What do I need to know about studying in Canada as an international student?Updated: January 18, 2023
Figuring out how to study abroad can be a daunting task. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about studying in Canada.
1. Visa Application form.
2. 2 recent color photographs Photo Specification
3. Personal Cover letter
4. Original updated Bank Statements with sufficient bank balance (last 6 months)
5. Income Tax Returns/Form 16 for last 3 years
6. Supporting Financial Documents such as Fixed Deposits, Property Investments, Other
7. Investments etc. (Optional)
8. English language requirements
9. Visa fee AD160
•High Living Standards ·
•Cost of Education and Living
•Globally Recognized Degrees
•Research Opportunities and Excellent Technology
There are three intakes offered in Canadian universities:
Fall or September/December – early January intake
Winter or January – May intake
Summer/Spring or May – August intake
Liberal arts institutions are colleges with a primary emphasis upon undergraduate study in the liberal arts. Encyclopedia Britannica defines liberal arts as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational or technical curriculum.” Liberal arts institutions can be either public or private.
A public institution is one that receives funding from the provincial, territorial and/or federal government, although tuition revenue and private funding also contribute to their financial stability.
A private institution generally does not receive funding from the provincial, territorial or federal governments, instead receiving private funding through alumni donations, faculty research grants and tuition fees. Large endowments and private funding often allow for more resources to be available to the students and faculty.
Private Institution (Not-For-Profit)
Institution controlled or managed by a body most of whose members are not selected by a public authority, that is not established for the purpose of distributing profits to individual directors, employees, owners, or shareholders.
Private Institution (For-Profit)
Institution controlled or managed by a body most of whose members are not selected by a public authority, that is established for the purpose of distributing profits to individual directors, employees, owners, or shareholders.
University of Toronto (among the top 30 best universities in Canada)
McGill University (among the top 50 best universities in Canada)
University of British Columbia (among the top 40 best universities in Canada)
University of Alberta (among the top 150 best universities in Canada)
University of Montreal (among the top 150 best universities in Canada)
Associate Degree: Associate degree programs are offered at two-year colleges known as junior or community colleges
Undergraduate or Bachelor Degrees: The bachelor’s degree typically takes four years to complete. They are offered in Colleges, universities and Institutes
Graduate or Masters Degree: The duration of master’s courses may range from a year to two depending on the university & area of specialization.
Phd Program: Duration of the same may range from 3 years to 5 years. Students can take admission for a PhD only after completion of their master’s degree.
Bachelors with Honors
Advanced Diplomas or Associate Degrees
Diploma and Certificate Programs
Traditional Master’s/Grad Programs
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Engineering (MEng)
Co-operative Education Programs
Under such programs, students can gain hands-on, paid experience in their field of study. These are available in all disciplines and provide significant work exposure.