Canada is home to some of the best universities and colleges in the world that offer a wide range of undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate courses for international students. Their industry-oriented educational programs make postgraduate employment prospects easy. Every year a large number of students from across the globe enroll in colleges and universities to fulfill their cherished dream. Besides the world-famed research-oriented Educational system, this country is also the most preferred destination to get PR after completion of studies program.
Here we are discussing the step-by-step guide to help you realize your dream to study abroad.
1-Doing self-analysis And Research
First and foremost, potential international students should put their first step forward by deciding the course. He/she has planned to study abroad and which college and university offer these programs. A student should explore the possible scope of that particular course in terms of employability and growth. Besides deciding to do research on the fee and the total cost involved. The student must explore the sources of finances to support the study program.
As a student succeeds in zeroing in course, college and finance, the location of the city where one wishes to move is also required to be finalized. Though a student can use his/her resources to get these pieces of information, assistance from a competent visa counselor is also helpful. Guidance from a highly experienced and professional counselling firm can save a lot of time energy and money.
2-Language proficiency test
The official language of Canada is English and French. Therefore, proof of proficiency in the English or French language is mandatory for getting an acceptance letter from the college. For the English language, the popular tests are IELTS and TOFEL. The requirement of the band score vary course to course and college to college.
In general, the students are required to score a minimum overall 6.0 bands score in which no band should be less than 5.5. But some courses and colleges require a minimum of 6.5 bands score with no band score less than 6.0. So far as the TOFEL score is concerned the minimum score required varies from 80 to 88. The higher the band score and the better would be the prospects of getting an acceptance letter from the desired college.
3-Apply for an acceptance letter
Once a student clears the language proficiency test and scores desired band score, the next step is to apply to the college which offers the chosen course/educational program. Here the student should also decide which intake would suit him/her the most. Generally, there are three intakes in Canadian colleges and Universities namely September, January and May. But September intake is the most popular for the students from India.
While applying for colleges, students should apply at least in more than one college. So that chance of getting an acceptance letter remain high and bright. Letter of acceptance is necessary for applying for a study permit. The two important points to be checked in the letter of acceptance such as the college/University must be DLI and the letter should have details like the name of the program and date of start and completion.
4-Apply for a student visa
Soon after receiving of letter of acceptance from DLI, the next step which is also the most deciding and most important is to apply for a study visa which is also known as a study permit. Please ensure that the following documents are ready in order to get the speedy a study permit:
- Letter of acceptance from DLI
- Valid passport
- Proof of language proficiency test (IELTS/TOFEL scorecard)
- Affidavit of financial support
- Police clearing certificate (PCC)
- Medical test report from the designated centre
The processing time varies from 3 weeks to 12 weeks. The candidate should also be ready for bio-metrics and interview. The candidate can apply on his/ her own or can consult an experienced and competent visa consultancy firm.
Once the candidate receives a study permit all he/she need is to book travel tickets. Also arrange all the necessary articles needed for the future stay in Canada which may include
- Clothes for winter,
- Electronic gadgets such as laptop, tablet etc.
the candidate should go through pre-departure list which will prove to be of immense help. Hope the information shared here will help you in pursuing your cherished dream.
For further information you may contact us through our website or give us a call. It would be our pleasure to guide you. We the Cosmo consultants have more than ten years of experience in IELTS preparation and visa counselling.
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