An ample number of collaborative programmes offering hands-on learning combined with a more theoretical approach makes Canada on the best destinations to pursue tertiary education overseas. The Canadian institutions offer tailored programmes, and these courses may differ from campus to campus, but the ultimate goal is to provide service & support to ensure the success of the students.

Another reason that makes Canada a dream education destination is that some international students who have graduated from Canadian Institution are allowed to apply for permanent residency visa without moving out of the country. Also, it’s a fact that over 90% of students who graduate from Canadian institutions get employed in their field of studies within 6 months after graduation, which is why studying in Canada is said to be an all-encompassing experience.

Various reasons to study in Canada are:

  • Canadian universities are known for being consistently high quality and for offering internationally accepted degrees and credentials; some are ranked in the top 100 by reputable sources as The Times Higher Education Supplement and Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • Various specialization programs under diploma, degree, postgraduate diploma are offered at around 200 institutions nationwide and, tuition is generally much lower than in other leading studies abroad countries. Students can pursue their studies at one of Canada's top universities for roughly half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private US university.
  • International students can expect to be assisted in their university studies by such resources and services as orientation sessions, support programs, academic advising, prayer rooms, safe walk programs, student clubs, and assistance with medical concerns or housing issues.
  • International students can often work while they study and take advantage of many cooperative education and internship opportunities. There are also immigration programs that international students may qualify after graduation.

Tuition fees for Canadian institutions vary from course to course and institution to institution. On an average, a student needs to pay a minimum of C$12,000 (approx) to as high as C$40,000 (~US$34,000) per year.

Other than tuition fees, an international student would need to pay institution administration fees of around C$100, international student application fees from around C$250, compulsory fees for student services of C$500-1,000 and processing fees for a study permit (currently C$150 with a biometric processing fee of C$85).

Entry Requirements

Academic achievement in Canada is measured by GPA (Grade Point Average) scores. 

Master's degree applicants may need GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. If you apply through Study Group, you do not need to take the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams.

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is intended as a guide only. Each university will assess your complete application and make an offer based on your entire profile.

What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor's degree in Canada?

  • Successful completion of the international equivalent of US/Canadian secondary education (Year 12)
  • Diploma or acceptable certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 68 and 80 for direct entry (no official TOEFL score needed for some programs) - see English language requirements
  • Proven academic achievement demonstrating your ability to succeed in university-level studies

What are the entry requirements for a Master’s degree in Canada?

  • International equivalent of a North American four-year Bachelor's degree program from an accredited university
  • If you have a three-year Bachelor's degree or diploma, you can complete a qualifying Pre-Master's program first
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 79 and 95 for direct entry (an official TOEFL score may not be required for ESL and Pre-Master's programs) - see English language requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resumé for MBA programs
  • Plus specific requirements for individual courses

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In Canada, workers rights are available to international students while studying and also upon finishing a degree or diploma.

During your studies

Canada recently announced new regulations for international students. As of June 2014, students do not need to apply for a separate work visa to work off-campus and are eligible to work as soon as their program of study begins.

Canada provides extensive work and career opportunities for all types of students. Many institutions in Canada offer a co-operative education program. This is a structured program where students alternate between periods of work and study. This integrated curriculum is achieved through a partnership between the educational institution and industry.

After graduation

International graduates from Canadian higher education institutions also have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years following the completion of their program.

To work in Canada after you graduate, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you would like to look into staying in Canada as a permanent resident after you finish your studies, there are several programs available, each with its own requirements.


In Canada, a student visa is often referred to as a 'study permit'.

It is important that you make sure you have the correct study permit for your international studies before you leave for Canada.

The Canadian immigration authority is called the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

A study permit conditions can change quickly, you will need to make sure you follow up to date advice. The best place to find this advice is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

The student permit (student visa) allows an individual to enter Canada as a full-time student at an accredited community college, university or any other institution. In order to be eligible to apply for a student permit, a student must be enrolled in a program of study that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate and the institution should be listed under Designated Learning institutions (DLI) list authorized by IRCC.

There are three categories where students can file their visa applications which are S.P.P., General, and University. VFS Offices provides information on procedures applicable to applicants who wish to apply for a visa to travel to Canada. 

The following steps outline the process of applying for a study permit in Canada.

Step 1: Understand the Visa process

Step 2: Collate visa documents

The general sets of documents you will require for your study permit application comprises:

  • Passport 
  • Passport-size photographs 
  • Unconditional letter of acceptance 
  • Fees receipt (recommended) 
  • Scholarship letter (if applicable) 
  • Any relevant correspondence with the institution 
  • Financial documents 
  • Academic documents 
  • Test scores 
  • Work experience certificates (if applicable) 
  • Medical report (if already undertaken). 

Step 3: Check provincial guidelines

Step 4: Submit application (online or paper submission at VFS offices for Canada)

Rent costs will vary greatly depending on where you study, and if you live on or off campus.
If you choose to live off campus you will likely pay around $600 a month to rent a room and at least $1,800 a month to rent an apartment.

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