Introduction to Studying in Canada

Everyone these days are boasting about being the best consultancy for Canada studies. But do you know what makes a consultancy the best for the students who really want to seek good education and bright future ahead?

Canada: A Great Country with Opportunities

Canada has become one of the best destinations in the world for international students. Let’s see why students should consider studying in Canada.

Canadian colleges and universities provide top quality education and Canadian degrees have its own reputation and demand in international job market. Universities in Canada are research intensive which have helped Canada secure 4th position in the world for scientific research. Do you know the fact that more than 50% of the Canadian citizens hold post-secondary degree? More than any other countries in the world. Canadian universities are top ranked where 11 universities falls under top 250 universities of the world.

Canadian universities not only offer quality education but also are very affordable. Canada leaves countries like UK, USA and Australia behind in terms of affordability. This means tuition fees and living expenses are fairly cheaper than the above mentioned countries.

Canada provides lots of merit based scholarships to international students. You can apply to wide range of scholarships. Deserving students receive heavy amount of scholarships which includes Graduate assistantship as well.

You can work 20 hours a week during your studies and full time on vacations or term breaks. This will help you loosen your financial burden and focus more on studies.

Once you complete your studies, you can work up to 3 years in Canada. Which means you can learn while you earn as well building a strong profile for better carrier prospects.

Unlike other countries, you will barely hear any attacks, public gunfire, devastating natural calamities or serious threats to public which makes Canada one of the safest countries in the world. It ranks # 6 in Global Peace Index and is consistent since years. Besides that, it also ranks # 1 in quality of life.

Besides studies, you can find a lot of wow factors in Canada which includes its culture, natural beauties, its top cities and other activities.

Canadians welcomes international students with open arms. Do you know the fact that more than 70% of the population in Canada is immigrants at any point?

If you are a graduate student, you can take your dependent (spouse, child under 22 and common law partner) with you. Your dependent can work full time in Canada.

Study Permit Requirements: Edwise's Self-Assessment Questions for you

There is no doubt most of us like to study and live in country like Canada. But before starting the process to study in Canada, one should think if he/she meets the criteria to study in Canada. For this assessment, you should consider the following points.

Do you meet the academic requirements to study in Canada?

If you want to study in Canada, you should be looking for 60% above or 2.8 GPA. Though some schools might accept academics lower than this, you will be limited to certain schools and courses. Each individual program in each school has different kind of requirements. For example, if you want to study BBA in Nippissing University, they might ask you for minimum Mathematics and English score. You might have to take foundation course if available in order to fulfill the requirement. So, be sure you meet academic requirements before you start processing further.

Do you meet the language requirement?

Canada has two official languages, English and French. In order to study in Canada you must prove your language proficiency. For Nepalese students, language tests like IELTS or TOEFL or PTE is compulsory. In general, most of the universities ask for IELTS score overall 6.5 with no band less than 6.5 or equivalent for master’s degree whereas post graduate diploma and undergraduate programs look for a minimum of 6 on each band. Some programs like Nursing, Medicine etc. might ask for higher scores. Though some colleges and universities might have slight lower requirement, again you have limited choices. Move forward if you meet language requirements.

Do you meet financial requirement?

If you want to study in Canada or any other top countries, you should also be financially prepared. Are you or your sponsor able to pay for your studies and living in Canada? Studying in Canada is times expensive than studying here in Nepal. You will get to work while you study but you should not fully rely on it. In order to apply for study permit, your sponsor should at least have enough funds to cover your 1 year’s tuition fee and living expenses in his/her bank account held for around 4 months. Your tuition fee depends upon the school you choose which generally comes about CAD$15,000-$20,000 whereas you should be prepared for $ 10,000 for living expenses. Otherwise you can also get an education loan (recommended) through any “A” class commercial bank of Nepal. Furthermore, you also need to show the proof of your sponsor’s annual income, property and tax clearance certificate. If you are planning to take your dependent, you should plan accordingly.

Do you have any serious health issues or criminal background?

You should be aware that you will not get a study permit if you have any serious health issues especially communicable diseases or diseases like tuberculosis. You will not be issued study permit if you don’t get a police report to prove that you have no criminal background.

You also need a valid passport, acceptance letter from your school and should be able to convince the visa officer about your intention and plan to return through SOP (Statement of Purpose). A strong SOP is crucial to get a study permit. A weak SOP is often a major reason for visa refusal.

Low TOEFL/IELTS

If your IELTS/TOEFL score doesn’t meet the requirement to study in Canada, we recommend you to apply to other study destinations where your score meets the requirement. But if your score is too low to meet the requirements for any countries, we suggest you to keep some patience and work hard and get better score on the language test again. Edwise provides the best result oriented IELTS/TOEFL classes in Nepal by some of the best trainers with lots of resources and many free mock tests.

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PG Diploma: Myths vs Facts

PG diploma stands for post-graduate diploma which is generally 1 to 2 years of study after your Bachelor’s Degree which holds the same academic level of Master’s degree but not equivalent to it. It is a program which helps you get a specialized knowledge about the field of your study. PG Diploma is popular among international students who have completed their Bachelor’s Degree.

More than 70% of the international students after their Bachelor’s Degree opt for PG Diploma. Admission for direct Masters might be more competitive and expensive; you can opt for PG Diploma. It also prepares good base for your Masters. Some people question about the visa chances if you apply for PG Diploma but it is not true. Applying for PG Diploma doesn’t affect your visa chances.

Student Work Programs in Canada

Study in Canada From Nepal

Post-Graduate Work Permit Program

PGWPP is an abbreviated form of Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. This program allows students to work in Canada after they graduate. This is important to international students where they can gain Canadian work experience which is crucial to qualify for permanent residency. Students are only eligible for PGWPP if they graduated from Designated Learning Institute (DLI). You get an open work permit under PGWPP. Only those students who have been students for more than 8 months or more than 900 hours of studies are eligible for PGWPP. Generally, international students are issued work permit valid 8 months to 3 years depending upon the length of your study program.

In order to apply for this program, student needs to have:

  1. Valid study permit
  2. Official letter from school to confirm your graduation
  3. Your transcript
  4. Valid passport and visa

Co-op Program

Are you aware about the term Co-op? A Co-op program allows student to gain work experience while they are pursuing their studies. If you are in the Co-op program, you should work for certain time with the employer or companies approved by your school in order to complete your studies. Usually you are paid while you work under Co-op program. However, your Co-op program cannot exceed 50% of your total program time. Remember, Co-op is a part of your studies and you should have valid study permit.

Work, gain experience and also make some money which is a part of your studies. Please note that co-op placements are not offered by all schools and programs.

About Canadian Higher Education

For further details on Universities and programs at different levels you can check this link https://www.universitystudy.ca/search-programs/

The major reason for Canada being a top destination for International students is the “Quality Education at an Affordable Fees”. The Canadian Government who is heavily investing in higher education has made this possible. To be more specific, Canada is amongst the top 3 countries per capita when it comes to investing in higher education.

98% of the Canadian Educational Institutions are public or government funded. However, there are private colleges and Universities in Canada offering numerous programs.

Work, gain experience and also make some money which is a part of your studies. Please note that co-op placements are not offered by all schools and programs.

University:

Students seeking for Bachelors, Masters, Post-Graduate certificate, Diploma, and PhD can apply to different Universities in Canada.

Colleges & Institutes:

Students who plan on taking a more applied or vocational kind of education basically focused on career can apply for a Diploma, Post-Graduate Certificate, and Bachelor’s degree holders can apply to these Colleges and Institutions.

Level of QualificationDescription

Duration of Study

 

Diploma and CertificatesJob oriented vocational programs (usually technical)1-2 years
Associate DegreesAssociate degrees are equivalent to the first two years of the University degree.2 years
Bachelors Degree120 credit worth of program where one needs to take general education, core and elective courses. Duration varies depending on the province one studies in3-4 years
Bachelors degree with HonorsA student needs to maintain a high GPA and have extra credits compared to Bachelor’s Degree.4 years
Post-Graduate DiplomaPost Bachelors Diploma. Engineering students need it if they want to study Master’s in Engineering.1-2 years
Masters Degree (Non-Thesis)Course based Master’s Program, where students will not conduct any research but focus on Internships.1-2 years
Masters Degree (Thesis)Research based Master’s, where students have to write a thesis based on the research they conduct.1-2 years
PhDDoctorate Programs, where students have to complete dissertation and have to defend their research in-front of the panel of their faculty members.4-7 years
Post DoctorateThese are specialized research- based programs and continuesNo time limit

Business Administration

Finance

Economics

Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Petroleum, Environment)

Biology/Biotechnology

Nursing

Health Science & Public Health

Fine Arts

Hospitality Management

Environment Science

Social work/Science

Psychology

Computer Science/IT

Data Science/Business Analytics

Vancouver, BC

The Interior, BC

Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Montreal, Quebec

Ottawa, Ontario

Cost Of Studies

There is no doubt most of us like to study and live in country like Canada. But before starting the process to study in Canada, one should think if he/she meets the criteria to study in Canada. For this assessment, you should consider the following points.

Cost of Studying in Canada

One of the most important things that a student needs to know before deciding on studying in Canada is the cost. Canada is one of the most affordable study destinations compared to the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition and fees are different in different provinces and are also dependent on the University one attends and the major one studies. However, the average tuition for different level is as listed below:

Undergraduate (Bachelors Degree) $15,000(CAD)

Graduate (Masters Degree) $10,000- 16,000(CAD)

Accommodation:

Cost of living varies a lot depending on where you live in Canada. Some major cities could be really expensive to live in but you can also find Universities and colleges in locations, which are lot less expensive

Average cost of living ranges from $3,000 to $7,000 (CAD).

Cost Of Attendance (Total Estimated Cost To Study In Canada From Nepal)

An International student should be prepared to pay a minimum of about (CAD) 30,000 per year for everything.

Scholarship/Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to International students in different forms such as Merit based Scholarships, Need based Scholarships, Tuition Waivers, Government or Private scholarships. On top of these, the Graduate students can also be eligible for Teaching Assistantships, Research Grants, and Fellowships. The amount of the aid from different scholarships could range up to 100%. For students to be able to get financial aid, we strongly recommend them to apply early. Though the deadlines are different based on the program of study and the institution, we recommend that a student applies at least 6 months prior to the intended intake. Please check the link below for scholarships provided by the Government of Canada for International Students: https://www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/scholarships-bourses/non_can/opportunities-opportunites.aspx?lang=eng

Intake

There are 3 Intakes in Canada. Two of which are major intakes and one is a minor.

Major Intakes: September and January

Minor Intakes: April/May

Language Proficiency Requirements

IELTS – Overall Band Score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0. Mostly Diploma and certificate level programs may accept a lower score, but it is highly recommended that you score 6.5 or equivalent.

TOEFL and PTE are also accepted in Canada. We recommend you check with the University you are applying to or the advisor at Edwise to make sure of the requirements.

Canada Student Visa

For studying in Canada, Nepalese students will have to obtain a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa(TRV).

Study Permit:

Study permit is a document issued by the Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) that allows a student to study in Canada. Once a student has a study permit he/she needs to be enrolled and taking courses to insure the completion of their study.

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV):

Every student wanting to study in Canada needs a Temporary Resident Visa to be allowed to enter Canada. Once you meet someone at Edwise, you can get information in details about the TRV.

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Work Opportunities

As an International student, one is allowed to work for 20 hours per week. The earnings will be enough for covering the living expenses and students are commonly seen involved in various sectors such as Café, restaurants, clothing stores, travel and tourism, and many more. Though International students are supposed to maintain the requirements of the visa, they generally do not have many difficulties in finding a part-time job.

International students can apply for Co-op work placement which will allow them to work as an intern in the related field which will not just ensure earning but will also ensure invaluable experience which could come handy while applying for full-time jobs after graduation under the post graduate work permit.

However, every international student needs to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN), which is a 9-digit number that allows the Canadian government to keep track of the student’s earnings as the employers can post the payrolls and the students will have an access to government programs and benefits.

Postgraduate work permit is allowed to students of all levels after the completion of their study. Students can apply for post graduation work permit for the duration of two years, and are also eligible for applying for Permanent Residency after working for 1 year in Canada

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