WHY STUDY IN CANADA?
Canada is one the favorite destination for international students because it offers a very high quality of education and living at affordable cost.
More than half million students choose Canada as their abroad study destination each year.
Top Universities in the World
Canadian Universities have a solid reputation for quality. Three Canadian Universities are within the top 50 places in the QS World University Ranking. 11 are in the top 300. Five Canadian Universities were featured in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University De Montreal and University of Alberta are some of the top Universities in Canada.
Canada offers one of the most affordable cost of higher education among developed countries. The average cost of undergraduate course in Canada for international students is USD 16,746 per year. This is lesser in comparison to study cost in USA, UK and Australia. The living cost in Canada is also much lower. The average living cost for international students in Canada is USD 13,021 per year. Transportation, healthcare are also very affordable in Canada.
Canada is a liberal and tolerant country. Canadian cities are multicultural with people from all parts of the globe, including many from Nepal. More than half million students go to Canada for abroad studies each year. It also attracts workers and immigrants in large numbers. Canada has official bilingual status with both English and French used for official and government work. Other major languages are also in common use.
Work While Studying
Studying abroad can be costly and you will need some part time work to support your education. Canada offers ease of work while studying for international students. You can work up to 20 hours per week off-campus during term time. You can work 30 hours or more per week during summer holidays and scheduled breaks. If you have a study permit then you will not need a work permit to work on-campus. Students can work for any number of hours on-campus.
Work After Study
International students love Canada because it offers easy transition to work after completion of their studies. You can apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit and extend your stay in Canada after graduation. You will need to be 18 years or above at the time of application. You must have studied continuously for at least eight months at a institute of higher learning in Canada and must have a degree completion certificate from the institute to be eligible for application.
Safety & Quality of Living
Canada is one of the safest and most peaceful countries on earth. According to the Global Peace Index, Canada is the sixth most peaceful country in the world. It has also been continuously ranking among the top ten best countries to live in the world for over two decades. US News & World ranks Canada as the second best country to live after Switzerland. There is zero chance of your studies being disturbed by things like strike, civil commotion and other similar activities.
Option for Permanent Residency
Canada offers easy Permanent Residency (PR) options for deserving candidates. You can apply for PR under various categories including the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants are selected through the Express Entry System. Applicants with a Canadian degree have a higher chance of being selected compared to those who do not have a Canadian degree.
Canada offers many scholarships for deserving international students. These scholarships are provided by the Federal and Provincial Government, Universities and colleges, and other private and public institutions. Some major scholarships for international students in Canada include the University of British Columbia Scholarship for International Students, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship.
Canada is one of the most advanced countries in the world. It has state of art infrastructure and facilities. Canada is fast becoming the tech capital of the world. It is one of the global leaders in digital media, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, aeronautics and virtual gaming. Canadians are second in the world for most hours spent online. Internet penetration is nearly cent percent and cities like Montreal are planning free WiFi across the city for everybody.
STUDY IN CANADA FAQ
What is the cost of studying in Canada?
The cost of studying in Canada varies based upon your choice of city, University and course. The average cost of undergraduate degree in Canada for international students is about US $16,000 per year. You will have to pay about 10-15 thousand US dollars per year for graduate course.
What is the cost of living in Canada?
You will need around US $12 thousand per year to cover basic living expenses in Canada. This is an average figure so a student might need more or less depending upon the city he/she is staying in. The University de Montreal estimates that a student will need US $11,616 per year as living expenses. The University of British Columbia estimates that a student will need US $11,963 per year as living expenses.
Can I work part time while studying in Canada?
Yes. You can work on-campus for any amount of time. If you want to work off-campus then you can work up to 20 hours per week during term time. You can work for 30 hours or more per week during scheduled study breaks and vacations.
What is the minimum wage in Canada?
The minimum wage in Canada is set up by the provinces so it varies from one province to another. For e.g. it is Canadian $13.60 in Alberta, Canadian $12.60 in British Columbia, Canadian $14.00 in Ontario and Canadian $12.00 in Quebec. The minimum wage is revised timely by the provinces. Keep track of the current minimum wage by province by visiting this page.
Can the spouse of a student work in Canada?
Yes they can if they have got an Open Work Permit. The spouse of a student can apply for the Open Work Permit directly from Nepal or they can first go to Canada on a visitor’s visa and then apply it.
Do I need to show proof of fund while applying for a Canada study visa?
You will have to prove that you have sufficient fund to cover at least a year of study and living expenses in Canada during visa application. The proof of fund can be in the form of a bank balance, regular income or sponsorship. You will need to show a bank statement with sufficient amount and good transaction history in case you are providing bank balance as a guarantee. Tax deposit record is necessary for income source. You will need to show a letter and other supporting documents from a sponsor if you are planning to study in Canada on sponsorship.
What is a Designated Learning Institute (DLI)?
Designated Learning Institute (DLIs) are those educational institutes that are eligible to send letter of acceptance to foreign students. All primary and secondary schools are DLIs by default. However, Universities and colleges must obtain DLI status before being able to send letter of acceptance to students.
Is IELTS required for study in Canada?
Nepali students who are planning to study in Canada in English language must take an English Language Proficiency Test. The tests that are accepted varies according to Universities but IELTS is accepted by almost all Universities and colleges in Canada.
Do I need to show proof of health insurance while applying for visa?
All international students studying in Canada must have a health insurance coverage but you can apply for it once you arrive in Canada. Some provinces offer provincial health coverage for international students but you must meet certain requirements.
Do I need to take medical test before applying for Canada student visa?
Yes, you will need to.
What is the duration of Canada study visa?
Visa is generally awarded for the duration of your study. Once your study is complete you can apply for Post Graduate Work Permit and lengthen your stay in Canada.
Do I need to show police record?
Yes. Your police record must be clean if you want to obtain student visa for Canada.
What is the cost of visa application?
You will need to pay Canadian $150 as visa application fee.
Will I get a refund if my visa is rejected?
The visa application fee is non refundable. In case your visa is rejected, you can get a refund on the college fee you sent in advance. Some amount (enrollment charge) might be deducted. This varies from University to University.
DOCUMENT CHECKLIST FOR CANADA STUDENT VISA
Students applying for Canada student visa from Nepal must have the following documents with them at the time of visa application:
- Passport valid for the duration of stay with photocopy of the pages including information about yourself.
- A couple of passport sized photographs.
- Birth Certificate.
- All Academic Certificates including Character Certificates.
- Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Institute of Learning (DIL).
- Proof of finance.
- Marriage Certificate (including photocopy) if you are married and intend to take the spouse with you.
- Proof of payment of visa application fee.
- Police Report.
- Medical Test Report.
FACTS ABOUT CANADA
- Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering an area of 9.98 million square kilometers.
- It has a population of 35 million.
- Ottawa is the Capital City of Canada.
- Canada has two official languages – English and French.
- The currency of Canada is Canadian Dollar.
- Canada is the world’s most educated country. More than 56% of Canadians have college degrees.
- Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
- At 8,893 km, the US-Canada border is the longest international border in the world.
- The North American Beaver is the national animal of Canada.
- Canada’s National Parks are free for kids.
- The Blackberry Smartphone was developed by a Canadian company named Research In Motion.
- The highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan at 5,959 m.
- Canada has more than 15,000 polar bears. This is two third of the polar bear estimated population in the world.
- At over 200,000 km, the Canadian coastline is the longest coastline of a single country in the world.
- Canada has six time zones.