Well known for its high-quality standard of life and multi-cultural communities, Canada has emerged as one of the most sought-after study destinations for Indian students pursuing higher education abroad. In fact, in 2014 itself nearly 30,000 Indian students were enrolled in universities across Canada which was a four-fold increase in the number of students traveling to the country to study. 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. 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.
In Canada, there is no federal or national department of education. Each province and territory has exclusive responsibility for elementary, secondary and post-secondary education within its borders. Nonetheless, the Canadian education system is comprehensive and recognized internationally for its quality.
Why Study in Canada?
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.
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’s strong economic position provides ample 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.
Canada’s Education Cost
Undergraduate tuition fees in Canada: Average tuition fees in Canada for international undergraduate students start at about CA$14,000 (~US$10,730) per year. Arts and humanities courses tend to be cheaper, while subjects such as engineering and medicine are among the more expensive.
Postgraduate tuition fees in Canada: If you want to study at postgraduate level, the tuition fees are generally higher, and again vary depending on your program. As is the case worldwide, executive MBA programs are generally the most expensive, averaging around CA$42,000 (~US$32,000).
Cost of living in Canada: Your average costs of living per month are likely to be around CA$600-800 (~US$450-600) for food and other expenses, not including accommodation, which will be your largest expenditure after tuition fees. Living expenses including accommodation in Canada are likely to be approximately CA$10,000-15,000 per year (~US$7,550-11,300). Living costs are generally more expensive in the biggest cities.
If you’re under 18 (or 19 in the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories) you must live with a host family in a homestay, which may be arranged by your university. At approximately CA$650-800 (~US$490-600) a month, this could be another fairly affordable option, particularly as your host family is likely to provide you with meals at no extra cost.
Here are some examples of average living costs in Canada:
Eating out at a restaurant: CA$10-15 per person (~US$8-11)
One-way ticket on local public transport: CA$3 (~US$2)
Loaf of bread: CA$2.80 (~US$2)
Cinema ticket: CA $12.25 (~US$9)
Student visa and application fees
In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less. Applying for a study permit costs CA$150 (~US$110).
You should also remember that it is compulsory to purchase health insurance while studying in Canada. This will cost approximately CA$600 (~US$450) per year.
GMAT: GMAT is taken for admission to management studies. Business schools use this test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of management programs like Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.
GRE: GRE is not mandatory for Masters programs in Canada though some universities might accept it. While universities require GRE general test score some also ask the student to take GRE subject tests.
TOEFL: TOEFL is an English proficiency for students from non- native English speaking country students. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year at 4500 test centers in 165 countries worldwide.
IELTS: IELTS is also an English proficiency test for students from non- native English speaking countries. IELTS test measures a candidate’s English language command on 4 different parameters- Listening, reading, writing and speaking.