Guidance to study in Canada for Indian students

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Author: Apurva Tamhane      Post Date: 09 Apr 2023        

A go-to destination for higher studies among Indian students is Canada. Canada offers a high-quality of education, a multicultural environment, a safe and welcoming society, and a range of opportunities for career and personal growth. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there were more than 220,000 Indian students in Canada in 2020, making India the top source country for international students in Canada.

If you are an Indian student who wants to Study in Canada in 2023, you may be wondering what are the best courses to choose from, what are the requirements to apply, and how to get a study permit and a work permit. In this article, we will answer these questions and provide some useful tips to help you plan your study abroad journey.

Best Courses to Study in Canada for Indian Students in 2023

Canada has a wide range of courses and programs to suit different interests and goals of Indian students. Some of the most popular undergraduate courses in Canada for Indian students are:

  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Hospitality management

  • Medicine and health care

  • Business development

  • Media and journalism

  • Psychology

  • Actuarial science

For postgraduate courses, some of the most sought-after fields are:

  • Management

  • Computer science

  • Engineering

  • Finance

  • Data science

  • Biotechnology

  • Public health and

  • Education.

Canada is also home to some of the world&rsquos top research universities and institutes that offer doctoral degrees and postdoctoral fellowships in various disciplines.

Requirements to Study in Canada for Indian Students in 2023

To study in Canada as an international student, you need to meet certain academic and language requirements. You also need to apply for a study permit and a visa (if required) from the Canadian government.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements vary depending on the level and type of program you want to enrol in. Generally, you must have completed your 12th grade or equivalent with good grades and relevant subjects for undergraduate programs. For postgraduate programs, you need a bachelor&rsquos degree or equivalent with good grades and relevant subjects from a recognized institution. You may also need to submit standardized test scores such as GRE or GMAT for some programs.

Language Requirements

As an Indian student, one of the requirements to study in Canada is your proof of English proficiency. IELTS is the most widely accepted tests for English language proficiency. Apart from IELTS exam, TOEFL exam is also accepted as a standardised score. 

The minimum score required varies depending on the program and institution you choose. Generally, you need to have a score of at least 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5 for undergraduate programs and at least 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0 for postgraduate programs.

Study Permit and Visa Requirements

In India, you are required to apply for a study permit to study in Canada. To gain your student permit, start to apply at least 4 to 6 months before your semester begins. Expect another 35 working days to get your application processed. The application fees are 150 Canadian Dollars, which are approximately INR 8770 as of March 2023.  

You also need to submit the following documents:

  • A valid passport

  • A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada

  • A proof of financial support that shows you can cover your tuition fees, living expenses and return transportation

  • A medical exam report from an approved panel physician

  • A police clearance certificate from your local authorities

  • A statement of purpose that explains why you want to study in Canada and how it relates to your future goals

  • You may also need to apply for a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) along with your study permit. Check if you need a visa or an eTA on the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Work while Studying and after Graduation

One of the benefits of studying in Canada is that you can work while studying and after graduation. As an international student with a valid study permit, you can work up to 20 hours per week off campus during regular academic sessions and full time during scheduled breaks such as winter or summer holidays. You can also work on campus without any limit on hours if you meet certain conditions.

After completing your studies in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) that allows you to work in Canada for up to three years, depending on the length of your program. A PGWP is an open work permit that does not require a job offer and lets you work in any occupation and location in Canada.

To be eligible for a PGWP, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have completed a full-time program of at least eight months in duration at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada

  • You must have a valid study permit or have been authorized to study without a study permit at the time of applying

  • You must apply for a PGWP within 180 days of receiving your final marks or official notification of program completion

  • You must have a valid passport or travel document

  • You can apply for a PGWP online or on paper, depending on your situation. The application fee is 255 CAD. You may also need to submit additional documents such as a letter of acceptance, a transcript, a medical exam report and a police clearance certificate. The processing time for a PGWP application may vary depending on the volume of applications and the country of origin. You can check the current processing times on the IRCC website.

If you want to stay and work in Canada beyond your PGWP validity period, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through various immigration programs, such as:

  • The Canadian Experience Class

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program or

  • The Provincial Nominee Program.

These programs require you to meet certain criteria such as:

  • Language proficiency

  • Work experience

  • Education and

  • Adaptability.

You can use the online tool Come to Canada to check your eligibility and explore your options.


Canada is an attractive destination for Indian students who want to pursue higher education and gain valuable work experience. By choosing the right course, meeting the requirements and applying for a study permit and a post-graduation work permit, you can make your dream of studying and working in Canada come true. For more information and guidance, you can contact our experienced counsellors who can help you with every step of your study abroad journey.

Author: Umesh      Post Date: 11 May 2023        
Canada has been a choice destination for many academic courses and many foreign students aspire and go there for their educational pursuits, especially postgraduate courses.

A student who is aspiring for further education in Canada has to apply online for admission in a desired course in a particular university and submit one's academic credentials along with English speaking proficiency certification like TOEFL or IELTS.

One has also to arrange for financial provisions for the payment of fees and living expenses in Canada. This has to be arranged either through bank loans or self-resources.

Once that part is accomplished and admission is granted then one has to apply for a student visa and after obtaining that one can proceed ahead to Canada.

Generally, universities will have some hostel or PG hostel facility which can be taken up by the student. At the same time, there are some private shared student accommodation apartments where one can cook oneself and manage with less amount of money as compared to a hostel and mess payments.

Foreign students are allowed to do some limited hours of part-time work in Canada which can help them in managing their other expenses.

Please note that as per the information obtained from my relatives who are settled in Canada, the northern part of Canada is a very cold country and the climate is quite cold and harsh. It would be difficult to manage if one cannot withstand a cold climate like that. In that case, it would be prudent to search for a university in southern Canada where the climate is not so harsh.

In Canada, there is a shortage of manpower and there is a demand for people in various spheres of activities. From that angle, there is good job potential in Canada and a student after completing his education can apply for such jobs and can get a working permit from the government of Canada. In many cases that leads to permanent residency in Canada.
There is always the option of returning to one's country after obtaining a Canadian degree and then search a job back home.
Author: Samuel Unni      Post Date: 10 Apr 2023        
My cousin was interested in furthering her studies abroad, and after considering several choices, she decided to study in Canada. She discovered a programme at a university in Toronto that matched her job ambitions and began the application process.

Initially, she had to confirm that she met the program's admission requirements. This involved submitting transcripts from prior studies as well as taking an English language competence test. She filed for a study visa online after being accepted and arranged for temporary housing until she could find a more permanent place to live.

She was concerned about funding because studying in Canada can be costly. She investigated scholarships and bursaries that she could be eligible for, as well as part-time work alternatives to supplement her income.

She landed in Canada after completing all of the relevant papers. It was difficult for her to adjust to living in a new country, but she found the people to be nice and inviting, and she was able to establish friends by joining groups and organisations at her institution.

Her overall impression of studying in Canada was positive. Her programme provided her with essential skills and information, as well as the opportunity to discover a new culture and way of life.
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