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Canada, a vibrant and diverse country known for its stunning natural landscapes, is rich in multiculturalism and high-quality education system. Situated in North America, Canada offers international students a unique opportunity to explore a country that seamlessly reflects contemporary modern culture with breathtaking sceneries. Canada is the second-largest country in the world by area, comprising ten provinces and three territories, each with its own cultural identity and attractions. From the bustling metropolitan cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to the charming coastal towns and picturesque mountain ranges, Canada provides a diverse range of experiences for Pakistani students studying in the country.

One of the primary reasons Pakistani students choose Canada is its exceptional education system. Canadian universities and colleges are renowned for their academic excellence, innovative research, and commitment to providing high-quality education. Whether you’re pursuing a degree in engineering, arts, business, or any other field, Canadian institutions offer a wide range of programs to suit your interests and career goals.

Moreover, Canada is known for its welcoming and inclusive society, making it a safe and friendly destination for students from around the world. Canadians embrace multiculturalism and diversity, creating an environment that encourages cultural exchange and the celebration of different traditions. As an international student.

Popular Courses to Study in Canada for International Students

Canada’s diverse education system offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees. Undergraduate programs typically last 3 to 4 years, while graduate studies can range from 2 to 6 years for Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Post-graduate diploma courses are also available, lasting 1 to 2 years. Canadian institutions emphasize Experiential Learning, allowing students to apply concepts in practical settings, enhancing their expertise in their chosen field.

Medicine

Renowned institutions in the CAD provide comprehensive medical training for aspiring doctors with a global impact.

Business & Management

CAD universities offer dynamic programs to enhance strategic and leadership skills for success.

Art and Design

From traditional to avant-garde, the CAD's artistic courses empower students to shape the creative industry's future.

Engineering

International students in the CAD can explore innovative engineering programs with access to world-class facilities and faculty.

Law

Studying law in the CAD involves delving into legal traditions and contemporary challenges, preparing students.

Computer Science

The CAD's computer science courses cover coding, AI, and cybersecurity, keeping students at the forefront.

Requirements for Studying in Canada for International Students

International students coming to Canada must meet specific immigration requirements. They need a study permit to attend Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs), along with a visitor visa or an eTA for legal entry. The study permit approval also covers the visitor visa or eTA. The standard study visa process takes 4 to 8 weeks, but an express entry option called Student Direct Stream is available, which processes in just 20 days. Pakistani students are eligible under the SDS category, allowing them to obtain their visas by submitting the required documents.

How to apply for a Student Visa for Canada?

Canada’s study permit can be applied for only Online. 
To apply on paper, students must,
  • Have a disability which stops them from applying online.
  • Have an identity or travel document for non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons.

Who can apply for a Canadian Student Visa?

The primary condition set to be eligible for applying for Canada Student Visa is receiving an offer letter of admission from any one of Canada’s Designated Learning Institutes.

Secondary requirements are, Proof of fund that covers your tuition fee for all the study years, living expenses for yourself and your family members who come with you to Canada, and return air tickets cost for yourself and family members who came with you to Canada.

Other requirements are,
  • No criminal record certificate.
  • Medical exam certificate.
  • Document showing valid reasons to study in the country and leave when the study period ends.

Students who meet these requirements are eligible to apply for Canadian Student Visa.

Responsibilities of International Students in Canada

International students pursuing higher education in Canada must adhere to certain guidelines:

  • Maintain academic progress throughout their studies.
  • Respect the conditions specified on their study permit.
  • Discontinue studies if they no longer meet their responsibilities.

To apply for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in Canada, students need the following documents:

  • Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institute.
  • Recent educational documents.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (IELTS or TEF scores).
  • Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000 or more.
  • Proof of payment of first-year tuition fees.
  • Medical examination completion.
  • Police certificate.

Additionally, students must submit a range of forms and documents, including a Temporary Resident Visa application and passport details.

The application process is conducted online, and a fee of CAD 150 applies. Incomplete applications are typically refused, so it’s important to ensure all requirements are met.

 

When to apply for a Canadian Student Visa?

It is best to apply for the Canadian Student Visa as soon as you receive your Offer letter of Admission. The Canadian Student Visa process may take 4 to 8 weeks or longer, depending on the country you are applying from.

What is the cost of applying for a Canadian Student Visa?

The Canada Student Visa Processing fee is CA $150 plus the biometrics fee, which is $85 and a service fee of $45.

What are the documents required to apply for the Canadian Student Visa?

  • An Offer Letter of Admission is proof of acceptance for the immigration authorities of Canada.
  • A Valid Passport which will be your Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Funds. They can be in the below-mentioned formats.
    • Opening a Canadian Bank Account in your Name if you have transferred your funds to Canadian Dollars.
    • Getting a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a Canadian financial institution.
    • Proof for having received a student or education loan from a bank.
    • A bank draft that can be converted into Canadian dollars.
    • Proof that you paid your tuition and housing fees.
    • A letter from the school or individual sponsoring your education.
    • Proof for receiving a scholarship.
  • An attestation of issuance of your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ), if you have applied to any of the universities in Quebec.
  • Letter of Explanation, stating your reasons to study in Canada and you understand your responsibilities as an international student.

Exams required to Study in Canadian Universities for International Students

The exam requirements for studying in Canadian universities can vary depending on the institution and the course of study. Here are some of the common exams that you, as an international student, may be required to take:

English Language Proficiency Tests: (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).

Undergraduate Admission Requirements:

  • Academic Requirements (Depends on the course of study): 
    • SAT
    • ACT
    • Advanced Placement (AP) 
  • Specific Tests
    • Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) for entry into medical courses.
    • Law Admission Test (LAT) for entry into law courses.

Graduate Admission Requirements:

  • Academic Requirements (Depends on the course of study): 
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
    • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Documents Required to Study in Canada for International Students

 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • All Academic Transcript
  • Subject Specific Test-Scorecard
  • English Proficiency Test Scorecard
  • Experience Certificates
  • Valid Passport
  • Bank Statements

Intakes to Study in Canada for International Students

As a study-abroad aspirant, you must be familiar with “Intakes. Most abroad countries accept students through the Intake process. Intakes are the time period when universities accept applications from students around the world. Every abroad country has a maximum of three intakes and similarly, Canada too has three intakes – Fall, Winter and Summer.

Fall Intake is the most popular intake in Canada. Canadian universities receive maximum number of applications during this intake. Fall intake is popular because almost all trending courses are offered and many scholarships are awarded for students choosing this intake.

Intakes

Winter Intake is the second-most preferred intake. Even though fewer courses are offered for this intake, career opportunities, internships and scholarships offered are more or less similar to the September intake.

– Fall or September Intake (December – March Deadline)
– Winter or January Intake (September – November Deadline)
– Summer or May Intake (January – February Deadline)

Don't miss out on the chance

This is your chance to embark on an enriching educational journey in a foreign land.