Canada, stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities including massive, multicultural Toronto; predominantly French-speaking Montréal and Québec City; Vancouver and Halifax on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively; and Ottawa, the capital. It’s also crossed by the Rocky Mountains and home to vast swaths of protected wilderness.
The combination of Canada’s natural environment and its reputation for high-quality education are just a few of the things that attract tens of thousands of foreign students to Canada every year. Foreign students choose to study in Canada because of the:
Canadian degrees and diplomas are recognized throughout the world. The 1998 Gourman Report, an independent USA report, scored 18 Canadian electrical engineering programs in the top 40 of such programs in North America. Canadian work experience is highly desirable by multi-national companies who actively recruit on Canadian campuses. Canada is among the select few countries whose students scored near the top in reading, mathematics and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA)study.
Students coming to Canada have over 90 degree granting universities, 175 community colleges, several private language schools and many corporate training facilities to choose from. The Canadian education system includes strong student support services, small classes and active campus communities.
Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the world. As a result, Canadian universities and colleges offer lower tuition rates for international students than their counterparts in other countries. The cost of study in carnadine considerably less than the USA, Australia and the United< Kingdom.
Multi-Cultural & Welcoming Society
Canada’s international reputation as a peace-keeping nation extends to it’s citizens. Canadians comprise of many different cultures, religions and races from around the world. Students coming to Canada will experience a secure, peaceful, multi-cultural environment in cities and towns with people who are friendly and interested in learning about other cultures.
Standard of Living
In the last decade, Canada has repeatedly been chosen by UN as one of the best places to live in the world. The reasons listed included: high education enrollment levels; high-quality, low cost education; universal healthcare system; an uncompromising respect for fundamental rights and human dignity; clean and safe cities; and cosmopolitan, multi-cultural ethnic cities with many recreational amenities.
$ (Canadian Dollars)
|English Study||$200-$300 per week|
|Secondary School||$9,000-$13,000 per year|
|Under Graduate/Diploma||$10,000-$14,000 per year|
|Post Graduate||$11,000-$16,000 per year|
Note: Tuition fees for universities differ depending on the province, institution and program of study.
Living Cost & Expenses
$ (Canadian Dollars)
|Home Stay||$400-$800 per month|
|Dormitory||$250-$515 per month|
|Apartment||$250-$700 per month(Shared)|
Note: Prices can vary greatly according to location and time of year.
Work While you study
Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows International Students to work in Canada in limited situations. Students are required to arrive in Canada with sufficient money to live and pay their bills while studying. However, in some cases, a student may be able to work in Canada during the course of study:
- On Campus with out a work permit
- Off-Campus with a valid work permit
- In Co-op and Internship Programs, where work experience is a part of the course, with work permit
In addition, spouses/common-law partners of international students are eligible to work in Canada while their partners study.
Working after studies and settlement options
Post-Graduate Work Permit Program:
Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, international students who have graduated and obtained a Canadian qualification can now obtain a three year open work permit on which they can work for any Canadian employer in any industry. They are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application.
Eligibility Criteria for international students:
Must have studied full-time for the eight months preceding the completion of their program and must have graduated from:
- A public post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP);
- A Private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for operations from government grants;
- A Canadian private educational institution authorized by provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees.
- Must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation from their academic institution that they have met the requirements of their program.
- Must have completed and passed the program of study and received written notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma, or certificate.
- Must have a valid study permit when applying for the work permit.
All Indian students are required to obtain a Student Authorization and Visa before going to Canada for studies. Students must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations. Under normal circumstances, allow at least two to six weeks for the student visa to be processed
Proof of Funds
Every applicant must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources available to them to pay tuition fees, maintain him/herself and dependents in Canada. Living expenses are around CDN 10,500 per year
Canada Visa Checklist
The documents listed below are numbered and divided into Set I, Set II and Set III. While assembling your application please mark the documents for easy reference (i.e. with tabs or markers)
The web-site listed below links to student applications forms. Please download only the application, personal Information form, and use of representative form (If applicable) from this site.
- Forms can be downloaded from: ( http://www.vfs-canada.co.in/visaapplication.html )
- The current student visa application fee is CDN 125 or INR 5470/-
- Study Permit application form & study questionnaire
- Visa Fee.
- Current Passport.
- Application form (two recent, original passport-sized photos to be attached to form.)
- Personal Information Form
- Student Questionnaire
- Letter of acceptance from Canadian educational institution showing planned start and end date of program and any conditions upon acceptance into program
- Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) if applicable
- For Quebec-bound student- Copy of Certificat d’acceptation du Québec-CAQ
- IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 5.5
- Photocopy of the most recent diploma or leaving certificate, and 2008/2009 mark sheets
- Copy of all receipts for payment provided by the Canadian educational institution (pre-payment of first term is recommended)
- Copy of Educational Loan from Indian Chartered Bank equivalent to at least 80% of tuition +living + travel expenses for one academic year (normally, first year’s tuition, unless already paid, plus $8000). See List of approved banks in India.
*Do not provide any additional documents unless requested to do so by a visa officer.
An interview with a Canadian Visa Officer may be required. If this is the case, students will be advised in writing of the time and place for the interview.
The Canadian high commission will issue medical instructions. Students and accompanying dependents must pass a medical examination at one of the approved panel doctors. If the student and accompanying dependants are found to be in good health and there are no other concerns with the application, the Visa and Student Authorization will be issued.
Acceptable financial institutions in India
- ABN Amro Bank Ltd
- Andhra Bank
- Allahabad Bank
- AXIS Bank Ltd
- Bank of Baroda
- Bank of India
- Bank of Maharashtra
- Bank of Punjab Ltd
- BNP Paribas
- Canara Bank
- Central Bank of India
- Centurion Bank of Punjab Ltd
- Corporation Bank
- Dena Bank
- Federal Bank Ltd
- HDFC Bank Ltd
- Hongkong and Shanghai Banking
- IDBI Bank Ltd
- Indian Overseas Bank
- Indian Bank
- Ing Vysya Bank Ltd
- Indusind Bank Ltd ICICI Banking
- Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd
- Karnataka Bank Ltd
- Kotak Mahindra Bank
- NOVA Scotia Bank
- Oriental Bank of Commerce
- Punjab National Bank
- Punjab and Sind Bank
- South Indian Bank Ltd
- Standard Chartered Bank
- State Bank of India
- State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
- State Bank of Hyderabad
- State Bank of Indore
- State Bank of Mysore
- State Bank of Patiala
- State Bank of Saurashtra
- State Bank of Travancore
- Syndicate Bank
- UCO Bank
- Union Bank of India
- United Bank of India
- Vijaya Bank