Education in Canada

The placement figures and career opportunities for graduates from Canadian universities are remarkably high as a result Canadian schools are ranked amongst the top ten institutions in the world. This results in maximum of students filling submissions to study in Canada every year. The country has public expenditure on post-secondary education of more than 30 billion dollars every year. Depending on the nature of the institution and the duration of the course, tertiary level education is available in both government and private institutions offering degrees, diplomas, certificates, and attestations. Students studying in Canada have great chances of becoming the most successful experts and are wanted by some of the top recruiters of the world.

Degrees generally awarded by Canadian higher education institutes.

Certificate Level (one year)
Diploma level (two years)
Advanced Diploma (three years)
Fast track Diplomas or Advanced Diploma (1 or 2 years)s
Post-graduate Diplomas/Certificates (one or two years)
Master’s Degree (one to two years)
M.Phil. Degree (two years)
Doctorate or Ph.D. (four to seven years)

Top universities for study in Canada

There are 163 recognized public and private universities and 183 public colleges and institutes in Canada. Also, there are 68 university-level institutions and 51 college-level institutions recognized as authorized institutions. These institutions, however, offer a few selected programs that are approved by the provincially established quality assurance programs.

Top 10 universities for foreign study in canada are:

University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
University of Waterloo
McGill University
University of Montreal

University of Alberta
McMaster University
University of Calgary
Simon Fraser University
Queen’s University

Top courses to study in canada for indian students:

Engineering – All Specializations
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Business Management
Animation / VFX / Graphics Designing

Hospitality Management
Fine Arts
Environmental Science
Computer Science

When and how to apply

Canadian universities, mostly, invite and accept applications individually, which can be found and completed online on their websites. However, some provinces have a centralized application system for universities, such as the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Students can apply to multiple universities using a single application through these platforms. Deadlines for applications are generally later than other countries. September is usually the start date for the application but many universities start accepting applications in January or even May. Students must track the important dates of individual universities to avoid losing out on options.

Eligibility criteria

The general criteria for application are mentioned below:

English Requirements
The minimum TOEFL score required by most universities is 80-84 (internet-based test) for PG courses
Most universities and colleges accept equivalent IELTS and PTE Academic scores

Undergraduate study in Canada
Universities in Quebec require a minimum of 13 years of secondary school education, i.e. an additional year of formal education after the 12th standard or intermediate degree. But, if your academic credentials are very impressive, some universities may consider your application even with 12 years of education
Minimum aggregate marks of 70% in 12th grade for bachelor’s degrees, and above 50% for diplomas and advanced diplomas
Mathematics in-class XII (a prerequisite for some sciences, technology, and business courses)
Minimum required IELTS/PTE Academic scores with an overall score of 6.0 bands or equivalent PTE scores

Masters in Canada
Most universities require a qualification equivalent to the Canadian bachelor’s degree, which requires 16 years of formal education. It would mean another year of education after an Indian bachelor’s or a four-year bachelor’s degree course like B.E., B.Tech. or other such courses.
Minimum required IELTS / PTE Academic scores with a minimum score of 6.5 bands as an overall score for PG Diploma and 7.0 bands for a master’s degree. Some universities accept equivalent PTE scores too.
Relevant work experience (some universities require this for MBA and Master’s Degree in IT)

Doctorate in Canada
Masters Degree in the particular subject you wish to pursue doctorate program

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