Education in Canada

Around 200,000 internationals students visit Canada to pursue their higher education every year. Rich cultural diversity, flexible academic system, ease of getting the permanent residence, and friendly locals make Canada one of the favorite destinations for international students to pursue their education.  


The provinces regulate education and schools in Canada. For more detailed information on living and studying in a specific province or territory, you can contact the FlyUrDream team of experts. 


Studying in Canada would be a beautiful experience for anyone since Canada is ranked as the BEST PLACE in the world to LIVE. Because of its access to education, high life expectancy, and low crime rates, Canada is a very attractive destination for students throughout the world.

Of more attraction to Indian students is the fact that Canada welcomes immigrants with open arms. Thus, those who complete their education can decide upon staying back and complete the immigration process to enjoy the best life in the world! As a country of immigrants, Canada places a high-demand on multicultural diversity.

Moreover, Canadian education costs are relatively cheaper than in other countries – by at least 30%. Coupled with its low cost of living, Canada is one of the best destinations for international students.

Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages – English and French. Most of the French-speaking inhabitants live in Quebec. However, almost all non-Quebec based universities offer education instruction in English only.

Education System in Canada

The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including community colleges / technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities, and university colleges. Canadian universities are largely public funded and as a result, are of consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. At the same time, they (the universities) retain a high degree of academic autonomy.

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.

Once students complete elementary school which is up to 8th standard, they would take up High school education comprising of classes 9th to 12th.

There are more than 175 post-secondary institutions that offer various programs such as Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor’s, including vocational and adult education. These institutions are known as Community colleges, Technical Institute, University College. All these colleges are members of the Association of Canadian Community colleges.

Undergraduate programs are of 4 years duration, except in Ontario, where there are three-year Bachelor degrees and three-year Master’s degrees. In the other parts of Canada, post-graduate programs (Master’s) are of two years duration.

A degree from a Canadian university is recognized worldwide and as a result, international students who graduate from Canadian universities enjoy successful and prosperous careers.


Admission requirements vary from one university to another. However, as a general rule, Canadian institutions prefer applicants with a very good academic background and decent scores in TOEFL or IELTS for admission. A four-year Bachelor’s degree is required for admission into M.S/MBA programs, with a minimum of mid-B grades (around 70%).

For those with a three-year degree, admission into the PG diploma program is possible with a minimum score of around 240 in TOEFL.

Ph.D. programs generally require five years to complete full-time. They usually require a combination of course work, original research, and a thesis, which must be defended by an oral examination.

One important factor is time. It takes at least one year for the whole admission process to be completed. Most institutions have a January deadline for September intake. Hence, it would be in your best interest to apply at least one year before the start of the semester.

The main intake every year commences in September and ends in May. Some universities that run on the semester system conducts courses even in the Summer, and have intake in January (winter)

June to August is the period of vacation.

All the programs in all fields of specialization are available for study in Canadian institutions at all levels.

Required tests

Canadian colleges and universities accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency. Depending upon the institution, the score requirements may vary – between 213-250 for TOEFL and 5.5 -7.5 bands in IELTS.

GRE is required for Master’s level admission, and some universities and programs may need a good score in the Subject Test too. However, for MBA admission, a good score in GMAT is essential, in addition to academic performance, other tests’ scores, and requirements as prescribed by the B schools individually.



Reasons to Study in Canada

Known for offering globally recognized high-quality education at an affordable cost, Canada attracts nearly half a million students from all around the world at different levels of study. 96% of the international students studying in Canada recommend the country as a promising study destination. Its diverse population, multicultural environment, immense post-study work opportunities, and rapid economic growth give any student the best chance to broaden their horizons and gain experience of a lifetime. If you are thinking of studying abroad and still not sure about the country, here are some key facts that you must know about Canada

  • Total 26 universities in Canada find their place in QS World University Rankings 2020 out of which 7 are ranked in the top 200 list

  • Canada is ranked sixth in the list of most peaceful countries of the world, as per the Global Peace Index 2019

  • International students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during semesters and full-time during breaks

  • The Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) allows the students to stay back in Canada for up to 3 years post their graduation

  • Marriott International, Scotiabank, Canopy Growth Corporation, and Manulife are some of the renowned companies in Canada that hire international students

Moving to a new country is not easy. The lifestyle, classroom environment, transportation – everything is going to be different from India. And we know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students as you raise about studying and living in Canada.

Frequently asked questions about Canada

What type of a high school diploma is accepted if applying in a Canadian post-secondary educational institution?

If you are concerned if the high school diploma you’ve earned in your home-country will be considered legit in Canada, worry no more since any student possessing a government-accredited high school diploma from their home country may apply for admission to a Canadian University.

What are the common requirements into getting accepted in a Canadian University/College?

In order to get admitted in a Canadian tertiary education institution there are requirements students will have to meet, whether it I an undergraduate or a postgraduate program. Depending on the field of studies, programs and other relevant factors competition can vary. The two essential criteria are however, high school grades/performance as well as language skills be it English (in most of the provinces) or French in francophone ones.

Is it possible to come to Canada for a pre-study visit?

Yes, a potential international student can explore Canada as a visitor before studies begin. Individuals should verify whether they need a Temporary Resident Visas (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to visit Canada.

How long does it take to get a Master degree in Canada?

Commonly, Master degrees last for a whole academic year including an obligatory internship added to the overall duration. Sometimes a Master degree can last for two academic years, depending on the curricula and the sensitivity of the program.

Does this new information affect the travel ban or mandatory quarantine?

On July 24, 2020, IRCC provided further guidance related to essential and non-essential travel.

If you have a valid study permit or port of entry approval letter issued prior to March 18, 2020, you may be exempt from current travel restrictions. In support of your travel, Northeastern will issue you a travel support letter that confirms your enrollment and plans to study in-person/ hybrid for Fall 2020 academic term. Please note, while the university strongly supports our students the CBSA and deputized airline officials maintain sole discretion over entry decisions, regardless of immigration status.

Please also note that you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Canada, and will be required to show substantive plans for this period to CBSA officers.