Overseas Education in Canada can fetch you a Permanent Residence Visa 

Overseas Education in Canada

International student enrollments in formal programs in Canada have more than tripled in the past 10 years. Canadian public universities are seeing an upward trend of 10.1 percent annually and public colleges are seeing upto 28.2 percent annual rise in international student enrollments. 

At the same time, the federal government of Canada is eyeing nearly 60% of 400,000+ new immigrants’ annual target to be met with the economic class that includes international students. 


Canada has 26+ Universities ranked among the top world universities. Career study courses like Business Management, Engineering, Information Technology, Health and Medicine are some of the top offerings from these institutions.

Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver have emerged as education hubs for international students in Canada. 

Not just the overseas education in Canada is noteworthy, but also the federal government of Canada has a good track record of retaining foreign talents after their course completion. By offering Post Graduation Work Permit 

Canada allows recent foreign graduates to gain Canadian work experience that can be used to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Programs.

Let’s discuss your scope of studying in Canada through this blog. 

Read on!  

Education Degree Programs in Canada

The provincial governments in Canada have full autonomy to manage the education system in Canada. Various study programs are available for international students in Canada which may lie in different clusters with different names. Here’s a synopsis:

Study Program Duration About
Bachelor’s Degree 3-4 years Aspirants who qualified 12th class with at least 65% marks and a good IELTS score may qualify for numerous courses in Engineering, Health & Science, Tourism, Business, Arts & design, etc. 
Postgraduate Diploma 1-2 years Popular among foreign graduates who wish to upgrade their skills and work in Canada. 
Master’s Degree (by thesis) 1-2 years This benefits research-oriented aspirants and requires mandatory submission of thesis for assessment and course completion. 
Master’s Degree (by non-thesis) 1-2 years Regular program for foreign graduates for better career opportunities. 
Doctorate or PhD 4-7 years Top public universities in Canada have well-funded research groups for interested candidates to pursue their doctorates. 


There are well-funded post-doctoral programs with no specified duration to benefit the international student community. There are also Certificate/Diploma programs offering vocation and job-oriented courses, benefitting semi-skilled foreigners who are willing to settle in Canada permanently. 

Study Program Intakes in Canada

Most universities and colleges in Canada offer three intake periods in a year for international students to start their study programs.  

  • Fall: The Fall intake starts in the month of September and the most preferred intake period by international students.  
  • Winter: Starts in January and best if you miss the September intake.
  • Summer: Usually started around April and May, but is available for limited programs and colleges. 

General Eligibility Requirements to Study in Canada

Admission requirements for international students to pursue a study program in Canada varies across provinces and institutions. 

As an expert in overseas education counselling for the last two decades, CanApprove is adept to list out some general eligibility criteria which is mandatory to study in Canada, like: 

  • It is essential to prove your English proficiency. IELTS exam score is widely accepted in Canada for admissions, a study permit, or a work permit and later permanent residence in Canada. 
  • Proof of financial stability, ideally covering one year of living expenses in Canada. 
  • Acceptance letter must be from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • Compulsory health insurance. 
  • Submission of a police verification before applying for a study visa. 
NOTE: ‘Cross major’ is not possible in Canada. 

i.e., if you already have a specialization degree in a particular field, you may not be able to pursue a degree in Canada unrelated to your previous education.

The admission committee doesn’t encourage deviating from your education path. You could pursue relevant study courses related to your previous education. 

Fortunately, you can still pursue a study course of your choice in Canada if you have adequate work experience of at least 6 months in that field. This will nullify the ‘cross major’ restrictions. 


One other popular concern among aspirants is: Do backlogs affect their chances of studying in Canada, otherwise securing a student visa? 

In CanApprove’s vast experience as an overseas education counsellor, Canadian Universities are known to follow merit-based admission.

Yet some of the reputed Canadian Universities/Colleges may show leniency in accepting desirable international students even with backlogs. 

Backlogs in Canadian Universities are calculated in terms of the number of subjects or in some instances the time taken to clear such backlogs.

Your scores in major subjects of your graduation will decide the fate of your admission. 

We have seen candidates with a maximum of 5 backlogs & with a minimum of 70% in bachelors easily accepted for admissions to Canadian universities.

Some universities may even accept applications with a maximum of 7 or 8 backlogs & a minimum of 65%. Students with more than 10 or 12 backlogs are eligible to apply for PG diplomas in Canada.


Study in Canada from India

A significant number of applications for study in Canada come from aspirants based in India each year. Other applications from countries like China, Philippines form another significant majority. 

It is only wise for the country to incentivize more student applications from this region to pick and retain the best foreign talent to support Canada’s economy and demography. 

While study abroad can be costly, Canada aims to provide affordable education to foreign students. Not only that, the work while study option.

scholarships for international students allow them to offset most of the tuition fees, living and accommodation expenses. 

Here’s a brief summary of tuition fees for Indian students willing to study in Canada:

Study Program Average Annual Fee
Undergraduate ₹9,54,349.50 to ₹14,68,410.00
Postgraduate master’s ₹12,48,148.50 to ₹18,35,512.50
Doctoral ₹5,13,943.50 to ₹11,01,307.50
MBA in Canada ₹22,02,615.00 to ₹29,36,820.0


With Canada extending the Student Direct Stream (SDS) to aspirants from India, the country will now be able to process more admissions-visa applications from Indian students more efficiently.

There are some 40+ universities and colleges which are part of SPP and teach technical courses and offer diplomas and degrees. 

CanApprove Offers One-Stop Solution for Canadian Student Visa

While Canadian immigration is simple and straightforward, one can be overwhelmed by the long-drawn process. The number of documents required to be submitted before admission.

Applying for student visas will vary depending on each profile. 

It is best advised to visit a licensed Canadian education consultant to handle your admission as well as other immigration formalities.

CanApprove is one leading consultant in the industry, offering immigration and overseas education services for 20+ years. 

CanApprove is an ICCRC-licensed and approved consultant to carry out Canadian immigration formalities for interested clients, right from planning, documentation to post-landing support even after reaching Canada. 

Book your free consultation with CanApprove today to custom plan your overseas education in Canada!

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