Study in Canada

A brief overview of Canada

The second-largest country by surface, but relatively small by population, Canada punches above its weight in economy securing seventh position in the world.

Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Toronto is the largest city accommodating 2.8 million people whereas Ottawa, the capital of Canada accommodated 1.2 million. English and French enjoy official language status.

A federation of former British colonies, Canada follows the British pattern of parliamentary democracy, and the UK monarch is head of state.

Foreign trade plays the most important role in the economy and takes about 45% responsibility of nations GDP. Alongside a dominant service sector, Canada also has vast oil reserves and is a major exporter of energy, food and minerals.

Name of the Canadian currency is Canadian Dollar (CAD). Exchange rate for CAD is around 65 BDT.

 

 

Why Canada?

Out of many choices available to the students, Canada is one of the most top destinations for higher studies as it is internationally recognized for highly developed education system and offers access to some of the best schools in the world. According to QS University World Rankings, three Canadian Universities secured their position in first 50 worldwide. Besides, Canada has ranked as the best destination for international students in 2017.

The reasons to choose Canada for Higher Studies:

  1. Top Class Education: Canadian college and university diplomas, degrees are recognized around the world. Development of transferable skills and cross-disciplinary studies are the basic strength of Canadian education system. It also uses cutting-edge technology along with digital media.
  2. Excellent Quality of Life: Canada prides on an enviable quality of life, in respect of living cost (e.g., housing, transportation, tuition) which is lower than other developed countries like the UK, France or the UK. It also offers social security as well as individual safety, stability and above all the respect for the rights of individuals and communities.
  3. Working Opportunities: As a full-time international student in Canada, you can work for up to 20 hours per week during your studies. In the vacations, you can work full time up to 30 hours per week.
  4. Work after graduation: International student are entitled to apply for Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) as soon as they complete their graduation. This is an open-work permit which will allow you to stay and seek employment in Canada.
  5. Bringing your family with you: As an international student, you can bring your family with you during your studies.
  6. Family Benefits: As a spouse of an international student, your partner will be eligible for open-work permit and seek employment in Canada. Besides, your children can study in Canadian primary or secondary schools.
  7. Become a Permanent Resident: Canadian studies and Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) will provide extra facilities to those who wish to become Canadian permanent residents.

 

Study Cost in Canada

Compared to other similar countries, studying in Canada is more affordable than others. Foreign students have to budget between CAD 17,000 to 58,500 for Undergraduate courses and CAD 8,500 to 20,500 for Graduate courses. However, this is an average range of cost and may vary as per institute and program students get enrolled.

The table below shows the weighted average tuition fees (in Canadian dollars) for full-time international students, by field of study.

 Field of study grouping

Undergraduate

Graduate

Education

17,000

13,000

Visual and Performing Arts, and Communications Technologies

20,000

13,000

Humanities

22,000

13,000

Social and Behavioral Sciences

21,000

13,000

Law, Legal Professions and Studies

27,000

16,000

Business Management and Public Administration

23,000

20,000

Physical and Life Sciences and Technologies

24,000

13,000

Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences

25,000

13,000

Engineering

26,000

15,000

Architecture and related Technologies

22,000

20,000

Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation

20,000

12,000

Dentistry

53,000

20,000

Medicine

33,000

Not available

Nursing

18,000

12,000

Pharmacy

32,000

10,000

Veterinary Medicine

58,000

8,000

Other health, parks, recreation and fitness

20,000

16,000

*weighted average tuition fees by field of study (in Canadian dollars)
Source: Statistics Canada

Students should also budget for books and stationeries along with living cost.

 

Living cost in Canada:

Living cost in Canada for an international student is relatively cheap, especially if you were to compare to cities like London, New York or Tokyo. An international student should consider the following things first while considering, living in a foreign country:

  

Accommodation

Usually international students live in on-campus halls where accommodation cost is cheaper than off-campus accommodations. Here, students share rooms as well as other facilities like a kitchen, social area and laundry room with other students. Though on-campus accommodation fees may vary depending on cities and university, we would suggest to budget between CAD3000-7500 per year.

 

An international student may choose to live with a host family in Canada, which will give an extra facility to participate in various activities with the host and neighbors, improving English ability, exploring Canadian culture, which is also a valuable experience.

 

Transport

Canadian city transport system is well managed by bus and subway networks. Students can roam around the Toronto by TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) network which is dual bus and subway network spanning the whole city. They have annual, monthly, daily and single passes and the costs of the passes are as bellow:

Annual pass – CAD 1,098.00

Monthly pass – CAD 99.75

Daily pass – CAD 8.50

Single Trip Pass – CAD 2.50

 

­In Montreal, the STM (Société de transport de Montréal) network covered the city with their 4 line subway network comfortably. They also have various passes which are as bellows:

MonthlyPass – CAD 65.00

WeeklyPass – CAD 19.00

Single (one trip) – CAD 2.75

 

Learn more about public transport cost in Canada here (https://www.justlanded.com/english/Canada/Canada-Guide/Travel-Leisure/Public-transport)

 

Food

Minimum food cost for an international student may be as low as 120 CAD while the average may go up to 160 CAD a month.

Here is a rough concept of the prices for some popular grocery items in Canada:

 

Item

Price in CAD

Rice (1kg bag)

3.07

Potatoes (1Kg bag)

1.98

Loaf of bread

2.57

Milk (1L)

1.77

12 eggs

3.17

Boneless chicken breasts (1Kg)

12.47

Water (1L bottle)

1.63

 

Others:

Internet: International students may have to pay CAD 55-95 per month for Internet service.

Phone: The average cost for phone might be CAD 20 per month.

 

Health Care:

Medical Insurance is mandatory for international students in Canada. Provinces like Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Labrador or Saskatchewan have their own insurance plan for health care and students will be covered by the plans. However, in other provinces students need to arrange private health care insurance.

 

Find more information about living costs in Canada from here: https://canadianimmigrant.ca/guides/moving-to-canada/moving-to-canada-cost-of-living-in-major-cities

 

Earn and Study in Canada:

All International students enrolled to a full-time course are allowed to work on-campus. After May ’2018 STUDY PERMIT indicates student’s permission to work off-campus

  • 20 hours per week during session time and
  • Full time during session breaks

However, wages may vary but students can count on minimum wages, which is CAD 10.25 per hours. After tax, the amount would be around CAD 800 per month, which is enough for accommodation, food and travel expenses. For more information, click here http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=496&top=15

 

Intakes:

The primary intake of Canadian universities is Fall Intake starts normally in September. Very few Universities offer Winter Intake in January. However, most of the Canadian colleges offer three intakes in an academic year which are January, May and September Intake. Students looking forward to an applied career may enroll in a college, in contrast, University students may aim for academic career.

 

Academic Requirements:

In order to get admission in a Canadian university or college there are some academic requirements, students will have to meet which are as bellow:

Level of Studies

Academic requirement

Certificate / Diploma / Advanced Diploma

Minimum GPA 3.5 in HSC

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum GPA 4.0  in HSC

Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma

Minimum CGPA 3.0

Master’s Degree

Minimum CGPA 3.0

 

English fluency requirements:

English fluency is a pre-requisite in most of the Universities or College in Canada. We advise every student wishing to study in Canada should sit for IELTS or TOEFL (ibt). For under graduate courses IELTS requirement is 6.5 and for post graduate courses 6.5 or 7.0. Few Universities or colleges have foundation program, where they can admit students without English proficiency test.

 

Documents required for Admission in University:

In order to get admission to a Canadian University or College, an International Student should have the following documents.

  1. A ‘Statement of Purpose (SoP)’ on your proposed higher education in Canada. Explain the following matters in the SoP:
  • Why you have chosen Canada for your higher studies.
  • Which location in Canada would you like study and why you have chosen the location.
  • Which university or college would you like to attend for your higher studies in Canada and why you have chosen the institute.
  • Your interested field of study and why have chosen the field.
  • If you are not planning to sit for English test then explain why you are planning so and how are you going to overcome it.
  • How will you arrange the required fund and
  • What is your future plan and how is your higher study going to benefit you in future.
  1. Resume / CV
  2. Required academic transcript and certificates.
  3. Experience Certificate (if any)
  4. Passport sized photograph
  5. Two Reference letters (if asked)
  6. IELTS / TOEFL score card (English proficiency Certificate) (If any)
  7. A letter confirming the medium of instruction of previous educations. (if asked)
  8. Extracurricular activity certificates (Optional)

 

Documents required for Study Permit:

  1. Original valid passport or travel document. Your passport or travel document should:  
  • be valid for the duration of your studies. (The visa and study permit cannot be issued beyond the validity of your passport or travel document.)
  • contain a minimum of two blank pages (excluding observation page) 
  • be valid for at least six months 

Include copies of all cancelled or expired passports or travel documents, if applicable 

  1. Dully filled and signed application form for Study Permit
  2. Download the Document checklist from here, (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5850E.pdf) print it and attach the check list on top of the application
  3. Two Photograph as per specifications. The name and date of birth should be written on the back of each photo. (See photo specifications)
  4. A letter of acceptance from a Canadian designated educational institute
  5. Birth certificate
  6. Marriage certificate (if applicable).
  7. Proof of immigration status in the country in which you are currently residing (only applicable, if you do not reside in your country of citizenship)
  8. provide a copy of your permanent, temporary stay permit, work permit or study permit (include the issue and expiry date)
  9. Academic documents
  10. All educational transcript and certificates.
  11. Submit a one page study plan which answers the following questions and includes any other information relevant to the processing of your application:
  • Why do you wish to study in Canada in the program for which you have been accepted? 
  • What is your overall educational goal?
  • Why are you not pursuing a similar program in your country of residence or citizenship? 
  • How will this program enhance your employment opportunities in your country of residence or citizenship? 
  • What ties do you have to your country of residence or citizenship? 
  • You understand the responsibilities as a student.
  • If it has been more than two years since you have left full-time education, please provide explanation along with your C.V. 
  • In the case of a minor applicant, what are your reasons for wishing to study in Canada? What is your parents or guardians immigration status in their current country of residence? 
  1. Original police clearance certificates
  • You must obtain a police certificate for each country or territory where you have lived for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18 
  1. Proof of sufficient funds:
  • copy of bank book or statement showing financial history and the account balance over the past 12 months 
  • Proof you paid tuition and accommodation fees
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
  • a written explanation as to the source of funds

Documents pertaining to other types of assets such as stock market, investment accounts, bonds, real estate or property, income from rental properties, proof of pension, business transactions may be included, although these should not be used to replace the documents requested above. 

If there is no clear documentary evidence, you may provide a written explanation.

  1. Evidence of your parents’ income or employment  
  • Original letters of employment from the current employer of each parent including the employer’s name and address as well as the telephone and email; your parent’s date of hire, position, current salary, any bonuses and additional income, or 
  • Notice of Assessment or Income tax for the past two years in your parents’ names 

If either or both of your parents own a business or part of a business, submit:  

  • A notarized copy of the business registration, license indicating their shares in the business 
  • Business tax assessment for the past two years 
  • Audited financial statements and capital verification reports for the most recent fiscal year. 

If you are being supported by a person, other than your parents, the same information is required for them.

  • Provide a written explanation as to why an individual other than your parent is providing the financial assistantship. In addition, submit proof of your relationship (where applicable). 
  1. If you are employed, submit:
  • Original letters of employment including the employer’s name and address as well as the telephone and email, your date of hire, position, current salary, any bonuses and additional income, and 
  • Notice of Assessment or Income tax for the past two years 

 

  1. If you are receiving any funding from a school in Canada or other organization, submit:  
  • Original letter containing details of the funding you are to receive during each year of your proposed course of study 
  1. IELTS ishighly recommended as proof of language proficiency and meeting the language requirements of the school.
  • Submit the Academic test results, taken within the last year.

If you do not IELTS or TFLE (ibt) then submit an explanation letter explaining how you are going to overcome the lacking of English proficiency.

  1. Family Information Form[IMM 5707], fully completed, dated and signed. You must answer every question. If not applicable, write N/A. 
  2. Two set of photo copy of all the documents (notarized and attested)

Notes:

  • Include a certified translation with any document that is not in English or French. 
  • IRCC may refuse your application if you fail to submit all required documentation. 
  • False statements or submission of fraudulent documents will result in immediate refusal. 
  • An interview may be required. You will be informed accordingly. 

 

Fees:

Particulars

Fees in CAD

Fees in BDT

Application Fees per person

150

 

Biometric per person

85

 

 

Required Funds:

In addition to tuition fees, an International student must have minimum CAD 10,000 to cover the living expenses in Canada for the first year. Students wishing to bring their family member to accompany them in Canada must have extra CAD 4,000 for first family member and CAD 3000 for every additional family member. Students must also demonstrate that they have clear source of funds to cover all the expenses for the remaining duration of study in Canada. This information is for the students enrolled outside Quebec. The cost will rise for the students enrolled inside Quebec.

 

Photo Specifications:

  • The frame size must be at least 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8″ x 1 3/4″).
  • The photographs must show the full front view of the head, with the face in the middle of the photograph, and include the top of the shoulders.
  • The photographs must be identical and not more than six months old..
  • The photographs must be clear and background must be plain white or light-colored.
  • It must not be altered in any way.
  • Your expression should be neutral.
  • Sunglasses are not acceptable. But you may wear non-tinted prescription glasses.
  • Hairpiece, or head covering is acceptable unless it does not disguise your regular appearance.

 

Step-By-Step Guide to Study in Canada:

Preparations and Planning:

  1. Write a ‘Statement of Purpose’ on your proposed higher education on Canada. Explain the following matters in the SoP:
  • Why you have chosen Canada for your higher studies.
  • Which location in Canada would you like study and why you have chosen the location.
  • Which university or college would you like to attend for your higher studies in Canada and why you have chosen the institute.
  • Your interested field of study and why have chosen the field.
  • If you are not planning to sit for English test then explain why you are planning so and how are you going to overcome it.
  • How will you arrange the required fund and
  • What is your future plan and how is your higher study going to benefit you in future.
  1. Check out the document checklist; if there is any document you don’t have then get it from the competent authority.
  2. If you don’t have sufficient fund then look for scholarship or convince your parents or relatives but make sure you have good explanation for why they agree to sponsor you.
  3. Research on Canadian education system as much as possible and find the right university and course.
  4. Apply to the university following their rules
  5. As soon as you get the ‘Letter of Acceptance from the designated learning institute arrange all the required documents. (Please follow the up to date document checklist from here- https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5483e.pdf or (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5850E.pdf)
  6. Download and read the Instruction Guide (IMM5269) properly. You can download the guide here - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5850E.pdf
  7. Download and fill the Application form for Study permit accurately. You can download the application form here - https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm1294e.pdf
  8. Download and fill the family information form accurately. You can download the form here - https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5707e.pdf
  9. If you are under 17 years of age and wish to attend any school in Canada then your parents have to download the Custodianship Declaration and fill it accurately. You can download the form here -https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/pub/custodian-parent.pdf
  10. You can download Photograph Specification from here - https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/photospecs-e.pdf
  11. If you use any representative then you must download Use of a Representative Form [IMM5476] and fill it accurately. You can download the form here - https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5476e.pdf
  12. Once you have collected required document as per the checklist and filled all the necessary forms, you may go to the Canadian Visa Application Centre with correct amount of fees. For latest information on fees please here - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/result.asp?countrySelect=BD&lob=sp

 

 

Address of the Canadian Visa Application Centre is:

VFS Canada Application Centre-Dhaka
4th Floor, Delta Life Tower, Plot 37, Road 90, 
North Gulshan Avenue , Gulshan-2,

Dhaka – 1212, Bangladesh.

 

Our representations:

Universities we represent exclusively:

  1. University of Manitoba: World ranking 231 and 10 in Canada
  2. University of Regina: World ranking 842 and 26 in Canada

We also represent the following universities in Canada.

  1. University of Toronto: world ranking 17 and 1 in Canada
  2. McGill University : world ranking 37 and 2 in Canada
    University of British Columbia: world ranking 38 and 3 in Canada
  3. University of Alberta: world ranking 96 and 4 in Canada
  4. University of Montreal: world ranking 110 and 5 in Canada
  5. Center for World University Rankings

 

Our Services:

As soon as you reach us we will listen to you as long as we understand your requirement. No matter what is your situation or requirement, our consultant will try the best to find suitable options for you. Once you choose your option we will assist you in every step of entire process which would include:

 

  • Assist you find your right course, right university within your intended location in Canada.
  • Assist you to get admission to your university
  • Advice on all required documents in support of application from sponsor/family member in Canada.
  • Drafts of covering letter / Letter of Explanations and sponsorship declarations in support of application.
  • Organizing all the necessary documents in support of the study permit application.
  • Completing all application forms.
  • Scheduling appointments for submission
  • Submit your application for study permit trough immigration lawyer authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (If required)
  • Assistance with any travel bookings (If required)
  • Assist to arrange accommodation in Canada (If required)

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