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Journey to Canada: A Guide for Indian Students

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for Indian students who want to pursue higher education abroad. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data for the year 2022, Canada saw 551,405 international students from 184 countries. Out of these, 1,83,310 students were Indian students1. Canada offers many advantages for international students, such as:

  • High-quality education at affordable tuition fees
  • Globally recognised degrees and credentials
  • Diverse and multicultural society
  • Safe and friendly environment
  • Excellent quality of life
  • Immense post-study work and immigration opportunities

If you are planning to study in Canada, you may have many questions and doubts about the process and requirements. This article will provide you with some useful information and tips to help you prepare for your journey to Canada.

Choosing a Course and University

When it comes to choosing a course and university in Canada, Indian students have a plethora of options to explore. Canada is home to several top-ranked universities and colleges that offer a wide range of courses in various disciplines. Some of the most popular undergraduate courses in Canada for Indian students are information technology, engineering, hospitality management, medicine and health care, business development, media and journalism, psychology and actuarial science2. For postgraduate courses, some of the popular fields are computer science, engineering, business administration, biotechnology, public health, and education3.

The table below shows some of the top universities in Canada along with their fees and QS Ranking 20244:

UniversityTuition Fee (CAD)QS Ranking 2024
University of Toronto38,000 – 58,00025
McGill University18,000 – 48,00031
University of British Columbia38,000 – 52,00045
University of Alberta20,000 – 26,000119
McMaster University22,000 – 33,000144

You can also use online platforms such as IDP India or Shiksha to search for courses and universities in Canada based on your preferences and eligibility.

Applying for Admission

Once you have decided on your course and university, you need to apply for admission. The application process and requirements may vary depending on the institution and program you choose, but generally, you will need to:

  • Check the admission deadlines and requirements for your chosen program
  • Prepare and submit the required documents, such as academic transcripts, English language proficiency test scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, etc.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  • Wait for the admission decision and accept the offer letter
  • Apply for a study permit and visa

You can find more information about the application process and requirements on the official website of your chosen institution or contact their international office for assistance.

Applying for a Study Permit and Visa

To study in Canada, you will need a study permit and a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). A study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada, while a visitor visa or ETA allows you to enter Canada. You can apply for both online or through a visa application centre (VAC) in India. The steps to apply for a study permit and visa are:

  • Check your eligibility and gather the required documents, such as passport, offer letter, proof of funds, medical exam, police clearance, etc.
  • Create an account on the IRCC website and fill out the online application form
  • Pay the application fee (CAD 150) and biometrics fee (CAD 85)
  • Submit your application and biometrics
  • Wait for the processing time (usually 4-6 weeks) and receive the decision
  • If approved, you will receive a letter of introduction and a visitor visa or ETA
  • Bring these documents with you when you travel to Canada and present them to the immigration officer at the port of entry
  • Receive your study permit and start your studies in Canada

You can find more information about the study permit and visa application process and requirements on the [IRCC website].

Preparing for Departure

After you have received your study permit and visa, you need to prepare for your departure to Canada. Some of the things you need to do are:

  • Book your flight tickets and accommodation
  • Arrange for health insurance and travel insurance
  • Pack your luggage and essential documents
  • Exchange some Canadian dollars for your initial expenses
  • Learn about the Canadian culture, weather, and laws
  • Contact your university and confirm your arrival details
  • Say goodbye to your family and friends and get ready for your journey

You can also check out some online resources and guides for international students, such as [Prepare for Canada] or [Canada Campus], to help you with your pre-departure preparations.

Arriving and Settling in Canada

Once you arrive in Canada, you will need to go through the immigration and customs process. You will need to show your passport, letter of introduction, visitor visa or ETA, proof of funds, and other documents to the immigration officer. You will also need to declare any goods or cash you are bringing with you. After you clear the immigration and customs, you can collect your luggage and proceed to your accommodation.

The first few days and weeks in Canada may be challenging and exciting for you. You will need to adjust to a new environment, culture, and lifestyle. You will also need to take care of some practical matters, such as:

  • Registering for your courses and orientation program
  • Getting your student ID card and other campus services
  • Opening a bank account and getting a mobile phone plan
  • Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a health card
  • Exploring your city and campus
  • Making friends and joining clubs and activities

You can also seek support and guidance from your university, fellow students, and local community. Canada is a welcoming and diverse country that offers many opportunities for international students to learn, grow, and succeed. We hope this article has given you some useful information and tips to help you plan and prepare for your journey to Canada. We wish you all the best for your studies and future in Canada!

1: IDP India 2: Shiksha 3: TC Global 4: CollegeSearch : https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html : https://www.prepareforcanada.com/ : https://www.canadacampus.com/

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