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A hi-tech option

It may put off some as aspirants for a Masters degree require 16 years of education to be eligible, but Canada still welcomes a lot of Indians, particularly Science students who want to pick up research skills.

The country’s USP
Canada’s unique selling proposition is the high tech, research-based education with a world-class infrastructure to study at. With a highly skilled population, this knowledge based economy is high on innovation and technology. As the science programmes in Canada are research-based, it woos Indian postgraduates to go for another Masters degree there.

Hot for what?
Indian students mostly opt to read Engineering, Business Administration, Finance and Commerce, Computer Science and Information Technology, Animation, Journalism-Print and Broadcast, Biotechnology and Environmental Science in Canada.

Top institutes
1. University of Toronto
2. University of British Columbia
3. University of Alberta
4. University of Calgary
5. University of Waterloo

Session commences
The university and college session runs from September to May. Some universities tech under a semester system or follow trimester systems with courses available even during the summer. Some institutions have a January intake as well.

Standardised test score
The more popular language qualifying test required for entry to most Canadian institution is the TOEFL or IELTS. A TOEFL score of 213-232 and IELTS from 6.5 to 7 are considered good. Sometimes Canadian institutions may waive the requirement depending on a candidate’s year of education at English-medium school. A SAT score is not required at most Canadian universities and colleges. It is not compulsory to take the GRE while 90per cent of business schools insist on a GMAT score.

Tuition fees
The tuition fee for undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes is on average C$8,000-12,000 (Rs 3,05,908 – Rs 4,58,863) a year.

Cost of living
This comes to about C$10,000 (Rs 3,82,457) a year.

Students my go for on-or-off-campus housing, which is in the form of shared apartments or home stays, However, it is best to find on-campus accommodation at least for the first few months at the institution. Scout for an appropriate place along side your application work.

Some universities may offer entrance scholarships based on candidate’s academic performance in the Class XII exams. This higher your level of study, the better your chances of obtaining financial assistance from an institution. However, there are a limited number of scholarship offered at the undergraduate level as well.

Part-time jobs
International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week on campus. Now you can also work for 20 hours off campus after six months, if you comply with the attendance and grade requirements. Students can job off-campus, provided their institution has singed an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Student visa
The CEC offers visa-counseling services either in person or through long distance for all applicants for a study permit to Canada. Your study permit application depends on your study programme, letter of admission and ability to bear the cost of study.
Visit www.studycanada.ca / India and www.india.gc.ca

How to apply
Except for institutions located in the province of Ontario, most Canadian institutions issue their own application forms. You may apply to many institutions online directly from their website or obtain paper application forms from the Canadian Education Centre (CEC) in India. Those wishing to study at universities in Ontario should route their applications through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (www.ouac.on.ca) , an online, centralized admission service organisation based in the province. The OUAC form allows applications. There is no need not apply to more than three institutions, if you do your research well in time.

When to apply
Begin the application experience a year ahead of the academic session you intend to join. (Remember, Masters admission hopefuls are required to have completed 16 years of education as undergraduate programme in Canada are of a four-year duration.)

For the Fall (September) session, which has the biggest intake, the application process ends sometime from January to March. Alternative entry takes place in January.

Application docket
Completed application form Mark sheets [Class X, XI and XII (pre Boards) in case of UG aspirants or college / university / results for Masters or doctorate contenders] attested by your school / gives you predicted grades for XII, include these too.
TOEFL or IELTS score (if test has not yet been taken, indicate its date). Some institutions prefer to receive your test score directly from TOEFL or IELTS.
GRE/GMAT scores (for PG studies, if applicable).
Statement of Purpose (SoP)
Recommendation letters
Full portfolio (for creative subject like Animation, Performing Arts and Fashion Studies)
For admission to Business, Information Technology r Computer Science and Engineering programmes, your Class XII grade in Maths in very critical. The SoP should essentially be your story. In the statement, explain why you are applying for a particular programme at applying institution. It should also indicate a well thought-out study plan.

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