Top tips for Indian students starting their studies in Canada for the first time

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Author: Hakimuddin Kuwakhedawala      Post Date: 15 Jul 2023        


I want to congratulate you on your journey to study in Canada! It is very exciting to start your study in Canada but in my opinion, it would also be a challenging experience. I am writing this article to help you settle in and make the most of your time in Canada here are some top tips specifically for Indian students:

Prepare for the weather

Canada has different weather conditions throughout the year, so it's important to take appropriate clothing with you. You should select to bring warm winter wear like jackets, boots, scarves, and gloves to stay comfortable during the cold months. Don't forget to take some summer clothes too, as the weather can be quite hot during the summer.

Get acquainted with Canadian culture

The culture of Canada is different from the culture of India. You should try to learn about Canadian customs, traditions, and social norms. In my opinion, it would help you to adapt quickly and to understand the local way of life.

Familiarize yourself with the local community

I want to suggest you find out an Indian student association or community group in your college or city. These communities can provide valuable support and help you connect with fellow Indian students who are going through similar experiences. These students often organize events, celebrations, and gatherings that can make you feel at home while studying in Canada.

Manage your finances wisely

In my opinion, you must prepare a budget and stick to it. It is very important to manage your finances effectively during your studies. Canada can be an expensive country, so keep track of your expenses and plan to spend accordingly. You should look for student discounts, affordable housing options, and economical ways to commute to save money.

Take advantage of student services

Canadian universities and colleges offer a range of support services for international students. You should familiarise yourself with these resources, such as academic assistance centres, libraries, career counselling, and health services. These services can help you excel in your studies and address any challenges you may face along the way.

Embrace the multicultural environment

Canada is a melting pot of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Embrace this multicultural environment and use it as an opportunity to learn about different cultures, make friends from various countries, and broaden your horizons. I will suggest you should participate in multicultural events and explore different cuisines to make your stay in Canada more enriching.

Stay organized and manages your time effectively

In my opinion, University life can be demanding, with coursework, assignments, and exams. You should develop good organizational skills and create a schedule to manage your time effectively. I will suggest you should prioritize your studies but also make time for relaxation, hobbies, and social activities to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Stay connected with family and friends

I have observed that moving to a new country can sometimes make you feel homesick. You should stay connected with your family and friends back home through video calls, emails, and social media. This will help you feel supported and connected, easing any feelings of homesickness that may arise.


It is an exciting opportunity to start your studies in Canada for personal and academic growth. By following the tips, you would be well-prepared to navigate the challenges and make the most of your time as an international student in Canada. I would strongly suggest you stay positive, embrace new experiences, and seek support when needed.
Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao      Post Date: 05 Mar 2024        


Canada is a well-developed country with many world-class institutes offering various courses. The students going there for studies will have scope for getting a job and settling there. This place is a sought-after destination for many Indian students. Two sons of one of my colleagues are there in Canada. They went there for their higher studies and settled there. They did their MS Software Engineering.

Important Points:

The following are some of the important points to be followed for a successful stay there.
  1. Many institutes in Canada will have a department for assisting the students from abroad. Such departments will assist the students in adjusting to the new environment. Contact them before you start.
  2. Many educational institutions will have their health centres. Some may not have. Enquire about the availability of such centres and you should make your arrangements to have a health insurance policy as required based on the institute you select for your higher studies.
  3. Get ready to open a bank account. You must submit a copy of your passport and seat allocation letter from the institute to open an account.
  4. Get information about the weather conditions there and plan your clothing and other requirements as per the need.
  5. Plan your finances properly. How much will be your monthly expenses and how you are planning to meet them? This is very important
  6. You can work part-time to earn so that to take care of your expenses. There may be some on-campus part-time jobs and some off-campus part-time jobs. Get full information about the same and try to get some income so that financially you need not suffer.
  7. There will be associations for international students in these institutes. Get in touch with such associations before you start your journey and take their advice regarding all the points and prepare accordingly.

A note to remember

Please keep always the purpose of your stay there in your mind and see that you will achieve the purpose you went there. Concentrate on your studies and never get into unwanted and unrelated matters so that you will have a safe and secure life there.
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