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Education System

The Canadian education system encompasses both publicly funded and private schools, from kindergarten through to pre-university. However, standards across the country are uniformly high.

Broadly, the Canadian education system spans across Universities, University Colleges, Career Colleges and Community Colleges.

Higher National Diploma (HND) is awarded by Vocational and Technical Educational Councils. They offer a 2-year course in a vocational subject like scientific and technical business subjects. Great emphasis is placed on work experience. It is often seen as the first step towards a degree course as the credits can be transferred.

University: These are autonomous institutions which are funded by the gvernment and are widely recognised worldwide. A University runs both, academic and professional courses. An Undergraduate course is of 4 years duration and a Masters course is of 2 years duration.Typically a University would have one intake in a year i.e. September and have fixed deadlines for applications.

University Colleges: The University colleges offer degrees as well as diplomas & certificate courses. One could also obtain a combined degree diploma program and credit transfer facility. The distinguishing features of the University colleges are strong student support services, small classrooms and strong campus environment.

Community Colleges: These are not colleges that are affiliated to any university or university college . Community colleges offer diplomas, certificates and applied degrees. Some community colleges allow a student to transfer credits into a university and gain lateral entry into the University run programs. Courses offered at these community colleges are better received by students as the student numbers per class is small and therefore the interaction levels of student and teachers is high.

Career College: Also called technical colleges. These Colleges offer ourses related to Business, Computers and Administrative skills.

Admission Procedure:

Many universities have deadlines for application submission and this must be kept in mind while applying. In general, though, an international student would be required to apply around 8-9 or even 12 months before the start of classes (intake). Semesters typically start in September (fall or autumn) and in January (winter). However, some institutions have May intakes or even ‘rolling admissions’ (especially for higher education such as PhD) when students are admitted throughout the year depending on availability of the advisor or guide. Calendars with course descriptions, admission requirements and procedures, costs and scholarships are available from the registrar at each university.

Engineering, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and dentistry are fields where the first professional degree is considered an undergraduate program. Limited seats are available contingent on your academic merit. International students must have obtained very high percentage of marks for such courses, and some would even require the student to have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in specific subjects before embarking on the professional course. Entrance exams specific to the professional courses (such as DAT for Dentistry) too may be required to be given by the student.

The Following are the documents required for admissions into the US Universities:

No. Document Note
1 Convocation/Provisional Degree Certificate Final Degree certificate is a mandatory document. If the certificate hasn’t been issued as yet, then any one of the following should work: course completion certificate/provisional degree certificate along with the final marksheet.
2 Marksheets All semester/yearly marksheets
3 Higher Secondary & Secondary Certificate —-
4 Language Test Score Card IELTS or a TOEFL score sheet.
5 Recommendation Letter Atleast 2 in no. issued by your faculty members from your last attended institute. A recco from your work place would also help.
6 Statement of purpose (SOP) The most important and one of the deciding factors of your application. Please refer to our sample sop’s under the tools section.
10 Photograph 50×50 white background
11 Passport Photocopy of the front and last pages.
12 Additional Certificate Extra curricular certificates
13 Resume A basic resume
14 Professional Documents Appointment letter,Relieving letter, Recommendation Letter.


We recommend you contact the financial aid office of the university you wish to attend to request information about scholarship opportunities for international students and any applica­tion guidelines. Although Canadian universities do not typically award scholarships to foreign students, there are a growing number of institutions that offer entrance scholarships.

accordance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada regulations, you must prove you have enough money to meet your financial needs while studying in Canada before beginning your studies. So, if you’re going to pursue a scholarship to help finance your education, start researching opportunities early.

about scholarships administered by the Canadian government, provincial governments, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Government of Canada International Scholarships Program
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is responsible for the Government of Canada’s participa­tion in major international scholarship programs. This government website enables users to search for awards available to foreign students for study and research in Canada.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Open to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

Quebec merit scholarship for foreign students
Administered by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies, this Quebec government program offers scholarships for doctoral studies, a postdoctoral fellowship, and short-term research or professional development.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships
Each year, the Trudeau Foundation rewards up to 15 outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program. The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar for up to four years.

International Council for Canadian Studies
Dedicated to the promotion and support of research, education and publication in all fields of Canadian Studies around the world, this not-for-profit organization offers a series of scholarships and awards in support of Canadian Studies.


Field of study grouping Undergraduate Graduate
Education $14,600 $12,742
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies $17,530 $12,152
Humanities £40 £80
Internet $18,365 $12,633
Social and behavioural sciences $18,078 $12,461
Law, legal professions and studies $23,552 $15,065
Business management and public administration $19,641 $18,157
Executive MBA Not applicable $44,800
Regular MBA Not applicable $32,424
Physical and life sciences and technologies $20,039 $12,618
Mathematics, computer and information sciences $20,699 $12,113
Engineering $21,819 $14,315
Architecture and related technologies $18,793 $15,982
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation $17,558 $11,634
Dentistry $47,621 Not available
Medicine $29,198 Not available
Nursing $16,435 $11,585
Pharmacy $30,479 $12,231
Veterinary medicine $51,538 $8,364
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness $17,793 $16,460
Expense Cost per month
Rent $400-650
Food $200-300
Transportation (bus pass) $100-180
Entertainment $100-150
Cellphone package $50-100
Personal needs $50-100
Total $900-1480

Post Education Opportunities

The PGWPP allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. For example, if you graduate from a four-year degree program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit if you meet the criteria. If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you would be eligible for a work permit that is valid for no more than eight months.

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