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
1. University of Toronto
2. University of British Columbia
3. University of Alberta
4. University of Calgary
5. University of Waterloo
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.
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.
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.
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.
www.studycanada.ca / India
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
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
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.
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)
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.