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Canada or Australia, Which One Should You Choose For Study Abroad?

August 2018

Courses whether Business Management, Media, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Science and Hospitality? In Australia or Canada? Both are large countries with beautiful landscape, with possibly the kindest, most welcoming people of anywhere in the world. So how do you choose between the two? When trying to decide what country to study in, of course you must do your research! Compare schools, compare cost of living, all those important things. But when deciding between two countries as similar as Australia and Canada, spend some time looking at the elements, like those above, that will give you a fun and unforgettable experience abroad. Choosing from the two most liveable countries of the world can be a challenge. Depending on the course you wish to study and the universities, these should be the major elements while choosing your study abroad country to live in.

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For undergraduate courses, you need to have completed 12 years of schooling. To get admission, you need to appear for the SAT exam. The duration for degree courses is four years, and that of a diploma is two to three years. In postgraduate courses, getting admission in vocational courses is easier as the admission criteria are a lot more relaxed. To get admission for management degrees you will have to appear for GMAT, and for engineering degrees you need to give the GRE exam. The concept of cutoffs doesn't apply to Canadian colleges. Colleges provide average scores accepted to different courses on their websites. That will give some idea about what's considered a good score. You will also need to appear for language exams like TOEFL or IELTS, irrespective of the degree. There are some colleges that may not require language test for Indian students, but it is advisable you still give either TOEFL or IELTS as they are important for the purpose of getting a visa. If the visa interviewer is not sure of your spoken skills, they may not grant you the visa.


For UG courses in Australia, almost all universities require 12 years of pre-university education, which makes it easier for Indian students to get admission directly to the course/degree of their choice. In PG courses, you can get admissions after finishing a three-year UG degree. In the case of engineering, you will need a four-year UG degree in engineering. To get admission in management courses you will have to appear for GMAT and for science courses you may need to give the GRE. You might not be required to have work experience in case of management courses at some colleges. In the case of no work experience, you need to enrol in a graduate certificate or graduate diploma program. IELTS and TOEFL may be waivered by the university but are important for the purpose of getting a visa.


Safe and secure country: Going miles away from one's family, friends, natives, city, state, and the country is a big decision and safety is the foremost factor that one considers. Canada is a multicultural country where people from various cultures, nationalities stay together. The country is politically stable. However, such is not the case with Australia as there are instances where racism prevails in Australia. So, the study in Canada is much safer. Being a multicultural society, Canadians are tolerant of each other and they encourage learning and living together and is a Tolerant society. The diversity on campus in Canadian institutes leads to a welcoming atmosphere for international students.

Living Expenses

For applying for an Australian student visa, students have to prove that they at least A$20,000 per annum to cover living costs. The visa category is same for all international students aspiring to study in Australia. Canadian living per month for a student has been estimated to be up to around $15,000 per annum. The living costs also depend upon the city and lifestyle. Typically bigger cities are more expensive than the smaller cities. There are a number of things to know before aspirants decide Canada as a study destination.

City Preferences

In countries like Canada and Australia the choice is not nearly as widespread as in the USA but cities like Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, or Vancouver are among the most liveable cities in the world according to Economist Intelligence Unit rankings. They are also important economic centres where much of the highly paid work is to be found. In a country like the USA, you have an overwhelming amount of choice from Seattle to Miami, from Boston to San Diego and everywhere in between. Remember however, that you are likely looking for a safe, stable environment where you can focus on studying and achieving your post graduate goals, be it employment or further education. or both.

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Name - Aavish Krishali
Country - Canada
University - Durham College

"I would like to thank my counselor for helping me to choose Sheridan College and helping me for my visa process. I rate Edwise 10/10, not just because you'll helped me reach Canada but also because the effort was worth it and I feel happy and satisfied. I secured a job as well on campus. Any queries about the college or studying in Canada, contact Edwise. I once again thank you very much!!"

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Country - Canada
University - Sheridan College

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Name - Pooja Kale
Country - Australia
University - University of Sydney

"Thank you very much for the support provided by you during the process of admission of my daughter Anjali Mohanty into Swinburne University, Australia. In fact the quality of services provided by you was excellent and whenever I wanted any support, you were more than willing to go that extra yard and support. In fact waiver of the IELTS test is a case in point apart from everything else. Once again many thanks. May god bless you and may you help many more students like this in future."

Name - Mrs. Mohanty
Country - Australia
University - Swinburne University

"Edwise has done a wonderful job and I thank each person at Edwise who has helped me get here in time. I am absolutely overwhelmed and appreciate the support provided by you people. It was a wonderful experience interacting with everyone at Edwise. I shall definitely recommend anyone who wants to study abroad to come to Edwise. I got the right suggestion at the right time from everyone including my Academic Counsellor to my Visa Counsellor & due to their support & hard work I am here at my dream destination."

Name - Sanjiv Vishwanath
Country - Australia
University - Griffith University

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We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 725 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

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Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

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