Canada is one of the hot spots for studying abroad, especially for Indian students. Canada stands high on the academic chart along with being the affordable and highly student-friendly choice, a popular destination for studying abroad. It has over seven lakh international students graduating with flying colours and stepping into wonderful jobs and careers after successfully managing to finish their degree. One of the main reasons that students like Canada for studying abroad are the high quality of life and living standards in Canada and the safe spaces of the Canadian cities for students from across the globe.
Canada also has a unique college intake procedure. Unlike Indian universities and college that take students once a year, Canadian universities and colleges take students thrice a year. They have three intake seasons namely the fall, winter and summer intake seasons. Fall intake starts in the month of September and this is a highly favourable option for Indian students because they finish their previous courses by the month of June and July. The winter intake starts in the month of January and the summer intake usually starts between April and May. The winter and summer intake options are good especially students who miss their chance in the fall semester of having different academic calendars.
Canada has several types of programs that are offered throughout the year in their intake months. Some of them are,
- Certificates and diplomas
They are for one to two years long and help the students train in job oriented programs and technical vocational jobs
- Two year-long associate degree
They are equal to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.
- Bachelor’s degree
These typically last between three to four years and are offered after the completion of high school qualification
- Bachelor’s honours degree
This is a four-year course that can be obtained as a part of the normal bachelor’s degree if the student manages to finish specialist programs, more than one major or has a certain number of GPA or credits. This can change from university to university or different courses.
- Master’s degree ( either by thesis or not by thesis)
They are typically one or two years long and include a compulsory thesis (for the master’s by thesis option of courses). They can be chosen after the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- Postgraduate diploma
This is generally a one or sometimes two-year-long course that can be taken up by students after the completion of a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
- PhD or Doctorate
They are four to seven-year-long courses that can be taken up after a master’s degree where students work extensively on one project and defend their studies.
- Post Doctoral studies
They are long term or short term courses that are focused on specialised research programs.
Here is a list of the top-ranked universities and colleges in Canada according to the latest rankings and admissions by students especially as an option for studying abroad.
- University of Toronto
- McGill University
- University of British Columbia, Vancouver
- The University of Britsh Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia
- University of Alberta
- McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
- University of Montreal
- University of Waterloo
- Western University, London, Ontario
- University of Calgary
- Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
- Simon Fraser University
- Dalhousie University
- University of Ottawa
- University of Victoria
- Laval University
- University of Saskatchewan
- Concordia University
- York University
- University of Quebec
- University of Guelph
- University of Manitoba
- Carleton University
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- University of Sherbrooke
- University of Windsor
- Ryeson University
Some of the top majors and courses in Canada that are taken up by students according to our extensive study are as follows –
- Computer science and information technology
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Engineering management
- Chemical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Electronics engineering
- Industrial and manufacturing engineering
- Renewable energy
- Agricultural science
- Digital media
- Public relations
- Interactive media
- Animation and visual effects
- Creative and grphic designing
- Actuarial science
- Hotel management
- Investment finance
Masters in business administration or an MBA degree from Canada is highly valuable and appreciated in the job market.
Although the admission criteria and basic eligibility changes with respect to the course and college that the student chooses, some of the basic eligibilities that are similar to most of the courses or some in general are –
- The students need to submit the up-to-date academic records of their previous education.
- They need to complete their English language certification test if English is not their first language by appearing for IELTS or TOEFL exams. They might need some basic French knowledge if they are in a French language program.
- For management, business etc courses the students also need to write GMAT exams. Whereas, GRE general and GRE subject tests are required for other subjects and courses.
- Students might also need to submit a statement of purpose (SOP) or experience in their field, give interviews etc during the admission process.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to contact the admission counsellors, study abroad consultants at Eduprov if you hit a blank wall or are in confusion regarding any studying abroad issue. Eduprov is an education consultancy specializing in study abroad programs, admissions and career counselling.