canada.Is it necessary to attempt GRE ?

Ketaki Dhotre Student Expert 18th May, 2020


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a 4-year full time undergraduate course. To study in Canada, you must have qualified their secondary level education or equivalent to pursue this course.Basic Requirement is :IELTS- 6.5, TOEFL- 88, CAEL- 70 and PTE- 65In Canada, GRE is required for master's level admission, and some universities and programs may need a good score in the test too.

As you intend to study business, you don't require appearing for GRE exam.

Hope this helps!


Maam/Sir, I have completed my BCA.. And want to pursue in designing career(graphic or animation or anything) .. But i m totally confused. Should I study in Canada or India, for better career growth? Or should I just improve my programming skills and go with developing field?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 18th May, 2020


see if you dont find the interest to learn about programming concept, then you will find difficulty to survive in mncs which hired candidates for programmer role, now study in abroad is not a solution, which is the main thing is you need skills, if you have the skills and jest for learning you may surely get success, however you may do parallel courses on graphics designing and may do some work from home internship, which is best for growth in career development.

some of the best institution for animation course,

Maya Institute Of Advanced Cinematic (MAAC)

Arena Animation..

F X School, Mumbai.

Picasso Animation College, Bangalore

Mayabious Academy – School of Animation And Visual Effects, Kolkata.

Toonz Academy, Thiruvananthapuram.


Is it possible to move Canada in the beginning of next year or due to Corona virus itll be delayed further?

Shivang Dubey 17th May, 2020


Considering the current situation, the chances of resuming International flights by December'20- January'21 are less. But it all depends on the decision by the government, if the pandemic gets in control soon then the flights might resume or may resume for emergency cases only. If not then it would start a bit late because exposing to international territories might increase the chances of pandemic spread.

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