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Known for its quality of education, Atlantic Canada is home to world-class educational institutions and schools, ready to provide you with the skills and knowledge to open the doors to global opportunities and careers. With smaller class sizes, you’ll have unrivaled access to professors’ and teachers’ expertise, in a safe, inclusive atmosphere that’s prevalent throughout the region.

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With higher living standards and lower living costs than many other study abroad destinations, studying in Atlantic Canada presents peace of mind, allowing you to fully focus on your education or research. Studying in Atlantic Canada could be your first step in your journey to a successful and fulfilling career with opportunities to stay and work after completing your studies.

WHY STUDY IN CANADA?

In 2017, Canada experienced almost 500,000 international students studying at all levels in the country; which explains its popularity across the globe. If you are looking for a new home to some of the world’s leading education, research facilities and academic institutions in an English-speaking nation with a high standard of living, look no further than Canada.

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Canada has 12 universities ranked in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200. This strong education system (along with its economy and quality of life) earned Canada a designation by the UN as one of the best places in the world to live.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Based on an accurate and easy-to-use information, here are 4 most significant things for your choice; everything from study in Canada, student pathways, study costs and student visas.

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STUDY IN CANADA

Canada is divided into ten provinces and three territories.  Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

No matter what city or province you choose to study in, you can be assured your program, curriculum, and the degree, diploma or certificate you receive reflects a standard and quality of education that is recognized all over the world.

To know more about best student cities in Canada according to QS ranking 2016, click HERE

City

QS Ranking

Montreal

7

Toronto

13

Vancouver

13

Ottawa

49

Quebec

55

STUDY PATHWAYS

Students who wish to study in Canada may first attend a prerequisite or preparatory program to prepare themselves for the conditions of their main study program. This is called a pathway program.

Pathway programs often take the form of a language course. In such a pathway program, a student may meet the language requirements of the main study program by completing a language course, rather than taking a recognized language test. While pathway programs are understood to include two stages, the first stage — for example, the language course — is usually referred to as the ‘pathway program’, and the second stage — for example, a college diploma course or a bachelor’s degree — is referred to as the ‘main study program’.

Types of Pathway Program

When a prospective international student receives a Letter of Acceptance to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI), in some cases the offer is conditional upon the student proving his or her language ability in English or French. In this case, the international student may first attend a language course as a pathway program, and transfer to the main study program after completing the language course. There are two types of pathway programs for language courses:

  • Standard: A student undergoes a language course with a view to taking a recognized language test, such as IELTS or TOEFL, at the end. The language course may include preparation sessions for these tests. This type of program is known simply as a pathway program.
  • Seamless: Some receiving institutions have agreements with language schools to accept students who have finished the language course, without the requirement of recognized test results. This type of program is known as a seamless pathway program.

The Letter of Acceptance may be conditional upon the international student completing an academic upgrading course. This may occur if the student has not completed the prerequisite courses for the main program, or if secondary school in the student’s home country is not deemed equivalent to Canadian secondary school. In this case, the student may complete an academic upgrading course as a pathway program, before transferring to the main study program.

Many universities and colleges have agreements with language schools and other institutions in order to ensure a smooth transfer between the pathway program and the main study program. Usually, a pathway program is taken at a different institution from the main study program. Occasionally, the pathway program and the main study program take place at the same DLI.

Pathway Programs and Study Permits

If the pathway program is more than six months in length, a potential international student would be required to apply for a Canadian study permit. If the pathway program is less than six months in length, a study permit is not required. In both these situations, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)is generally still required. To find out if you need a TRV or ETA to enter Canada, click here.

After the student has successfully completed the pathway program, he or she is required to apply for a new study permit for the main study program. This is the case for all students, regardless of the length of the first pathway program.

COSTS & EXPENSES

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair, but thankfully, Canada is one country where quality education is available at tuition rates lower than many other countries. But before you depart from India, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in Canada. This will help you plan your budget more effectively.

Tuition fee is your prime expenditure

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. To cover this, you will need approximately between CAD 7,000 and CAD 29,000 a year.

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive. The average cost for these programs is around CAD 42,000.

S.no. Study program Average annual fee (in CAD*)
1 Undergraduate program $12,000 to $25,000 per year
2 Postgraduate master’s degree $14,000 to $35,000 per year
3 Doctoral degree $7,000 to $10,000 per year

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

You can apply to various scholarships as well to bring down your educational expenses.

Calculate accommodation costs

Most universities in Canada offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. You can also opt for an off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from India. Cost for on-campus accommodation may range anywhere from CAD 8,000 to CAD 10,000 (annually) whereas living in a shared apartment can cost you around CAD 400 to CAD 700 per month depending upon your location and time of the year. Remember, the rentals vary from city to city.

Explore accommodation options.

Cost of your student visa and permit

In order to study in Canada, the first step is to secure a valid study permit and that comes with its own costs (approx. CAD 150). Find out about visa application process.

Living expenses

You need to keep a little money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities and emergency situations. When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep a track of your expenditures so that you do not over spend. Considering various expenses and living costs, a single student budget in Canada comes out to be approx. CAD 15,000 (indicative)You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:

  • Communication expenses: As a student from India, you’d be frequently calling your friends and family back home. Therefore, always keep a section of your budget for phone bills and data expenses. Look for cost-effective calling plans and student discounts in order to stay connected with your loved ones within your monthly budget.
  • Books and supplies: Purchasing textbooks can get a little expensive. For instance, books for engineering courses can cost you approx. CAD 250 to CAD 350. For courses like law, medicine and pharmacy, the value can go even higher. You can manage this in your budget by opting for second hand books, buying digital versions or even securing a library membership.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals: Your daily expenses will include laundry, toiletries, clothing, dining out, etc. This depends entirely on the kind of lifestyle you choose for yourself.

Consider health support and insurance

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Canada to get a medical insurance before the commencement of their program. The average annual cost for medical insurance ranges between CAD 300- CAD 800 a year (indicative). Know more about health and support services in Canada

Transportation. Know how much it will cost to move around

Unless your institution provides with a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.

  • For short distances
    You can make use of regional trains, buses, and subways. Metropolitan cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offer buses and subways. Smaller cities may or may not have subways, but you can always avail buses, commuter trains or local taxi service. You can check the schedule on the web or in your phone book’s yellow pages or white pages with city government listings. This can range anywhere between CAD 80 and CAD 110 for a month (indicative). It is a good idea to get monthly passes for commuting to college as they come in fairly cheap.
  • Park and Ride service
    If you live far from the bus stop, some cities give you the option to drive down to a special parking area where you can park your car and then take a train or bus. You can also rent a car by getting an international driver’s license. Your commute expense will vary accordingly.
  • For long distances
    For travelling between different cities, you can avail long-distance buses, railways, and flights.

STUDENT VISA

An international student would need a study permit to study in Canada, the study permit is a document issued to the foreign nationals to study in Canada. Study permit must be applied before the student travels, it is valid till the completion of the study program, plus an extra 90 days. This extra time provides the students to prepare to leave the country when the permit expires.If a student is planning to a scheduled break such as the summer or winter holidays and spring break then he/she has to show proof of enrollment in the school/college when returning back.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the nation authorities can make changes to programs,  costs, visa application process without notifying us. Different rules can apply to different nationalities so always read the instructions from the immigration authorities carefully. The information in the article above is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be held responsible for any error that might occur without our knowledge. When in doubt always trust the official sources and check with them if needed.

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