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Canada Overseas Education Students FAQ'S

--> What is the application process for Canada?
--> What are the Visa application requirements?
--> What are the housing options available?
--> How much does Canada education cost?
--> What are the living expenses in Canada?
--> Can I work while I am studying?
--> Are Scholarships available?
--> What are the advantages of studying in Canada?

What is the application process for Canada?
Admissions are granted purely on students academics. Students need to provide CV, academic documents, any professional certifications, work experience if applicable, etc. However the eligibility criteria of selecting students vary in different provinces of Canada. Certain eligibility details are given below:

Programs/ Level of study Graduate/Post-Graduate level
Business 2-3 years full time work experience
GMAT : 580-600 min TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min
CBT: 237-250 min
4 yr Bachelors degree, 70% aver.
Computer Science 4 yr Bachelors degree, 70% aver., preferably in Computer Science
TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.
Some universities will require GRE Score (1200-1500)
Engineering 4 yr Bachelors in Engineering, 70% aver.
TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.
Some universities will require GRE score (1200-1500)
Fine Arts 4 yr Bachelors in Fine Arts
Portfolio/audition
TOEFL : PBT: 580-600 min.
CBT: 237-250 min.
Media/ Communications 4 yr Bachelors in Mass Communications
Portfolio
TOEFL : PBT: 600 min.
CBT: 250 min. Work experience is an added advantage
Some institutions may require written samples or copies of published work

What are the Visa application requirements?
The documents required for visa application are given below:
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/IELTS 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

What are the housing options available?
Canada puts forward three types of housing options for the international students:
Homestay
Dormitory
Private Accommodations

The homestay helps the students to have a Canadian living and learning experience. The dormitory provides reasonable accommodation for the students within the campus. Students who prefer to find their own accommodation can get their private accommodations with the help of newspapers or by checking with the campus.

How much does Canada education cost?
Education cost in Canada is affordable. It varies according to the province. The fee structure for the year 2006-2007 of different provinces is given in the table below:

Province 2010 - 2011 Undergraduate tuition fees (per academic year)* 2010 - 2011 Graduate tuition fees (per academic year)**
Trent University $ $
Mount Allison University $ $
Vancouver Island University $ $
Simon Fraser University $ $
University of Manitoba $ $
Farleigh Dickenson University $ $
Conestoga $ $
Devry University $ $

What are the living expenses in Canada?
Cost of living in Canada is very low compared to other countries like UK, Europe, etc. However the expense varies according to each province. The rural areas are very cheap whereas the major cities like Toronto and Vancouver can be expensive.

Can I work while I am studying?
Canada provides work permit to students which allow them to work off campus. The work permit, however, restricts the working hours to 20 hours a week during academic sessions. During extended vacations no restrictions are given.

Are Scholarships available?
Canada provides a lot of merit based and institution based scholarship programs. Students who excel in their studies are awarded with these scholarships irrespective of their physical or financial conditions. Other criteria for the selection of students are based on their participation in extracurricular activities and outstanding athletic abilities. Academic scholarships, Athletic scholarships and scholarships for overseas or foreign students are the different types of scholarships offered in Canada.

What are the advantages of studying in Canada?
Canada education system put forward a wide range of quality education institutions. Canada has a multicultural society supporting and respecting customs and traditions of different cultures. The wide series of universities provide a varied range of courses. New skills, better job prospects, and high salaries are the promises given to the students by each of Canadian universities. The university education gives a long lasting reward to each student.