Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016
I completed my plus-two education in the medical stream with 74.4% in 2015. After that, I studied for a medical entrance test. But due to reservation in India, I am not enrolling in an MBBS programme because I am a general category candidate. I want to go to Canada to study medicine. So, please tell me about the medical courses I am eligible to apply to.
In most cases, medical schools in Canada only accept students with an undergraduate degree. I would recommend asking yourself: what part of medicine interests you? Pharmacy? Research? Psychiatry? You should select an undergraduate course which you feel would be helpful to you in the long term to your subsequent medical school studies. The UG programme needs to be a minimum of two years. It's a long investment, but a worthwhile one once you graduate. Canada and India both need more doctors.
I am a BCom student and would like to study sports management in Canada. What are the costs and the top three colleges teaching this subject? What are the employment opportunities after completing a course in this field?
These are some Canadian institutions that offer sports management – York University, Royal Roads, University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. You can find more on http://www.schoolfinder.com
There are two main components of the costs of studying in Canada: tuition and living expenses. Tuition varies across universities/colleges and programmes, starting at around US$10,000 per year (about Rs 6.6 lakh). Arts and humanities courses tend to be cheaper, while subjects such as engineering and medicine are among the more expensive. The average undergraduate tuition fee in Canada is relatively lower than in a number of other popular study destinations. You may be eligible for a postgraduate work permit upon successful completion of your academic programme. Programme eligible graduates can obtain an open work permit. You can find additional information about working in Canada as a student, at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp
I have an MBA finance degree. Due to some twist in my professional life, I moved to human resources. Hence, I am looking to study a specialised one-year MBA in Human Resource Management in Canada.
You're in luck! As it happens, the MBA Showcase will be passing through India November 19-26 this year. Six Canadian schools are expected to take part in Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. You might want to check out http://icbc.org.in/edu-canada-canadian-mba-showcase-tour-2016/ for further information
I completed my BA maths degree this year (elective English and computer science). I scored 54.67% with 6.5 in the IELTS. So, would you suggest some colleges related to the liberal arts?
- Neeraj Lamba
Here are a number of liberal arts colleges in Canada:
-Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
-Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Québec;
-The College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario
-Columbia College in Vancouver, British Columbia
-Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick
-Glendon College in Toronto, Ontario (a division of York University)
-Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario
-Laurentian University in Greater Sudbury, Ontario
-Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick
-Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario
-Providence College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba
-Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia
-Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario
-St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
-St Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (a federated college of the University of Saskatchewan)
-St Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick
-Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario
-Tyndale University College in Toronto, Ontario
-Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia
-University of Alberta Augustana Faculty, Alberta
-University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia
-University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta
I am an IT professional with 3.5 years of work experience. Can you please explain how studying in Canada will help me develop my techno-functional skills? Any specific courses/universities you would like to suggest for me?
Check this link for more information on your specific area of interest: https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/
I recently graduated in computer science engineering. I am trying to enrol in a PG diploma in computer science in one of the community colleges in Canada. What would my options be after completing the course? How tough is the course? I would also like to know the cost of living for a student. Other than that, do you have any suggestion or recommendation?
-Saurabh R Galagali
A number of schools offer this kind of course. It depends on what you are seeking in terms of employment. Some community colleges may be able to provide you with a one-/two-year course, while others such as Algonquin College may provide longer courses which can help you specialise further in certain types of IT: network security, gaming and others. Universities also offer strong courses in this regard, with some having linkages with potential employers after graduation. For example, BCIT and the University of Montreal have strong links with local games industries. The options are infinite. The programmes may be tougher in the universities, but can have some excellent prospects after graduation. Many colleges do publish facts and figures publicly about the rate of their graduates who subsequently find employment. Around 63.1% of all student applications were accepted last year. The actual number of applicants and study permits issued has increased by over 40%. Over 55,000 Indians are studying in Canada.
In terms of living expenses, accommodation in Canada is likely to cost around US$7,500-$15,000 per year (Rs 5 to 10 lakh). Living costs are generally higher in the biggest cities. You should also factor in the cost of books and supplies, insurance, bus pass, etc. The bus pass and insurance are often included in the tuition fee). Factoring in all of these costs together, Canada is a cheaper study destination than Australia, Singapore, the US or the UK, according to HSBC and QS World Rankings.
I am a final-year BE student studying mechanical engineering in Bangalore. How is the aggregate converted into a GPA? I will be looking at schools such as University of British Columbia, McGill and University of Waterloo. My question regarding percentage-GPA conversion is my biggest concern. However, I have other queries such as what is the job situation like in Canada for mechanical engineers after a Master’s degree and what is the average pay?
- Aditya U Shankar
This is one of the most attractive aspects of studying in Canada. International students registered for full-time post-secondary studies, with a valid study permit at eligible institutions may work up to 20 hours per week during the regular school term and up to 40 hours a week during regularly scheduled breaks. International students are also eligible to work in Canada for up to three years following graduation to obtain Canadian work experience. Under the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program, eligible graduates can obtain an open work permit. There is additional information about working in Canada as a student, which you can find here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp
How do I apply to universities in Canada? Are there any scholarships that I may apply for if I am interested in sports management? What are the alternatives to fund my studies in Canada?
There is no written test to obtain admission to programs offered by Canadian universities or colleges. The basic requirement is a strong academic standing demonstrated through secondary and senior secondary results (national curriculum - CBSE or ICSE) Popular programs and universities will require marks in the higher 80s, but this will vary across programs and institutions. English language proficiency: As English is not the first language in India, applicants from India must provide an English proficiency test score. An IELTS score of 6.5 and above or TOEFL (internet based) score of 90 or more is required. Although universities and colleges will accept either of the two, the Canadian High Commission in India highly recommends proof of your IELTS score. For SPP designated colleges and Universities, IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5. If you are applying to a Quebec-based university where the medium of instruction is French, then you must provide French proficiency test score. The Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT is not a requirement, although a few universities might consider SAT scores when reviewing applications (e.g., McGill, UofA). Graduate admissions: typically four years of bachelor degree program, good academic achievement, and proof of language proficiency. For admission into MBA programs, besides a four-year undergrad program, applicants should have a GMAT score (average 650 or above), and work experience of 2 years or more. As overseas schools understand more about Indian credentials each year, some universities have broadened their criteria to allow for a three-year degree program. With MBA studies in particular, the admissions process looks at the whole student, so one area where the student is particularly strong [i.e. experience] could compensate for another area which is less ideal [i.e. duration of study]. It’s all pretty specific to the institution.
At the undergraduate level, many universities offer entrance-level merit-based scholarships, ranging from 500 CAD to 4000 CAD (renewable) for which no separate applications are required – by virtue of applying, you are considered for the scholarship However, major scholarships which could go up to 10 000 CAD per year renewable are based on separate applications and demonstrated special achievements in extra-curricular activities, besides merit. You should definitely check the website of the universities or college you are applying to as this is usually a big feature! At the graduate level, universities offer a number of scholarships for students admitted to graduate programs. The province of Quebec has India-specific scholarships (30) for pursuing masters and PhD programs at Québec-based universities. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships provide a CAD50, 000 per year award to up to 500 students every year to pursue PhD programs at various Canadian universities. There are currently twelve Indian students who are recipients of this prestigious award. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is designed to attract world-class postdoctoral researchers who recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree. The scholarship provides $70,000 per year for two years. Since 2011, three researchers from India have received the scholarship. Please consult www.scholarships.gc.ca for additional information on Canadian government scholarships.
My daughter would like to join a postgraduate programme in international relations or a suitable course connected with journalism in 2017. Does the Canadian government have any scholarship programme especially for Indian nationals? If yes, then how should she apply for such a scholarship?
Please consult www.scholarships.gc.ca for information on Canadian government scholarships. Scholarships: At the undergraduate level, many universities offer entrance-level merit-based scholarships, ranging from 500 CAD to 4000 CAD (renewable) for which no separate applications are required – by virtue of applying, you are considered for the scholarship. However, major scholarships which could go up to 10 000 CAD per year renewable are based on separate applications and demonstrated special achievements in extra-curricular activities, besides merit. You should definitely check the website of the universities or college you are applying to as this is usually a big feature! At the graduate level, universities offer a number of scholarships for students admitted to graduate programs. The province of Quebec has India-specific scholarships (30) for pursuing masters and PhD programs at Québec-based universities. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships provide a CAD50000 per year award to up to 500 students every year to pursue PhD programs at various Canadian universities. There are currently five Indian students who are recipients of this prestigious award.
I am dentist with a BDS degree evaluated from WES as five years of professional study in dentistry. I have one year and two months’ experience in medical affairs and clinical research in pharmacovigilance. I want to know the scope in this field in Canada? Which courses do I pursue to find a job or will only my experience work?
Dentistry is a regulated profession in Canada, and you would have to meet the requirements of the province in which you wish to work. You will need a licence to work in Canada as a dentist. There may be other options such as dental hygienist or technician for which a college diploma would suffice.
If a student wants to pursue a bachelor of occupational therapy after 10+2, is there any specific subject required for it in Canada? Is it compulsory to study physics, chemistry and biology?
- Archi Shah
Many of the leading Canadian universities have programmes in occupational therapy, for which you will have to ask for specific requirements. In general, the prerequisites would be what you would expect: biology, for example. These are usually listed on their websites.
I completed my high school in 2009. I enrolled in a Bachelor of Technology but was not able to complete my BTech in the four year span. I continued to write my exams but I was not able to pass them even after seven years. In between I have worked with a company. I now wish to study for a bachelor’s degree in Canada. Am I eligible to study in Canada? Please help.
- Prateek Thakur
This is a difficult question to answer, given that it seems very specific. Usually, universities consider your last completed diploma. That being said, they may consider previously-completed courses and previous employment as a part of your application. I would check with the university you are looking to study in, and ask them that question directly. They usually are open about what they consider to be an acceptable university credit if you are looking to get advanced standing. I know that some Master's programmes do look at previous employment. In addition, when applying for a study permit, the visa officer will have to assess your academic ability based on available record to issue a visa for Canada.
What are the support services available to Indian students -- right from pre-departure information to career advice?
There is a pre-departure guide for students. You can find the answers here - http://www.educanada.ca/explore-explorer/canada/index.aspx?lang=eng
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