13 Apr 20233 min read

Study In Canada: Eligibility, Estimated Costs, & Scholarships


Canadian education requires a list of documents to be fulfilled but has an affordable cost of living and plenty of scholarships to apply for.

Hence, Canada has been the education hub for numerous international students. While we discuss Canada, we will cover the requirements to fulfill to study in Canada, its tuition and cost of living, and available scholarships.

Student Visa Requirements In Canada

As you apply for a student visa in Canada, it is valid for 3 to 4 years, depending on your applied course time. Additionally, you will get three months extension after your course completion.

Regarding the eligibility requirement to study in Canada, you will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as a graduate and a minimum GPA of 2.5 and above for undergraduates. Furthermore, you need to take the English language proficiency test that may be either one of IELTS (minimum score of 6.5 and not less than 6), TOEFL iBT (minimum score of 88 and not less than 20), or PTE (minimum score of 60 and not less than 45).

Moving on, to gain your visa, you will need to submit a series of documents during your application process which is listed below.

  • Family Information (citizenships, relationship documents, and immigration certificate)
  • Academic Qualifications (transcript, migration, provisional, character, letter of recommendation, and English language proficiency test)
  • Letter of Acceptance from applied university
  • Proof of financial support (C.A report, loan, annual income verification, PAN, tax payment receipt, income, land lease, company registration)
  • Passport
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Medical: IOM

Estimated Cost Of Studying In Canada

Studying in Canada can range anywhere in between C$20,000 to C$30,000 starting from the early days of application till the end day of receiving the visa. The cost includes application, biometrics, visa, tuition, and even the language proficiency test during this process.  

Below, we have listed all the cost heads and the cost that needs to be paid during the application process.

  • Application Cost (C$50 to C$250)
  • Documentation Cost (Around C$ 105.70)
  • English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS: USD 390, PTE: USD 190, or TOEFL: USD 190)
  • Visa & Biometrics (C$150+C$85 = C$235)
  • Depending on the courses; College tuition cost (C$10-19k) or University tuition cost (C$10-25k)

Scholarship In Canada

To be honest, Canada does not have good scholarship programs and opportunities. However, there are a few universities that reward students with good academics. Apart from this, several grants and scholarship programs are available for your study. Hence, if you are considering applying for any of the options, check the eligibility requirements and closing date so that you get it.

Generally, your scholarship amount depends primarily on your academic score. Still, it is also affected by other factors, such as the subject you choose, the location you are applying to, and most importantly, the university you are interested in. Altogether, some of the popular scholarship programs that you can enroll yourself in are listed below.

  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship

Accommodation In Canada

While studying in Canada, you can opt for either on-campus or off-campus housing. As a matter of fact, the cost of living varies greatly depending on the city you choose to live in. Well, the city with a higher population also has a higher cost of living.

If you are thinking of staying in on-campus housing, it will cost you around C$3,000 to C$7,500 per year. However, if you are considering staying off-campus, you will also get various options, like choosing to live with host families, renting a flat, or sharing a flat or apartment. Altogether, it will cost you around C$750 to C$2500 per month or C$9000 to C$30000 per year. Some of the popular websites to look for accommodations are places4students, 4stay, Canada Home, and many more.

The different costs of living across the different states are mentioned below.

City Average Cost of Living
Toronto C$15,000 to C$30,000
Ontario C$13,000 to C$29,000
Quebec C$7,000 to C$14,000
Montreal C$9,000 to C$15,600
Vancouver C$12,000 to C$30,000
Ottawa C$15,000 to C$20,000
Calgary C$3,000 to C$13,000

Job Opportunities in Canada

As a student, if your visa allows, you will be able to work on-campus though the opportunities like this are scarce. For this, you will need to stay up-to-date with the college notice, and some of the work you can do includes the library, administrative office, bookstore, teaching assistant, tech support, etc.

Moving on, you can also locate several off-campus employment opportunities in the neighborhood. Some such jobs include cashier, babysitter, dog walker, personal tutor, translator, and so on. Likewise, the website that can help to find jobs is Workpolis, Job Bank, etc.

How Will UniPort Help You?

UniPort stands proud of its professionally experienced team, who will assist you from the beginning phase of your visa application. We have experts in the Canadian field from whom you can take career counselling before applying. Altogether, we have a refined team that helps you through every step of the application.

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