JOHN ASHBOURNE

A growing number of Indian students are choosing to pursue post-secondary studies abroad, and Canada’s government is keen to encourage more of them to join the 8,000 Indians already at Canadian Universities.

The country boasts of 90 universities, including some — like McGill, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia — that are ranked as among the best in the world.

The over 175,000 international students who study in Canada generally find it easy to fit into such a multi-ethnic society. Over four per cent of the Canadian population is South Asian, and major cities all have an international character that makes settling in relatively easy for new arrivals.

Choosing the college

Choosing the university to which you wish to apply is a very important and very personal choice. There is no official ranking of Canadian universities but Macleans.ca/education and GlobeCampus.ca provide profiles of all of the major schools, and show comparisons in different areas.

Application procedures differ by university, and there is no national admission system or set of requirements. The requirements will vary, and you should begin to do research into the process a year before you want to begin studying.

Final deadlines will be between six and nine months before the term starts in September.

Students may apply for a Student Permit only after being accepted into their university.

A permit will be issued to those who can prove that they have no criminal record, are in good health, and have enough money to pay for their time in Canada and return trip to India. A soon-to-be launched pilot programme aims to have visas processed within 7-10 days.