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How To Study And Live In Canada

Introduction

Canada is a country located in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Canada’s southern border with the United States is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada’s climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons

How To Study In Canada

In order to study in Canada, you will need to meet necessary requirements along with the time-line. Canada is one of the best places in the world to live which suits your lifestyle and budget. The cost of living and tuition fees for international students in Canada is lower than other countries liked the United States of America. A degree from Canada is valued all around the world.  As a student, you will experience an exciting campus lifestyle along with world class technology and modern amenities. Also higher studies in Canada provide the easiest way to get the Permanent Residency.

Steps for Study in Canada

Step1: Research Your Options

This is a crucial move in your career journey of study in Canada. To be realistic and flexible you should focus on your higher education goal. Decide what you want to study, where you want to live, overall cost, various opportunities and kind of educational, social, and cultural experience you want.

Step2: Select Universities

There are numerous universities and various courses available to study in Canada. Select a number of universities (about 10 universities should do) & study programs that meet your requirement and wish to apply to.

Step:3 Prepare for Entrance

Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/IELTS etc. based on the requirements of the universities & collages. Register for these tests in advance. While applying for the tests you should also plan for before time in case you need to retake the test. The tests should be done with before September.

Step:4 Finance you study

Ensure that you have the money ready for your entire stay for study in Canada along with accommodation, local travel, food, clothes, and other miscellaneous expenses. Prepare on how you will finance your studies – personal saving, education loans, student scholarships or assistantship.

Step:5 Apply to university

Contact each university directly for the admission requirements. each Canadian university has its own admission requirements. arranged all necessary documents for university application. Prepare the applications well before deadlines and send them.

Step:6 Confirm admission

Once you get your acceptance letters or i20 from the universities that you have applied to, make a decision on which university you would like to study at. Inform the universities that have sent you acceptance letters of your decision. Pay a non-refundable deposit to the university that you have decided on, to confirm your admission.

Step:7 Check Accommodation option

Check out accommodation options. Speak to your friends, relatives and acquaintances that live in the city you will be going to. Apply for and confirm your accommodation. It would be a good idea to contact the Indian Student Body at the university that you will be going to. They would also be able to help you out with accommodation options.

Step:8 Get Student Visa

Once you get admission confirmation done, you can apply for your student visa. Get all your papers in order, before you go to the consulate. It would be a good idea to talk to students who have already got a visa, for their experiences and valuable tips.

Step:9 Prepare for departure

You are almost done for your study in Canada preparation. Decide and prepare for all your important things to carry like: documents, airline tickets, insurance, accommodation, university fees, finances, expenses, bag pack & other miscellaneous.

Step:10 Ongoing support

One of the most important pieces is to talk to the university and international student advisers at your university of choice throughout this process. Give them details of your travel schedule, so that they can send somebody to receive you at the airport, It will make your transition as smooth as possible.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION

  • Completed application form;
  • The original letter of acceptance from the university;
  • A valid passport/travel document, which also allows you to return to your home country. If you live in the U.S.A., this is not necessary;
  • Two recent passport-size photographs, with specifications of name and date of birth on the back;
  • Proof of financial support during your studies that represent: tuition fee + 833 CAD/month (for all provinces, except Quebec) or tuition fee + 917 CAD/month (Quebec);
  • A letter of explanation;
  • If you intend to study in Quebec, you will also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations for your document, a statement from the translator and a certified copy of the original documents;
  • Proof that you paid the study permit fee (150 CAD).

Language requirements

Unless you come from an English-speaking country, Canadian universities will require you to submit proof of English language proficiency. Accepted language tests are:

  • IELTS
  • Cambridge English: Advanced
  • TOEFL

Proof of your language skills is not included on the list of required documents for a Canadian student visa. But it is a good idea to have some proof of English ability, just in case.

Biometrics appointment and interview

Depending on the requirements for your country, you might have to show up at a Visa Application Centre in your country to have your biometrics taken. The biometric fee is 85 CAD. This fee is in addition to the regular visa fee. Some countries are exempt from the biometrics visit, so it’s likely they won’t need to visit an application centre at all.

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