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Study In Canada – A Guide For International Students

asmita February 2, 2022 0 Comments

Canada lies on the northern side of North America, covering an area of over 9.9 million squares. The country houses some of the most beautiful places on earth. From lush green forests and sky-high artificial towers, Canada has it all.

Canada is ranked among the top 10 countries to live in, with its high standard of living and a strong economy. The better the country’s economy is, the more self-dependent its citizens are, leading to fewer crimes. Canada is one of the safest places to be in.

And yes, the Canadian stereotypes are valid too. Canadian people are amiable and jolly people who enjoy new people’s company. Expect plenty of warm smiles and acts of courtesy from many people you meet.

The answer to why Canada is very simple. World-class infrastructure, universal healthcare, amazing people, a beautiful environment, and a strong economy. What more does a student need?

 

Canada’s Education System

Canada’s education system is divided into three levels primary, secondary and post-secondary. The post-secondary education comes after high school (or secondary level in Canada).

Many universities and colleges are available to students after their secondary level, with many accepting international students. Many of Canada’s universities are ranked among the top in the world for quality education, making it a popular student choice.

Universities offer education in both French and English, although it is optional for a student to be fluent in both. Each school year usually begins in September up to May, or sometimes can start in January. This is why one should consider the best season to apply for student intake.

 

International Student Benefits

While strong points were mentioned about the advantages of studying in Canada, there are more benefits international students can take advantage of.

Security is one of the most important factors when moving to another country. With Canada’s high standard of living, any crimes or act of violence is highly unlikely. This makes the country very safe to live and study in.

Students can also opt to work part-time as they study. The option allows students to help themselves financially and gain experience. Students can work 20 hours on weekdays and even longer during the holidays (Christmas and summer break).

Affordability is another reason students choose Canada. While it is not entirely free or such, the fees are relatively cheaper compared to other countries. Universities in Canada charge lower prices but still impart quality education to their students. 

You’ll find open areas, better infrastructures, and services that help you study and relax. These all contribute to helping you gain more quality education.

 

Top Ranked Universities in Canada

    1. University of Toronto
    2. University of British Columbia
    3. McGill University
    4. University of Alberta
    5. McMaster University
    6. University de Montreal
    7. University of Calgary
    8. University of Waterloo
    9. University of Ottawa
    10. Western University

With many of its universities ranked highly globally, it proves how big of a powerhouse the country is in terms of quality education. Many places recognize Canadian degrees with their focus on research and development. 

Find out more about the many popular study courses for international students.

    1. Business Administration
    2. Core Engineering
    3. Cyber Security
    4. Data Analysts and blockchain management
    5. Accounting, Audit, and Finance
    6. Bio Science
    7. Bio-Technology
    8. Marketing and Media Design
    9. Agriculture Science
    10. Arts, Psychology, and Human Resource

 

What’s the Best Degree for Me?

You will be investing 4-5 years of your time to obtain the degree in your chosen subject. This is why choosing the degree that is best for you is essential. Careful consideration and research have to be done beforehand before applying. The research includes university options, career scopes, advantages, infrastructures, and facilities.

Pursuing a career according to your strengths is a way to go. But if you are determined to overtake your weaknesses, you should apply for the degree you are interested in. In the end, you should follow your heart as spending years doing something you don’t wish to has more disadvantages than advantages.

 

College Expenditure and Living Costs

While the living standard of Canadian people is high, it doesn’t mean it is difficult to live in. Generally, an undergraduate degree will cost a student anywhere between CAD 13,000 to CAD 25,000. This all depends on the course undertaken by the student.

Tuition rates for postgraduate degrees will cost around CAD 35,000, while Ph.D. degrees cost anywhere between CAD 2,000 to CAD 17,000 annually.

The expenditure for commodities and services in Canada also varies from city to city, but a single student’s annual fee should come to around CAD 15,000. Part-time or full-time jobs help a lot in relieving the expenses for the student.

 

What to Expect in Canada as a Student?

Canada is a very welcoming country offering top-quality education to its students. The entire country is diverse, with people from different cultures and cities that seemingly never sleep. Canada is filled with natural beauty, too, a perfect environment for any student to study and explore.

Canada excels in infrastructure and service-wise, with good accommodation facilities at a reasonable rate. Living costs are also minimal comparing it to other countries. Students can find a diversified lifestyle and people there that helps enrich their experience and understanding of the world. Adapting to the food in Canada shouldn’t be too difficult either.

Expect quality time in Canada but expect it to be challenging. Hardworking people are respected everywhere, and you should develop qualities that make you feel dependable.

 

Scholarships and Grants

Many scholarships are provided by universities in Canada for Nepalese students. These scholarships are provided to students that excel in academic performance, extracurricular achievements, or some special skills that they have.

Based on the type of scholarship provided, it could be a partial or complete scholarship. To apply for scholarships, students should have a proper understanding of their type and application processes. Strong documents or in some cases, letters of recommendation from previous teachers or mentors are required.

Understanding how these applications work is key to obtaining a scholarship to study in Canada.

Some of the scholarships provided in Canada are:

    • Academic Excellence
    • Scholarship and Fellowship Program of the Commonwealth of Canada
    • Scholarship from the Province of Quebec
    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
    • National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)
    • Trillium Scholarship in Ontario


What to Do After My Visa Expires?

In most cases, a study visa won’t expire as long as you are still studying for the degree you came to obtain. In any case, should it expire, students should apply for an extension 30 days before expiration. The visa extension cannot cross the expiration date of your passport.

But extension aside, students are free to apply for a special work permit after their degree. The Canadian post-graduate work visa allows a student to work and stay in the country for three years.

Canada is full of job opportunities whether in the service sector or private organizations and can be seen to be facing a workforce shortage. Students can make full use of their post-graduate work visa and earn it for themselves. The work visa is independent of their study visa and allows a student to work for any employer in Canada and change regions. 



Getting Started with The Application Process

It is a must that students are fluent in the English language before thinking of studying abroad, especially in a place like Canada. Students may have to appear for one of many standardized tests such as PTE, TOEFL, SAT, or IELTS. Higher the English proficiency score, the better.

A minimum band score of 6.5 for IELTS is required to apply for a student visa for any degree abroad.

Make sure you are acquainted with a counselor to apply for a Canadian student Visa. Make a good research on the degree and university you want to apply for, presenting strong documents.

The application process is followed by an offer letter from the institution that briefs you on college expenditures and courses.

Canada Visa regulations also state that the processing time for a student visa in Canada takes around two weeks if you have a family member present there. But in most scenarios, a student visa can take about 4-6 weeks.

Make sure to have other supporting documents like finances showing you can manage yourself. Being well-prepared ahead of time makes it easier to avoid rejection.

    • General Certification (Birth, family relations, passport, and so on)

    • Canadian study permit/ letter of acceptance

    • Recommendation letters -2, work experience (if any)

    • Sponsor letter, CV, SOP (Statement of Purpose)

    • IELTS Test Certificate, Academic Documents

    • Proof of financing for scholarship (if any)

    • Income documents or bank statements 

    • Proof of your money transfer to your Canadian bank account



Canadian Health Insurance

Health insurance is another important thing to get while you’re in Canada. Health insurance covers your basic health care expenditure. This also includes preventive health services and emergency care.

The approximate cost of student insurance in Canada is roughly 300 dollars annually. This goes on to be more if the international students have accompanying family members.

International students officially registered for Canada studies are enrolled in the foreign health insurance plan. This is only applicable if a student is in full-time study for at least a year.

Alternatively, an international student with a valid study visa is eligible to apply for a provincial healthcare card and get access to the Canadian Health Care system.



Conclusion

Canada is a place to consider if you do not plan to stay in Nepal. Canada offers top-quality education with state-of-the-art infrastructure and a good lifestyle. The country is a perfect home for any student, clearly reflected by its growing number of permanent residency applications each year. If you’re looking for foreign studies, why not give it a go? 🙂