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Advantage Canada

High quality of life

  • One of the most prosperous countries with one of the highest per capita income
  • Stable and strong economy
  • Progress political environment
  • Low crime rates
  • Excellent health-care system and social security network.
  • High life expectancy
  • Low living costs
  • One of the lowest inflation rates in the industrialized world
  • Multicultural society making it easy to integrate
  • Extensive Public transportation
  • Lenient visa requirements

Active Immigration policy

  • Canadian Immigration is one of the simplest immigration systems in comparison with other countries.
  • Two thirds of the 5.4% p.a. increase in population is due to immigration.
  • Canada has a policy for skilled professionals as well as Business Immigrants.
  • Canada allows a person to live and work anywhere in Canada, and confers upon that person a Permanent Resident status.
  • A person who is a Canadian Permanent Resident may apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years.

Excellent educational system

  • Canada has a large selection of universities and colleges located in every region of the country.
  • Canadian universities are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study as they are mainly publicly funded.
  • Wide variety of internationally-respected programs from undergraduate to doctorates.
  • Canada is a multicultural nation and students feel at home in the diverse campuses.
  • Canada also offers graduates the opportunity to work in Canada for a calculated period of time in a field related to your course of study, and often this leads to Permanent Residency.
  • Students can work up to 20 hours per week, on campus for first 6 months and off campus part time after that.
  • On completion of 1 year program students can work up to 1 year and for 2 years program they can work for 2-3 years. This way they can recover their expenses incurred for study.

Amazing natural beauty

  • Longest coastline along Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans with beautiful beaches and waterfronts where you can enjoy various water sports like boating, rafting, canoeing etc.
  • A wide variety of landscapes ranging from the famous Rocky Mountains, the vast expanse of the Prairies, the Great Lakes and rivers with many National and Provincial Parks to protect the environment.
  • Enchanting winterscape with a whole array of winter sports like skiing, snowboard, ice skating, snowmobile and much more.
  • The stunning colors of autumn foliage with magnificent display of blazing reds, pinks, yellows and rust enthrall the visitors who come from all over the world in this season.
  • Canada has sophisticated, safe and clean cities that are multicultural and offer a wide range of cultural activities, including museums, galleries, live theatre, dance and music performances and concerts.

Advantage India

India’s place in global economy and increasing awareness of international educational opportunities

India is one of the fastest emerging economies in the world and it is the largest democratic country with a total population of 1.2 billion citizens. With its rapidly growing economy the emerging Indian middle class is being seen as an indispensible force in today’s globalized world.
India is the tenth largest economy in the world and the third largest purchasing power parity (PPP). India has one of the highest percentages of young population and now Indians are aware that studying abroad equips them to attain success in the global market.

Place of education in Indian society

As India is becoming a major partner in global economy, especially in Asia, Indians now place great importance on higher education. The number of Indian students going abroad for higher studies has been growing rapidly. The number of students has increased by 256% in the last decade. In the year 2010-11 more than 200000 Indian were studying abroad in various graduation/post graduation courses, PhD programs and trade courses.

International awareness of prospective students from India

Most of the developed countries’ governments are allocating large amounts in their educational budgets to attract foreign students in their respective countries. Asians account for 52% of all students studying abroad worldwide. The largest number of international students is from India, China and Korea. 77% of students go to do higher education in OECD countries.
It is a common practice for foreign universities to participate in open house academic seminars to create awareness and attract Indian students and offer instant admissions and scholarships in major Indian metro cities.

Social and cultural significance of education in India

India has a large network of secondary educational institutes which are at par with international standards. Many of them are English medium institutes. Social and cultural traditions in India places great emphasis on education. Parents give the highest priority to the education of their children and they provide full support to achieve their children’s educational dreams. Due to the growing global awareness, students in India are eager to pursue their educational dreams and acquire international degrees. Today’s generation is aware of international ideologies and concept of global citizenship and responsibilities. They find it easy to adapt to the culture of a developed country.

Canada as a desired destination for Indians

Indian students can have two fold objectives to study in Canada which has one of the lowest academic expenses in developed countries. Firstly, to study in a recognized University or college in Canada and have the opportunity to gain practical experience as required by law and acquire permanent residency to contribute to the growth of Canadian economy. Secondly, to come back to India with a globally accepted degree and international experience and have a cutting edge advantage in the competitive job market.
With one of the lowest tuition fees, reasonable cost of living and high standard of education which is recognized all around the world Canada is one of the best destination for education for Indian students.


1. Homestay

Living in A Homestay
The Homestay program allows international students a chance to live with a Canadian family. This offers several benefits. They stay with a family where they get the opportunity to witness and experience Canadian culture first hand. They can practice English and witness the daily life.
Meals and a private, furnished room are provided in the home.

2. On Campus Housing (Residence)

On Campus Housing (Residence)
Many schools offer on-campus housing ranging from shared condominiums to dormitory-style housing. The cost for these may or may not include a meal plan and or other utilities such as phone and Internet connection.
This is usually limited in number and you have to apply early to avail it
Staying in university accommodation is often the best option for new students – especially international ones as this is the best way to meet other students and experience campus life. Lecture halls, other students and support services will all be within the campus. With 24 hours security University residence is also a particularly safe choice for newcomers.

3. Off Campus housing

Off Campus Housing
There are landlords who wish to host students in their rental accommodations. This is ideal for students who wish to live independently. Usually they live with other students and share the costs. A list of approved landlords or rentals might be available from the university office.
If you choose to live off-campus, prices may be lower but will include the additional cost of furnishings, hydro, electricity and/or other miscellaneous expenses.

Canadian Scholarships for Indian Students

There are scholarships, Grants, and Bursaries that are available to international students as well as ones that are specifically for Indian students.
Scholarships are usually based on academic excellence, financial need and specific areas of study. Those based on merit are automatically awarded.
Some scholarships are available at time of admission and others are based on ongoing academic excellence. Although you have to show that you have sufficient funds to cover your costs at the time of admission there are some scholarships which take into consideration any change in circumstances after arrival and supplement the costs.
For updated information please check with the university to which you are applying.

Types of Scholarships

  • President’s Entrance Scholarship
  • Interest subsidy
  • Loan programs
  • External Awards
  • PhD and Post-Doctoral Awards
Some universities which have scholarships for Indian students are listed below

Simon Fraser University

PhD and post-doctoral levels scholarships:

Canada has established some scholarships to encourage the best students to study and do research in Canada. This is to attract talent from all over the world so that they can make valuable contribution to the nation and the world.

For comprehensive list of scholarships please see the Canadian official website

Health Insurance for International Students in Canada

All international students in Canada are required to have health insurance. Health insurance must be arranged before arrival. The Government of Canada does not pay for the medical costs of foreign students. Students can enroll in a compulsory university or college health plan, pre-register in a provincial insurance coverage plan, or through the purchase of health coverage from a private health insurance company.
In provinces where international students are not covered under provincial health care plans, students must arrange for private health insurance coverage.
Contact the Institute to which you are applying to receive more information about medical coverage and health insurance.
In Canada provincial medical insurance coverage available to international students varies among the provinces.
The public health care system will generally cover doctor’s visits, some hospital stays and medical procedures. Prescription eye glasses, dental treatment and non-prescription drugs are not covered and can be paid for through the purchase of private insurance coverage.

Provincial Insurance Coverage Plan

Health Care is available to international students payable on a monthly basis, but International students will need to purchase separate coverage to offset the costs of dental visits, medication and ambulance services.
British Columbia
International students studying for more than six months in British Columbia are required to enroll in the Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP coverage starts after a three-month waiting period. The waiting period includes the rest of the month in which you arrive in BC, plus two full calendar months. International students with more than 12 months residency in British Columbia can apply for premium assistance.
International students studying in Manitoba are eligible after six months stay.
In Ontario, international students attending an Ontario university or affiliated college are required to participate in the Ontario's mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Coverage includes basic medical services.
International students in Saskatchewan are eligible for medical insurance through the province. Coverage starts the day you arrive in Saskatchewan if you have directly from your country of origin and have not been in another Canadian province longer than three months. You must provide proof of full-time enrollment at an accredited educational institute; a valid Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and have a Saskatchewan residence address to apply for a Saskatchewan health services card.
Optometrists, dentists, medication and ambulances are not covered.
Since June 11, 2007, the Provincial Government extended health care coverage under the province's Medical Care Plan (MCP) to international students undertaking full time post-secondary studies in Newfoundland and Labrador. To be eligible for this, the student must have an official study permit by Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued before coming to Canada and valid for at least 12 months. International students will be eligible for coverage while visiting (30 days or less) outside the province only during the period specified on their study permit. Coverage will become effective from date of enrollment.
Nova Scotia
In Nova Scotia, international students with a study permit will not receive coverage until the 13th month of their residence in the province. International students who have been in Nova Scotia for twelve consecutive months, and who have not left the province for more than 31 days during this period are eligible to apply for Medical Services Insurance (MSI), Nova Scotia's provincial medical insurance. Application may be made on the last day of the twelfth month, and the insurance may become valid on the first day of the thirteenth month.
New Brunswick
International students do not qualify for provincial health coverage (Medicare).
UNB policy states that all international students who have student or applicable visas must purchase international health insurance. . It is mandatory for International students to participate in the UNB offered International Student Health plan. This is because the above persons do not qualify for provincial health coverage (Medicare).
Prince Edward Island
A person who is a foreign student, tourist, transient or a visitor to PEI does not qualify as a resident of the province and so is not eligible for hospital and medical insurance benefits.
International students studying in Quebec are required to enroll in the health care plan of the university or college at which they are attending for themselves and their accompanying dependents. You are automatically registered for the group health insurance plan applicable to foreign students. The premium in determined according to the terms and conditions of the university.

Study and Working in Canada

Canada Study Permit & Work Permit

International students require a Study Permit to study in Canada for a course or program with duration of more than six months.


An acceptance letter from a qualified Canadian educational institution
Sufficient funds to pay for tuition, living costs and return airfare
Temporary Resident Visas for entry into Canada.
Have no record of criminal activity (a Police Certificate may be required)
Are not a risk to the security of Canada
Are in good health (a medical exam may be required)
you must satisfy the immigration officer who reviews your application that you will leave Canada after your temporary stay

Working in Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that you must have enough money to cover tuition and living expenses. But in certain situations you may be eligible to work temporarily in Canada while you study. This will help you earn while you study. You may also be able to gain Canadian work experience after you graduate.
Spouses and dependents of international students are eligible to work in Canada while their partners study.

Working on campus

With a valid study permit you can work for the institution or any other business located within the campus. To qualify for this you have to be enrolled as a full-time student at a public university, a community college, a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP), a publicly funded trade or technical school or a private institution authorized to confer degrees.

Working off campus

For this you need a valid study permit, work permit and be a full-time student at a recognized postsecondary educational institution. You can work up to 20 hours per week during academic session and full time during holidays. You can work in any occupation and can change employers.
Off-Campus Work Permit Program participating institutions: for more details Click Here

Co-op and internship programs

For some courses work experience is part of the curriculum. You will need a work permit as well as a valid study permit. To get work permit you have to prove that the work experience is necessary to complete your program. This can be done by providing a letter certified by a responsible academic official of the institution.
The work experience cannot be more than 50% of your total program of study.
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Working after graduation

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Post-graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) provides Canadian work experience to eligible foreign students graduating from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. These recent graduates can work for up to 3 years under the PGWPP.
This can also help you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada.
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# Staying in Canada Permanently

Permanent Residency and Immigration

After completing your study you may wish to stay on in Canada. There are a number of programs available.

Canadian Experience Class

Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, international graduates can now obtain a three year open work permit on which they can work for any Canadian employer in any industry. They are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application.
Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

PhD eligibility stream—Federal skilled workers

International PhD students who wish to become permanent residents of Canada can submit applications for processing as Federal Skilled Workers. They must have completed at least two years of study toward the attainment of a PhD and remain in good academic standing at a provincially recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada. Foreign nationals graduating from a Canadian PhD program within the preceding 12 months are also eligible.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you have the requisite skills and experience to meet Canada’s labor market needs, you may qualify for permanent resident status in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Federal skilled workers (FSW) are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.
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Quebec has its own criteria for selecting its own skilled workers. If you want to apply to Quebec, please use the following link.

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Provincial Nominee Program

If you have the education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates you and intend to settle in that province you can apply under the Provincial Nominee Program.
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Graduates wishing to stay on in Canada may also qualify for other immigration programs. For those wanting to seek other options, the Come to Canada tool is a good way to check their eligibility.