6 important points you should know while applying to Canadian Universities in 2015

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#1 National Interest

Canada celebrates one of the highest living standards in the world, ranking consistently in the top 10 on the UN’s Human Development Index. Canada offers a high quality, research oriented and affordable education recognized world-wide. It is a safe heaven for international students with a secure, healthy, multicultural and welcoming environment. It flaunts a serene environment with beautiful landscapes, low crime rates, cleaner cities, excellent health care and a definite tech savvy population. Despite having a small population, Canada has some of the finest institutions of higher education in the world and a master’s degrees from Canada is widely recognized for their high quality. Canadians realize the importance of a good education, and this is why public education in Canada is funded by federal, provincial and local governments.

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#2 Education system 

Many Canadian Universities are ranked in top 100 worldwide. Canadian schools of engineering profile provide excellent value for all students, with relatively low tuition rates and high quality schools. Canadian universities offer masters degrees in just about everything you can imagine. The length of a master’s degree in Canada depends upon the university, the academic discipline, and whether the student attends full time or part time. Programs range from one to two years and usually include a mixture of coursework and research. Some programs require a full thesis, while others require a project or even an internship. In some cases, it is possible to complete only one or two semesters of undergraduate study in Canada, and then apply your studies towards a degree program in your home country. You may also be interested in transferring to a Canadian university to complete you studies. In either case, it is important to ask the advisers at the Canadian institution you are planning to attend, as well as your home university or college, about equivalencies specific to your program of interest.


#3 Application process

General requirements for students applying for a master’s degree program include a

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university,
  • Reference letters,
  • Written application regarding the student’s interest in the degree program, and
  • Standardized test such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for top universities.

International students who are not native English speakers may also need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB scores. Most Universities desire –

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score above 250.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score above 7.5.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score around 90 with 80 minimum per section including a minimum score Of 3 in the speaking test component.

The Deadlines of Most Engineering Programs are in December to February and they have earlier deadline than US Universities. Getting in Canadian University is relatively easier but getting in top 3-4 University is tough. Getting a Canadian student visa is easier as compared to US visa.

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#4 Costs involved 

Universities of Canada are World Class Institutions and are cheaper than US, UK and Australian Universities. For international students, the tuition fees could be anywhere around $2,000 per year up to about $35,000 per year maximum. Schools in the smaller provinces like Newfoundland has a low tuition fees compared to other schools in the larger provinces like British Columbia. Individual institutions award scholarships to international students who have demonstrated high academic achievement; interested students should apply directly to the specific institution and Masters Program they want to attend. Commonwealth scholarship is one source of funding for Canadian Universities at the post-graduate level. Follow WeMakeScholars.com to get daily updates on scholarships!

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#5 Potential opportunities 

Graduates of different programs will find many opportunities to work in Canada whether or not they are Canadian residents. Major Canadian industries include banking, petroleum, forestry, fishing, agriculture and aerospace. Canada is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Once you are in Canada it is always beneficial to acquire a Canadian Citizenship to facilitate with additional benefits from government, you can take an eligibility test here to find out more. (Can also be taken by a foreign national with a desire to study/work/immigrate to Canada)


#6 University list

Take the next step toward your future education by browsing the different master’s degrees below. Once you’ve found a program that’s right for you, contact the specific university if you have additional questions.

You are most welcome to share your experiences with Canadian universities!  Use the comments section below.

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Vinay Nair likes to explore topics related to higher education and looks forward to help prospective students with queries related to their study abroad dreams.


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  10. I wanted to do Masters course in Mechanical Engineering. Please help me out of all sort of documents requirements, academic qualifications, fundings, scholarships and all.

    I am trying for Winter Intake. Would be happy to receive your prompt reply.

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