Application Procedure for Canada
The application procedure for Canada requires the following steps:
Step 1 – Research: The students should do their research on the universities or their colleges that they wish to apply to along with the programs that they are interested in applying for.
We at AM Consulting counsel you to understand your careers goals and aspirations and accordingly design a custom roadmap for you. We will then help you in shortlisting of the courses and the universities that you should apply to, based on a number of factors. We make our students apply to a minimum of 8-10 universities, dividing them into AMBITIOUS, MODERATE and SAFE options.
Step 2 – Taking the Required Tests: Each program in Canada will require the student to give certain tests in order to be considered for admission. Students need to give the GRE for Master’s and the GMAT for the MBA programs along with English language tests such as the IELTS or the TOEFL. Students need to start preparing for these exams well in advance as many a times; they might have to give additional attempts of the exams for improving their scores. The students will then to report their scores to the Universities that we wish to apply to by paying a small fee.
Step 3 – Preparing the Documents: Next the students need to put together the following documents for the application process:
- Transcripts: Transcripts are mark sheets presented in a certain format. A student will need to apply at their respective schools or colleges for getting their transcripts issued. Each transcript will be stamped & signed, and then sealed in an envelope which also needs to be stamped and signed. A student will need to make sure that the transcript states the medium of instruction as English as this may sometimes waive off the IELTS or TOEFL requirement.
- Statement of Purpose/Essays: Each university will need the student to submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as part of the application packet. The SOP is a life story of a student in around 800 words which allows the admission committee to separate the best applications from the average ones. An SOP will contain answers to questions such as what have you studied till now and why? Why are you interested in the particular course that you are applying for? What have you chosen that university? What are you short and long term goals? And so on. All the students applying for a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree will need to submit their Statement of Purpose specific to each university. MBA applicants will have to answer 3-4 university specific essay questions. An SOP can make or break a student’s application and is one of the most important parts of the application process. A crisp and well-crafted SOP can make up for a low GRE or GMAT score or even low academics.
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- Letters of Recommendation: Universities require you to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (LOR) as a part of your application. One is a professional one and the other is an academic one. You need to nominate your manager at your workplace and a professor at your college for writing these letters for you. These LORs are also one of the most important parts of your application wherein your referees make a case for your selection to that particular university. You need to nominate referees who know your well and under whom you have grown professionally or academically.
We at AM Consulting provide assistance in writing LOR’s for our students. You can contact us here to know more about our LOR packages.
- Resume: The students need to prepare a professional looking resume which is no more than 2 pages, as part of their application. The resume should contain the student’s academic as well as professional information.
- Proof of Work Experience/Internships/Social Work: In order to strengthen the application, a student can submit additional documents such as an offer letter, internship experience letter or a certificate for completion of social work done at a local non-governmental organization (NGO).
- Other Documents: A student will also need to submit their passport copies, 2-3 photos and the university application form.
Step 4 – Application to the Universities: Application for a Bachelor’s degree is normally done through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), whereas the application for a Master’s degree is done through the university website. Each application contains the above mentioned documents. Most of the universities will ask for an application fee to be paid while submitting the application. The students will need a credit card for paying it.
Step 5 – Test Score Reporting: After applying to the universities, the student will need to report his or her GRE/GMAT and the IELTS/TOEFL scores to the various universities that they have applied to. The universities ask for the scores to be directly sent to them via the testing authorities. Reporting to each university will require a certain fee to be paid to the testing authorities.
Step 6 – Interviews: Some universities have an additional round wherein they will ask the student to have a Skype interview with one of their faculty members or submit a video interview.
Once an application is done, a student has to wait anywhere between 2-3 months for Canadian universities to give their decisions.
Step 7 – Visa: Upon accepting an offer from a particular university, the next step is to apply for the student visa at the Canadian Consulate in or around your city. The student will need to submit forms, get a health checkup done and pay the required visa application fee. Post this; the student will need to go to the consulate for submitting his or her biometrics.
As part of the visa application process the student needs to show funds in his or her account that will be enough to cover his fees as well as living expenses while in Canada. Alternatively if the student’s parents are funding the education then, the student can also submit an affidavit of financial support.
Student Direct Stream: In June 2018, Canada introduced the ‘Student Direct Stream’ (SDS), a faster and easier visa processing mechanism for students from the following countries:
You can apply if you’re a legal resident in:
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) program replaced the Student Partners Program (SPP) in India. Under the SDS program the processing time for student visas will come down to 45 days from 60 days earlier. The SDS program is available to students opting for post-secondary courses at all Designated Learning Institutes (DLI’s) in Canada.
Under the SDS program all the following criteria have to be met upfront:
- A copy of your acceptance letter from a designated learning institution
- A copy of your upfront medical exam confirmation document
- Proof that you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000. Colleges have tie ups with banks such as Scotia Bank, ICICI bank and a few others from where students can buy a GIC.
- Proof that you’ve paid the tuition fees for your first year of study
- A minimum score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS with no bands less than 6.0
The SDS program complements the express entry system as these students will be well placed to continue on the path to permanent residency and Canadian citizenship after completing their studies in Canada. The express entry program for permanent residency is point based and a Canadian education helps garner extra points. An applicant can get 15 points for a post-secondary education program in Canada if it’s 1 to 2 year in duration and 30 points if its duration is 3 years or more.
Next steps are to looking for accommodation around your university, applying for part time jobs at the University; learn some cooking, booking you flights and start preparing for the exciting study abroad journey.
Admission Documents Checklist to STUDY IN CANADA:
- Transcripts and Degree Certificate
- Statement of Purpose/Essays
- A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
- Work Offer Letter/Certificates
- SAT/GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL Scores
- Application Form