Study in Canada

Studying is a huge experience by itself, enriching the mind and broadening horizons with your chosen subject and all the added extras that come with high education, but doing that in a different country? That’s huge and life-changing. From the many countries you can study in, Canada is a hugely popular choice. It’s really not hard to see why. Universities in Canada offer world-class education, with 12 Canadian universities ranked in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200. Studying in Canada has many other benefits too: affordable tuition fees, the opportunity to work while you study and for a year after you graduate, and a great lifestyle in a beautiful and diverse country.

Why Study in Canada ?

Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world.

Quality Education

Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Degree/Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized world wide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful and prosperous careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements.


Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada's inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world.

Permanent Residency and Canadian Immigration

International students can apply for their Permanent Residency which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. However they need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of 67 Points.

Ranked as the Number one Country

For the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates.

A safe place to study

Every step is taken to ensure the safety of students on Canada's campuses. Most universities / colleges have their own campus security 24 hours a day. There are also " Walk Safe" programmes to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.

A bilingual nation

Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75%) of Canada's French-speaking inhabitants live in the province of Quebec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country. English is the main language of communication in all provinces other than Quebec.

Work during and after and co-op programe

Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops. Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 years and students applying for 2 years program can work for 2-3 years.

Work during and after and co-op programe

Canada welcomes over 2 lac immigrants per year & has a policy for skilled professionals as well as Business Immigrants. Canada has maintained a strong stable economic growth because of its active immigration policy. Two thirds of the 5.4%pa increase in population is due to immigration.
Canadian Immigration is one of the simplest immigration systems in comparison with other countries. It allows a person to live and work anywhere in Canada, and confers upon that person a Permanent Resident status. It comes with certain responsibilities and may be revoked if the holder does not meet Canadian Residency obligations, or is found guilty of serious criminal activity. A person who is a Canadian Permanent Resident may apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years.

Universities & Colleges in Canada

Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories (States) and as such, there is no Federal(Central) education system in Canada. In keeping with the national commitment to education, public education in Canada is free up to and including secondary school (12th Std), in all the provinces. At the post-secondary level, institutions are divided into community colleges and universities. A significant number of university graduates attend college upon completion of their degree in order to acquire vocational skills for employment.

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of Alberta
  • McMaster University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Queen's University, Ontario
  • Western University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Ottawa
  • Dalhousie University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Victoria
  • Laval University
  • York University
  • Université du Québec
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Manitoba
  • Université de Sherbrooke

Canada Education Costs

The tuition fee in Canada varies from province to province, university to university and course to course. So the best thing to do is to find out the cost of studying abroad in Canada from the university itself. Canadian countries and provinces popular for their educational institutes include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

The tuition fees for international students or foreign students studying abroad in Canada are as follows:

University Fee- 
UG / PG- Between- $10,000 to $ 35,000 annually varies from course to course and university to university

Community College-Fee
Diploma/Advanced Diploma/PG Diploma- $ 8,500 to 14,500 per year

Living Cost- $ 11,000 per year in GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate with Scotia Bank)

Work Permit

Part time Job

International student can work: Upto 20 hours per week during their studies and 40 hours during their vacation.

Full Time Job
Canadian high commission encourages International students to earn work experience after their completion of Studies with no restrictions on the types of employment and no requirement for a job offer. Canada has a reputation of excellence in sectors such as telecommunications, transportation, engineering, microelectronics, hydroelectric power, biotechnology, food & beverage processing, geometrics, ocean & environmental industries, aerospace etc. The Work permit states that International students who have studies for 2 years are eligible for 3 years extension & students who have studies for 1 year are eligible for 1 year extension. Post attaining a work permit there are also possibilities of attaining a permanent residence in Canada.

Documents Requirement

Below are the required documents for admission in Canada.

  1. Educational Documents (SSC/O Levels and Onwards)
  2. 5.5 to 6.5 bands in IELTS (For students applying for Bachelor studies)
  3. 6, 6.5, 7 bands in IELTS (For students applying for Master, PhD studies)
  4. Experience certificates if any
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Research Proposal
  7. 8 Pictures (Blue/White Background)
  8. Passport
  9. Reference Letters from Professors/Teachers of Last College/University Attended
  10. Bank statement of $ 35,000 in account of student from the last 6 months


  1. Can I work Part Time while studying?
    Yes, 20 hours per week when the course is in session and fulltime during vacations.
  2. Is there a Post study work option or possibility of applying for PR?
    If a student successfully completes their education they are entitled to a “Job search visa” in Canada for the period of a 1 year to 3 year depending on study duration. If you have the required skills and job you can even apply for Permanent residence.
  3. What are the general entry requirements for Universities?
    More than 70% in 12th standard for applying in Universities & more than 60% in 12th standard for applying in Colleges
    IELTS- 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each module

More than 65% in Bachelors for applying in Universities & more than 60% in Bachelors for applying in Colleges
GMAT scores ranging between- 500-650 with few Universities
GRE scores ranging between- 280-310 with few Universities
For masters students must have completed-16 years of Education (10+2+4)
For full time MBA, full time work experience required between 2-4 years after Bachelors
IELTS- 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each module

  1. When should I start the application process?
    It is advisable to start an application process minimum of 6-7 months in advance for Universities and 5-6 months in advance for Colleges.
  2. When do I need to pay my fees?
    You need to pay your fees after receiving of Unconditional Offer letter.
  3. What are the possibilities of getting a scholarship? How do I apply for them?
    The counselors at O-TEC will be able to guide you about the same.
  4. What are the intakes in Canada?
    Main Intakes are January and September however some Universities and colleges may offer May intake as well.