Benefits of Studying in Canada

Why study in Canada?

Canada is one of the top destinations for international students applying for higher education due to various reasons like diversity, top-class universities, cultural freedom, environment, and less crime rate. The Canadian universities and government permit students to work for 20 hours a week during their semester and after completing the course students will get 3 years of work permit visa in Canada. The country is famously known for its tourist spots and wild environment, coastal lines, etc, which students can explore during their studies. Apart from these Canada is a hub for modern technologies like computer science, telecommunication, aerospace, urban transport, and information technology. Most universities provide on-campus jobs for their students and also conduct various cultural activities that help students mingle with each other. The student also gets different scholarships on tuition fees that will help them choose universities and courses based on their requirements.

Documents required for the application process Test Minimum Score Application Fee Link
1 IELTS Academic 6 with 6.5 bands in each part 15,000
2 TOFEL Minimum individual scores like L-12, R-13, W-21 & S-18 14,424
3 PTE Academic Minimum of 50 in each section 14,700
The average salary a student can earn in Canada

International students have various part-time job options in Canada that would pay a good amount of salary on hourly bases, hence students can choose the job according to their academic schedule and plan a healthy study-work life. On average students can make up to $58,600 per year based on the job and location there are staying. The number of work hours depends on the visa for the S-1 visa which is only a studies visa students get the option to work for 20 hours a week and for the SW-1 visa which is the study and work visa. The hourly payment for students ranges from $10 to $22 based on the job. Different kinds of jobs in Canada and minimum salaries paid for that particular job Part-Time Job Salary per hour
1 Customer Service Representative 10 to 15
2 Sales Associate 12 to 15
3 Web Designer 15 to 20
4 Merchandiser 13 to 18
5 Teacher 20 to 25

Students can even choose to work on-campus which would reduce their traveling charges, they can get jobs such as administrative interns, stores, restaurants, bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops. Some programs also offer you to get a paid internship opportunity. The amount of payment varies from city to city, here are the five top cities with international student employees. City Job Salary
1 Vancouver Student Ambassador 15-30
Cab Driver 24-30
Waiter 15-20
Administration 15-23
Student Tutor 18-80
2 Ontario Music Teacher 18-45
Writer 12-40
Sales 15-22
Dog walker 15-30
3 Ottawa Driver 17-22
Bartender 15-20
Cashier 15-25
Merchandiser 15-20
4 Montreal Clerk 18-22
Bartender 15-30
Cashier 15-20
Customer Service 15-20
5 Quebec Cook 16-30
Cashier 15-16
Bartender 11-28
Retail 13-15
Customer Service 15-23

Cost of Living in Canada

Canada offers high living standards and a wide range of job options. The cost of living for international students is well justified since all the Canadian universities are world recognized, they get to work while studying and free health care and quick access to any medical emergency all these features make the cost of living economically for international students. The following table gives a basic idea of the costs for daily groceries and utilities in Canada Items Cost in CAD
1 Meals in restaurants $12 to $22 per meal
2 Eggs $3 to $5 per dozen
3 Tomatoes, potatoes $3 to $5 per kg
4 Boneless chicken $8 to $10 per 500gm
5 Housing rent in normal to expensive areas with furniture( 480 sft) $1,800 to $1,300
6 Housing rent in normal to expensive areas with furniture( 900 sft) $2,600 to $2,000 per month
7 Utilities like electricity, internet, gas, and mobile bills $200 to $300 per month
8 Short visit to a private doctor $100 per visit
9 Basic dinner outing for two in a pub $50 to $70 per meal

Student must have an idea about living cost in different cities and they need to check on the living expenses in the city where their university is located. Most international students earn to pay their tuition fees with the help of the salary they make from part-time jobs, so it becomes important for them to plan a monthly financial plan sheet on their spending that would help them in paying their tuition fees and save some amount for other expenses like traveling, shopping, and feasting. From the below table, you can have a basic idea of living costs in the top ten cities of Canada. City Housing per single person Transportation monthly bus pass Food
1 Toronto $1,217 $143 $253
2 Ottawa $1,061 $125 $362
3 London $780 $95 $347
4 Quebec $946 $90 $342
5 Calgary $919 $112 $393
6 Edmonton $879 $73 to $100 $393
7 Vancouver $1,302 $98 to $177 $369
8 Winnipeg $786 $106 $346
9 Saskatoon $745 $90 $362
10 Halifax $902 $82 $315

Cost of studying in Canada for Indian students

The important factor considered by most international students before choosing a country for their abroad studies is the cost of education and return on investment. Considering all these parameters, I must say Canada is the best choice to make with fewer tuition fees and top globally ranked universities. Moreover, the rich Canadian culture, vibrant atmosphere, freedom of religion, and diversity of the country help all around development of the personality which is worth investing in. The average tuition fees for international students vary on the course, university, and program the basic fee might range from $22,000 to $35,000, and the basic tuition fees for different programs and charges for other categories to study in Canada are as mentioned below Category Cost in INR
1 University Application Fee 3,707 to 14,831
2 Visa Fee 11,105 per application
3 Health Insurance 17,000 to 44,000 per person
4 Flight Tickets 1,00,000 to 2,00,000 per flight
5 Undergraduate Degree 6,46,000 to 16,15,000 per annum
6 Master’s Degree 9,54,000 to 18,84,000 per annum
7 Executive MBA 27,00,00 and above per annum
8 PhD 2,40,120 to 11,40,000 per annum
9 Application for Study Permit 11,123 per application
10 Living Expenses 2,60,000 to 5,30,000 per annum
11 Purchase of GIS 6,12,306

The cost of tuition fees varies based on courses and universities. Canada offers different programs in the following courses bachelor, medicine, humanities, business & management, law, visual and performing arts at the undergraduate level and MBA, executive MBA, law, engineering, dentistry, and nursing at the master’s level. The average annual tuition fee for these courses and information about fee structure in top universities and universities with affordable tuition fees are as given below Course Average tuition fee per annum in INR
Undergraduate level
1 Engineering courses 6,46,000 to 16,15,000
2 Medicine courses 11,69,000 to 15,00,000
3 Law 8,45,590 to 10,50,000
4 Humanities, Business & Management 2,96,000 to 3,50,000
5 Visual and Performing arts 3,00,828 to 4,55,000
Postgraduate level
1 Engineering 10,00,000 to 12,00,000
2 MBA 14,00,000 to 15,00,000
3 Executive MBA 17,50,351 to 20,00,000
4 Law 5,50,000 to 30,00,000
5 Dentistry 13,40,000 to 15,00,000
6 Nursing 25,00,000 to 28,65,500

List of top universities with their annual tuition fee structure University Annual tuition fee in INR
1 University of Toronto 22,24,000
2 University of British Columbia 5,04,000
3 McGill University 10,62,000
4 McMaster University 10,03,000
5 University de Montreal 14,41,000
6 University of Alberta 5,55,000
7 University of Ottawa 15,09,000
8 University of Waterloo 8,26,000
9 Western University 68,99,000
10 University of Calgary 8,53,000

List of few affordable universities for master’s course University Annual tuition fee in INR
1 Memorial University of Newfoundland 9,00,000
2 University of Northern British Columbia 3,80,000
3 Simon Fraser University 2,22,000
4 Cape Breton University 5,00,000
5 Nipissing University 13,70,000
6 The University of British Columbia 14,70,000
7 University of Saskatchewan 14,40,000
8 McMaster University 12,30,000
9 University of Calgary 11,80,000
10 University of Victoria 4,70,000

Top Courses in Canada

Canada offers numerous courses for international students in different fields and it is known for its globally recognized educational standards, research work, and top-class labs. Here are a few courses that are mostly chosen by international students.

  • Hospitality -
    1. Canada provides modern food technologies and skilled programs in the tourism and hospitality industry.
    2. There are many job options for hospitality and tourism industry professionals in management, and entry-level positions in hotels, restaurants, and resorts across the country.
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology and computer science
  • Business Management
  • Economics

Apart from all the above-mentioned courses Canada also offers courses in other fields such as health &medicine, pharmacy, human resources &public relations, agriculture & forestry, media & journalism, nursing, etc. The list of top master’s programs offered in Canada and their tuition fees are provided below. Course Masters Programs Average Tuition Fee
1 Computer science and information technology MSc in Computer Science Master in Information Technology $8,000 to $18,000
2 Engineering Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology Master of Engineering in Electrical &Electronics Engineering $2,150 to $52,500
3 Health and Medicine Masters in Nursing $2,150 to $58,300
4 Applied and Pure Sciences MSc in Biology MSc in Chemistry Masters of Applied Science $20,000 to 30,000
5 Media & Journalism Masters in Journalism MA in Media Studies $15,000 to 28,000
6 Business Management MBA Master of Financial Economics $50,000 to $56,000
7 Hospitality and Tourism Masters in Hospitality Management Masters in Tourism $12,000 to 25,000
8 Agricultural Science and Forestry Master of International Forestry Master of Sustainable Forest Management $3,500 to 18,000
9 International Relations Master of International Relations Master in Global Affairs $19,000 to 25,000
Intakes in Canada

There are mainly three intakes to get admission into Canadian universities for international students. The intakes are known as fall intake which starts in September, winter intake which starts in January, and the third and less popular intake would be summer intake which starts in May. The deadline for these intakes mostly varies based on the universities and the below give table might help you have a basic idea of the deadlines. Intake Deadline Duration of the course
1 Fall- September December to March September to December
2 Winter- January September to November January to April
3 Spring- May January to February May to August
Fall intake -

This intake is also known as a primary intake for international students that offer all the courses in the desired universities in Canada. It will also help students to be ahead of other students by 4 to 5 months which would help them get better job opportunities right back in Canada making their PR processes easy. The list of a few universities that offer fall intake is

  • Dalhousie University
  • Columbia College
  • Fraser International College
  • George Brown College
  • Lakehead University
  • Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
  • Navitas International College of Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic University
Winter Intake -

The list of a few universities that offer winter intake is

  • Fanshawe College
  • Cape Breton University
  • Douglas College
  • Lambton College
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Carleton University
  • Centennial College
Spring Intake -

A list of a few universities offering this intake is

  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Brock University
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Capilano University
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Lakehead University

Top Universities in Canada

Students select universities based on course availability, Tuition fees, location, and scholarships, apart from these they also check their ranking, research works, and ranking of the universities. So, the list of globally ranked universities in Canada is as follows Universities Location Global Ranking
1 University of Toronto Toronto 84.2
2 University of British Columbia Vancouver 78.2
3 McGill University Montreal 75.9
4 McMaster University Hamilton 68.4
5 University of Alberta Edmonton 68.2
6 University of Montreal Montreal 67.1
7 University of Calgary Calgary 65.9
8 University of Ottawa Ottawa 63.9
9 University of Waterloo Waterloo 63.9
10 Western University London 59.7
Public Universities

Public universities have more reputation compared to private universities in most of the accepts like tuition fees, government scholarships, and job offers. The students getting a degree from a public university will have more job options compared to a private university due to the years of popularity of public universities. Here is a list of a few public and private universities.

Private Universities

List of Universities based on courses

Masters Course :
  • University of Toronto
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Alberta
  • McGill University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • York University
Masters in Engineering Course :
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Waterloo
  • McMaster University
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Windsor
  • University of Toronto
MBA Courses
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Alberta
  • Ryerson University
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
Masters of Architecture
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • The University of British Columbia
  • Ryerson University
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Manitoba