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Study in Canada from Bangladesh, requirements, IELTS score, cost and scholarship 2023

Study in Canada from Bangladesh, requirements, IELTS score, cost and scholarship 2023 : Canada is a popular destination for study to International students specialty for Bangladeshi. The Canadian Government provides an opportunity to Bangladeshi students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

IELTS requirements for Canada

To gain your Canadian visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work, and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations, and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

If you want to pursue your undergraduate degree in Canada, then you require a minimum of 6.0 band in your IELTS with no band less than 5.5 and similarly, for a post-graduate degree, you require to score 6.5 band with no band less than 6.0.

Student visa requirements for Canada

To study in Canada students require a study permit. While a student visa authorises your entry into Canada, a study permit validates your stay in Canada. It is a mandatory immigration document for an international student. 

if you hold a study permit, you must remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your course.

Your study permit is always accompanied by a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Please note that a study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada while a visitor visa or ETA allows you to enter Canada. Your expert will help you access the latest information and connect you with authorized migration experts.

Cost to study in Canada

Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. To cover this, you will need approximately between CAD 13,000 – CAD 35,000 a year. 

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education, and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher, and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive. The average cost for these programs ranges between CAD 30,000-42,000.

Study programsAverage annual fee / cost
1Undergraduate program$13,000 to $20,000
2Postgraduate master’s degree$17,000 to $25,000
3Doctoral degree$7,000 to $15,000
4Masters of Business administration (MBA)$30,000 to $40,000
Cost to study in Canada

Scholarships to study in Canada

Here are some popular government-funded scholarships available for Bangladeshi students to study in Canada:

Name of the scholarshipDescriptions
1Shastri Indo-Canadian InstituteOffers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate and from research to training fellowships
2Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship PlanThis scheme identifies students with high intellect from Commonwealth countries applying to programs of advanced study and research at the Master’s and Ph.D. level
3Ontario Graduate Scholarship ProgramThis scholarship is for graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines.
4National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)Research associateship is offered to master’s degree holders in engineering and Ph.D. holders in natural science or engineering disciplines
5Quebec Provincial Government ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students studying in Quebec.
6Ontario Trillium ScholarshipFirst announced in November 2010 for doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario
7Partnership Grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaThis scholarship is for Ph.D. candidates.
8Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsThis is offered by the Canadian government to international students to pursue postgraduate programs within natural science, social sciences, or healthcare research.
9Vanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsThis scholarship is awarded by the Government of Canada to meritorious students who aspire to pursue a doctoral degree at a Canadian institution
Scholarships to study in Canada

Admission sessions in Canada

Intakes or sessions starts in Canada : Unlike a single intake in Bangladeshi universities, Canadian colleges and universities offer three intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The three intakes available in Canada are:

  • Fall : A popular intake among Bangladeshi students, The Fall intake starts in the month of September
  • Winter : Starts in January; it’s best if you miss the September intake
  • Summer : Available for limited programs and colleges, the Summer intake usually starts around April and May  

Top courses to study in Canada

Here are the popular courses that you can choose for studying in Canada : 

  • Computer science
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health sciences
  • Physiotherapy
  • Information technology
  • Animation and gaming
  • Hospitality

Top universities to study in Canada

When deciding which university to study at, it is crucial that you also look at the world university rankings. 

InstitutionQS Ranking 2023 (Globally)QS Ranking 2022 (Globally)
1University of Toronto3426
2McGill University31=27
3University of British Columbia4746
4University of Montreal116111
5University of Alberta110126
6McMaster University152140
7University of Waterloo154=149
8Western University172170
9University of Ottawa237230
10University of Calgary242235
Top universities to study in Canada

Check where these Canadian universities rank on the Times Higher Education charts.

Cost of living in Canada

Indeed, there exists a substantial difference between living in Canada and your home country. It is important to explore the Canadian lifestyle and cost of living of the place where you plan to stay. Quebec makes one of the most affordable Canadian cities with the cost of living far less compared to other cities.

Also, while applying for your student permit, you have to prove to the Canadian government that you have enough money to meet the financial expenses. So, keep that in mind! 

When planning your budget, do include the following expenses:

  • Communication costs: Always set aside money in your budget for phone and data bills as you’d be calling your friends and family back home frequently. Look for low-cost calling plans as well as student discounts. The average monthly cost will be around CAD 20.
  • Textbooks and supplies: Buying textbooks can be costly. Books for engineering courses, for example, might cost anywhere between CAD 250 and CAD 350. The value of courses like law, medicine, and pharmacy can be even higher. You may keep this within your budget by buying used books, purchasing digital versions, or even enrolling in a library membership.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals: Laundry, toiletries, clothing, dining out, and so on will be part of your everyday spending. This is largely dependent on the type of lifestyle you select.

Job prospects in Canada

Canada, over the past few years, has seen an abundance of international students from around the world and has provided various work opportunities to both, students and working professionals. As per Forbes and US News released rankings, Canada is considered as the best country amongst G20 countries for establishing business operations. Moreover, it’s also predicted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, that the country will be ranked as the 3rd best country amongst G7 for doing business over the 5 years i.e., 2018 to 2022, which only implies that ample job opportunities await an international student during and after completion of their studies in the time to come.

Know why Canada is so popular with Bangladeshi students

Hosting nearly half a million international students, Canada is known to offer high-quality education at affordable tuition fees with globally recognized degrees. Add to it, an excellent quality of life, immense post-study work and immigration opportunities – Canada stands out as a popular country to study among Bangladeshi students.

What is a study permit?

This is not a visa, it’s a permit or a document issued by the Citizen and Immigration (CIC) which allows you to Study in Canada. If you hold a study permit, you must remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your course.

Your study permit is always accompanied along by a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Please note that a study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada while a visitor visa or ETA allows you to enter Canada. Your counsellor will help you access the latest information and connect you with authorized migration experts.

Documents required for your study permit

To apply for your study permit, you will need:

  • An acceptance letter from your education institution, and
  • A valid passport or travel document
  • Proof that you can support yourself or any family members who might accompany you, while you’re in Canada

Check the minimum funds that need to be reflected in your bank account as an international student

You must also:

  • Prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
    • tuition fees
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada, and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • Be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada (you may have to provide a police certificate)
  • Be in good health (you may need to complete a medical exam)
  • Have a letter of explanation: This letter explains your goals and interest to study in Canada

You will also be required to appear for a personal interview at the Canadian embassy or consulate.

To prove you can financially support yourself and any accompanying family members, you may be asked to provide:

  • Documentation of a Canadian bank account in your name, if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Documentation of a student/education loan from a financial institution
  • Bank statements
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees
  • A letter for the person or institution providing your funding
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are enrolled in a Canadian-funded educational program

*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your IDP Counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing

Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the CIC official website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to Canada. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

Study permit fee

As an applicant from outside Canada, you will have to pay CAD150 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee when applying here).

Study in Canada from Bangladesh

3 Easy Steps to Studying Abroad with IDP Education

  • Meet an education counsellor : Our expert counsellors will help you find the course that’s right for you, based on your qualifications, course eligibility, and budget.
  • Help with your Application : IDP education counsellor will support your visa and course applications, providing detailed information and advice along the way.
  • Pack your Bags to depart : IDP Education organises pre-departure information events to help you get ready to arrive in your new country.

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