Canada is one of the most popular destinations for higher education among students across the globe. Currently, around 200,000 international students are studying in the country. They have chosen Canada over several other international education destinations for a number of wonderful reasons that include the tolerant and peaceful society as well as the presence of world-class universities in the country. Most of the Canadian universities are ranked among the top 100 in the world. A degree from a Canadian college or university is highly valued in the job market. Affordable cost and student-friendly rules for obtaining study permit and post-study work permit are the other major factors that make Canada an attractive destination for higher education. If you plan to pursue a postgraduate course in Canada, seek the support of ImmiLaw Global, the best immigration consultants in Kerala for a hassle-free admission and visa process.
Why choose Canada for postgraduate education?
A lot of factors make Canada the most outstanding destination to do your Master’s. A few of them are:
- Canada has one of the most diverse societies in the world. Studying in the company of students from more than 200 countries will definitely help develop an international outlook among students
- The Canadian government gives high priority to education, which means a high level of government spending on education. This ensures the highest quality and international standards and the best infrastructure for higher education in the country
- A candidate with a Canadian postgraduate degree has high demand in the international job market. The international postgraduate students can also choose to work in Canada after their studies on a one-year work permit and earn valuable Canadian work experience
- The postgraduate courses in Canada follow one of the best education systems. The courses are of high quality and research-oriented. The cost of education is also affordable.
- Most of the Master’s programs in Canada also offer practical experience to students through Co-op placements and industry-based projects or internships
- Canada has two official languages–English and French. Students pursuing their education in Canada have a chance to learn a new language, which may also help them in their future career.
- The standards of living in Canada are extremely high. Besides, Canada being a peaceful society, international students can pursue their education in a safe, stable and secure environment.
Important study visa requirements
Compared to many other international study destinations, obtaining a study visa is comparatively easier in Canada. However, international students need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for postgraduate education in Canada:
In order to study a postgraduate course in Canada, a student is expected to have a minimum GPA (often a 3.0/4.0 or its international equivalent such a UK upper second class bachelor) for your undergraduate degree. It means roughly 65 – 70% or CGPA 7.0 – 7.5 in Indian standards. This may vary depending on the course and institution you choose. Top universities require a minimum of 75 – 78% and a lot of emphases are given in the last two years (3rd & 4th years).
Depending on the subject area, the student may also be asked to submit a graduate entry test score such as a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Many universities in Canada require the students to have 16 years of education or a four-year Bachelor’s degree to qualify for admission to a postgraduate course. Students who have completed their Master’s after a three-year-long Bachelor’s degree course are also eligible.
You will have to prove your proficiency in English through language tests such as TOEFL or IELTS. Most top Universities prefer TOEFL iBT >90-100 or IELTS 7.5. For a bilingual program or a course that is delivered entirely in French, you will have to prove your proficiency in French. If that is the case, you need to clear Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) or Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF). However, most of the STEM and business-related subjects are entirely taught in English only.
For many business schools in Canada, work experience is an important requirement. Some specialized colleges may even demand a work experience certificate from the students. Generally, Canadian universities demand the experience of two or three years in a specific field, preferably in a field related to the course of study.
In order to gain admission to some postgraduate courses, the students also need to register for the standardized tests such as GMAT or GRE.
You can approach ImmiLaw Global, the Canada study abroad consultants in Kerala, for any doubt related to the requirements to pursue Master’s in Canada
Documents required for admission
Academic transcripts: To obtain admission to a postgraduate course in Canada, you need to submit academic transcripts.
SOP: Most universities in Canada require you to submit a Statement of Purpose to join a postgraduate course. The Statement of Purpose must give a detailed explanation of the reasons for the student to apply for the program of his/her choice.
LOR: Letter of Recommendation from a professor or an employer is required. Many universities demand at least three or four recommendation letters.
Resume: Some universities and almost all business schools require the student to student to submit their resume along with the application for admission.
Other documents you may need to submit to obtain admission include:
- A scanned copy of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s degree)
- A scanned copy of your passport
- Evidence of scholarship or funding
- Portfolio and/or writing samples
Once you receive an offer letter from a university, you can apply for the study visa. Usually, the processing of study visa takes about a month. For any assistance related to applying for visa, you can approach ImmiLaw Global, the best immigration consultants in Kerala.
Every international student in Canada is required to have health insurance. Provinces including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan cover international students under their provincial health care plans. But the coverage depends on the length of your stay.
Cost of studying a postgraduate course in Canada
In order to obtain a study visa to pursue a postgraduate course in Canada, a student will have to submit proof of unencumbered available funds for covering tuition and living expenses.
Accepted proofs of funds include:
- Bank statements for six months
- Bank statements from a close relative showing sufficient funds to support your studies along with a financial support confirmation letter from the close relative;
- Proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
A Master’s degree in Canada will cost a student something between CAD $16,250 (Rs 8.5L) and CAD $28,650 (R 15L) annually. Usually, the duration of a Master’s Program in Canada ranges from one to two years and includes a mixture of coursework and research. However, subject areas such as biomedical engineering and biotechnology may take up to three years depending on the research project.
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