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Eligibility requirements for Bachelor and Diploma Programmes

Although each university and department will have their specific eligibility requirement to their respective programmes and courses, given below is the minimum eligibility required to study in Canadian Universities:

For undergraduate/ Bachelor courses:

  • TOEFL: 213 or
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Percentage: 70% or above in Class XII

For Diploma courses:

  • TOEFL: 213 or
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Percentage: Flexible admission

How to apply for Masters in Canada? 

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Select your specialization course

Depending on your field of study and interests, select a course that is best suited for your qualifications.

Step 2: Select the best university for your course

Check online or consult our immigration expert to choose the best university to pursue your course.

Canadian Universities consider up to 5 backlogs in your UG course provided you have an average percentile of 70%. 

Step 3: Start your application process

Get the university application form online and fill it with accurate details. 

Pay the application fee and check the particulars that need to be submitted.

Step 4:  Give your IELTS or TOEFL test 

It is mandatory to have decent proficiency in English to be eligible for University admissions in Canada.

Hence, you need to give an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the CLB (Canada Language Benchmark) requirements.

Step 5: Finalize your documents and other prerequisites

Ask your immigration case officer to give you a checklist of all the original documents you need to provide copies of.

Write a compelling Statement of Purpose (SOP) to the Dean of Admissions of the university you have chosen. 

Complete the biometrics and criminal clearance processes.

Step 6: File the application within the deadline

Submit your completed and attested application before the deadline.

Not meeting the deadline could result in the rejection of your application. 

Step 7: Wait for the acceptance letter and apply for the visa

You need to receive an Offer Letter from the university to apply for the SDS Visa application. 

What you need for Canada Immigration?

Age under 40 years

Bachelor´s degree in any stream

A work experience of min 2 yrs

Ability to speak, read and write English

A score of 67 points in the Canada’s Points based immigration selection system

No criminal history

Good health

Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that a minimum academic record of 65% and above for humanities stream in class XII, and 70 - 80% and above for Science/Commerce stream in class XII will also be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%. The student should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree program.

It is important to note that these numbers are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university.

Canadian Universities consider up to 5 backlogs in your UG course provided you have an average percentile of 70%. 

UG Diploma and Certificate Courses in Canada

Canada welcomes a multitude of international students for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Apart from full-time courses, Canadian universities also offer Diploma courses (1-3 years), PG Diploma courses (1-2 years), Certificate and Vocational training courses (1 year). Below are the range of undergraduate courses that Canada has to offer:

List of Courses after 12th Management Programmes in Canada

Canadian B-schools are one of the most-sought-after B-schools by international students who seek to undertake management courses. There are various undergraduate courses in Canada for Indian students. For undergraduate aspirants, BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) is the optimal choice if they are looking for a managerial profession in future or have entrepreneurial ideas. 

The full-time courses available under this programme are:

  • BBA (Supply Chain Management)
  • BBA (HR Management)
  • BBA (Accounting)
  • BBA (Finance)
  • BBA (Retail Management)
  • BBA (Marketing)

For those seeking a UG Diploma in management programs, the following are the options present:

  • Diploma in Business Administration (HR)
  • Diploma in Business Administration (Finance)
  • Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Diploma in Office Administration

List of Courses after 12th Commerce in Canada

  • BCom (Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Taxation, Advertising)
  • BCA Or Bachelor Of Computer Applications
  • BCM
  • Degree in Cost Accounting
  • Diploma in HR Management, Business Administration, Hotel Manage
  • CA
  • CS
  • Animation And Multimedia Courses
  • Journalism
  • Fashion Designing
  • Hotel Management

List of courses after 12th Science in Canada

  • B. E/ B. Tech
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)
  • B. Sc. (Science)
  • BCA (IT and Software)
  • B. Sc. (IT and Software)
  • MBBS
  • B. Pharma
  • Post Basic B. Sc. Nursing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Material Science Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mining Engineering

For Diploma courses in the Technical field, you have the following options:

  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Architectural Technology
  • Automotive Power Technician

List of Aviation courses after 12th in Canada

  • BE / B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering
  • B. Sc. In Aviation
  • BSc in AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • BSc in Aeronautics
  • B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering
  • BE in Aerospace Engineering
  • B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering with specialization in Avionics

List of Nursing Courses after 12th in Canada

  • General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)
  • Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM)
  • BSc in Nursing
  • Post Basic BSc in Nursing

List of Hotel Management Courses after 12th in Canada

  • BHM (Bachelor of Hotel Management)
  • B.SC in Hotel Management
  • B.Sc in Culinary Arts
  • BBA in Hotel Management
  • BSc. In Hospitality and Hotel Administration
  • B.Sc in Hotel and Catering Management
  • BHMCT (Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology)
  • BSC Hotel Management, Catering and tourism
  • B. Sc. (Hons) in International Hospitality Management
  • B.Sc. Resort & Event Management

List of Design Programmes after 12th in Canada

Depending on the university to university, there two programmes are available under Design majors:

  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Design

The best university to pursue your course.


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Course-wise Tuition Fees per year in Canada

University Name

Course Name

Annual Tuition Fees

University Canada West, Vancouver


EUR 11,319

Humber College, Toronto

MS in Wireless Telecommunications   

EUR 11,133 

University of Toronto, Toronto

MS in Cities Engineering and Management

EUR 41,258

McGill University, Quebec in Biological and Biomedical Engineering

EUR 11,680 

University of Toronto, Toronto

Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences

EUR 49,139

University of Alberta, Edmonton

MSc in Physiology 

EUR 6,772

McGill University, Quebec

MSc in Medical Radiation Physics 

EUR 11,680

University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg

M.A in PR, Marketing & Strategic Communication Management

EUR 11,832

Humber College, Toronto

M.A in Professional Writing and Communications

EUR 10,014

Annual Intakes in Canada

Fall:  Best Intake for SDS aspirants. January 15th to March 31st

Winter: October 30th to December 31st 

Summer:  August 1st to 30th September

Documents required to study in Canada after 12th

For any university admission, you require certain documents for the application process.

The following documents also need to be submitted -

  • Attested copies of mark sheets of Standard X, XII, and the Bachelor's degree (if applicable)
  • At least, two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
  • If you have work experience then two letters of recommendation from the employer/manager who knows you well and can comment on your professional abilities
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume
  • Photocopied score reports of GMAT / IELTS / TOEFL
  • Gap letter/experience letter if there is any gap in academics
  • Loan/financial documents as asked by the university
  • Visa documents
  • Portfolio (in case of Students applying for art and design courses & architecture programs)
  • Others (certificates/achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities)
  • Proof of funds
  • Medical Tests

Cost of living in Canada

The average cost of living for a student in Canada is around CAD 800.

Here's a breakdown of the everyday costs to help you get a better understanding of the factors to consider when making a budget plan: 

Cost Parameters

Cost (in CAD)


$ 839.64 

Public Transportation

$ 139.73


Free public healthcare


$ 114.95

Apparel and Accessories

Varies between $ 64.22- $ 126.69


$ 17 (Meal for 1)

Luxury and Leisure

Besides the other leisure activities that are on the expensive side, you can buy a movie ticket here for only $ 10.76.

Total (Maximum)

$ 1175.14

Does the Canadian Government provide scholarships for Indian Students?

Yes, they do. 

Here’s a list of scholarships you can apply for that will cover your tuition fees and accommodation fees for at least 2 semesters:

Canada Asia-Pacific Awards (CAPA)

The award will assist with direct costs related to the research project, and, when a research trip to Canada is warranted, will provide assistance towards international airfare and a weekly flat rate allowance for a maximum of five weeks. The value of the award is between CAD 5,000 and CAD 10,000.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

The value of this fellowship is CAD 500-1,000 (expenses that are not provided by the applicant’s home institution, and related to subscription of online meeting software, internet connection, telephone bills, affiliation fee or registration fee to access library or lab facility will be considered, if any)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships granted by Government of Canada

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning.  The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).

Yearly Number of Student Immigrants

Canada’s international student population has tripled over the past decade to 642,000 in 2019, of which 404,000 international study permits took effect in 2019.

Ontario is by far the largest beneficiary of foreign students in Canada. In 2019, it hosted some 48 per cent of Canada’s international student population—nearly 307,000 people.

British Columbia is a distant second, with 23 percent of Canada’s international students—about 145,000 people.

What are the visa types in Canada?
  • Temporary Visas
  • Student Visas
  • Super Visas for Parents and Grandparents
  • Visitor Visa
  • Work Permits
  • Business Class Immigration
  • Federal Skilled Worker Visa
  • Canadian Experience Class Visa
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Provincial Nomination Programs
  • Quebec -Selected Skilled Workers Program
  • Family-Sponsorship Program
  • Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
What are the requirements for a Student Visa in Canada?

You should apply for the Canada student visa after you get the college acceptance letter. You should begin with the visa process around June if aiming at the September intake. Following are the documents needed to apply.

  1. Proof of acceptance: If you plan to attend any school (primary or secondary), college, university or other educational institution in Canada, the school must complete and send you a letter of acceptance. You must include the original letter with your study permit application.
  2. Proof of financial support: You must prove that you can support yourself and the family members who accompany you while you are in Canada.

Note: Additional documentation may be required.

During the personal interview, additional documents may be requested by the interviewer. These may be documents to prove evidence of academic or financial status. These may include:

  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • Scores from tests, such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT
  • Your intent to depart from Canada upon completion of the course of study
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs
How to Get a Canada Student Visa

There are several steps to apply for a visa.

Check the processing times: The visa application cycle might take anywhere from 3-4 weeks. It is advisable to go through the Canadian consulate website to know the approximate time taken to process the student visa. Please note that the time shown is not a guarantee and is just an estimate.

Determine how you will apply. There are two ways to apply:

1. Apply online
To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit card for payment. From 31st-December-2018 students from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will be required to provide a finger scan at the regional Visa Application Centre (VAC).

2. Apply in person
Download the application kit and read the instruction guide. The instruction guide contains important information about study permits and instructions to help you complete your application. Read the guide carefully and use the document checklist.

Pay the processing fee: Refer to the fee schedule for the cost to apply for a study permit and how to pay. The processing fee is non-refundable in all cases. For biometrics, there will be more than 130 VACs in over 90 countries and all VACs will be equipped to collect biometric information (fingerprints and photograph). Indian students need to contact the local VFS office to apply for the visa.

If your spouse/common-law partner and/or children are accompanying you and you are applying for temporary resident visas, work permits or study permits for them, then you will need to pay the appropriate processing fees for them.

Submit your application and supporting documents - Since you need to give your biometrics, you can’t mail in your application. You’ll either have to apply online or submit your application in person at a VFS office. In either case, you will need to go to a VAC to give your biometrics.

Medical Exam

The visa application process to Canada requires a compulsory medical test for Indian applicants. Your own doctor cannot perform the medical exam. You must see a doctor on the list of panel physicians, which is provided on the official Canada immigration website Once your exam has been completed, the physician will send the results to CIC. You can choose to get the test done either before or after submitting the visa application.

Work permit

The eligibility criteria to get a Post Study Work Permit are as follows:

  • You should have pursued a full-time course in Canada.
  • The length of your course should have been more than 8 months.
  • You must have graduated from either a public post-secondary institution or a private post-secondary institution or
  • You should apply for a work permit within three months (90 days) after receiving an official letter saying that you have successfully completed your education from the Institute.
  • You will be given the work permit only if you have a student visa.
  • You cannot get a work permit longer than your course duration. If your course duration is eight months, then you will receive a work permit for eight months.
Visa for spouse

Spouses can accompany full-time students on a Dependent visa. You only need to show that adequate funds are available for their support. Spouses can also work full time if his/her stay is for a year or more.

Pre-departure list

  • Book airline tickets
  • Buy travel and health insurance
  • Arrange accommodation in Canada
  • Arrange transportation to/from the airport to home in Canada
  • Arrange your banking – consider buying traveler’s cheques
  • Check baggage and customs limitations
  • Clear all paperwork with your home educational institution

Get your documents in order and make photocopies to store in your baggage and keep at home, including:

  1. Passport
  2. Airline tickets
  3. Travel insurance certificate
  4. Letter of Acceptance by the educational institution;
  5. Key addresses and phone numbers
  6. A bank statement showing proof of funds
  7. Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
  8. Traveler’s cheques – if applicable
  9. Medical and immunization records
  10. Academic history and university transcripts

Post-study Job Opportunity (Placements)

You can obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in Canada. 

This post-study work permit is given based on two factors: the course you have studied and the duration of your course.

PGWP allows international students to stay in Canada for up to 3 years with or without a job offer. 

After completing graduation from a DLI, you will have 180 days to apply for PGWP.

To be eligible for PGWP, you must:

Complete a full-time course in Canada

Complete a course duration of a minimum of 8 months

Apply within 180 days of finishing the course

If you get a job with a PGWP, you will be eligible for applying for Permanent Residence in Canada. 

Canada Permanent Resident Visa benefits?

Live, work & settle forever in Canada, without any restriction

Earn the double of what you are earning now & work for any company you wish to

If married, spouse & kids also can fly with you without any additional family visa

Children get free education & spouse gets right to work for any company in Canada

No need to pay for your or family’s medical treatments- Canadian government sponsors it for the entire family

Just after 3 yrs stay, you get to become a Canadian citizen

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