Q: How much approximately will it cost for an international student to study in Canada?
A: Usually there are two major types of cost for studying in Canada. The first type of cost is school expenses including: tuition, material cost, and any other school fees. The school expenses vary in different provinces and schools. The annual school cost in Ontario or British Columbia is around $12,000.00. The second type of cost is living expense including: house rental fee, food, health insurance, and other cost. Usually, the annual living expense in Canada is around $10,000.00 – 12,000.00.
Q: Do I need to pay tuition fee before registering courses?
A: Yes, you do. International students must prepay their tuition fee before being able to register in courses. Some institutions will require international students to pay certain amount of deposit before registering courses, but this deposit will directly go to their account as their tuition fee after their registration. Worth to mention that there are still few colleges doesn’t require the prepaid tuition, that means the students only required to pay the registration fee even though paying certain amount of deposit will help the visa application.
Q: How long does it take to process the student’s Canada visitor visa if the application is made in (China)?
A: After sending the application to Canada visa office, the applicant will get the response in around 1-2 month.
Q: What is the school starting time in Canada in a year and when will be is the best time to go to Canada?
A: Usually, Canada schools start the new semester in January, May, and September. For some institutions, majority of the programs will start in September, and a few of them will be offered in January. The best time for students to go to Canada will be one month before the semester starts so that they can have some time to settle down in Canada and get familiar with Canadian life. For those whose English ability is low, we suggest them to go to Canada even earlier to prepare their English before the courses start.
Q: What documents do I need to submit to apply the post-secondary institutes in Canada?
A: The most common documents required by Canadian institutes include a valid study permit (if the application is made in Canada), passport picture page, and original or notarized high school transcript and graduation certificate. Students also need to submit a standardized English test score (such as IELTS and TOEFL) to meet English Proficiency Requirement. For some specific department, students may also require to submit their study plan, resume, reference letter, and portfolio.
Q: What is university transfer program? How many maximum credits can I transfer to university?
A: University Transfer Programs are offered by colleges and universities for the procedure of granting credit to a student for educational experiences or courses undertaken at another institution. Some common UT situations are: university to university, college to university, and high school special post secondary traning program to university or to college. Transfer credit is not guaranteed when a student transfers from one institution to another. Universities only accept students transfer up to 60 credits from other post-secondary institution. Whether the students will be accepted or not depends on their GPA of the UT courses they take.
Q: Can I work after school or during weekends in Canada, if I am an international student with study permit?
A: Yes, you can, but you must apply for an off-campus work permit to legitimize your working experience. This work permit will allow you to work 20 hours per week during the school session. CEC will help its member student to acquire the off-campus work permit.
Q: How do I qualify to apply for post-graduate work permit? Can I become immigrant after my study in Canada?
A: You will be qualified to apply for post-graduate work permit when you graduate from an eligible program (usually minimum 2 year academic program) at post-secondary institution. This work permit is valid 3 years which allows you to gain some valuable Canadian Experience. If you successfully get a full time job offer within the specific work category and your study discipline, you may qualify to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for the Canadian PR status. Otherwise, after working for a minimum period of one full year, you are eligible to apply for permanent residence status through Canadian Experienced Class (CEC).
Q: How can I take money to Canada safely and legally?
A: There are two major methods to bring money into Canada. The first way is to transfer money into your Canada bank account through an international local banks using telegraphic money transfer system (European or Chinese for instance). The second way is to use money order issued by international local banks and deposit it into Canadian account when you are in Canada ( Chinese, Mexican, etc). You are also allowed to carry money in cash with you into Canada, but you would have to report to the Border Custom Agency for any amount of money exceeding $10,000 CAD.