Study in Canada
With over 900 Canadian education institutions that we can help you with, Migratesmart offers an unmatched choice of schools to international students. Our unique business model ensures that every decision we take is solely for determining your future.
Our Services encompass every aspect of a your journey to Canada, be it Student Visa, PGWP, Permanent Residency (PR) or Citizenship, hence giving you a ‘single point of contact’ throughout your migration journey. Let our Canada Certified Education Agent (CCEA) and RCIC Immigration Agent guide you to a bright future.
Why Study in Canada
Canada’s high quality of education, diversity, safety, affordability, work opportunities and migration pathways make it one of the most attractive study destinations in the world for international students. Every year over 300,000 international students choose Canada as their study destination. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) 2018 International Student Survey, 93% of students said that they were satisfied with their education experience.
Canada’s education system offers a very wide variety of study options for international students in various levels of post-secondary education such as Regular Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Post-graduate diploma, Certificate, Post-graduate Certificate, Associate Bachelors, Bachelors, Bachelor Honors, Masters and PhD. Some students might need to take some pre-requisite courses or an English language course to gain admission into their main course of study. Others may have a supplementary requirement such as a GMAT or GRE score. One of the best things about the Canadian education system is the flexibility it offers to students. Students can combine their education experience with various degree, diploma and certificate programs at different Canadian post-secondary institutions to suit their interests, career goals and learning preferences. The system allows for courses completed at one institution to be recognized at another, thus ensuring that a students does not have to retake similar courses.
Admission intakes are typically offered for entry in Fall (September), Winter (January) and Summer (May). The intakes vary by institution and by programs.
Canada attracts top international faculty because of its investments in cutting-edge research in areas such as medical science, pharmaceuticals, IT and artificial intelligence. Canadian teachers, professors and researchers are amongst the most qualified academic professionals in the world.
Cost of Studying in Canada – Tuition fees can range between CAD 13,000 – 35,000 per year and depends on your institution and study program. Accommodation costs can range from CAD 8000 – 10,000 per year. Considering various expenses and living costs, a single student budget in Canada comes out to be approx. CAD 15,000. This will of course depend on your life-style.
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International students who wish to study in Canada need to apply for a Study Permit in order to be able to travel to Canada to study. Study Permit is a document that allows foreign nationals to study at DLIs in Canada. It is not a visa. To enter Canada, students from certain countries will also require a Temporary Resident visa (TRV) or an eTA. If your Study Permit application is approved, you will automatically be granted either a TRV or an eTA.
If you are a citizen of and live in India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco or Senegal , you might be able to get your Study Permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
If you’re studying in Quebec, you must also apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
A Study Permit is not needed if you want to take a short-term course of 6 months or less.
You will usually succeed in getting your Study Permit and visa if you –
- are enrolled at a DLI
- prove that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses and return transportation from Canada
- have no criminal record
- are in good health and get a medical exam
- prove to the visa case officer that you will leave Canada before your Study Permit expires
Contact Us to ensure that your Study Permit and visa application are made in accordance with prevalent laws and regulations.
Your Study Permit and visa are normally valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days lets you prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
Post-Study Migration Pathways
After completing your education in Canada, you can gain Canadian work experience by obtaining a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). This is an open work permit issued to foreign students who have graduated from a DLI in Canada. However, graduation from a DLI does not automatically make you eligible for a PGWP. Your DLI must have had an eligible program for you to be eligible to apply for a PGWP.
The PGWP is valid for a period equivalent to your program of study. Its duration can range from a minimum of 8 months to a maximum of 3 years.
If you are not eligible for a PGWP, you may still be able to work in Canada after you graduate on another type of Work Permit. There are 2 types of Work Permits –
- Open Work Permit
- Employer-specific Work Permit
Your Canadian degree or diploma and your PGWP, together, enhance your chances of acquiring Canadian Permanent Residence (PR). Which Permanent Migration Pathway you are eligible for would depend on your personal circumstances. You may contact us once you have completed your studies to understand your options.
Some of the Permanent Migration Pathways are as follows :
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Workers Program
- Federal Skilled Trades
- Provincial Nominee Programs
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Quebec manages its own economic immigration programs, which are distinct from those offered by the Federal Canadian government and under the PNP.
- Very high quality of education
- Canada’s universities are known for conducting world-class research
- 9 Canadian universities in Top 200 – Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018-19
- Internationally recognized degrees and diplomas
- Safe environment for students
- Students can experience a diverse and multicultural society, hence learning about the uniqueness of multiple cultures
- United Nations (UN) has consistently ranked Canada as one of the top 10 places to live in the world since 1994
- #1 in the world for Quality of Life for 4 years in a row – US News & World Best Countries Ranking
- 5 of the top 100 best student cities in the world – QS World University Rankings 2019
- Excellent health care system and social security network
- Lower tuition fees and living costs than other major international study destinations such as USA, UK and Australia
- Co-op programs – which enable students to gain valuable work experience as part of their college or university programs
- Students can work part-time during sessions, and full-time during official breaks
- Post Graduate Work Program (PGWP) – allows some international students to gain Canada work experience by working in Canada post-study
- Choose your Study Program
- Choose the college/university, course and budget that enables you to meet your study goals. Ensure that you choose a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to study in Canada. This will ensure that you get a student visa
- Choose a DLI that allows you to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) – Please note that all DLIs do not allow you to apply for a PGWP. Hence, you must be aware of this fact when choosing your institution
- Check admission requirements – this information is available on school websites.
- Take your English or French language proficiency test to meet your course requirements
- We recommend that you apply to a maximum of THREE (3) institutions.
- Submit your Admission Application to the college/university
- Upon being granted admission, you must accept the “Letter of Offer” and will probably be asked to pay the 1st semester tuition fees.
- Upon being given your “Letter of Acceptance“, you can use it to apply for your Student Visa
- If you are studying in Quebec, you will have to apply for a CAQ
- As part of the Student visa process, you will have to apply for a “Study Permit” (Indian students can apply for fast-track issuance of their visas under the Student Direct Scheme (SDS)).
- You will also have to apply for a “Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)” or an eTA, depending on your nationality
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