Canada has become an ideal place for higher education studies, sought by many prospective international students. Many Canadian universities are present in reputed international rankings and a recent educational strategy set by the Canadian Ministry of Education stresses on increasing the number of foreign students.
This means that international students coming from any part of the globe are now more than welcome in Canada so it is no wonder it became so popular in this sense.
The detailed educational plan encourages foreign students to pursue jobs during their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies and to remain in the country for work opportunities after graduation.
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Quebec cover the largest foreign-student population and they all provide a vibrant and lively atmosphere. In Canada, students can pleasantly combine an enriching academic life with diverse and entertaining leisure activities.
Check out some of the main reasons why you should give Canada a serious thought in terms of studying abroad:
1. English is everywhere
English and French are both official languages in Canada and share equal status, but anywhere you choose to go in Canada, you can easily survive just by speaking and communicating in English. However, while in Canada, you can seize the opportunity and learn some French or brush up your French language skills.
All universities in Canada offer English-taught degrees for all Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. levels, so your main concern is to simply find a field of study according to your preferences.
2. Many of the top-ranked universities in the world are in Canada
Universities in Canada have a long history and reputation in terms of academic performance and high graduate employability rates. In fact, many of the Canadian higher education institutions compete with leading and famous universities from the U.S. and the UK for instance.
An Overview of the Admissions Criteria for Studying in Canada:
Every university in Canada has its own criteria for studying in Canada for various majors. It could contain a variety of documents containing personal information as well as academic abilities. The following are the general documents that must be submitted:
Passport valid for a minimum 1 year from the date of application
10th & 12th Grade Marksheets and Certificates
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma (if applicable) Marksheets and Degree Certificate
Bachelors (if applicable) Marksheets and Degree Certificate
Masters (if applicable) Marksheets and Degree Certificate
Language proficiency proof - IELTS / TOEFL / PTE
Letter Of Recommendation (if required)
CV or Resume (if you have work experience)
Other merit certificates that apply
What English Language Proficiency Requirements Do You Need to Study in Canada?
Canada is an English Speaking Country - due to which there is a mandate to have English Language Proficiency proven before you apply for a Student Visa in Canada. The first preferred type of such English language exams is IELTS, then comes TOEFL and PTE.
If you wish to apply through a faster route i.e. Student Direct Stream (SDS) - then IELTS is preferred as the application process norms for Study Permit for Canada.
While if you choose to appear for the other two types of the exam, it would take through the Non-SDS Category of the application process.
Required IELTS Score for Admission in Canadian Institutions:
IELTS is one of the most widely used and preferred English language examinations in the world, and it assesses your English competence in four areas: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. A student must get an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 in each module to be eligible to apply under the SDS route. A few courses are offered to allow individual module scores with 6 bands along with the overall score also 6 Bands, while most educational institutions require a score of 6.5 as the least individual module score.
Required TOEFL score for Canada Student Visa:
Because the paper-based TOEFL is no longer available, students can take the internet-based test, which is accepted by 100% of Canadian universities. In general, the TOEFL for overseas students in Canada is accepted via iBT, and once the results are released, a student has two years to apply to the university of their choosing. Universities in Canada require an average TOEFL score of 80-100.
PTE for Canadian Admission
The computer-based academic exam evaluates reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Students should check with their consultants if the university accepts PTE. Most institutions accept PTE as an alternative exam, however, the scores required vary. The required PTE scores are a minimum of 58 to 65, which depends on the course level and university acceptance norms.
Working while studying in Canada: Eligibility
International students enrolled full-time at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada with a study permit can work off-campus without a work permit. This implies you can work anywhere in Canada for any employer in any occupation.
Working off-campus entails working for a company that is not affiliated with the institution or college. Working on campus can imply working for the university or college itself, a faculty member (as a research assistant, for example), yourself (self-employed, working on campus), a student organization, or a private contractor providing services on campus, such as a gym or restaurant.
It's worth noting that even if you plan to work while studying in Canada, you'll still need to show that you have enough money when applying for a study permit. This implies you must demonstrate that you have the financial resources to maintain yourself during your studies without working. The fact that you intend to work while studying in Canada should affect your financial arrangements to apply for the study permit. It is a mandate to arrange for the “Living Expenses” in terms of having a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) with an authorized bank in Canada, which is CAD $ 10,000 - prior to your application for the study permit.
It's vital to keep in mind that you can't start working in Canada until you've started your studies.
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