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Canadian Education System:

The Academic year in Canada:

The academic year usually starts in Fall September, Winter in January or Summer in May. Each academic year normally comprises two semesters (4 months each). Many institutions have a trimester system which comprise three semesters in an academic year and therefore offer multiple intakes in January and May. A limited number of specialized programs are offered in the summer session that commences in May.

Types of education institutions in Canada are:

  • Universities: Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study.
  • Community Colleges: Community colleges have the primary function of responding to the educational needs of vocationally-oriented secondary school graduates, employment-seeking university graduates, as well as the lifelong learning requirements of the adult population. They offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market. (NOTE: FEW OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER SPP CATEGORY)
  • Career Colleges and Technical Institutes: These are privately owned institutions that offer short-term training programs. These institutions are provincially approved and regulated.

Types of qualifications:

  • Certificate: This is a post-secondary (U.G) qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually 1 year in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.
  • Diploma: This is a post-secondary qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually 1 to 2 years in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.
  • Bachelor degree: This undergraduate program is awarded on successful completion of 3 to 4 years of study. These programs are typically offered by universities and lead to post-graduate qualifications.
  • Bachelor degree (Honors): This undergraduate program comprises a higher degree of concentration in the honors subject, as well as a higher level of academic achievement. At most universities, an honors degree may require 4 years (occasionally 5 years) of study.
  • Master degree: This graduate program is awarded on successful completion of 2 years of study. These programs are offered by universities and comprise a combination of coursework and research.
  • Doctorate or Ph.D.: This graduate program is the highest qualification awarded on successful completion of four to seven years of study. The program comprises some coursework, but primarily assessed on original research and thesis submitted.

Admission Procedures

The 7 basic steps of application for Canada are:

  1. Identifying the right study program and the suitable institution.
  2. Taking the required tests (ie. IELTS, GRE, GMAT)
  3. Applying at the chosen institution {Application forms, Academic documents & Supporting (SOP / LOR) documents} and obtaining an unconditional offer from the institution.
  4. Applying for the GIC account with Scotia Bank once the offer is received. case of SPP category) and subsequently transferring the GIC amount.
  5. Transferring the Tuition Fee to the institute and await receipt.
  6. Undertake a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by CIC.
  7. Applying Study-Permit (student visa) with all the required paper work.

Admission Requirements

Programs – Specific Admission Requirements

Before applying, check to see if there are specific admission requirements in the program you want, such as:

  • Most degree, diploma and certificate programs require specific course and level prerequisites as part of the admission requirements. Grades in prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) will also be used as a basis for the selection of candidates for a program;
  • A questionnaire, essay, pre-test, portfolio, and/or group orientation session may be required for many degree, diploma and certificate programs.

General Admission Requirements

Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission:

Undergraduate requirements:

Undergraduate requirements depend on the type of institution one chooses, this is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain University or College to offer an academic degree, which varies in different ways :

For admission into undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. Below you can find undergraduate requirements for most Canadian Tertiary Institutions.

All applicants applying for the undergraduate programs must submit:

  • Fully completed application
  • Attested copy of official high school transcript (Class 10th & Class 12th);
  • Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions (if attended);
  • A detailed chronological résumé to demonstrate educational achievements, work experience, progression, community involvement, volunteer experience, and other related experience;
  • A Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Letter of Intent (LOI) to explain why the applicant is applying,outlining student’s academic intentions.
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Note: Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a notarized English translation of the original transcripts from a certified translator.

Post-Graduates Admission Requirements:

Graduate requirements depend on the type of institution student chooses. This is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain university to offer an academic Master’s degree or further studies, which varies in different ways depending on if the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.

Below you can find the general graduate requirements for most institutions In Canada.

  • A completed application form;
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary
  • Official documentation confirming professional designations, where applicable;
  • Two (2) letters of academic reference attesting to readiness for graduate studies; For those without recent academic experience, letters from employers attesting to level of experience will be acceptable;
  • A detailed chronological resume clearly outlining educational achievements, work experience and progression, and other related experience;
  • A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions.
  • Applicants who completed undergraduate studies outside Canada must also submit:
  • Documentation confirming their degree was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts;
  • A credential evaluation from a recognized service confirming equivalency if the applicant submits a credential from an unrecognized institution or if additional analysis is required by the Admissions Committee;
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Note: Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a notarized English translation of the original transcripts from a certified translator or on official letterhead stationery from the secondary school plus an official original transcript from the institution to the UCW Registrar.

Broad Eligibility criteria for admission to Canadian Institutes
Undergraduate /Bachelors level
  • 70% in 12th grade
  • IELTS: Minimum 6.0 – 6.5 in each section (depending on the program).
  • 12th grade level Maths
Graduate /Post-Graduate  level
  • 2-3 years full time work experience
  • GMAT : 580-600 min.
  • IELTS: Minimum 6.0-6.5 in each section (depending on the program)
  • 4 yr Bachelors degree, 70% aver.
Post-Graduate  level
  • IELTS: Minimum 6.0-6.5 in each section (depending on the program)
Diploma (Under-Graduate)
  • Flexible admission, however at-least 60% in Class 12th is required.
  • IELTS: 6.0 Overall (5.5 in each section) depending on the program
Diploma(Postgraduate)
  • Flexible admission, however at-least 50% in graduation is required.
  • IELTS: Minimum 6.0 – 6.5 in each section (depending on the program).

Visa requirements

Canadian student visa is often referred to as a 'study permit'. Canada student permit allows an individual to enter Canada as a full time student at an accredited institution.

In order to be eligible to apply for a student permit, a student must be enrolled in a program of study that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate and the institution should be listed under Designated Learning institutions (DLI) list authorized by CIC.

There are three categories where students can file their visa applications which are:

  • University
  • S.P.P.
  • General

Visa applications may be submitted at any of the ten Canada visa application centre (VFS Global) in India. VFS Global is authorised to provide administrative support services to visa applicants in India

The following six steps outline how InspirEducation assists you through the process of applying for a Canada study permit.

Step 1: Visa advice
Step 2: Collate visa documents

The following six steps outline how InspirEducation assists you through the process of applying for a Canada study permit.

  • Original Passport (Valid for more than 6 months)
  • 2 Passport-size photographs (meeting specifications).
  • Letter of Acceptance (from your Designated Learning institution)
  • Fees receipt (from the institute)
  • Scholarship letter (if applicable)
  • Any relevant correspondence with the institution
  • Financial documents
  • Academic documents
  • Test scores (IELTS / TOEFL / SAT / GRE / GMAT as applicable)
  • Work experience certificates (if applicable)
  • Medical report (if already undertaken).

InspirEducation will assist you to complete all the study permit application forms, and compile your supporting documents.

Step 3:Check provincial guidelines
Step 4:Submit application through VFS Canada
Step 5:Provide additional information or documents
Step 6:Let you know the decision on your study permit application.

What documents will be required?

  • You must have a valid travel document (such as a passport).
  • Two recent passport photos are required. Make sure these photos meet the requirements. For more information on specifications for photographs, see the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.
  • Enclose the application fee. Your fee will not be refunded, even if your application is not accepted.
  • You must provide proof that you have enough money for your visit to Canada. The amount of money may vary, depending on the circumstances for your visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives. You can get more information from the Canadian visa office in your country or region.
  • You may need to include other documents. These documents could be identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from relatives or friends in Canada, or a proposed itinerary. Check the website of the visa office responsible for the country or region where you live for more information.

Study permit:

  • Proof of acceptance
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of financial support
  • Letter of explanation
  • TOEFL / IELTS score, if applicable
  • Visa fee to be payable by Bank draft
  • Copies of Academic Mark sheets and Certificates
  • Work Experience Certificates, if applicable

In addition to these documents, you may have to provide other information when you apply for a study permit.

If you are not a citizen of the country where you submit your application, you may have to provide proof of your present immigration status in the country where you apply.

If the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a re-entry permit, you must obtain one before you apply for a Canadian visa. Other documents may also be required.

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. You can find a standard letter of acceptance in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page

2. Proof of identity :-You must provide-A valid passport (valid for at least one year, from the proposed date of entry into Canada) or travel document for you and each accompanying family member. The passport or travel document must allow you to return to the country that issued it. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not need a passport, but do need proof of status and citizenship, such as a national identity card or an alien registration card.

Two recent passport-size photos of you and each accompanying family member. The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo. You can find information on photo specifications in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.

3. Proof of financial support :-You must prove that you can support yourself and the family members who accompany you while you are in Canada. You can prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself in Canada by showing some of the following

  • Proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Your bank statements for the past four months
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees
  • A letter and Income Tax Papers from the person or institution providing you with money;
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program. Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient liquid assets to pay the tuition fees, living expenses and travelling cost without engaging in employment in Canada. Students must demonstrate that they have at least CAD 10,000 plus the cost of tuition for a twelve-month period, plus the cost of travelling to and from Canada. Even Bank Loans are accepted

The following table shows the minimum amounts that you will need.

All provinces except Quebec Quebec Single student Tuition plus $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month) Tuition plus $9,600 for a 12-month period (or $800 per month) + one family membe $4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month) 60% of student base (from above) or $5,740 for a 12-month period (or $478 per month) + each additional family member $3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month) 40% of student base (from above) or $3,840 for a 12-month period (or $320 per month) If there are foreign-exchange control measures in your country, you must provide proof that the exchange control authorities will allow you to export funds for all of your expenses.

4. Letter of explanation :-In some cases, you may wish to apply for a study permit even if you do not need one right away. There are benefits to having a study permit, even if you do not require one. If you have a valid study permit, you can

work part time on campus at the college or university at which you are registered as a full-time student; and apply to renew your study permit from within Canada, if you decide to continue studying in Canada.

If you decide that you want to continue your studies in another program after you complete your short-term course or program, you must apply through a Canadian visa office outside Canada for a study permit if you do not already have one

If you are applying for a study permit even though you do not need one, you should include a letter that explains why you are applying. The letter will inform the visa officer that you understand your options. For example, the letter might say:

Dear Visa Officer:-I would like a study permit for my eight-week English course because I would like to apply to a Canadian-university program after I finish the English course.

Time required to issue visa:-The length of time it takes to finalize applications may be different at different visa offices. You should contact your nearest consulate for more information

SPP (Student Partners Program)

What is Student Partners Program?

In Short:-THE STUDENT PARTNERS PROGRAM (SPP) IS A SIMPLIFIED AND ACCELARATED VISA PROCESS LAUNCHED IN INDIA IN APRIL 2009. It allows students (who meet the requirements) to get Canadian Study Permit much faster with minimal paperwork and little financial requirements.

In more detail:-SPP is a PILOT PROJECT (launched in 2009, and has been extended since) designed and implemented in partnership between:

THE ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGES (ACCC)- Government of Canada
AND
THE CANADIAN VISA OFFICES IN INDIA - CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

A few reputed colleges across Canada (currently 43) were chosen by the ACCC (Association of Canadian Community Colleges) the Government of Canada and the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) visa offices, to help launch this SPP pilot program, in India. SPP program was initially open only for Indian Nationals but after its success in India it was rolled out in China also.

The aim of this program was to test a model for accelerating the process of student visa and deliver high approval rates while maintaining the integrity of the program. The visa approval rates under this program are very high.

Said another way:-SPP is an administrative framework which involves close cooperative partnership between CIC and the member colleges to ensure student compliance with the terms of their study permits. Applicant students are strongly advised to follow additional steps and submit supporting documents strictly as per the checklists to facilitate the processing of their applications. These additional steps and SPP forms, when attached to your Visa Application Form, allows CIC visa offices in India & China, to accelerate the process of your Canadian Study Permit.

SPP-India Admission guidelines:

Applicants must meet following admission guidelines in order to be considered under SPP India. Students who have already applied once under SPP are not eligible to apply a second time under SPP. (Please note that students need to meet additional admissions requirements to be accepted into their program of study).

  • For Undergraduate Students (applicants going after Class 12th):
    • IELTS :-IELTS score of 6.0 (overall) with no band less than 5.5, issued in the last 24 months
    • GAP :-Study gap of no more than 2 years. (Note: Few exceptions for students with excellent grades and a 3 year study gap).
    • PROGRESSION :-Program must be complimentary and value added to their previous education.
    • PAST ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE :-Minimum score of 50% in their Class 12th / recently completed diploma.
    • TUITION FEE PAYMENT :-Proof of tuition fee payment for one semester / one year (as asked by the SPP institution).
    • G.I.C :-Purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotia Bank, under the Scotiabank Student GIC Program (SSGP) in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada.
  • For Post-Graduate Programs(applicants going after under-graduate studies):
    • IELTS :-Overall IELTS Score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 issued in the past 24 months
    • GAP :-STUDY GAPof no more than 5 years. Few exceptions for students with excellent grades and a 6 year gap.
      NOTE: Including experience gap of maximum 1 year is recommended except under exceptional circumstances
    • PROGRESSION :-Chosen program at Canadian institute must be complimentary and value added to their previous education.
    • PAST ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE :-Student should have a minimum Second Class of C level with an overall minimum score of 50% in their more recently completed diploma or degree
    • BACKLOGS :-
      • 3 year program graduates – may only have 6 failures in total in their under-graduate studies. If an applicant has an overall average of 65%, 8 failures (back-logs) maybe accepted.
      • 4 year program graduates – may only have 8 failures. If an applicant has an overall average of 65% they may accept 10 failures
    • TUITON FEE PAYMENT :-Proof of tuition fee payment for one semester / one year (as asked by the SPP institution).
    • G.I.CPurchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotia Bank, under the Scotiabank Student GIC Program (SSGP) in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada

SPP Deadlines:

Visa Application Deadlines under S.P.P. Category are 1st August for September entry and by 1st December for January entry. Students applying under SPP may have their medical examination before submitting their Study Permit application.

How to Apply:

SPP Visa Applications must be submitted at-least 4 weeks (preferably 6 weeks) prior to the start date of the course in Canada. Student Application forms along with further details regarding SPP requirements for visa application are located under the “Student” heading on: Applications information

Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC):

Scotiabank is one of the largest banks in Canada, and they work with the Canadian High Commission, India to help students pursue their studies in Canada. Currently they are the only Canadian financial institution that participates in the Student Partners Program (SPP) in India.Under the Scotiabank Student GIC Program (SSGP), you can purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotiabank for $10,000 Canadian dollars (CAD). A GIC is a Canadian investment account that offers a guaranteed interest rate over a fixed period of time.

  • For 12 months, every month student will receive a portion of your investment backwith interest.
  • These funds may be used to pay for the living expenses while studying in Canada.
  • After 12 months, a student would have received his $10,000 CAD investment back.
  • The fee for this program is $200 CAD.

    Current Institutes under SPP

Name of Institute Province Name of Institute Province
Algonquin College
Ontario
Bow Valley College
Alberta
Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology
Ontario
Camosun College
British Columbia
Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology
Ontario
George Brown College
Ontario
Vancouver Community College
British Columbia
Vancouver Island University
British Columbia
Georgian College of Arts & Technology
Ontario
Grant MacEwan University
Alberta
Humber College
Ontario
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
British Columbia
Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology
Ontario
Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
Ontarioa
Marine Institute of Memorial University
Newfoundland
Medicine Hat College
Alberta
Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
Ontario
Niagara College
Ontario
North Island College
British Columbia
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Alberta
Northern College
Ontario
Northern Lights
British Columbia
Okanagan College
British Columbia
Red River College
Manitoba

LIST OF UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA

(With English as the medium of instruction)

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mount Royal University
Calgary
BUniversity of Victoria
Victoria
University of Lethbridge
OLethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary
Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, Powell River
Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton
Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops
University of Calgary
Calgary, Edmonton
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver
Athabasca University
Athabasca, Calgary, Edmonton
GRoyal Roads University
Victoria
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Camrose, Calgary
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George

MANITOBA

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond, Surrey, Langley and Cloverdale
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg
University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission
University College of the North
The Pas, Thompson
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg
Capilano University
North Vancouver
Brandon University
Brandon
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Kelowna

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

NEW BRUNSWICK

Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Corner Brook, Harlow
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, Saint John

NOVA SCOTIA

St. Thomas University
Fredericton
Saint Mary's University
Halifax
Mount Allison University
Sackville
Saint Francis Xavier University
Antigonish

ONTARIO

New Student Rules In Canada

The Academic year in Canada:

The academic year usually starts in Fall September, Winter in January or Summer in May. Each academic year normally comprises two semesters (4 months each). Many institutions have a trimester system which comprise three semesters in an academic year and therefore offer multiple intakes in January and May. A limited number of specialized programs are offered in the summer session that commences in May.

Types of education institutions in Canada are:

  • Universities: Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study.
  • Community Colleges: Community colleges have the primary function of responding to the educational needs of vocationally-oriented secondary school graduates, employment-seeking university graduates, as well as the lifelong learning requirements of the adult population. They offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market. (NOTE: FEW OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER SPP CATEGORY)
  • Career Colleges and Technical Institutes: These are privately owned institutions that offer short-term training programs. These institutions are provincially approved and regulated.

Types of qualifications:

  • Certificate: This is a post-secondary (U.G) qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually 1 year in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.
  • Diploma: This is a post-secondary qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually 1 to 2 years in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.
  • Bachelor degree: This undergraduate program is awarded on successful completion of 3 to 4 years of study. These programs are typically offered by universities and lead to post-graduate qualifications.
  • Bachelor degree (Honors): This undergraduate program comprises a higher degree of concentration in the honors subject, as well as a higher level of academic achievement. At most universities, an honors degree may require 4 years (occasionally 5 years) of study.
  • Master degree: This graduate program is awarded on successful completion of 2 years of study. These programs are offered by universities and comprise a combination of coursework and research.
  • Doctorate or Ph.D.: This graduate program is the highest qualification awarded on successful completion of four to seven years of study. The program comprises some coursework, but primarily assessed on original research and thesis submitted.

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