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Other than the common requirements of a Canadian study visa you will need your CAQ from Immigration Quebec to obtain a Study visa from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Then with all the documents, you can apply Canada student visa online.

The requirement for IELTS for Canada student visa demands from the international Student to have at least 5.5 bands in each of the four IELTS sections with an overall minimum score of 6.0 bands and above for undergraduate and diploma programs.

According to Canada's new visa regulations, there will be no obstacle in the student visa process even if you don’t have IELTS scores. As per the latest rules, if you are able to achieve admission in Canada without IELTS you will be eligible for a study visa without submitting IELTS scores.

International students have the rights to work up to 20 hours per week while studying in Canada and 40 hours per week during their semester breaks. They can earn around C$ 8 - C$ 10 per hour. Students coming from other countries to Canada can work full time off campus during co-op terms and can earn around C$ 10 - C$ 15 each hour which is equal to C$ 400 to C$ 1,000 per month.

You will have the right to apply for a post-graduate work permit only after you have completed 2 years of studying in Canada. With the help of post-graduate work permit, international students can gain work experience in Canada which will help them to qualify for PR in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (under the Express Entry system). As an international student, you need to ensure that you have spent the required time in Canada.

The study gap is accepted by many universities in Canada, which is one of the biggest advantages. Universities in Canada are flexible with the study gaps of the international students, you just need to show the valid reason for the gap. According to the rules of the universities, a study gap for 2 years is acceptable for the students to study in Canada after 12th for the undergraduate courses

Generally, if you will be studying outside of the Quebec region, you will have to present a fund of around CAD 10,000. For the Quebec region, you may require up to CAD 11,000. This fund is for your living expenses for the first year of stay in Canada. If they are accompanied by any family members, you will need to add to this amount. CAD 4,000 for the first person and CAD 3,000 for each subsequent family member.

To study in Canada, GRE is required for master's level admission, and some universities and programs may demand a high score in the GRE too. This test helps universities or colleges to evaluate the ability of students for higher advanced education in Canada.

As mentioned above, there are three intakes in Canada. Fall, Winter and Summer which start in September, January and May respectively.

September Intakes in Canada is the Primary Intake.


Winter Intake starts in January for Canadian Universities.


The cost of studying largely depend on the factors like course, Universities and the location one decides to study in Canada. The general requirement for the GIC is 10000 CAD, and then there are tuition fees to be paid. The cost of studying and living vary a lot on the student’s social life and lifestyle choices. Here is more: Cost of Study in Canada

There is no rule for the minimum percentage requirement for Canada, however, 60% or more always helps.

There are a number of Scholarships available to study in Canada for domestic as well as international students. You can check Scholarships to study in Canada and check if you are eligible for one or not. The scholarships can be applied online for Canada.

Usually, study gaps create problems in students acquiring a study permit in Canada. If the gap is justified, the individual exemptions can be made. Some of them include a break for the studies, preparations for the entrance exam or internships. The best option for the gap years is having a significant experience in the related field of study.

The real question is, why not? From inexpensive studies, to quality education and liberal visa rules, there are a number of reasons to choose Canada for the students coming from all over the world. Here is more: Top 10 Reasons to Study in Canada

For an international student coming from outside Canada to study in the country, the cost of Canada student visa will be around CAD150. Do remember to check the latest fee while applying.

Here is the online study visa application for Canada:

  • Apply at the university in Canada and get your acceptance letter.
  • Prepare all required documents
  • English Language requirements.
  • Start your application for the Canadian student visa.
  • Appointment for Biometrics(Fingerprints and photograph) and interview.

No, you can not get a study visa with such a low IELTS score. For studying an undergraduate degree in Canada you will need overall 6 bands and not less than 5.5 in any module and to study after graduate level which means masters in Canada you will require a minimum overall 6.5 bands and not less than 6 bands in any section. This is the IELTS criteria to apply online study visa for Canada.

International students will need a study permit to study in any academic, professional, vocational courses which have a duration of 6 months at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. If your course or program’s duration in Canada is only 6 months or less, you don’t require any study permit.

There are some provinces in Canada that provide the Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) which gives you the right to apply for a PR permit after completion of one year of study in Canada. Till that you can work within the campus and off-campus after 6-month full-time study. The provinces are Manitoba, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario and Labrador.

The holders of Permanent resident have the right to get education for free up to 18 years of age in any public school system of Canada. But when it comes to higher education, tuition fees charged for permanent residents in Canada are less compared to students coming from other countries.

If your spouse or any other dependent wants to work while you study in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. The spouse or partner of the international student can apply to get an open work permit. The holders of this permit will have the right to work in Canada and do not require any Labour Market Opinion or job offer. Your Spouse Permit will have the validity for the same period as your student is in Canada.

You can be sponsored to study in Canada by your spouse or common-law or conjugal partner, parents or any Canadian citizen. You can only be sponsored by relatives such a sister, brother, aunt or uncle only in specific conditions.

The Intakes are not categorised as such, however, the Fall or September Intake is the Primary Intake where all the universities offer all their courses. The Winter Intake is a secondary intake where students who have missed the fall intake can apply for a large number of courses.


Spring/Summer Intake starts in May for Canadian Universities.


Many students have this question. As we have mentioned before, SDS and visa rules might ask for the IELTS scores from the student. There are however, some universities in Canada which offer alternatives to IELTS as an admission criteria. Read more here: Study in Canada without IELTS

There are more than 25 universities in Canada that rank among the top universities of the world. Talking about the student cities, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are some of the favorites for the international students. Here is all you need to know: Top Student Cities and Universities to Study in Canada.

Yes, you can get a work permit after study in Canada. You have 180 days after you get your results to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP). The validity of  PGWP depends on the length of your study program. If your program has completed within 8 months then you are not eligible for a work permit. For more information click: Stay back and Work permit after study in Canada

For Indian students, SDS program is the best way to get a study permit to Canada. SDS is a fast tracked process for the Asian countries which enables students from India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines to apply for a study permit in Canada. The minimum requirements here are 6.0 bands in each module of IELTS and 6.5 overall, along with a CAD 10000 GIC. Read More here: SDS Canada for Indian Students

Unfortunately, you cannot. Unlike Germany and Norway, the universities in Canada will have the fees for tuition along with other charges from the universities as usual. However, as we mentioned, the fees are quite low compared to the neighboring USA, and other English speaking countries.

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