10 smart steps are 10 thoughtful actions that will allow you to spend money “wisely”, with a high probability of going to study in Canada, get a student visa, and get the most out of your studies
Canada is a very attractive country for emigration. A large number of people from all over the planet, from many parts of the globe, due to the very high standard of living, the development of democracy, human rights and freedoms, and a friendly attitude towards newly arrived immigrants are striving to get to Canada for permanent residence. But all these advantages also have the other side of the coin – the Canadian immigration authorities are very careful in selecting immigrants who want to permanently reside in this country. Emigrating to Canada is getting harder and harder every year. The most realistic and accessible way of emigration at present is the movement of young people to Canada through studies in Canadian educational institutions.
We offer you a kind of “inside view” – which educational institution suits you or your child to the greatest extent, how it is easier to enroll there, how to save, sometimes significantly, on tuition fees.
How to go to study in Canada? If dreaming of Canada, don’t miss your chance
It is extremely rare for students from many countries to return home, usually, most of the students stay to live and work in Canada. 1-2 years after graduation, they receive a residence permit – permanent residence or, in other words, Permanent Residence, and after 3-4 years – citizenship and a Canadian passport. Canada is a country where it is difficult to obtain a student visa, but it is relatively easy to legally stay. Don’t waste your time, take advantage of this legitimate opportunity, and hence the most important 10 tips for potential students:
How to get to Canada and stay there?
- If you have decided that Canada is the country in which you would like to get an education, then do not postpone your dream for “later”
The fact is that the longer your break between studying at school or university in your home country and starting your studies in Canada, the more difficult it is to get to Canada and get a study visa there. The “bottleneck” for those who are planning to study in Canada is a visa. Remember this always. Canadian immigration authorities refuse about half of the applicants applying for a student visa. In terms of visas, Canada is an extremely difficult country. Insufficient knowledge of English or French required for study should not be a reason to postpone the trip. Do not waste time and come to learn the language in Canada. At home, learning a language outside the linguistic environment is an extremely difficult task; in an English-speaking environment, learning a language is also difficult, but easier. Colleges and universities always have language courses for foreigners. Yes, they cost money. But you will already be studying in Canada. And to extend a study visa and a study permit – Study Permit for further study at a Canadian college or university, while in Canada – is a fairly simple task, there are practically no refusals.
- Choose an educational institution consciously
Many international students who are going to study in Canada are faced with the question of choosing which educational institution to choose: university or college? The issue of choice is especially acute for students since they associate the concept of college with an educational institution with a low level of education. However, this is not at all the case. Colleges in Canada are educational institutions that have programs of varying lengths with different levels of graduate education. Indeed, one can take a one-year high school-based program, and this will be a level equivalent to that of a vocational school or college. But you can also take a program of a higher rank, where yesterday’s students study for 2 or 3 years. Or you can go even further and take an undergraduate program, where you need to study for 4 years and get a higher education and a bachelor’s degree. Yes, you heard right, colleges in Canada also graduate bachelors, including. Then the question involuntarily arises, what is the bachelor who graduated from college from the university bachelor? There are differences, of course, and they lie in the nuances of the education received.
Although universities pay great attention to the acquisition of practical skills, their graduates do acquire knowledge with an emphasis on theory. Humanities – art, philosophy, history, languages - are also, in the main, the prerogative of universities. If you want to get a liberal arts education, then you most likely need to go to university. If you see yourself in the future in science or dream of becoming a teacher, then you should go there too. But if your goal is to get an applied degree with good theoretical and very good practical training, then you should choose a college program – a 2-3 year or 4-year undergraduate program. Business administration, marketing, logistics, public relations can be studied at the university, of course, but it is much more reasonable to do this in college.
Colleges in Canada also offer 1-2 year Post Graduate programs that simply won’t take non-college students. There are practically no such programs in universities.
You should not worry about the prestige of an educational institution, in Canada, this is practically nonexistent. Do not pay attention to the ratings of educational institutions, it is not at all important, it is important to get high-quality knowledge, and this is not a problem not only for the University of Toronto but also for public colleges in remote provinces. You cannot fail to be hired only on the basis that you graduated with a college undergraduate degree, and another applicant for the same place graduated from the university. First of all, they will evaluate your knowledge. According to this can watch the story of a Humber College graduate from Toronto, where he talks about the impressive success he made after graduating from college and how he managed to get a prestigious internship, which previously hired only graduates of top universities. After watching this video, once again you are convinced of the truth of the saying that no place makes a person.
Another very important difference between college and university. College education costs about 1.5-2 times cheaper than at a university on similar bachelor’s programs, so if you are on a limited budget, then college can be an excellent way out for you. Spend your financial savings wisely, saving where you can save without compromising on the quality of education.
But there are times when a student wants to study only at the university and then sees himself as, for example, a researcher, for this, he has both talent and ability but does not have enough money. What to do? There is an exit. You can start college on a 3-year program, and after the 5th-semester transfer to the university. Many colleges offer such transfers, sometimes without even losing a semester. Such a combination allows you to significantly save on tuition fees, and besides, by this time, parents may save up money, and the student himself will be able to earn something, because the student is allowed to work legally during his studies, and no additional permission is required for this. The only limitation, so that studies do not suffer, is that you can work no more than 20 hours a week. In a word,
- Choose the right training program.
Not every program will give you a student visa. If a high school graduate can apply and get a visa to study in almost any specialty that suits him in terms of education level, which he likes, then a university graduate who already has a bachelor’s or master’s degree should be very careful about choosing a Post-Graduate program. The choice should be a logical continuation of the education received earlier in the homeland.
For example, a journalist can continue his studies in Canada in the specialty of Public Relations and this will be logical for further professional growth and such a student will most likely be given a visa, but if a journalist wants to study to become a hairdresser, then he will most likely be denied a visa.
Another example, if you graduated from a bachelor’s degree program in engineering at home, you can apply for a business program, and this will be fine. Immigration officers responsible for issuing visas at the Canadian Embassy are well aware that an engineer can make a good businessman and retraining sometimes makes sense, for example, if it is necessary for greater financial independence of the student in the future, after graduation. But the opposite situation, when a successful businessman, leaving the business at home, goes to Canada to start from scratch and retrain as an engineer – will cause a wary reaction in the embassy.
An engineer is a very difficult profession in Canada that requires deep fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge. It is impossible to retrain an engineer in 1-2 years on Post-Graduate programs, this profession is obtained at the university, and then, they are improved all their lives.
A bachelor’s, master’s, or, even more so, a candidate/doctor of science entering a college for a program for high school students, in almost 100% of cases, will be refused a visa. The puzzle in the head of an immigration officer will not work, why should such highly educated gentlemen sit down at the same desk with yesterday’s schoolchildren.
Important clarification: if you are interested in subsequent immigration to Canada, then programs lasting 2 years or more are suitable for you. If you have not found a program of this duration that suits you, then there is also a way out.
Conclusion: choose the program logically and correctly, otherwise it is very easy to get a visa refusal. There are a lot of subtleties and nuances here. 4. Study English or French at home.
Teaching in Canadian educational institutions is conducted in the state languages - English or French. Although, of course, in order not to waste time, you can come to language courses in Canada, it will be the most correct decision if you learn the language and pass language tests before enrolling in college or university. You will not lose extra money and time but will start immediately studying in the academic program. The standard requirements for language proficiency in Canadian colleges and universities where teaching is in English (and such educational institutions are the overwhelming majority) for foreign students are as follows: 2-3 year college programs based on secondary education – IELTS (academic, grade point average ) – 6.0, TOEFL – 80; 4-year undergraduate programs at a college or university – IELTS – 6.5, TOEFL – 84; 1-2 year Post-Graduate programs – IELTS 6.5, TOEFL – 88; These are standard requirements, but educational institutions may have higher language proficiency requirements for certain programs, for example, 4-year college nursing programs usually require an IELTS GPA of 7.0.
- Enroll in an educational institution well in advance.
International students go through the admission process without personal attendance. As a rule, for foreign students, there is a special section on the website of the educational institution, where there is, among other things, an online application form for enrollment. Having chosen the program of interest to the student from the list of curricula, it is necessary to carefully read the requirements for admission according to the level of education, knowledge of the language, the minimum GPA in the document on previous education, etc. This is very important, because, for example, to study in the Post Graduate program, you must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree; yesterday’s students will not be accepted for such a program.
For creative specialties, educational institutions, as a rule, put forward additional requirements – this can be the provision of a portfolio, writing an essay, a personal interview with an applicant, etc.
If the applicant meets all the requirements, then you can start filling out the online application. Upon completion of filling, you will be asked to attach copies of the documents required for enrollment to the application. Usually, this is a copy of a document on previous education, translated into English or French and certified by a notary, a copy of the passed language test, and a copy of the passport After successfully uploading the application on the website of the educational institution, you will be asked to pay for the consideration of your documents. This is a small amount, from about 60 to 100 Canadian dollars, depending on the institution. You pay by card, so keep it close at hand. Some educational institutions do not charge a fee for the examination of documents, they do not need to pay anything.
A couple of helpful tips:
– In recent years, the popularity of Canadian education has grown exponentially, so apply in advance. For example, filing documents for September of the next academic year in many educational institutions begins in late October or early November of the current year. Even though the official deadline for accepting documents for the academic year, starting in September – February 1, by this date there may not be any places in the specialty you are interested in, especially if the specialty is “fashionable” and popular.
– The second piece of advice follows from the first. Make sure, submit documents, not to one educational institution, but at least 2, but preferably 3. If something goes wrong with enrollment in one educational institution, they will be accepted to the second. Even when applying to one educational institution, it is often allowed to choose several programs – you will not go to the first program, it is quite possible – you will go to the second or third. Do not neglect this opportunity, indicate several programs of interest at once.
A little clarification:
Many educational institutions in Canada accept to study not only from September, but also from January and even from May, but the largest selection of programs and the largest competition is for September programs.
About a month later, sometimes earlier, sometimes later, if everything is fine, then an e-mail from the educational institution will receive a letter of acceptance – Letter of Acceptance. From this moment, after making sure that everything is in order with the financial resources, you can proceed to a very important and responsible step – the collection and submission of documents for a visa.
- Soberly assess your financial capabilities.
Studying in Canada is, of course, cheaper than in other English-speaking countries – the USA, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, but it still costs money and a lot. Foreign students, and Canadians too, hardly study for free in colleges and universities. You will have to pay for your studies. Scholarships and grants are extremely few, they are intended mainly for excellent students who combine their studies with the social life of their educational institution, but even if they manage to get a scholarship, it will never cover the full cost of study, accommodation, and meals. You must be willing to pay and prove to the immigration authorities that you have the necessary funds.
Adult students must show that they have money for their maintenance for the entire period of study, and if they are going to study with their family, then for the maintenance of the family too. The embassy does not take into account the prospects of a legitimate part-time job while studying. The required financial resources must be fully shown when applying for a visa.
If sponsors, as a rule, parents or close relatives agreed to pay for the student’s studies, then they must, according to immigration rules, show that they have money to pay for the first year of their son or daughter’s education, and also show the source of funds for payment in subsequent years of study …
At the time of this writing, the amount required in Canada for one student to pay for tuition, food, rent, travel, pocket expenses, etc., is approximately 28-30 thousand Canadian dollars per year. But do not take risks, do not show only the minimum amount of money for 1 year, show more, with a margin, ideally for the entire period of study, i.e., for a 2-year program, show that you or your parents have about 56-60 thousand Canadian dollars, which you are willing to spend on education in Canada. This will significantly increase your chances of obtaining a student visa.
- Carefully consider obtaining a student visa.
The procedure for obtaining a Canadian student visa is detailed here.
Even if the program is chosen correctly, a full package of correctly drawn up documents has been collected, it will be very desirable to increase the chances of obtaining a visa, in addition to the required documents, to attach an explanatory letter to the package, in which you clearly state why you chose Canada for study, why you want to study in a specific educational institution, why do you want to study in a particular program, what goals do you pursue and what changes in life, career, financial independence do you expect after graduation, etc., so that the officer who decides on issuing a visa is clear and clearly understood that your main and only goal in Canada is to study.
Our agency “Planet Student” has a wealth of experience in assessing the correctness of writing such letters, we analyze your data and everything that makes sense to emphasize and present with your merits must be reflected in the explanatory letter. The analysis and verification of letters are carried out free of charge as part of the collection of a single package of documents for a visa and a study permit based on the positive experience of obtaining visas by students who are studying or have already completed their studies in Canada and have managed to become permanent residents or even citizens of this country.
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If you were denied a student visa to Canada for the first time, then the chances of getting a visa upon re-application are minimal. This is how the Canadian system of issuing visas to foreigners works, so you need to collect the most complete and correct package of documents from the first time to convince the immigration authorities that your main goal is to study, and you are a bonafide student.
- Decide where you will live while studying. Living in Canada has its characteristics
Foreign students usually live either in a hostel (residence) or rent private housing. Each of these accommodation options has both pros and cons. Everyone chooses based on their personal preferences and ideas about comfortable housing.
For example, living in a residence, a student gets to know the same foreign students who have come to Canada from different parts of the world, makes new acquaintances, gaining an idea of their culture and mentality. On the territory of the residence, there is everything you need for sports, recreation, leisure activities. Also, the residences, as a rule, are located either on the campus itself, where classes are held, or very close. Thus, the student saves on travel costs. These are undoubted advantages, but there are also disadvantages.
As a rule, there are not enough places in the residence for everyone, so you need to book a place in advance as soon as you receive a letter of acceptance.
Hence the conclusion: Submit documents for admission to an educational institution as early as possible so that as soon as possible you could apply for a place in the residence.
Renting a room in the private sector. Here, the advantage is the fact that having a separate room, you will still live in a Canadian family, which, especially at first, will help you navigate the realities of Canadian life, tell you where it is better and cheaper to shop, and language practice will be not superfluous. These are the pros. And the downside is that you will communicate less with peers outside of school hours, if you do not pay for meals in the family, then you will have to cook yourself or use the services of catering establishments. You will have to bear additional travel costs to get from your place of residence to your place of study.
Many Canadian educational institutions have a special service that helps the student find a suitable and proven family, but you will be charged a small fee for this. Finding a family, as in the case of booking a place in a residence, must be started in advance, even before arriving in Canada. You can also try to find yourself an accommodation option on your own, using the ads in Canadian online publications for the search and delivery of housing.
A little clarification: The cost of living in a residence is slightly higher than living in a separate room in a family. Although it all depends on the option of living outside the residence. If you wish to rent a separate apartment in the city center, it will cost you more than living in a residence.
- Living in Canada. Come to study in Canada early.
Everything worked out for you, you are enrolled in an educational institution, the program of study that you have chosen suits you completely, a Canadian student visa is pasted into your passport, housing is rented. You are great fellows – you succeeded in everything. It remains only to buy a ticket and collect things. Remember that Canada is not a southern country and you will need warm clothes. Of course, you can buy everything on the spot, but it’s still better to bring your own if your luggage allows. Pay close attention to the collection of documents. In no case should you forget the original documents of education, the certificate of the passed language test? Also take with you your letter of admission, a letter of approval of your study permit, cash in the allowed amount, and credit cards, if any. Come to Canada in advance, at least one week before the date specified in the letter of acceptance, to look around the place, find out where to buy and buy the essentials for the first time. When the studies begin, you will be sorely lacking time for this.
Extremely important! Upon arrival at the airport in Canada for the first time, you must go through the immigration counter to “exchange” the letter of approval of your study permit for the study permit itself – this is a special document printed on a sheet of paper with watermarks, where your data. Of course, directing you to the immigration desk is the responsibility of the immigration service at the airport in Canada, but it is extremely rare, but it happens, due to their negligence, a student who first arrived in Canada walks past the immigration desk, receives luggage and goes out into the city without obtaining permission to study. If this happens, then you will have to travel to the border with the United States and draw up this document there. The fact is that a study permit is issued at the border, at points of entry into Canada. For example, if you are going to study in Toronto,
10. Seek help from specialists.
If the 9 previous tips seemed difficult to you or you just don’t want to figure it out: there is no time for this or you are afraid to do something wrong, ask for free help from specialists who are almost daily engaged in enrolling in Canadian educational institutions and issuing student visas.