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Students from across the world flock to the Canadian universities to pursue various courses. Strong infrastructure, cutting edge curriculum, and sprawling campuses are all the hallmarks of every Canadian institution. One way to improve your chances is to get a Canada PR to study in Canada.  Y-Axis works with students to help them increase their chances of studying in Canada and help them get their Canada student visa. We help students identify and apply to the right course and right college that can serve as a launchpad for their international career.


Canada is one of the best places for higher studies and the country attracts thousands of students each year from all over the world. Canada universities provide world class education which are recognized globally and research is considered one of the key components of any graduate course. The universities support students who come out with best research ideas and scholarships are provided according to  the research work. Here are also some other reasons to study in Canada:

  • Affordable Education
  • Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities
  • Immigration Possibilities
  • Exciting Campus Lifestyle
  • Healthy and Safe Communities
  • Work and internship opportunities for international students while they study
  • Numerous research opportunities – Universities here provide research support to students who can provide good research ideas.
  • Possibility of immigration after completing the course – If a candidate decides to study in Canada, he will gain points in three areas: language, education, and work. There will be some additional points if they fall under a certain age group. An education in Canada can give valuable points for various immigration streams such as Express Entry or PNP streams.
  • Vibrant campus atmosphere
  • International students have the option of working while studying – Canada provides the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which helps foreign students obtain job experience in Canada after completing their course of study at a designated learning institute (DLI). The PGWP is valid for three years, depending on the study program’s duration.
  • Good internship opportunities
  • Educational Qualification
    • The minimum eligibility criteria to graduate is you have to score at least 50% from a UGC or AICTE recognized university.
      • Year Back
        • The graduation degree has to be completed within the stipulated time with no gap year.
        • Example: B.Com is a 3-year degree. The client should have completed it within 3 years and not more.
        • Example: Engineering is a 4-year degree. The client should have completed within 4 years and not more.
      • Backlogs
        • The client should not have more than 10 backlogs in his/her graduation period.
      • A student needs to pursue a course for a minimum duration of 8 months to be eligible to stay back in Canada.
      • Course less than 8 months does not allow a student to stay back or apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit.
      • For post-graduation work permit a student needs to pursue a course of:
      • Duration of less than 2 years, then he/she is eligible for a post-graduation work permit of equivalent duration as the course.Example: 8 months course = 8 months post-graduation work permit.
      • If the student pursues a 2 year course (masters or diploma), he/she is eligible for a post-graduation work permit of 3 years. Example: 2 years masters/diploma course is equal to 3 years post-graduation work permit

Tuition fees in Canada universities vary by institution and province, but the cost is generally more affordable when compared to other countries around the world. Technical and medical courses are more expensive than arts courses.

On an average, the tuition and fees range from CAD 7,000 to CAD 35,000 per year for an international student.

Study Program Average fees(in CAD*)
Undergraduate Program $12,000 to $25,000 per year
Postgraduate master’s Program $24,000 to $35,000 per year
Doctoral Degree $7,000 to $10,000 per year

The cost of studying in Canada will include other factors such as the cost of living and the Canada visa application fees which you will have to bear.


Canada universities and colleges offer three intakes. They are  also be referred as semesters in some institutions. The three intakes available in Canada are:

      • Intake 1: Fall Semester – A popular intake which starts in the month of September
      • Intake 2: Winter Semester – Which starts in the month of January
      • Intake 3: Summer Semester – Usually starts from April/May, this intake is available for limited programs and colleges.

We would advise you to apply well in advance because admissions and scholarships get difficult when you apply closer to the deadline. It is always feasible to apply 6 to 9 months before the academic session starts.


Student Applicant:

      • Students must be over 18 years of age.
      • International students in Canada universities can work on-campus or off-campus for up to 20 hours during university semesters and full-time during breaks such as the winter or summer holidays, without the need for a work permit.
      • Foreign students who are studying in a program that requires work experience such as through a co-op or internship program.


In general, spouses are given the same rights as students who are already in Canada. Therefore, if the student  with a Canada student visa has the right to work, the spouse who comes to join him or her will also have that right.


You will generally need the following for your CANADA Student Visa application:

      • Valid Passport
      • Attested copies of 10th, 12th and Degree certificates
      • Academic references – 2
      • Employer references – 2
      • SOP (Statement of Purpose)
      • Certificates of extracurricular achievements
      • An acceptance letter from your education institution
      • Proof of payment
      • Proof of financial funds
      • Passport size photographs
      • Study Permit and visa
      • English Proficiency
      • Your University will make you aware of additional requirements if any prior to your application

Steps to study abroad in Canada:
Research Your Options:

Before you shortlist the universities, decide what you want to study, where you want to live, overall cost, various opportunities etc.

Step 2:
Select Universities:
Shortlist the universities (around 10) & study programs that meet your requirements and where you want to apply for.

Step 3:
Prepare for entrance exams:
Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/IELTS etc. based on the requirements of the universities & colleges. Register for these tests in advance. While applying for the tests you should also plan for the time required in case you need to retake the test. You should complete these tests before September of the year you wish to apply.

Step 4:
Finance your studies:
Ensure that you have the money ready for your entire period of study in Canada along with accommodation, local travel, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. Decide on how you will finance your studies – personal saving, education loans, student scholarships or assistantship.

Step 5:
Apply to university:
Contact each university directly for the admission requirements. Every university has its own admission requirements. Complete the applications well before deadlines and send them.

Step 6:
Confirm admission:
Once you get your acceptance letters from the universities that you have applied to, choose the university you would like to study at. The next step is to pay a non-refundable deposit to the university to confirm your admission to study in Canada.

Step 7:
Get Student Visa:
Once you get admission confirmation done, you can apply for your student visa.


A foreign national on a Canada student visa in Canada can bring their spouse and dependent children to Canada. The spouse can also apply for an open work permit and even work as a Canadian employer for the time the study visa of their partner is valid. However, if the spouse wants to study in Canada, they will have to apply for a separate study visa.

Student visa holders can also bring their dependent children to Canada. The children can stay for the duration till their study visa is valid inCanada. Minor children can pursue their school education in the country provided that their parents are either working or studying. The  child must be below the age of 22. Children above 22 years who are not financially independent due to a physical or mental condition are also considered as dependents.

      • Canada provides options to encourage international students and graduates in Canada universities to stay, gain work experience, and contribute to Canada’s economy and culture.
      • In its effort to retain international students, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) operates a Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. Under this program, international graduates can obtain an open work permit for up to three years.
      • This allows them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry without the requirement of a Canadian job offer at the time of applying.
PR visa options

If a candidate decides to study in Canada, he will gain point in three areas-language, education and work experience and additional points if he is young. An education in Canada can give valuable points for various immigration streams such as Express Entry or PNP streams.

Students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while pursuing their course which helps them gain valuable Canadian work experience and add points to their CRS score.

Studying in Canada will help you get familiar with the culture, people and language (English/French) which will help your social integration once you become a permanent resident.


The QS World University Rankings 2021 includes 25 top Canadian universities. The first 10 highest-ranked universities in Canada are –

QS World University Rankings – Top Universities in Canada
Serial No. Global Rank University
1 #26 University of Toronto
2 #27 [tied] McGill University
3 #46 University of British Columbia
4 #111 Université de Montréal
5 #126 University of Alberta
6 #140 McMaster University
7 #149 [tied] University of Waterloo
8 #170 Western University
9 #230 University of Ottawa
10 #235 University of Calgary
11 #240 [tied] Queen’s University at Kingston
12 #272 [tied] Dalhousie University
13 #298 [tied] Simon Fraser University
14 #334 [tied] University of Victoria (UVic)
15 #414 [tied] Université Laval
16 458 University of Saskatchewan
17 #494 [tied] York University
18 521-530 Concordia University
19 581-590 University of Guelph
20 591-600 Université du Québec
21 601-650 Carleton University
22 601-650 University of Manitoba
23 651-700 University of New Brunswick
24 701-750 University of Windsor
25 751-800 Memorial University of Newfoundland
26 751-800 Université de Sherbrooke
27 801-1000 Ryerson University
Post study work options

The Canadian government offers options for international students to stay after their course and gain some work experience. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. Under this program, international graduates can get an open work permit valid for three years. With this permit Canadian employers can work for any employer without the need of having a job offer before making an application.

How can Y-Axis help you
  • Advise you on the documentation that will be required for the visa
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  • Complete the application process
  • Review your documents needed for the visa application
What are the advantages of studying in Canada to get a PR visa?

PR applicants are evaluated on various criteria such as age, skills, education, and work experience.

If a candidate decides to study in Canada, they will gain points in three areas – language, education, and work. An education in Canada can give valuable points for various immigration streams such as Express Entry or PNP streams.

Students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while pursuing their course which helps them gain valuable work experience and add points to their CRS score.

What are the advantages of the PGWP option for international students in Canada?

Those who have completed their post-graduation after their study in Canada can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

The PGWP has a validity between eight months to three years and helps students to work legally in the country. PWGP holders can work either full-time, or part time and can be self-employed or work for an employer. They need not adhere to the requirement of getting a Labour Market Impact Assessment to be hired for a job.

What is the minimum IELTS score required for a student visa in Canada?

For a Canada Student Visa, you must get a minimum of 5.5 bands in each of the four IELTS segments for Undergraduate Courses, with an aggregate score of 6.0 or higher. Graduate courses require a score of 6.5 bands, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four parts to study in Canada.

How long does it take to obtain a student visa in Canada?

The time it takes to process an application varies by country.

Anyone applying for a study permit in Canada from India could expect a processing time of roughly 20 calendar days. Indians might expect a speedier processing period for their study visa in Canada because they are eligible for the Student Direct Stream [SDS].

How can I study abroad in Canada?

To be able to study in Canada as an international student, you will have to first secure a study permit from the federal government of Canada. 

What is a study permit for Canada?

A study permit is a document issued by the federal Government of Canada allowing overseas-born nationals to study at any of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada.  

What is a DLI for Canada study permit?

Here, DLI stands for a Designated Learning Institution.  

To apply for a study permit to study overseas in Canada, you will have to first secure an acceptance letter from a DLI in Canada.  

A DLI is an educational institution specifically approved by a provincial or territorial government to take in international students.  

Am I eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) of Canada?

You might be eligible for Canadian PGWP if you have graduated from a DLI in Canada and intend remaining in the country temporarily to work.  

Is my DLI eligible for the PGWP?

Keep in mind that simply graduating from a DLI in Canada does not automatically make you eligible for a PGWP.  

Ensure that you cross-check from the DLI list to find out whether your intended higher educational institution in Canada has eligible programs.  

Can I work overseas in Canada after I graduate in Canada?

To be able to stay on in Canada and work after you graduate, you will require a Post-Graduation Work Permit.  

How long can I stay in Canada on my PGWP?

The validity of your Canada PGWP will be as per the length of your study program. For example, if your study program was two years or above in duration, you might be eligible for a PGWP valid for three years.  

How long can I stay in Canada on my study permit?

A Canadian study permit is valid for the duration of your study course in Canada, plus an additional 90 days.  

The extra 90 days are allotted for the purpose of either making preparations for leaving Canada or applying to extend stay in Canada as an international student.  

Is a Canada study permit and study visa the same?

A study permit allows you to study in Canada. A study permit is not a visa. You cannot enter Canada with a study permit alone.  

If your study permit is approved, a Canada visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) will be issued along with the study permit.  

What is the Student Direct Stream to study abroad in Canada?

Offering an expedited processing time of within 20 calendar days, the Student Direct Stream (SDS) can get you your study permit much faster.  

Am I eligible for the Student Direct Stream?

To be eligible for Canada’s SDS for study abroad, you must be a legal resident living in any of the following countries – India, Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Peru, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Morocco, Senegal, Antigua and Barbuda, Columbia, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Costa Rica.  

I hold a passport of India. But I am not living in India. Am I eligible for the SDS?

If you live anywhere other than the countries listed above – even if you’re a citizen of any one of the countries given above – you are not eligible to apply through the Student Direct Stream 

You will have to apply through the regular Canada study permit application process. 

Can I stay back and work in Canada if I'm not eligible for the PGWP?

If you are not eligible for the PGWP of Canada, you may still be able to work in Canada after you graduate. You will have to secure a Canada work permit instead.  

How much does it cost to study in Canada?

Canada is one of the popular student destination in the world by offering a wide range of possibilities to settle in Canada.

Types of Study

Approximate Cost in INR

Undergraduate Courses

6,46,000 INR – 16,15,000 INR

Postgraduate Courses

INR 9,54,000

Entrance Exam Fees

INR 14,000 

Canada College Application Fees

INR 11,000

Canada Visa Application Fee

INR 4,500 



Average Annual Fees (in INR)

Average Annual Fees (in CAD)

Engineering (UG Level)

INR 18,17,000


Arts (UG Level)

INR 13,55,000


Medicine Courses (UG Level)

INR 17,50,000


Nursing Courses (UG Level)

INR 11,82,000


Dentistry (UG Level)

INR 30,52,000


Humanities, Business & Management (UG Level)

INR 15,45,900


Law (UG Level)

INR 17,90,000


Diploma Courses (UG Level)

INR 17,47,012


Costs for Master’s Degree


Average Annual Fees (in INR)

Average Annual Fees (in CAD)

Engineering (PG Level)

INR 10,40,000


Arts (PG Level)

INR 7,95,000



INR 20,99,500 – INR 35,94,000

$36052.98 – $61716.79

Management Courses (PG Level)

INR 13,31,000


Medicine Courses (PG Level)

INA 1000000 – INR 1500000

$ 17172.17 – $ 25758.26

Nursing Courses (PG Level)

INR 8,71,000


Dentistry (PG Level)

INR 12,11,000


Law (PG Level)

INR 9,30,000


Is Canada is free for study?

Canada provides fully funded Canadian scholarships for most of the available applications offered by Canadian Universities. Admissions to various degree, non-degree and exchangeable courses are open for applications at the Canadian universities.

If you have a dream of studying in North America and cannot provide the mandated sum of proof of funds to support education, you can consider Canada for higher studies.

Canada has more than 30 QS ranking universities that made a global hub for academies for international students with lower price tags.

Canada has a multitude of research focussed universities that warmly welcome international students. Along with the best scholarships, there are opportunities for students to work part-time. Canada has the best quality of life with minimal costs.

What is Canada student visa IELTS band requirements?

The Canada student visa IELTS band requirements should be 5.5 in each of the four requirements of IELTS and the overall score should be 6.0 and above for the diploma and undergraduate programs. The Canada student visa IELTS band requirements for the graduate courses is 6.0 in each band and the overall score should be 6.5 and above.

If you want to study and get a degree in engineering or education programs, your score per band and the overall score should be 7.0.

Band requirements in Canada

If you have the ambition of studying abroad and you choose Canada as your destination, you will need a minimum IELTS score. It is better to have the overall score of 6.0. The requirements of the IELTS score will also be based on the type of course which you are choosing.

The table below will reveal the details of the requirement of the IELTS score.

Education Level

IELTS Score Requirement

Bachelor’s/Diploma/Certificate Courses

IELTS: 6/6.5

Post-graduate/Masters Courses

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no bands less than 6

Why IELTS is required to study in Canada?

Students who want to study in Canada choose IELTS to prove their language proficiency. This score is the requirement for all the Canadian universities. As English is the primary language in the country for communication. IELTS is used to assess the non-English speakers who want to study in Canada. The four parts of IELTS include

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Understanding the requirement of IELTS for Canadian student visa

The table below will provide the details of the CLB score for IELTS bands:

CLB Score

IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking

Speaking Writing

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What is the fee to study BSC Nursing in Canada for Indian students?

The fee for studying BSc Nursing in Canada for Indian students ranges from 52,000 CAD to 169,000 CAD.

The details for the study program BSc Nursing in Canada for Indian students are given below:

Highlights of BSc Nursing in Canada

Course Name

Bachelor Of Science Nursing in Canada


2-4 years


12-grade with a minimum of 65% (English and Mathematics as compulsory subjects)

English Test

IELTS – 6.0, TOEFL – 80

Application Fees

95 CAD

Average Fees

52,000 CAD to 169,000 CAD


81,152 CAD

Studying BSc Nursing in Canada

In the 2022 budget of Canada, 11.6% of its total budget has been allotted for the healthcare sector. With the Canadian government’s increasing emphasis on the sector, there are more employment opportunities for medical graduates in Canada.

In Canada, a full-time nurse role is expected to increase by 3.4%.

Within 2 years of completing their nursing study program, 80% of RN or Registered Nursing graduates are awarded a nursing license in Canada.

The average annual income of a nurse in Canada is 81,152 CAD.

Advantages of Studying Nursing in Canada

The advantages of pursuing a BSc in Nursing from Canada are given below:

  • Nursing Degree that is recognized globally.
  • Extensive understanding of human physiology and anatomy.
  • Students receive theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Job flexibility is excellent.
  • Indian Students graduating from Canada can choose to work anywhere in the world.
  • A B.Sc. degree from Canada is among the most popular courses worldwide.
  • Students are given the opportunity for an industrial internship. It allows them to gain experiential knowledge.

Getting enrolment and a study visa for Canada is an easy process.

How many bands are required for Canada after graduation?

You may be wondering how many bands are required for Canada after graduation. You will require the score of 5.5 for each IELTS band. The overall score requirement is 6.0 and above. You have to score 6.0 in each band for the diploma and graduate courses. The overall score for these courses should be 6.5.

If you have to pursue a professional course in the field of education, engineering, etc., your score for each band should be 7.0. In this case, your overall score should also be 7.0. This information will let you know how many bands are required for Canada after graduation.

Reasons behind the requirement of IELTS

All the top educational institutions of Canada need IELTS score. The exam is used for the evaluation of English language skills for the non-native English speakers who want to study in the institutions where the mode of communication is English. The four bands of the test are:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

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