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 interntaional students pursuing higher education abroad. Currently, there are over 2,60,000 interntaional students studying in the country.
Here, we have presented some of the frequently asked questions by aspirants who want to pursue a degree from a Canadian university.
Q: What are the top universities in Canada?
A: Canada is renowned for its high quality education and research worldwide and attracts a major chunk of international students to its universities.
Here, we have listed the top 10 universities in Canada as per three major ranking platforms. They are Times Higher Education (THE), QS and ARWU.
|University of Toronto||20||20||24|
|University of British Columbia||32||43||37|
|University of Montreal||113||83||101-150|
|University of Alberta||124||84||101-150|
|University of Victoria||173||290||201-300|
|University of Waterloo||251-275||169||201-300|
|University of Ottawa||188||218||201-300|
|University of Calgary||226-250||171||151-200|
Q: How to get admission in a Canadian university?
A: The Canadian admission season usually starts in September. However, some programmes are also open for admission in July and May. For schools, which accept students in September, deadlines range from the fall to winter. Also, there are no entrance tests at the undergraduate level and a student’s admission is based on his/ her academic performance throughout school as well as in 11 and 12th standard.
Admissions to some Canadian universities are also accepted through OUAC i.e., the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. The OUAC is a common application platform for mainly undergraduate courses but it also accepts graduate and professional applications.
Q: What are popular courses in Canada?
A: Among international students, Canada is most popular for its management and computer science courses. Subjects like Life Sciences, Journalism, Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, Animation, environmental sciences are also gaining popularity.
Q: What are the major scholarships for international students in Canada?
A:There are a few Canadian universities which provide scholarships specifically for international students. Some of the major scholarships are:
- Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Programme: The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship programme offers opportunities to students who want to explore study as well as research opportunities in Canada. The scholarship is funded by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). Under this programme, Graduate Students Exchanges are hosted by Canadian institutions for a period of five or six months. The scholarship covers tuition fee, living expenses as well as sundry expenses of the students.
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: Funded by three major agencies- Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is aimed at attracting high quality research personnel to Canada. Up to 167 Vanier Canada Graduate scholarships are awarded annually. Under this scheme, the stipend is paid for 3 years and scholars are awarded $50,000 per year.
- Mitacs Elevate: The Mitacs Elevate is basically a training programme for postdoctoral students to undertake industry related research work. Fellows are paid $115,000 research award for over two years in the programme. Besides, the scheme also offers top-tier R&D management training worth $15,000 for the fellows. In addition to their research project, fellows spend from one to two days per month participating in training activities.
- CIFAR Global Scholars: This scholarship is meant for students who have completed their PhD and are looking to explore advanced research opportunities in their area of study. The scholars are given the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the world in Canada. The fellowship is offered for 2 years and scholars are paid $70,000 as annual stipend. Besides, scholars are also given health benefits as well as $5000 as additional research support.
Q: What is the cost of education in Canada?
A: While the cost of education depends on the institute you are applying to, the average tuition fee is around $8000 to $25000 annually.
Q: How to get Canadian student visa?
A: You need a study permit to pursue your education Canada gives you the right to remain in the country for the duration of the permit i.e., one to 4 years. It takes at least 2-3 months to process a study permit. Hence, it is advisable that you apply for it well in advance. The course duration should be more than 6 months. One of the basic requirements is that your course should be more than 6 months. You need not apply for a study permit if the duration of your course is less than 6 months. Also, your university should be a designated learning institution in Canada. The basic requirements for a study permit are the Letter of Acceptance and proof of funds.
Q: What are the work-after study opportunities in Canada?
A: International students are allowed to work upto to 20 hours a weel during their study in Canada. Students are also allowed to work full-time during summer breaks. After graduation, students can become eligible to apply for permanent immigration under the Canada Experience Class (CEC) program.