From A to Z for Indian students

One of the largest cities in North America, one of the most livable cities in the world, and one of the most multicultural cities in the world – Toronto, Canada tops many lists. No wonder many Indians want to study and work in Canada.

Indians have many good reasons for choosing Canadian universities. Canada is home to one of the largest international student populations in the world. There are opportunities to work during and after graduation. More importantly, Canadians and the Canadian government are friendly.

If you are planning to study in Canada, we have the definitive list to help you. Let’s start:


Canadian universities are highly respected around the world. This is partly due to the performance of many of them in various rankings. The University of Toronto (UoT) and McGill University are ranked 26th and 27th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Eight Canadian universities are in the top 200.

In the 2022 edition of the ranking of the world’s best universities by US News and World Report, UoT was first in Canada and 16th globally (along with Princeton University and University College London). There were 40 Canadian universities in the overall ranking of the best universities in the world.

Study and work in Canada – with good vibes. Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP


Here is the good news. Tuition fees are generally cheaper than in the US, UK and Canada. The bad news? They are still quite expensive compared to many other countries.

Check out this online tool from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada[CMEC]. This will help you calculate how much you will need based on the program(s) and institution you have chosen.

International students in undergraduate programs can expect to pay around 29,714 Canadian dollars (approximately US$22,500) per year (based on 2019/20 data). For those taking postgraduate programs, be prepared to pay CA$17,744, or about US$13,437.

Some subjects are cheaper. A humanities program costs an average of CA$5,542 at the undergraduate level. As for MBAs, they average around CA$27,397 (~US$20,747).

IELTS for Canada

Any foreign national wishing to study or move to Canada must complete the IELTS. Short for The International English Language Test, IELTS is used to assess the English proficiency of non-native speakers seeking opportunities in English-speaking countries.

International students should focus on the academic version of IELTS, which is ideal for students wishing to study at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. It measures English proficiency for academics, enabling you to take classes and blend in at your new college or university. IELTS is the only English language test that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has accredited for the student direct stream.

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Women and children play in the water fountains at Place des Arts in Montreal, Canada on a hot summer day. Source: Eva Hambach/AFP

Housing options

It is best to settle your student accommodation in Canada as soon as possible. How much you pay for your student accommodation in Canada will depend on the type of accommodation and the city and province you will be living in.

If this is your first time in Canada and you can afford it, choose on-campus accommodation. These are run by the university which means you will have plenty of staff and facilities nearby to help you. You will stay with other students in individual or shared accommodation, usually located on or near campus.

If you want to explore more of the city or town you’re in rather than just your campus, choose private accommodation. Pro Tip: Check out FB groups and connect with like-minded people. In terms of cost, it’s usually cheaper than on-campus accommodation because it has fewer bells and whistles, but keep in mind there are additional costs and effort. You will probably have to pay for Internet, heat, cable and electricity yourself. If the apartment is unfurnished, you will also have to splurge on furniture that you cannot bring home to India.

People ice skate on the outdoor rink at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Ont., January 5, 2022. Credit: Geoff Robins/AFP

Living costs

At the time of writing, one Indian rupee is equivalent to approximately CA$0.017; and C$1 equals 60.23 Indian rupees. This information is important because it will tell you if you can afford all the costs to study and work in Canada.

The monthly cost of living for a student in Toronto per month – less rent – is C$879.95. A one-bedroom apartment in downtown Toronto costs an average of CA$2,237; a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs CA$90; and a monthly transit pass costs CA$151.15 – according to data from Numbeo.

Toronto is not the most expensive city in Canada, it is Vancouver in British Columbia. The third to fifth most expensive cities are Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, AB; and Ottawa, Ontario.

Study permit

Canada issues international students a Canadian study permit that allows you to study, stay and obtain a social insurance number to work in Canada, as long as your student status at a designated learning institution (DLI) is valid. Note that your study permit is not a visa; this won’t let you into Canada.

You may also need a visitor’s visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). “If we approve your study permit, we will issue one to you along with your study permit,” the government said.

You can apply for a study permit online whether you are in Canada or abroad. It costs 150 Canadian dollars per application. If you are unable to complete an electronic application due to a disability or problems with online applications, you can submit the form on paper. Find the list of documents you will need to apply here.

Studying and working in Canada is pretty cool, for all the right reasons. Source: Andrej Ivanov/AFP

Travel Restrictions

Good news for international students traveling to Canada: the country recently announced plans to scrap pre-arrival COVID testing for fully vaccinated travellers. As of April 1, 2022, travelers will no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada. This latest news on the Canadian border was announced in This declaration.

“Adjustments to Canada’s border measures are made possible by a number of factors, including Canada’s high vaccination rate, the increasing availability and use of rapid tests to detect infection, declining hospitalizations and the availability increasing number of treatments for COVID-19 in the country,” said the Minister of Health. says Jean-Yves Duclos.

“As vaccination levels and health system capacity improve, we will continue to consider further relaxing border measures – and when to adjust these measures – to keep people safe in Canada.

Working while studying

Working while studying is a great way to add value to your overall experience in a new country. As Canada is known to have one of the most work-friendly policies if you are a study permit holder, you are in luck. If you are enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), you have the right to work under certain conditions as an international student in Canada. This not only gives you more spending money to enjoy the best Canada has to offer, but also adds to your resume.

Landing your first gig can be the hardest part of the journey, especially if you have no previous work experience. It doesn’t help that employers prefer locals in the hiring process, resulting in international students being routinely ignored, even in entry-level jobs.

As a full-time student, you are not permitted to work more than 20 off-campus hours during the academic year. This is a condition outlined on your study permit, and violating it can have serious consequences for your immigration status, including ruining your chances of obtaining permanent resident status after obtaining your diploma or, in the worst case, expulsion.

PR course

Once you’ve graduated and landed a job through the PGWP, you’re probably wondering if you want to live in Canada for good. Luckily for you, it will be easier for international students to become Canadian PRs. The country is developing new ways to do this.

According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the Canadian government hopes to offer international students a pathway to permanent residency. He further highlighted the importance of immigration and the contributions of international students to the country’s economy in an interview with ApplyBoard.

“Our message to international students and graduates is simple,” he told ApplyBoard. “We don’t just want you to study here. We hope to create pathways that will allow you to stay here and make a lasting contribution beyond your academic career.

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