Canada is a safe, steady, multicultural country and a best country to live in the world. Education system is excellent and more possibilities to work in Canada after graduation. Most important it gives option of getting permanent residency after studies.
Following are the reasons why a student should prefer Canada –
Employment in Canada
International students graduating from a program of 2 years or more in duration would be qualified for a 2 year work permit after graduation. However, this is applicable if the student has studied in cities other than Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal and is also employed outside this area. In these 3 cities, students are eligible for a 1 year work permit after graduation.
Reasonable Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for international students fluctuate across provinces and programs. Compared to many countries, the cost of studying in Canada is very nominal. As a guide, you will likely need between $15,000 Cdn and $30,000 Cdn annually to cover tuition and living expenses. However, this cost range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are registered, your location, and living choices.
Excellent Health Care
Compared to other countries excellent health care, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among some of the most precedently and accessible in the world.
A Multinational Country
A multinational country. Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Canada has a national policy for and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.
Canada makes a large investment in its education system. In fact, Canada is one of the world’s top education performers and among the top three countries in spending per capita on public post-secondary education, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Possibility to work in Canada
International students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus without a work permit. Plans are being made to allow international students to work off-campus, too.
The government of Canada has a very special program for Indian students, and this is called the Student Direct Stream (SDS Canada).
This program allows Indian student to get visa very quickly and with minimal documentation. In addition to this Indian student will also get work permit after doing their studies. Canadian government has appointed few selected colleges to get admission under SDS Program Canada. Most of the colleges listed under the SDS program are Canadian government funded and offer very high level of education.
According to the present regulation of work permit in Canada, the duration of the program selected for two years or more will get a work permit for 3 years in Canada. If the duration of study is for less than 2 years then the duration of work permit will be equal to the duration of study.
Duration of Study Work Permit Period 2 years 3 Years Less than 2 years Equal for the duration of study
In addition in most cases for the first six months the student will be entitled to work only inside the college campus.
Major Advantages of applying under SDS –
- Streamlined admission and visa guidelines for all SDS participating institutions.
- Less visa documentation.
- Faster visa processing.
Admission Requirement –
Programs Duration Background Past % IELTS Terms/Intakes Diploma 1 Yr or Less,
2 Yrs, 3 Yrs,
4 Yrs & more
High School of 12th Std A levels 50% or more 6.0 Bands Spring, Summer, Fall Bachelors 2 Yrs, 3 Yrs,
4 Yrs & more
High School of 12th Std A levels 55% or more 6.0 – 6.5 Bands Spring, Summer, Fall Advance Diploma 1 Yr or Less,
2 Yrs, 3 Yrs
High school + Diploma of
55% or more 6.0 Bands Spring, Summer, Fall Post Graduate Diploma 1 Yr or Less,
4 Yrs & more
Bachelors complete 60% or more 6.5 Bands Spring, Summer, Fall
Types of Certification to Study in Canada –
- Diploma: Is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two years of successful study.
- Advanced Diploma: Is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a Bachelors Degree.
- Bachelors Degree: Are awarded by Universities/ University Colleges/ Community Colleges after four years of full-time study and lead to graduate level studies.
- Post Graduate Diplomas / Certificates: It leads to a Masters Degree. These programs have work terms which provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical co-op term lasts 12 to 17 weeks. The prerequisite to participate in these programs is a Bachelors Degree of 3 or 4 years duration.
- Masters Degree: Is an option for Bachelors Degree. Graduates who have an interest in further learning and research and for those who want to broaden their career possibilities. It is for 2 yrs duration and can be pursued after 4 years Bachelors or 3 years Bachelors & 1 year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada.
The University offers many specialized services for international students coming from Canada and abroad including orientation, social events, festivals, advising, and workshops to further your academic, personal, and career goals.
International students have become an increasingly integral part of Canada’s immigration strategy as a result of ongoing changes to federal regulations aimed at recruiting more highly skilled newcomers to the country. Almost 240,000 international students were studying in Canada in 2011, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada data cited in a 2012 report by the Canadian Bureau for International Education; about half of these were enrolled in universities. The number of foreign students studying in Canada at all levels of education has been growing more quickly in recent years. The year-over-year increase averaged 11.5 percent from 2008 to 2011, up from an average of 4.3 percent from 2001 to 2008, according to CIC.
There is no centralized application process in Canada, and each university has its own policy regarding admission requirements. Typically, applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and/or demonstrated experience. To apply for graduate study in Canada, you’ll need to fill in an application form online, submit your qualifications and transcripts, show proof of proficiency in English or French (depending on the program you’re applying for), obtain letters of recommendation and perhaps submit a résumé. The admission process can take up to 9 months, so it’s a good idea to get an application in early.
Many schools offer graduate studies in addition to undergraduate education. A graduate degree is an advanced degree such as a Master’s or PhD, with the general requirement of earning a previous undergraduate degree. Some schools specialize in graduate studies and are internationally known in certain fields. In Canada the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) represents the various Schools and Faculties of Graduate Studies. Its mandate is to promote graduate education and research in Canada. In addition to an annual conference the association prepares briefs on issues related to graduate studies including supervision, funding, and professional development.
The course-based master’s degree often has a professional orientation. It is normally completed after one year and may include a professional internship. Generally speaking, these programs do not lead to studies at the doctoral level. The research-based master’s degree is normally completed after 2 years, although certain types of research may require a longer tenure. Graduate students often work as teaching or research assistants. Various schools in Canada have different policies in terms of how much funding is available. This funding may also be different within a school in each of the disciplines. Most students try to secure funding in some form before final admission to their graduate program.
Programs Duration Background Past % IELTS Terms/Intakes Undergrad or Bachelors Degree 4 yrs High School of 12th Std A levels 60% & more 6.0 – 6.5 bands Spring, Summer, Fall Graduate or Masters Degree 2 yrs Bachelors Degree
65% & more 6.5 bands Spring, Summer, Fall
1. What is SDS or Student Direct Stream for Canada?
The government of Canada has a very special program for Indian students, and this is called the Student Direct Stream (SDS Canada). This program allows Indian student to get visa very quickly and with minimal documentation. In addition to this Indian student will also get work permit after doing their studies. Canadian government has appointed few selected colleges to get admission under SDS Program. Most of the colleges listed under the SDS program are Canadian government funded and offer very high level of education.
2. What are the advantages of applying under SDS?
Fast Visa processing
Advance medicals reports
Quality of the institutions is assured
Less documents required for Visa
Income Tax Proof not required
3. What is the processing time of SDS student visa application?
An SDS student visa application takes around 20 to 30 working days.
4. Do I need Health Insurance?
Yes. Health Insurance is mandatory. You will have to arrange for medical coverage before you arrive in Canada. Medical coverage varies from province to province, and sometimes from university to university within each province. Most of the Institutes have health insurance included in their tuition fees. You may also take health insurance from India.
5. Can a visa once refused be granted if apply under SDS?
No. To apply under SDS the student should have never been refused a study permit to Canada. If a visa is once refused then the student has to apply under General category.
6. Can I apply without IELTS?
No, Minimum score of IELTS 6.0 bands and no less than 6.0 bands is compulsory to apply under SDS.
7. Can I apply without education loan?
Yes, Education loan for 80% of the first year of expenses is compulsory to consider an application under SDS. If you have funds and do not wish to take up the education loan, you can apply for visa under SDS.
8. Can I get work permit in Canada if I do not study under SDS?
Work permit scheme is open to all the international students who have graduated with a recognized qualification from any of the accredited institutions in Canada. The Work permit policy has its own requirement and each student should qualify / satisfy those requirements.
9. Can I settle in Canada after completion of my studies?
Yes, Canada has built its population from migrants from different parts of the world. Students have options to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada and the application will need to score at least 67 points plus satisfy the health and character requirements.
10. Is there any difference in the process if I want to study in Quebec?
If you apply to study in Quebec, you need a certificate of acceptance or CAQ.
11. How do I find out if I can work while studying in Canada?
Foreign students can work in Canada during their studies, and after they graduate. In most cases, you will need to apply for one of the student-related work permits, which are required if you want to work in a co-op/internship placement, off campus, or after graduating from your studies (Post-Graduation Work Permit Program).
12. What are the chances of getting visa in a non-SDS college?
Though, applying under SDS the file gets priority assessment in terms of processing time and less documentation. Under General Category the student is required to provide more documentation in terms of financial capabilities and it does not affect on chances of visa approval.
13. What are the requirements for admission into Canadian universities?
Each university in Canada has its own policy regarding admission requirements. Contact each university directly for the admission requirements of the program you’re interested in.
14. What type of fees do I pay – domestic or international?
International Students has to pay International Fees & Canadian Citizen Students has to pay Domestic fees.
15. What else can I do to help pay for my education?
- Enrol in a co-op program and gain paid work experience. You can earn between $37,000- $77,000 CAD by the time you graduate.