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Studying in Canada

Education & Career Consultant in Mumbai, Karan Gupta Consulting

Canada is one of the few developed countries in the world that still offers a relatively easy route to immigration compared to many others. Because of this, Canada is becoming a very popular place for overseas students to study. In major population centers the lifestyle is very similar to the US, but the cost of living is generally cheaper. Several of the best universities in Canada such as McGill and University of Toronto enjoy excellent world reputations.

Canada is the second largest country in the world and it has vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. Canadian summers are pleasant and not too hot, and winters are long and cold. You will see plenty of snow! Canada and Canadians enjoy a great reputation, with Canada regularly appearing in the top 5 in the annual RepTrak “Most Reputable Countries” survey.

Help and Support

Contact me today if you need personal advice and help with a successful application to study in Canada. Choosing the right university and the right degree program are important for your future success and and well as consulting on the right educational steps for you I can also help with key advice on how (and when) to start to navigate the rather long Canadian visa process.

General Information

Students who wish to continue their education in Canada have several options to choose from which include diplomas, degrees, and short-term certificate courses. As well as universities and colleges, Canada also has community colleges and technical institutes that offer a wide variety of professional programs of between 1 and 3 years duration, including a work term. Some community colleges offer university transfer programs that allows students to take courses similar to those offered in the first two years of a four-year university program.

Unusually amongst developed countries, overseas students in Canada get a work permit equal to the time they have studied. For example, if you study in Canada for 3 years you will be granted a 3-year work permit. 3-years is the maximum duration you can get a student work permit for in Canada after completing your course after which you can apply for a work visa. The Canadian visa process is rather lengthy and has very specific requirements so it’s best to get professional advice on when and how to navigate the system.

The Application Process

To apply to universities in Ontario for an undergraduate or professional degree there is a centralized application system via the Ontario Universities Common Application Centre (OUAC). This can save time and money as you can apply to multiple universities with one application. For universities outside Ontario, overseas student should apply directly to each institution. Similarly, postgraduate applications are generally sent online directly.

The application process will include key items such as your candidate personal statement, reference letters from tutors or employers, and details of your attainment test scores and any additional aptitude test you’ve undertaken. A good overseas education consultant will be able to guide you as to what to include in your application and how to best present yourself to maximise your chances of successfully navigating the admissions process.

How much will it cost?

Average tuition fees for students traveling from abroad are about USD $32,000 per year and average living expenses are about USD $12,000 per year. Fees for students do vary from institution to institution, and some programs such as MBA or other advanced study will have higher charges associated.

Funding, Scholarships and Loans

Scholarships, grants, and bursaries are available for qualifying international students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Your success in being granted funding in this way depends on the quality of your funding application and the calibre of your academic application. Make sure you get advice on how to present yourself in the best light to maximise your chances of receiving funding.

Graduate students are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships (this is a research or teaching assistantship) where you can work in the department whilst studying. These awards offer a full tuition waiver and also provide a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. They are much sought after and a strong application greatly increases your chance of success.

You also have the option of applying for an education loans from Indian state banks for up to Rs.2.5 Million. You need to aware of the full terms and conditions, and note that security of up to 100% of the loan amount will be needed. You will be committing to repayments for 5-7 years. Make sure you have taken sound advice on the right path to take before entering into a long-term financial commitment to fund your chosen route.

Student Employment

Students who study in Canada are entitled to a work permit equal to the duration of their study, with a maximum length of 3 years and minimum of 8 months. It’s important to factor this into your study plans, as if you are embarking on an advanced 5 year course, your work permit will cease at the end of the third year. Conversely if you wish to study in Canada for a short-form technical qualification that lasts 6 months, you will not qualify for any work permit at all. If you have any doubts, seek professional advice.

Do you need tailored advice?

If you are looking to study in Canada then I am able to offer tailored advice, coaching and guidance to maximize your chances of a successful admission to a Canadian degree or study program. I have extensive personal experience of studying and working in North America at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including working in Admissions for a major overseas University. I have successfully placed clients in universities and colleges across Canada and can give guidance on getting a Canada student visa and student work permit. Contact me for more information and to find out how you can take your first steps to succeed in your goals.

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