Study in Canada – Colleges, Courses, Eligibility, Cost & Visa Details

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Study in Canada for Indian Students


Updated:  Feb 2018

Canada is an enclave of diverse people, lifestyles and majestic landscapes, and is one of the safest destinations for pursuing education. A multicultural country with easy access to education and  affordable living, thousands of international students flock to Canada each year to study in Canada.

Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada’s largest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.

Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased. Unlike its US neighbours to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted. 
International students who come to Canada should follow the same common sense safety precautions as they would anywhere in the world. Students can contact any Canadian Education Centre to learn more about personal safety, or attend a safety orientation session at their school upon their arrival in Canada.






  • Engineering – all specializations
  • health sciences
  • Information technology
  • Business management
  • Animation / VFX / Graphic Designing
  • Media/Communications
  • Hospitality management
  • Telecommunications
  • Fine Arts
  • Environmental Science
  • Computer Science




The general criteria for application are mentioned below:

English Requirements

  • The minimum TOEFL score required by most universities is 80-84(internet-based test) for PG courses.
  • Most universities and colleges accept equivalent IELTS and PTE Academic scores.


Undergraduate study in Canada

  • Universities in Quebec require a minimum 13 years of secondary school education, i.e. an additional year of formal education after the 12th standard or intermediate degree. Most others require a minimum 12 years of elementary and secondary education. However, if your academic credentials are very impressive, some universities may consider your application even with 12 years of education.
  • Minimum aggregate marks of 70% isn 12th grade for bachelor’s degrees, and above 50% for diplomas and advanced diplomas.
  • Mathematics in class XII (a prerequisite for some sciences, technology, and business courses).
  • Minimum required IELTS/PTE Academic scores with an overall score of 6.0 bands or equivalent PTE scores


Masters in Canada

  • Most universities require a qualification equivalent to the Canadian bachelor’s degree, which requires 16 years of formal education. It would mean another year of education after Indian bachelors or a four-year bachelor’s degree course like B.E., B.Tech. Or other such courses.
  • Minimum required IELTS / PTE Academic scores with the minimum score of 6.5 bands as an overall score for PG Diploma and 7.0 bands for master’s degree. Some universities accept equivalent PTE scores too.
  • Relevant work experience (some universities require this for MBA and Master’s Degree in IT)


Doctorate in Canada

  • For doctorate programmes, most universities require a master’s degree in that subject. However, universities might consider your application without a master’s degree in exceptional cases.




Study in Canada FAQ


What is the procedure to study in Canada? 

The first step is to get admission to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) recognized by the government of Canada. Once an individual receives a letter of acceptance from a DLI, he or she may be able to apply for a study permit. Applications may be made online or by mail.
All new study permits are issued at a Canadian port of entry. An applicant who has submitted an application to a foreign Canadian Visa Office will be issued a letter of approval advising him or her to travel to a Canadian port of entry to have the study permit issued. A study permit is generally issued for the duration of the person’s studies.


What is the application process for Canada?

Admissions are granted purely on students academics. Students need to provide CV, academic documents, any professional certifications, work experience if applicable, etc. However the eligibility criteria of selecting students vary in different provinces of Canada. Certain eligibility details are given below:

Programs/ Level of study

Graduate/Post-Graduate  level


·         2-3 years full time work experience

·         GMAT : 580-600 min     TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min           CBT: 237-250 min

·         4 yr Bachelors degree, 70% aver.

Computer Science

·         4 yr Bachelors degree, 70% aver., preferably in Computer Science

·         TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.

·         Some universities will require GRE Score (1200-1500)


·         4 yr Bachelors in Engineering, 70% aver.

·         TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.

·         Some universities will require GRE score (1200-1500)

Fine Arts

·         4 yr Bachelors in Fine Arts

·         Portfolio/audition

·         TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.

Media/ Communications

·         4 yr Bachelors in Mass Communications

·         Portfolio

·         TOEFL : PBT: 600 min.                 CBT: 250 min.

·         Work experience is an added advantage

·         Some institutions may require written samples or copies of published work


What are the Visa application requirements?

The documents required for visa application are given below:

  • Completed Student Application form.
  • Completed Supplementary Questionnaire for students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Official letter of acceptance from Canadian university, college or Technical Institute.
  • Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (Only if you plan to study in province of Quebec)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable
  • Passport, valid for at least one year from the planned date of entry to Canada, plus valid passports of any accompanying dependants.
  • Bank Draft for the applicable visa processing fees


What are the housing options available?

Canada puts forward three types of housing options for the international students:

  • Homestay
  • Dormitory
  • Private Accommodations
    The homestay helps the students to have a Canadian living and learning experience. The dormitory provides reasonable accommodation for the students within the campus. Students who prefer to find their own accommodation can get their private accommodations with the help of newspapers or by checking with the campus.


What are the living expenses in Canada?

Cost of living in Canada is very low compared to other countries like UK, Europe, etc. However the expense varies according to each province. The rural areas are very cheap whereas the major cities like Toronto and Vancouver can be expensive.


Can I work while I am studying?

Canada provides work permit to students which allow them to work off campus. The work permit, however, restricts the working hours to 20 hours a week during academic sessions. During extended vacations no restrictions are given.


Are Scholarships available?

Canada provides a lot of merit based and institution based scholarship programs. Students who excel in their studies are awarded with these scholarships irrespective of their physical or financial conditions. Other criteria for the selection of students are based on their participation in extracurricular activities and outstanding athletic abilities. Academic scholarships, Athletic scholarships and scholarships for overseas or foreign students are the different types of scholarships offered in Canada.


Citizenship & Immigration Canada Regional Offices:

Immigration Office 

223 Pleasantville
PO Box 13667, Station A 
St. John’s, NF 
A1B 4G1 Canada 
Tel: (709) 772-5388 
Fax: (709) 772-2929 Code: 1129

Immigration Office Building 

85 Fitzroy Street, PO Box 8000 
Charlottetown, PE 
C1A 8K1 Canada 
Tel: (902) 566-7735 
Fax: (902) 566-8355 Code: 1908

Immigration Office 

5657 Spring Garden Road, Sixth Floor 
Park Lane, Halifax, NS 
B3J 3R4 Canada 
Tel: (902) 426-2970 
Fax: (902) 426-4241 Code: 150

Immigration Office 

Frederick Square 
77 Westmorland Street, Suite 380 
Fredericton, NB 
E3B 6Z3 Canada 
Tel: (506) 452-3090 
Fax: (506) 452-2405 Code: 1614

Immigration Office 

365 Dorchester 
Québec City, PQ 
G1K 8P8 Canada 
Tel: (418) 648-3196 
Fax: (418) 649-6057 Code: 2507

Immigration Office Toronto Central 

443 University Avenue 
Toronto, ON 
M5G 2H6 Canada 
Tel: (416) 973-4444 
Fax: (416) 973-3584 Code: 3270

Immigration Office 

4th Floor, 259 Portage Avenue 
Winnipeg, MB 
R3B 2A9 Canada 
Tel: (204) 983-0069 
Fax: (204) 983-3176 Code: 4133

Immigration Office 

2045 Broad Street, Suite 415 
Regina, SK 
S4P 3T7 Canada 
Tel: (306) 780-6190 
Fax: (306) 780-6131 Code: 4311

Immigration Office 

Liberty Building, Room 2001 
0506 Jasper Avenue 
Edmonton, AB 
T5J 2W9 Canada 
Tel: (403) 495-2199 
Fax: (403) 495-6739 Code: 4712 

Scotia Centre, 2nd Floor 
5102 50th Avenue 
PO Box 1950 
Yellowknife, NT 
X1A 2P5 Canada 
Tel: (867) 920-8411 
Fax: (867) 873-3621 Code: 4934

Immigration Office 

816 Government Street, Room 377 
Victoria, BC 
V8W 1W9 Canada 
Fax:  (250) 388-3669  Code: 5219
British Columbia

Tel: (250) 356-2500(Victoria)
1 888 879 – 1166 (toll free)
Tel : (867) 667- 5141

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