7 Dec 20232 min read

PG Courses in Canada: A Brief Overview


Postgraduate courses (aka PG courses) are more affordable and time-friendly, with a wide range of fields to study. They can be completed in a year or two, depending on your choice, and it typically act as a bridge between a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.

Why Pursue PG Courses?

  • Better employment opportunities and permanent residency in Canada.
  • Liberty to work 20 hours a week off-campus
  • Low GPA  and gap are not a problem.

Post-Study Visa Options With PG Courses

As an international student, you can take up several available employment opportunities after completing your courses. Generally, a post-study visa in Canada can offer you up to 3 years of work permit.

Well, if you were to take a year PG course, you would get a year post-study visa, while if you take a 2-year PG course, you would get up to a 3-year post-study visa.

Furthermore, to get the post-study visa, you will need to fulfill the following requirements.

  • Study for at least 8 months without a break.
  • Complete the course and get the authorization letter.
  • Apply for a work permit within 3 months of study completion.

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Eligibility Requirements For PG Course

Generally, universities and colleges require a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50%. Additionally, you will be required to take any one of the English language tests.

The test requirements are:

  • IELTS: overall 6.5, not less than 6
  • TOEFL: 72-85, no band score less than 20
  • PTE: 58-64, no band score below 50

Note: The requirements and criteria for the course vary depending on the university and the field you are pursuing. Hence, it is wise to go through the university website to be updated with the current changes.

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Documents You Need While Applying For PG Courses

To study PG courses in Canada, you will need to fulfill the admission requirements of the university or college you enroll in. The documents you are asked to submit are as mentioned;

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
  • English Language Test Certificate
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Passport
  • Financial Transcript with affidavit of support
  • CV

You will have quite a lot of options for your PG study in Canada. Among them, some of the most popular courses with estimated cost among the Nepalese students are;

  • Business Management (CAD 15,000 to 25,000 per year)
  • Information Technology (CAD 15,000 to 30,000 per year)
  • Healthcare (CAD 15,000 to 30,000 per year)
  • Hospitality Management (CAD 15,000 to 25,000 per year)