How to study for a four-year degree in Canada

Four-year study programs in Canada are undergraduate, medical or doctoral degree programs. In general, the duration for college student and PhD programs range from 3-5 years depending on the course and the region where the Canadian university is located. Medical applicants must have a bachelor’s degree before they can study for a four-year MD degree. PhD candidates must have a master’s or bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite to study the desired course Canada.

Canadian universities to study four year degree program

Your journey to study in Canada is best started by choosing an academic institution of your choice. This will, of course, depend on factors such as the course of study, the category of the study program and the location of the university. Many universities in Canada offer scholarships after students are accepted into a four-year degree program.

Below are some of the most popular universities in Canada that one can easily choose when they want to study in Canada.

  1. University of Toronto.
  2. University of Manitoba.
  3. University of Waterloo
  4. McMaster University
  5. University of Calgary
  6. University of Alberta
  7. McGill University
  8. University of British Columbia
  9. University of Montreal
  10. University of Winnipeg

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General Entry Requirements for a Four-Year Degree Program in Canada

Undergraduate, medical and doctoral students must be admitted to a Canadian university before they can study the course of their choice.

Applicants usually submit the following requirements when applying to study for a four-year degree at Canadian universities:

      • Copy of high school or secondary school transcript/certificate (undergraduate applications)
      • Copy of master’s degree or degree certificate from any accredited university (postgraduate candidates).
      • Proof of funds or financing which is usually in the form of bank statements.
      • Scores or certificate of English proficiency
      • Official transcripts from previous universities
      • The curriculum vitae or curriculum vitae
      • Letters of recommendation submitted by your school referees
      • SAT or ACT scores (undergraduate applicants)
      • Official MCAT scores (for medical school applicants)
      • Completed application form
      • Statement of purpose or personal statement.

Canada Student Visa or Study Permit

After receiving an acceptance letter from the Canadian university, the next step would be to apply for a study permit and student visa (temporary visa or electronic travel authorization). THE study permit is a legal document that allows the student to study and live in Canada for the period of its validity while a student visa or electronic travel permit is a legal permit that allows the student to enter Canada. An electronic travel permit is usually attached to a person’s passport and is valid for five years. Both documents are needed to study in Canada.

Steps to obtain a student visa and study permit

    1. Be admitted to a Canadian university and accept the offer of Admission– An acceptance letter will be sent to you by the university most of the time via email. This allows you to start your study permit and student visa application.
    2. Check your eligibility to apply for study permits The following individuals or group may not need to apply for a study permit.
      • Those enrolling in a course lasting 6 months or less
      • Acting members of foreign armed forces from a country designated as visiting forces.
      • Family members or members of the private staff of a diplomatic representative, consular officer, agent or official of a country other than Canada, the United Nations or any of its organizations, or any international organization of which Canada is a member do not require a study permit . Instead, they require diplomatic or official visas.
      • Indians registered in Canada.
      • More eligibility information for applying for a study permit can be found at the Government of Canada official webpage.
    3. Prepare the documents required for a study permit application- Make sure all required documents for the study permit application are complete. The list of documents required for the application includes:
      • The original letter of acceptance from the designated educational institution or university of acceptance
      • A valid international passport/travel document
      • Letter of intent
      • Two recent passport size photographs with the student’s name and date of birth on the back.
      • Bank statement proving sufficient financial support to study in Canada. The amount usually covers tuition and living expenses for one year.
      • An English proficiency test certificate (IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, Duolingo, PTE Academic, C1 Advanced) is required if the student comes from a non-English speaking country. A Certificat d’acceptance du Québec is required in addition to the following: English and French translations, a copy of the original documents and a declaration by the translator. These documents must be submitted if the student intends to study in Quebec.
      • A medical certificate or record proving that the student is in good health is required.
      • A Police Certificate is required confirming that the student has no criminal record
      • Proof of study permit fee payment (CAD 150 – rate subject to change).
      • A completed student permit application form
    1. Apply for a Canadian study permit– A student must apply for a study permit before entering Canada. The study permit is applied for its use Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Mail-listed documents should be mailed to the Canadian embassy in the applicant’s country if there is a slow or no internet connection in the applicant’s country.
    2. Biometrics appointment and interview book– The student should make a biometric appointment in his/her home country at a visa application center or Canadian embassy. This should be done as soon as possible before the deadline on the biometric instruction letter. The student is required to enter their biometric data such as fingerprints and signature during the process and pay a biometric fee of CAD 85. An interview may follow after biometric capture.

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Processing Time for Canadian Study Permit

After applying for a study permit, a period of approximately 90 days is used to process the application. It is important that you submit all the requested documents so that the application is not rejected or delayed. Processing time may be faster (approximately 20 days) using the Student Direct stream which costs CAD 150. It is available to applicants from Senegal, China, Vietnam, Morocco, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

If a student’s study permit application is successfully approved, they will be sent a letter of introduction stating that the student is allowed to enter Canada. This letter should be shown to the Canadian Border Services Officer and the student’s study permit will then be issued at the point of entry into Canada. An electronic travel permit will also be linked to the student’s passport and is valid until the passport expires or for 5 years. [useful link]

Work while studying for a four-year degree in Canada

All students with a valid study permit can work in Canada for 20 hours per week during academic semesters and full-time during school breaks or holidays. Students can work on campus or off campus and earn to offset living expenses. Some part-time jobs that students can do while studying in Canada include:

  • Educator
  • Teacher’s assistant
  • freelance writer
  • Freelance Graphic Designer/UX Designer
  • sales development representative
  • translator
  • Uber driver
  • little Bear
  • accountant
  • customer service assistant

Some four-year undergraduate programs are accompanied by co-op jobs or career-related fellowships that last from 4-12 months. During the summer, students can choose to work as interns for up to four consecutive terms. Co-ops are a great way to get paid and gain hands-on experience in the student’s academic major.

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