FAQ’s – Study
FAQ’s – Study
1. When should I start the application process?
We suggest that you start researching about the University / Colleges you want to apply to well in advance, approximately 6 – 8 months at least. It will take you this long to go through the complete application process which includes – identifying which institution best suits your needs and in turn if you fit into their applicant criteria, apply to the University, wait for a response from them & visa application process.
2. When is the main intake?
For Universities, the primary intake is in September / Fall Session, although very few do allow for a January / Winter Session intake. For Colleges, there are usually 3 intakes in a year: September; January; May.
3. What are the application deadlines?
Each Institution (be it a University / College / University-College) has its own deadline and some are subject / department specific. An average for deadlines would be six to nine months before your session begins. Therefore, it is important to note these deadlines when you start your research a year ahead; you’d be surprised to learn that deadlines are as early as January for the September session in some Universities! For Masters level, deadlines can vary depending on subjects. Each department / faculty /school may have a different deadline. For eg: Application deadlines for oversubscribed & highly competitive programs like Computer Engineering can be as early as November of the previous year.
4. Are the deadlines flexible?
For degree programs, deadlines are not flexible! However, for diploma and post-graduate diplomas deadlines can be varied and flexible. Some institutions may accept international students after the deadlines if they have space left. This is varied and could change every year with every institution.
5. Do I need to appear for an English Fluency Test?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you appear for one of the internationally recognized English proficiency tests – IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum test scores required vary, but generally TOEFL scores of 90-102 or IELTS band of 6.0 – 6.5 are accepted. For Masters Level higher scores are requested by most Universities. (We recommend that you always check with the institution website for exact admission requirements)
6. Are there scholarships / loans available to international students?
Education in Canada is highly subsidized and very cost effective as compared to other countries. There are very few scholarships at the undergraduate level, although some universities do offer full scholarships & partial entrance scholarships that are primarily based on your academic performance. There are many more opportunities for scholarships at the graduate (MA) and post-graduate (PhD) level. Apart from these, Indian students can also avail of scholarships offered by Indian education trusts & bodies. Student loans from Canadian banks are not open to international students, you can however avail of the many student loan options in India. The Government of Canada has announced the Vanier Scholarships for PhD students recently.
7. Is there an application fee for the institutions in Canada?
Yes, most universities and colleges have an application fee that can vary from CDN$30 – $250. These fees must be submitted in the form of a Canadian Dollar draft or paid via a credit card along with the application.
8. I have got my acceptance letter from the Canadian Institute. What should I do next?
We recommend that you start preparing your documents and apply for your Study Permit as soon as you have received your acceptance letter or conditional acceptance letter.
9. I have got a conditional letter of acceptance from my institute. Can I apply for my student visa?
Yes, you can apply for a visa with a conditional acceptance letter. We recommend that you initiate the process for a student visa as early as possible. You will need to ensure that your application is supported by the required documentation.
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