The major intake for Canada primarily is 'Fall' i.e. September. The other intake is in the month of 'winter' i.e. January, but it depends on the students program and the institution that he/she is applying to. Very few institutes might have the May intake as well.

There are several programs on offer by Canadian university. However, the management, engineering and medical courses are the most sought after.

Study Programs

UG Programs

For seeking admission to an undergraduate course, a minimum of twelve years of education is the required qualification. Students pursuing the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) have an advantage as ISCE system is similar to the British System and its is easy to interpret for the US colleges. In case of CBSE and State Boards the student may have to communicate course contents, level of study etc., to the university.

PG Programs

Postgraduate Management Programme (MBAs)

Most colleges require an educational level of 10+2+3. The top colleges however insist on 10+2+4. In both cases, a minimum work experience of two years is also required.

Graduate Management Aptitude Test is required for the MBA aspirants. The test assesses the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidate. The test is held in a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) format and the candidate requires having the basic computer skills. 

Questions are displayed in the computer screen one at a time and system ‘adapts’ the level of the following questions based on the responses of the candidate. A score of 650 and above is considered excellent. The test is held in October, January, March and June all over the world and details on it are available in the test bulletin.


Certificate: is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length.

Diploma: is a qualification awarded on the basis of one or two year's of successful study. 

Advanced Diploma: Is a 3 years program some of which may lead to a Bachelors Degree.

Bachelors Degrees: Are awarded by Universities/ University Colleges/ Community Colleges after four years of full-time study and lead to graduate level studies.

Post Graduate Diplomas/Certificates: It leads to a Masters Degree. These programs have work terms which provide full-time opportunities to gain practical experience along with theoretical studies. A typical co-op term lasts 12 to 17 weeks. The prerequisite to participate in theseprograms is a Bachelors Degree of 3 or 4 years duration.

Master Degree: Is an option for Bachelors Degree. Graduates who have an interest in further learning and research and for those who want to broaden their career possibilities. It is for 2 yrs duration and can be pursued after 4 yrs Bachelors or 3 yrs Bachelors & a 1 year Post Graduate Diploma from Canada.

Doctorate or PhD: Is a degree ranking above the Masters Degree and generally requires four to seven years to complete.

For any postgraduate programme, you need to have completed 16 years of education, i.e. 10+2+4. This means that you cannot pursue a master's course in Canada if you have completed a three year degree course in India. You therefore need to pursue a one year postgraduate diploma or a two year post graduate degree if you are interested in further studies in America/Canada

Degree holders in Engineering and medicine however don't have any such problem.

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