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4 Tips to remember while applying to universities in Canada

December 2021

Education abroad is unlocking new avenues for students and professionals to bolster their profiles and gain an international perspective in their respective fields. With technological advancements in almost every vertical across industries and organizations, there is a budding need for professionals to be well versed with current trends in the market and in their specific fields. This is where overseas education plays a pivotal role. As universities in India focus majorly on theory based education, students are presented with lesser mediums to gain hands-on experience while studying their courses. While in stark contrast, universities abroad have adopted a unique approach to education that lays equal emphasis on theory as well as practicum.

One such study destination is Canada. Canada lays great emphasis on education and has ensured that the knowledge imparted by its universities are top notch and of the highest quality. Universities in Canada adopt a unique applied based learning medium of education that amalgamates practical hands-on experience with classroom theory. Canada offers a Co-Op Program which is a program term during which students get to work within the industry as part of their course to gain international, professional experience and exposure.

Considering all these factors, if you are looking to study in Canada, here are few tips you have to remember while applying to study at universities in Canada:

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1. Be mindful of application timelines:

  • Applications to universities in Canada are generally online with documents being submitted and uploading on admission portals of the respective university or college.
  • Before making an application, it is imperative that you are aware of the deadlines that are set by the universities.
  • Applications made after the set deadline are rarely considered by universities. To the same effect, there are 3 main intakes for study in Canada.
  • These are the Fall (September), Spring (May) and Winter (January) intake. For each intake, there are certain deadlines that are set but these may change based on the seat availability.
  • For the Fall intake, which is the main and popular intake, the deadline is usually January.
  • For the Spring intake, the deadline is around December and for the Winter intake, it is usually August.
  • The Spring and Winter intakes are usually smaller intakes and fewer universities and colleges have these intakes available.

2. Understand application requirements

To study at universities in Canada, you are required to meet a certain set of admission requirements and criteria. These requirements usually include:

Academic documents: These documents are essential for every application. Academic documents that need to be submitted by Indian students include

  • Transcripts- 10th, 12th, semester 1-6/8 mark sheets, graduation certificate, provisional certificate etc.
  • Letters of Recommendation, Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose etc.
  • Proof of Language proficiency
  • Additional essays, references etc.

If there are more documents that need to be submitted, the university will inform you about them.

3. Prepare proof of Language Proficiency

To be eligible for study in Canada, students have to provide proof of their proficiency in English as all courses in Canada are taught in English. To the same effect there are certain band scores that the student needs to meet to be eligible for study in Canada. Below are the requirements for Canada:

  • For a Post-graduate Diploma, the requirements are: IELTS -6.5 Bands (no band less than 6.0)
  • For a Bachelor's degree, the requirements are: IELTS -6.5 Bands (no band less than 6.0)
  • For a Master's degree, the requirements are: IELTS - 7.0 Bands (no less than 6.5 in each band)

There are however, possible waivers for IELTS or other language requirements if the student is from an IB English or GCSE English academic background. In India, however, to be eligible for the Syudent Direct Stream for visa applications, IELTS is a mandatory requirement.

4. Some final tips and advice

The application process to study in Canada may seem like a daunting process but it can be very simple if all the guidelines and admissions criteria are met. Hence, students have to pay careful attention at every step of the application process to make it as seamless as possible.

After you have submitted your application, here are few things you can do:

  • Make sure to check your email regularly to see if you have received an offer
  • Do not provide additional documentation unless it is requested
  • Be calm and composed throughout the process.
  • Once you receive an unconditional offer, apply for your visa.

For further assistance or queries you can contacts us, Edwise International, and avail our wide range of services for students on destinations like Universities in UK, study in USA, study in Canada, study in Australia, study in New-Zealand, Study in Ireland, study in Singapore and many other countries.

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