Student Visas > Studying in Canada

  • Education System
  • Cost of Study
  • List of Universities & Colleges
  • FAQs
  • Visa
  • Financial Aid
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The Country:

It's the edginess between Canada's indigenous, French and British traditions that gives the nation its complex three-dimensional character. Those expecting Canada to be a blander counterpart of its southern neighbor should check their preconceptions at the door - Canada's wild northern frontier, which has etched itself into the national psyche, and its distinct patchwork of peoples have created a country that is decidedly different to that of the USA. It has been consistently ranked by the UN as the number one country in the world to live in for the last 7 years. Having a large Asian Diaspora of students, Canada offers a truly international educational experience.

Geography & Climate:

Canada has four distinct seasons, although their arrival times vary across the country. The single most significant factor in climate is latitude.


The official currency of Canada is Canadian dollar. The symbol is C $.


Canada is not only known for it's picturesque locations, but also for it's high standard of education. The colleges in Canada are at par with the best known colleges in the world, in terms of the educational programs offered and the facilities provided to the students.

Major Cities:

Bank, Ottawa, Montreal, Jasper, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary.


English and French are the country's two official languages, though the province of New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual area in the country. You will, however, notice both languages on maps, tourist brochures and product labels. The French spoken in Canada is not, for the most part, the language of France. In Quebec, where the majority of the population are of French descent, the local tongue is known as Quebecois. Most Quebeckers will understand formal French; it will just strike them as being a little peculiar.


For canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting hiking. For beach activities, surf's up on the east coast at Ingonish Beach in Nova Scotia and in the warmer waters of Melmerby and Caribou beaches near New Glasgow. Skiers are spoilt for choice, with good cross-country skiing found all across the land. The main alpine ski centers are in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

Cost of Study

Tuition fees for foreign students vary from province to province. However, even the highest Canadian fees are excellent value for foreign students, with average yearly undergraduate fees significantly lower than in the United States, United Kingdom or Australia. You should remember that tuition fees represent only 25 percent to 35 percent of total expenses. Books, supplies and instruments, student activity fees, housing, food, laundry, transportation, healthcare, clothing and entertainment are additional costs.

International Students, 1998-1999 Tuition Fees, General Arts and Sciences Programs

Newfoundland $ 6,660 $1,896 - $3,549
Prince Edward Island $6,880 $5,686
Nova Scotia $6,400 - $9,700 $3,366 - $11,105
New Brunswick $5,050 - $8,440 $4,470 -$6,030
Quebec $8,268 - $9,180 $6,140 - $18,000
Ontario $6,400 - $12,202 $2,975 - $18,000
Manitoba $5,078 - $6,241 $4,550 - $7,441
Saskatchewan $5,625 - $8,282 $3,891 - $5,625
Alberta $5,208 - $7,300 $4,997 - $16,000
British Columbia $3,884 - $13,830 $2,100 - $16,000


Scholorships are available, but they rarely cover the full cost of a study program and they are not always easy to find. The calendar of each university in Canada includes a complete and detailed list of the scholarships it administers. Obtaining a scholarship is very competitive and applications must be made directly to each university along with the application for admission.

List of Universities and Colleges in Canada

  • Algonquin College
  • Canadian Business College (CBC)
  • Canadian College of Business & Computer Inc. (CCBC)
  • Columbia College
  • ELK Island Public School
  • Fanshawe College
  • Georgian College
  • Goerge Brown College
  • Kingston College
  • Malaspina University College
  • Seneca College
  • St. George College
  • University College of the Fraser Valley
  • University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Vancouver Premier College
  • Pattison College

Q. What is financial aid?

A. Financial aid is a means by which students can reduce or eliminate the expenses that they will incur in the course of their education overseas.

Q. What is cost of education?

A. Cost of education is a cost incurred for your tuition fees at the university. It varies from country to country and from university to university.

Q. What is the cost of living?

A. Cost of living are costs incurred throughout your stay at an overseas country where you will pursue your education.

Q. What are costs before admission?

A. These are costs of test registration fees, application fees, and mailing costs.

Q. What are costs after admission?

A. These are living expenses, medical, personal and expenses incurred during your stay at the university.

What is TA (teaching assistantship)?

A. Teaching assistants assist a professor by teaching an undergraduate class or checking exam papers. They are paid for this job, which covers most of their expenses while at the university..

Q. How much does a TA earn?

A. As compared to the cost of studying in India only, going abroad can seem to be steeply expensive. However one must keep the possible returns in mind which are in the form of quality of education, international exposure and boost to ones career when evaluating the costs of studying abroad. A student can rely on sources like family funds, bank loans, scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships etc to provide for funds required by him.

Q. What is RA (research assistantship)?

A. Research fellowship/assistantship is an award that allows you to work in the capacity of an assistant to a professor on the research project assigned to him.

Q. How much does a research assistant earn?

A. As a research assistant the student receives a tuition wavier or pays in-state tuition fees and earns additionally to sustain living expenses through their education

Q. What is a guarantor?

A. A guarantor is the person who legally co-signs your loan/financial aid documents. The guarantor takes the responsibility of assuring the bank that you can and will pay back the loan. If, in case you do not pay back then it is the responsibility of the guarantor to repay the loan.

Q. Can I get a loan to study overseas?

A. Yes! There are a number of loans for students looking to study overseas

Q. What is a loan fee?

A. This is the fee paid for processing your loan application

Q. What are SFG's

A. This is an initial for Scholarships/Fellowship/Grants.

Q. What is an application package?

A. An application package consists of the material required by the university: · Application forms · Application fees · Recommendations · Transcripts · Essays · Financial aid form

Q. What are financial aid packages?

A. A university offers a financial aid package, which consists of scholarships/grant and an on-campus employment program for the student. Hence this package helps you pay a large amount of your total cost.

Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

A. Ask the universities, to send you the financial aid form, which you should finish and submit before the financial deadline date mentioned in the application package of the respective university.!

Q. What is a transfer option?

A. A transfer option is to complete at least 2 years of the Bachelors program and then apply for a transfer to the University that you want to attend in the US. The years waived off in your transfer status will depend on the courses covered in India and the grades for the same.

Q. What are tuition-waivers?

A. Tuition waivers are awards that waive your tuition fees. These could range from partial to complete tuition waivers.

Q. What documents do I send with my financial aid package?

A. The documents sent are: Financial aid form Bank letter or Tax documents

Canada Visa

All overseas students are required to obtain a Student Authorization and Visa before going to Canada for studies. Students must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations. Under normal circumstances, allow at least two months for your visa to be processed.

Visa and Student Authorization Procedure:

Submit the completed application kit to the immigration section of the Canadian High commission. Please note that all the documents submitted, must be either original or photocopies notarized and witnessed by a notary public or a magistrate or the Canadian Immigration Officer, and be accompanied by a duplicate copy.

Documents required :

  • Completed Student Application form.
  • Completed Supplementary Questionnaire for students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Official letter of acceptance from Canadian university, college or Technical Institute.
  • Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (Only if you plan to study in province of Quebec)
  • TOEFL scores if applicable
  • Passport, valid for at least one year from the planned date of entry to Canada, plus valid passports of any accompanying dependants.
  • Bank Draft for the applicable visa processing fees.

Proof of Funds

Every applicant must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources available to them to pay tuition fees, maintain him/herself and dependants who go to Canada, and to pay return transportation costs without engaging in employment in Canada. For example, students without accompanying dependants must demonstrate that they have at least $10,000 Cdn plus the cost of tuition for a twelve-month period, plus the cost of transportation to and fro from Canada. Canadian $10,000 is the base amount considered adequate to cover all costs, other than tuition, for one person for a twelve-month period. Some educational institutions require that more funds be available; if the local cost of living is higher than average, more money may also be required. After the Completed application forms along with the documents are submitted.


An interview with a Canadian Visa Officer may be required. If this is the case, you will be advised in writing of the time and place for the interview.


If the student and accompanying dependants are found to be in good health and there are no other concerns with the application, the Visa and Student Authorization will be issued.>

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