A part of North America, Canada is a country that excludes beauty when it comes to its natural resources and multicultural environment. Its capital is Ottawa. An avid supporter of the arts, Canada holds various festivals throughout the year to celebrate music, dance and sports. It also ranks high when it comes to quality of life, government transparency, economic freedom and education.

Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages – English and French. Most of the French-speaking inhabitants live in Quebec. However, almost all non-Quebec based universities offer education instruction in English only.

Top 5 Programs

Commerce and Management

Engineering / Technology




Major Intakes




Course Duration

Undergraduate Programmes – 3 – 4 years

Postgraduate Programmes – 1 – 2 years

Graduate Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma – 1 – 3 years

Studying in Canada would be a beautiful experience for anyone, literally, since Canada is ranked as the BEST PLACE in the world to LIVE. Because of its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates, Canada is a very attractive destination for students throughout the world.

Of more attraction to Indian students is the fact that Canada welcomes immigrants with open arms. Thus, those who complete their education can decide upon staying back and complete the immigration process to enjoy the best life in the world! As a country of immigrants, Canada places a high-demand on multicultural diversity.

Moreover, Canadian education costs are relatively cheaper than US and other countries – by at least 30%. Coupled with its low cost of living, Canada is one of the best destinations for international students.

The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: community colleges / technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities and university colleges. Canadian universities are largely public funded and as a result, are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. At the same time, they (the universities) retain a high degree of academic autonomy.

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.

Required Tests

Canadian colleges and universities accept IELTS and PTE scores as proof of English proficiency. Depending upon the institution, the score may vary between 6.0 – 7.5 bands in IELTS and 50 – 58 score in PTE.

GRE is required for Master’s level admission, and some universities and programs may need a good score in the Subject Test too. However, for MBA admission, good score in GMAT is essential, in addition to academic performance, other tests’ scores and requirements as prescribed by the B schools individually.

Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is C$ 11,903.
International Students, 2001-2002 Tuition Fees, General Arts and Sciences Programs






$1,896 – $3,549

Prince Edward Island



Nova Scotia

$8,520 – $12,480

$4,329 – $15,000

New Brunswick

$7,063 – $ 10,720

$5,610 – $8,465


$9,168 – $10,518

$8,268 – $20,000





$6,900 – $16,204

$5,432 – $29,000


$4,940 – $6,900

$3,759 – $9,685


$7,779 – $10,890



$6,293 – $11,078

$5,298 – $19,200

British Columbia

$4,462 – $15,870

$2,272 – $17,499

Note: Cost mentioned above are subjected to change as per Countries exchange rate & University Administration.

For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, home stay etc. Cost of living for students in Canada would be between Can. $ 8,000-12,000, depending upon the location of their residence.

Note:Cost mentioned above are subjected to change as per Countries exchange rate & University Adminstration.

Under the current arrangements, student visa holders and their dependant family members (except masters by research or doctoral degree student dependants who can work full time), can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the term once the course has commenced, and unlimited hours when the course is not in session. Under the proposed arrangement, the student work visa conditions would be measured as 40 hours per fortnight during any fortnight in the course session. A fortnight means a period of 14 days commencing on a Monday.

From next year, students will be eligible for up to four years post-study work depending on the level of study completed. Previously, students were only allowed 18 months post-study work if they had completed a select skilled occupation (medicine, trades, engineering, etc). Now, all graduates, regardless of field of study, are eligible for:

  • 2 years post-study work upon completion of a bachelor degree
  • 3 years post-study work upon completion of a master’s degree; and
  • 4 years post-study work upon completion of a doctorate