CANADA

Hosting nearly half a million international students, Canada is known to offer high quality education at affordable tuition fee with degrees that are globally recognised and valued. Add to it, the excellent quality of life, immense post-study work and immigration opportunities – Canada stands out as a popular destination to study among Indian students.

Every institution in Canada boasts of diversity and a vibrant environment. You can expect events, fests, and other happening activities being conducted from time to time. It leads to a happy and lively environment for all the students, helps you network and meet new people and even keeps the homesickness away.

One of the major reasons behind Canada’s popularity among students is its affordable quality education. The Canadian government spends generously on higher education and is among the top three countries to spend per capital on post-secondary education.

Study levels in Canada

Since the education system in Canada is managed by the provincial governments, the study levels and educational stages may lie in different clusters with different names. Here’s a synopsis:

Qualification

Duration

Description

Certificates and Diploma

1 to 2 years

Vocational and job-oriented programs, mainly technical

Associate degree

2 years

Equivalent to first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree

Bachelor’s degree

3 to 4 years

And undergraduate degree which requires successful completion of secondary school. The duration of your course depends on the province and type of program although most courses last for 4 years. Certain provinces like Quebec have bachelor’s degree of 3 years.

Bachelor’s Honors degree

4 years

This will require getting a specific GPA or credits, a majors or a specialist program

Postgraduate diploma

1 to 2 years

A post bachelor degree qualification

Master’s degree (by thesis)

1 to 2 years

Often referred to as research masters, this requires mandatory submission of thesis for assessment and course completion

Master’s degree (by non-thesis)

1 to 2 years

This is a taught master’s degree, not requiring thesis submission

Doctorate or PhD

4 to 7 years

Ph.D. is awarded when students complete dissertation and successfully defend their work before a panel of faculty members

Post-Doctoral Programs

No time limit

Specialized research-oriented programs