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Postgraduate Study In Canada: What To Consider

October 27, 2016

Thousands of international students choose to complete their postgraduate study in Canada every single year. With it’s reputation for high quality teaching and a similarly high standard of living, it comes as no surprise.\r\n\r\nIf you’re thinking about attending one of the universities in Canada, here are some important things you should know.\r\n\r\n

Costs & Fees

\r\n\r\nFees for postgraduate study in Canada are significantly cheaper than elsewhere in the world, such as the UK or the USA. International student fees can get pretty expensive so it’s good to know Canada is one of the cheapest options. \r\n\r\nHowever it is worth keeping in mind that tuition fees in Canada do vary from region to region and from university to university. A rough guide to keep in mind is C$5,000 (£2,446) to C$30,000 (£14,679). \r\n\r\nBe sure to check whether you’re eligible for one of the many scholarships, grants and bursaries available for international students. The International Tuition Award also offers reduced fees for those studying full-time, researched-based Doctoral programmes or if you’re studying a research-based Masters degree in Canada.\r\n\r\nA great thing about choosing to study in Canada is the cheap cost of living. Despite the high standard of living, the cost is significantly cheaper than in similar countries such as the UK and other European countries.\r\n\r\n

Visas

\r\n\r\nEvery international student looking to study in Canada for more than 6 months will need to obtain a student visa. To successfully obtain a Canadian student visa you must fit a number of criteria. These include: a letter of acceptance from your university, proof you can pay for tuition and living costs, relevant insurance to study abroad and proof that you are a law-abiding citizen. \r\n\r\nIEC Abroad can help you guide you through the application process for obtaining the correct visa.\r\n\r\n

Application & Admission

\r\n\r\nThere are a number of admission requirements for studying a postgraduate course in Canada. Because there is no centralised admissions centre, you apply directly to the university, and universities in Canada have their own admission and application requirements. \r\n\r\nGeneral requirements for any international student include proficiency in one of the main languages spoken in Canada – English or French. This is demonstrated through an accredited language test.\r\n\r\nStudents may be required to sit an entrance exam such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Additionally, you may be required to write a personal essay as part of your application.\r\n\r\nFor postgraduate students wanting to complete a Masters degree in Canada, you will need to have previously completed an undergraduate degree (preferably a 2:1).\r\n\r\n

Opportunities For Work

\r\n\r\nThere are lots of job opportunities for students whilst they are studying, as well as upon graduation too, however, you must obtain a relevant work permit. \r\n\r\nThere is also something called the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program which allows you to stay after graduation if you have been studying for more than 8 months. This allows you to look for work after you’ve completed your studies.\r\n\r\nIf you think that postgraduate study in Canada is for you, contact us at IEC Abroad to find out your next steps.\r\n\r\n