What & where to study in Canada after completing 12th Arts?

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After the Brexit vote in the UK and the dubious US travel ban, many Indian students have shifted their focus of studying abroad to other equally popular countries. But it doesn’t mean that the UK and US have lost their charm and demand amongst the Indian student population who still believe those countries have a lot to offer and who are confident that they can flourish amidst all the political tensions.

Talking about equally popular countries, Canada is the growing heartthrob for many students who want to explore the country and opportunities galore!

Earlier, we wrote a content piece on study in Canada after 12th commerce. This time we talk about study in Canada after 12th Arts – for those Indian students who have completed their 12th grade and are looking to study Arts/Humanities in Canada.

Typically, any 12th Arts degree in India would comprise English, History, Geography, Political Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Philosophy or Psychology. In certain instances you might find the term Arts & Humanities goes hand in hand. Humanities is a broader term that involves an in-depth learning of the above Arts courses. Sometimes, Arts might also encompass Fine arts & Design related courses, which could be categorised further into literary arts, performing arts, culinary arts, visual arts and so on.

So after completing your 12th Arts, you can choose a number of courses for your bachelors in Canada as mentioned below:

  1. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Literature & Creative Writing, History, Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communications, Economics, Sociology or any regional languages.
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, Accounting or Economics.
  3. Fine Arts
  4. Hotel Management
  5. Law courses (integrated courses are also available)
  6. Fashion Design/ Interior Design
  7. Retail Management
  8. Business
  9. Travel & Tourism Management
  10. Animation & Film making
  11. Game Design/Graphic Design
  12. Journalism & Mass Communications
  13. Education

Indian students can study at the following universities in Canada after completing 12th Arts/Humanities:

1. BA in Anthropology or Applied Economics, Film Studies, Law, Human Rights, Linguistics, Business Law, Philosophy, Sociology and many more courses are on offer at the Carleton University.

Bachelors degree in Journalism & Political Science, Journalism & Media Studies, Journalism & Humanities, etc., are also on offer at the Carleton University.

2. BA in Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Arts & Culture, History, Philosophy, etc. is on offer by the Brock University.

3. BA in Applied Economics is available at the Carleton University, University of Calgary and at Western University (Ontario).

4. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), BFA in visual studies or Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary.

5. BBA degrees are available at several Canadian universities, with several variations, such as BBA with Computer Science (double major), BBA with Financial Mathematics, BBA with Math and so on at universities like the Acadia University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the Trinity Western University.

Also BBA courses in Supply Chain Management, Finance, Accounting and Economics are available at the Cape Breton University.

6. Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Technology and Fashion Design is available at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Ryerson University, respectively.

7. BA in Game Design is available at the Niagara College and Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Game Design & Development is available at Wilfrid Laurier University.

What are the eligibility requirements to study in Canada after 12thArts/Humanities?

  1. 12 years of formal school education.
  2. IELTS/TOEFL score. Minimum 580 in TOEFL (paper-based exam) is needed for admissions.
  3. Some universities might ask for Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), with a minimum score of 70.
  4. In certain instances, you might be asked to take a Pearson Test of English (PTE) and Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) as well.

What are the career prospects of studying Arts/Humanities in Canada?

Most Arts/Humanities students follow career professions like teaching/professorship/research or more advanced degrees. Graduates with Humanities degree can choose any of the following professions, such as journalism, management, public relations, business or financial analysis.

With a degree in Journalism you can work as a Communications Specialist, Content Writer, Sr. Editor, Policy Analyst, Proposal Writer and Copywriter. The average salary of a journalist working in any of the above fields is C$ 41,074 per year. Journalists working in Toronto get paid 6% higher than those working in other cities in Canada.

The average salary of a BBA degree holder working in Canada ranges from C$ 36,000 to C$ 80,000. Students with BBA degrees can work with notable companies post studies, including Roger Communications Inc.; KMPG, LLP; CIBC and RBC Bank.

With a BA degree in Game Design, you can work in cities like Montreal and earn an average salary of C$ 49,330 per year. Montreal pays 25% higher than other cities in Canada.

So are you planning to study in Canada after completing your 12th Arts/Humanities from India? Our study abroad counsellors can help you with your admissions. You just need to keep talking to them to gather as much information as possible so that you can make an informed choice.

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Engineering in Canada – Tips and Guidance


Engineering happens to be one of the oldest disciplines of study. With a number of fields to choose from, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, happen to be considered as the “big four”. Engineering has remained a popular choice among students as a form of further studies. Engineering courses are all about the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applied work. A field that is destined to stay in demand for a long time to come, students who complete a course in engineering are taught to apply mathematical and scientific principles in order to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems.

Why choose Canada

Affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options as well as world renowned institutions have made Canada one of the leading destinations for studying abroad. With degrees and certificates that are recognized the world over, engineering colleges in Canada follow very high academic standards and rigorous quality controls that ensure that the students get high quality education. While the quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than as compared to other countries

Choosing an institution

Of the large number of engineering colleges in Canada, it is important to be able to choose the college that would be right for the student. This is a decision that must be taken after due consideration. The factors that one must consider before selecting the institution are:

  • Infrastructure: not the building of the college, but mainly the intake capacity of the college.
  • Faculty
  • Facilities
  • Placement Records
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Location


The particular requirements of taking admission into engineering program in Canada vary from institution to institution as every institution has a different idea of the minimum qualifications required for their courses. But the basic requirements are:

  • Academic Qualifications: The minimum admission average is determined annually.
  • English Language Proficiency score
  • GRE Scores ( Not Mandatory for all Canadian Institutions )

Partner Institutions

Acadia University | Algonquin College | Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology | Camosun College | Capilano University | Dalhousie University | Georgian College | Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Science | Navita -ICM- International College of Manitoba | Navitas – FIC – Fraser International College | Prince Edward Island University | Royal Roads University | Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology | Selkirk College | St. Francis Xavier University | Trent University | University of Ontario Institute of Technology | University of Waterloo | Vancouver Island University

Other Courses offered in Canada

  • Applied Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Bio-Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Management
  • Health Science
  • International Business
  • MBA
  • Nursing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Social Science
  • Wireless Networking
  • Information System
  • Project Management
  • Masters
  • IT
  • Science
  • Post-Graduation
  • MS
  • Pharmacy
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All About Canada – Study Aborad

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Canada is situated in northern North America (constituting 41% of the continent’s area). Canada spans a vast, diverse territory between the North Pacific Ocean to the west and the North Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Arctic Ocean to the north (hence the country’s motto “From sea to sea”), with the United States to the south (contiguous United States) and northwest (Alaska). Although because of its climate, there are no permanent settlements in close 90 percent of the country.  The population of Canada, some 34,980,000 as of November 2012, is concentrated in the south in proximity to its border with the contiguous U.S.; with a population density of 3.5 people per square kilometer, it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.  Most people live in highly urbanized centers in the south, within 300 kilometers of the border with the United States.

The Geography of Canada

You cannot talk about the geography of Canada without talking about the climate. Canada has a diverse climate. The climate varies from temperate on the west coast of British Columbia to a subarctic climate in the north. Extreme northern Canada can have snow year round with a Polar climate. Landlocked areas tend to have a warm summer continental climate zone with the exception of Southern Ontario which has a hot summer humid continental climate. Parts of Western Canada have a semi-arid climate, and parts of Vancouver Island can even be classified as cool summer Mediterranean climate.
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The Canadian Culture

Canadian culture is a term that explains the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, political and social elements that are representative of Canada and Canadians, not only to its own population, but people all over the world. Canadian culture has historically been influenced by European culture and traditions, especially British and French, and by its own indigenous cultures. Over time, elements of the cultures of Canadian immigrant populations have become incorporated into mainstream Canadian culture. It has subsequently been influenced by American culture because of its shared language, proximity and migration between the two countries. The country is highly diverse culture, with more than 200 ethnic origins and 200 first languages reported in the 2006 census. There are two major linguistic groups and two generally accepted languages, English and French. In the year 2006, over 57 percent of the population submitted English as their first language and almost 22 percent submitted French as their first language. The wide majority of the French speaking people in Canada live in Quebec, where at least 79 percent have French as their mother tongue.

Canada’s Economy

Canada has the eleventh largest economy in the world (measured in US dollars at market exchange rates), is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, and is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Group of Eight (G8). As with other developed nations, the Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry, which employs about three quarters of Canadians. Canada is unusual among developed countries in the importance of the primary sector, with the logging and oil industries being two of Canada’s most important. Canada also has a sizeable manufacturing sector, centered in Central Canada, with the automobile industry and aircraft industry especially important. With a long coast line, Canada has the 8th largest commercial fishing and seafood industry in the world.

Inclusively, Canada’s economic freedom score is 79.4, making its economy the 6th freest in the 2013 Index. Canada is also the freest economy in the North America region. The foundations of economic freedom in Canada remain strong and well supported by solid protection of property rights and an independent judiciary that enforces anti-corruption measures effectively. While many large advanced economies have been struggling with the heavy burden of government and fiscal constraints that result from years of unrestrained public spending, Canada’s public finance management has been comparatively prudent, with efforts to downsize government made on a continuing basis. Canada’s economy has been resilient, benefiting from a strong commitment to open-market policies that facilitate global trade and investment flows. Efficient regulations are applied evenly in most cases, encouraging dynamic entrepreneurial activity in the private sector. Steady reduction of the standard corporate tax rate has also contributed to global competitiveness.

Life in Canada

Most people who have been to Canada would say; there is no other Country in the World like Canada! Canada lies to the North of the United States of America and it is one of the World’s largest Countries with 9,971,000 square kilometers of land; that is approximately 10,000 Miles. Canada constitutes of ten provinces and three territories. It is a Country renowned for its Diversified and High standard of living, Quality Education and amazing economic growth.
Canada has traditionally been a Country of Immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural differences and this creates an exciting setting where different perspectives are respected and learning is highly encouraged.

Almost entire world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada. Due to that, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada to aid social interactions. Informal clubs and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible. International Students Advisers at schools can help students get in touch with such groups.

The reliable annual survey conducted by The Economist and Mercer ranks three Canadian cities within the top five best cities in the World. (Vancouver is ranked as no. 1 best city in the world with Toronto as no. 4 and Calgary as no. 5) Cities in Canada are also consistently ranked in the top ten best cities in the world by the United Nations and other countries.

English or French is essential

Canada is an English and French speaking country, so speaking either English or French can help you adapt to life in Canada by making it easier to get a job, communicate with other people living in Canada. You will also need to be able to speak English or French fluently to become a Canadian citizen. It is a good idea to learn both languages. Depending on where you decide to live in Canada, being bilingual can make it easier for you to communicate with people in your new community and get a job.

English is the most common language spoken everywhere in Canada excluding the province of Quebec, where French is the official language. French is also spoken in many communities in other provinces, especially New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba. New Brunswick is Canada’s only officially bilingual province. Canada is officially a bilingual country and there are Anglophone and Francophone communities in every province and territory of Canada.
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Some few facts about Canada:

  • Canada ranks higher than the United Sates in statistics such as life expectancy (80.22 years in Canada versus 77.85 in the United States) and infant mortality (4.75 Canadian deaths per 1000 versus 6.50 in the States). Both countries rank highly with a 99% literacy rate
  • Toronto has the highest cost of living in Canada, followed by Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa respectively.

The survey found that Canadian cities have lower living costs than many other locations in the developed world.
Further detail figures from the survey showed that;

  • The cost of living in Toronto province is 30 percent lower than in London or UK.
  • The cost of living in Vancouver is 12 percent lower than in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • The cost of living in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is 5 percent lower than in Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Provincial Differences

The provinces and territories of Canada combine to make up the world’s second-largest country by area. Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories. It can be divided into five regional areas:

  1. The East, also called the Atlantic region, includes the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
  2. The Central region includes the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
  3. The Prairies includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and some parts of Alberta.
  4. The West includes most of Alberta and British Columbia.
  5. The North is made up of the three territories—Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Each province and territory has its own capital city where the provincial or territorial government is permanently located. The major difference between a Canadian province and a territory is that provinces are jurisdictions that receive their power and authority directly from the Constitution Act, 1867, whereas territories derive their mandates and powers from the federal government. In modern Canadian constitutional theory, the provinces are considered to be co-sovereign divisions, and each province has its own “Crown” represented by the lieutenant-governor, whereas the territories are not sovereign, but simply parts of the federal realm, and have a commissioner.

Though there are many similarities in the provincial and territorial educational system across Canada, there are significant differences in the prospectus, assessment, and accountability policies among the jurisdictions that express the geographical spectrum, history, language, culture, and corresponding specialized needs of the populations served. The comprehensive, spread, and widely accessible nature of the educational system in Canada reflects the societal belief in the importance of education in the country.

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Cost of Studying and Living in Canada

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Canada has increasingly become a notorious destination that attracts international students, especially in the last years. Having prestigious universities, vivid student cities and well-organized lifestyle, Canada turned into a country with high demands and a high reputation. Canada has 26 universities listed among the best academic institutions worldwide according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In addition, according to a OECD study, Canada was also ranked as one of the world’s most educated countries.

Read below and you’ll find useful information about tuition, living costs and scholarship opportunities for studying in “The Great White North”.

1. University tuition fees in Canada

Tuition fees in Canadian universities are a bit demanding, but lower than those from countries such as the United Kingdom, the USA or Australia. University fees may vary yearly, as you will notice differences depending on the city or degree programme. Newfoundland universities for instance, have the lowest tuition fees, while Ontario is the most expensive area.

Tuition fees for Bachelor degrees

Average tuition: 6,500 CAD/year

Examples of expensive programmes:

  • Dentistry (21,000 CAD/year)
  • Law (11,400 CAD/year)

Examples of affordable programmes:

  • Social sciences (850 CAD/year)
  • Education (2,000 CAD/year)
Tuition fees for Master and PhD degrees

Average tuition: 7,000 CAD/year

Examples of expensive programmes:

  • MBA (27,500 CAD/year)
  • Engineering (37,000 CAD/year)

Examples of affordable programmes:

  • Design (2,000 CAD/year)
  • Humanities (1,800 CAD/year)
Most affordable universities in Canada

Check the list of Canadian universities with the most affordable tuition fees:

  1. Memorial University of Newfoundland– average tuition fees 1,700 CAD/year.
  2. Simon Fraser University– average tuition fees 6,400 CAD/year.
  3. University of Saskatchewan– average tuition fees 7,000 CAD/year.
  4. Athabasca University– average tuition fees 5,000 CAD/year.
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top ranked Canadian universities:

  1. University of Toronto– average tuition fees 38,000 CAD/year.
  2. University of British Columbia– average tuition fees 8,500-9,000 CAD/year.
  3. McGill University– average tuition fees 8,000 CAD/year
  4. University of Montreal– average tuition fees 10,000 CAD/year.

2. Student living costs in Canada

Living costs in Canada are a bit above average, but the high quality of life is guaranteed. You would need a minimum amount of 1,000-1,200 CAD/month for most provinces, such as Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa.

Vancouver and Calgary are some of the most expensive cities in Canada, where you would need around 1,200-1,500 CAD/month.

Accommodation costs

There are many housing options to choose from in Canada, and an equally diverse price range.

The main housing options for students in Canada are:

  • Student residences: prices are between 250 – 625 CAD/month
  • University-provided homestays usually: rates start from 400 and can lead to 800 CAD/month.
  • Share an apartment: 250 – 700 CAD/month, prices for rent depend on location and facilities.
Other costs associated with accommodation

When you rent an apartment or studio, you would have to add extra expenses to the rent price, such as:

  • basic utilities (electricity, water, heating, garbage): 150 CAD/month
  • internet: 57 CAD/month
Food costs

You won’t spend too much on food bills, just around 200-250 CAD/month for shopping from the local supermarkets and groceries. Some of the cheapest supermarkets you can find all over Canada are Canadian Superstore, Walmart, No Frills.

If you wish to eat in a restaurant, you will have to pay around 10 – 25 CAD. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost 60 CAD.

Transportation costs

Students enrolled in a Canadian university aged between 18 and 25 will benefit from discounts when purchasing the monthly transport pass.

  • The total price of a transport pass is 91 CAD/month, while a one-way ticket is worth 3 CAD.
  • Taxis are also a common way of transport all over Canada and fares are between 2 and 6 CAD/ km.

3. Funding & student support

Canada has plenty of programmes that support students financially during their studies.

Here is a list of specially-designed awards for international students:

  • Scholarships provided by various Canadian universities for Master and PhD studies
  • Scholarships available to non-Canadian academic institutions to facilitate collaboration with the local academic community
  • Scholarships available to foreign students for study/research in Canada
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General Admission Requirements for Study in Canada

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Though admission process and Visa 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 or Colleges.

Undergraduate requirements
Undergraduate requirements depend on the type of institution one chooses, this is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain University or College to offer an academic degree, which varies in different ways depending on if the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.
For admission into undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. Below you can find undergraduate requirements for most Canadian Tertiary Institutions.

All applicants into undergraduate programs must submit:

  • A completed application form;
  • An official high school transcript (or attested copy) (if applicable);
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if any);
  • A detailed chronological résumé to demonstrate educational achievements, work experience, progression, community involvement, volunteer experience, and other related experience; and
  • A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions.

Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary study outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts; and
  • Proof of English language proficiency.

Finally it is important for you to know that major languages used in Canada are English and French. But 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 proficiency test in Canada, however, some universities and colleges accept TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study. Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment. For MBA, 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.

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