Beginner’s Guide To Study in Canada

Beginner's Guide To Study In Canada

Canada is of the most popular study abroad destinations for students from India as well as other countries. It is the largest country in North America. Because of its easy study visa policies, Canada has become the third famous destination for international students. Moreover, the international student population in Canada has tripled over the past few years. Therefore, if you plan to study in Canada, read this blog until the end for guidance. 

To study in Canada, the first and initial step you need to take is to apply to top Canadian universities and colleges. After getting accepted, you have to apply for a study permit. This guide will try to address every query. 

Education System

Before starting, we would like to give you an idea about the education system of Canada. The education system of Canada is different from that of Indian education. We all are aware that there is more emphasis on the theory in India, whereas, in Canada, it is a combination of theory and practicality. Practical lessons are an important part of their education system as they make students ready to compete in the job market. It focuses on the overall development and growth of the students.

Safe environment

Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world. It is known for its highest standards of living. Here, people are not treated based on appearance or ethnicity or race, but rather by their character and actions. As the country is safe, students can roam freely anywhere in the country, irrespective of the time. Students can enjoy the fantastic nightlife that Canada offers them.


Canadians are proud of their multiculturalism. So, If you have decided to study in Canada, it is important to get familiar with the lifestyle of Canada so that you don’t offend its citizens in any way.

Following are some of the lifestyle tips:

 • Make sure to be punctual for both social and professional meetings.

 • Make sure to be respectful in conversation and your behavior.

 • Always show respect to the opposite gender, as Canadians believe in gender equality.

 • Never crack jokes or say comments that insult other people’s race, religion, sexual orientation, gender.


 English and French are the two languages(official) of Canada. Students may face issues in picking or understanding the local accent at an initial stage, but gradually, you will comprehend.

 The way to handle this problem is to speak slowly and don’t hesitate to ask others to speak slowly if you face a problem understanding them.


After applying to top Canadian universities and colleges, the next step is to look for accommodation. You have to make your mind whether you want to live on-campus (hostel) or off-campus (a private apartment or a home-stay). The final decision to choose either on-campus or off-campus depends on various factors like your budget, location, and so on. 


Orientation week is not only mandatory but crucial for international students. Therefore, make sure to arrive before its commencement. It is important because you will be meeting your professors and class fellows for the first time. 

How to get Admission to Canadian Universities?

To get a place in the top Canadian Universities, you first have to decide which program you wish to study in Canada. The country offers a wide range of programs to the students to choose from. But, remember, for every course, Indian students are only eligible if they meet the minimum English language and academic scores requirement. Students’ scores should be equal to 65% and above in their 12th for arts courses, 70 – 80% and above for Science/Commerce courses.


The following documents are needed:

 • Attested copies of detailed mark sheets of Standard 10th, 12th, and your degree (undergraduate, if applicable)

 • Minimum two academic letters of reference from professors who have taught you recently

 • In case you have work experience, then two letters of recommendation from your employer or supervisor

 • Resume 

 • Statement of Purpose (SOP)

 • Photocopied score reports of GMAT / TOEFL/ IELTS

 • Attach Portfolio (if, Students are applying for art and design-related program or Architecture program)

 • Others (certificates/achievements and extracurricular activities)

 • Proof of funds/financial assets

 • Medical Tests

Application fee

All top Canadian universities and colleges require you to pay an online application fee while applying for a course. The amount of fee varies from college to college and course to course.

Steps to apply:  

  • Search for academic institutes and courses  
  • Contact universities and colleges and visit their websites for information   
  • Shortlist your programs
  • Shortlist universities and colleges
  • Entrance exams SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS
  • Write SOPs and ask for LORs
  • Apply to the shortlisted academic institutes, which suits your interests
  • Appear for video interviews in you get shortlisted
  • If selected, then apply for a student visa

Exams required to Study in Canadian academic institutes

a. Language exams

The students are required to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. The students are required to take these tests to get admission to universities/colleges. 

1. General exams

• GMAT, popularly known as Graduate Management Aptitude Test, is taken by an MBA aspirant to measure mathematical, English, and reasoning abilities.

 • GRE, popularly known as Graduate Record Examination, is a test required by students applying for MA or MS programs.

 • LSAT, also known as Law School Admission Test, is a test that plays an important part in law school admission. It evaluates the reading and verbal reasoning skills required to study in law schools.

 • SAT, short for Scholastic Assessment Test, measures literacy and writing skills needed for academic success in college. It states how well the applicants can analyze and solve problems-skills they learned in school.

Requirements for a Student Visa in Canada

Applicants need to fulfill the following conditions:

Applicants should apply for a Canada student visa once they receive their acceptance letter. It is advisable to begin your visa process around June if you are targetting September intake. The following are the documents you require to apply.

• Letter of acceptance or Acceptance letter

 • Proof of financial support and funds.

 • Transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and degrees.

 • Scores of TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT 

This blog will help you with all your queries regarding studying in Canada. If you still have any doubt, do not worry; request a call back at