Study in Canada

Canada is the world’s second-largest country, a modern entity burrowed around spectacular scenery, very promising for a healthy outdoor lifestyle. As it was colonized in the 15th century by both the British and the French, Canada is officially bilingual today; French is spoken by almost a quarter of Canadian citizens, mostly around the francophone region of Quebec. Cultural diversity is only part of what makes Canada pretty attractive to visitors and expats, meanwhile its vast picturesque nature and impeccable living environments are Canada’s Holy Grail.

Capital: Ottawa
Population: 32,207,113
Area: 9,970,610 sq km
Language: English, French
Religion: Roman Catholic, Anglican
Continent: North America

WHY STUDY IN CANADA?

A United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. This assessment was based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life. Conducted every year, the survey evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. Canada’s prime cities Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have been recognized as world class cities to live and work, for cleanliness, safety, cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.

ADMISSION IN CANADA

Instructions about the method to get admission in Canadian Universities

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Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, here we’ll discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canadian universities.

When you select a university or college where you wish to study your required course, write to the institution’s respective admission department asking for more information on admission requirements and admission application forms. After you enquire, the admission department will send you the documents required by the university and other requirements for admitting you into their university. These documents may be your academic, character, and financial evidences that show you are the deserving candidate for admission in the respective university. Every university has right to mark their own requirements to admit students into their institution.

The major languages used in Canada are English and French. Bust most of the universities offer courses in English language. So you need to show your efficiency by means of English Language tests. IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English language test in Canada, however, some universities even accepts TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study students choose. Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment, which might even be Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment. All these assessments test the ability of students to take the course in English language.

For admission in undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. If you’ve done three years of bachelor’s course then you’ll have to do diploma for one year in Canada to be eligible to study in Canada as postgraduate student.

For management students, students may be asked for two years of work experience before being admitted to the university. In most of the cases GMAT is compulsory for MBA students.Though education isn’t free in Canada, tuition fees are cheaper in compare to other similar nations like UK, USA, and Australia.

STUDENT VISA PROCESS

Process to obtain Canadian Student Visa for international students

The student visa in Canada is most commonly known as Study permit. Either a student need to obtain or don’t need to obtain Canadian study permit depends upon the country of residence of the student. Students from most of the countries need to obtain Canadian student visa to study in Canada, but students from some countries don’t have to obtain any Student visa to study in Canada.

Documents Required for Study Permits in Canada

There are several documents that students will have to present to obtain Student visa for Canada. Those documents are listed below:

  • Completed Application for Study permits
  • A valid passport
  • Two photos of the students and each of the family members. The photograph must not be more that six month old. Back of the photo, the name and date of birth of the person appearing in the photo should be written
  • Proof that shows the educational institution has accepted the student for admission in their institution
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to overcome all the living expenses and study costs in Canada
  • Bank transaction statement of last four months
  • Proof of payment of fee in acceptable format. This format varies according to country and region. However, the most general method is presenting it through Bank Draft
  • Evidence that show students have no criminal records
  • Students from some nations may even need to present medical reports
  • Any other documents that may help for obtaining a Student visa for Canada.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Dormitory
Many schools have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and in quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room, and dormitories are usually separated by gender. In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans that can be included in the cost of the room. Most dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way to become involved in campus activities and meet other students.

Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 – $7,500 CDN per school year. For more information, contact the school you will be attending.

Home stays
Many Canadian families welcome international students. This may be an effective way for you learn about daily life in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Home stays also offer a more stable and secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a home stay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada. Meals and a private, furnished room are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community activities.

Average cost of home stay accommodation: $400 – $800 CDN per month.

Off-Campus Housing
Renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major cities, and places are not always available. Many students share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. At this service center, those seeking shared accommodations can also find roommates. Once on campus, you will often find a variety of postings throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before coming to Canada.

There are different types of places you can rent as an international student. A house is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home.
Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent.

Listings of available apartments or homes are published in local newspapers. It is the responsibility of the student to determine suitability as schools do not inspect these places nor can they make any other arrangements. Most landlords require a damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in cash or by cheque.

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