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Study in Canada - The Best Colleges and Job Opportunities

Canada is one of the biggest destinations when it comes to studying abroad. A lot of students, not just from India but around the world prefer studying in Canada - one of the main reasons being the ease of obtaining a Permanent Residence (PR) Card. The cost of higher education in Canada is cheaper than that in the US. Unlike in the US, if you are studying in Canada, your spouse is allowed to come and work in Canada until you complete your academics. However, it is very essential to know the universities or colleges that can provide you with great avenues like good job opportunities and Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada.
Types of Colleges/Universities in Canada
Student Partnership Program (SPP) Colleges

Some of these colleges are run by collaboration between the Canadian Government and the Indian High Commission. The admissions are easy here, especially for the Indian students. The colleges help students excel in sectors like technology, design, fashion, media and arts, accounting and finance, marketing, HR, management, social and community services, construction management, health sciences, hospital and hotel management, etc.
SPP Colleges offer 2 year courses and awards Certifcate or Diploma or Post-Graduate Diploma or Advanced Diploma post completion of the studies. Usually, the Diplomas/ Post-Graduation Diplomas offered by these colleges are values across the globe.

So, what are the advantages of studying in SPP Colleges?
  • Very low visa rejections
  • The colleges accept students who have low or average academics and/or average IELTS score
  • Students with backlogs are eligible to apply
  • No GRE needed
  • Extremely High Job Opportunities
  • 2 years of work permit after the completion of a given course
  • Very affordable tuition fee
Admission Requirements for SPP Colleges:
  • For Diploma program, a Higher Secondary School (equal to Intermediate or 12th) certification is required and for Advanced Diploma programs, a Bachelor's Degree in a Diploma program is required. (Applicable for B.Com, BBA and B.Sc. students as well)
  • The minimum percentage for consideration is around 50-55%.
  • The expected IELTS score is around 6-6.5 (with no band less than 5.5)
  • Backlogs should be less than 5-8

Education Expenses inclusive of course fee:SPP Colleges are extremely affordable compared to many other colleges/ Universities worldwide, with tuition fee being around INR 8 - 10 Lakh per year.
Cost of Living:

  • Cost of living in Canada (in a shared accommodation model) is around INR 30,000/ month i.e. INR 3.6 Lakh per year.
Salaries Offered:
  • For students passing out of SPP colleges, the starting salary would be around C$ 4000 - 5000 / month which equals to INR 2 - 2.5 Lakh per month
  • There are a lot of part-time opportunities available (both in-campus and out-campus) and the average pay per hour is C$ 10, per week is C$ 200 (students are allowed to work 20 hours/ week legally). So, one can expect to earn upto C$ 800-C$1000 per month
Job Opportunities from these Colleges:
  • Job opportunities are abundantly available in sectors like CSE & IT, Business & Finance, Bio-science, Medicine & Healthcare, and Media & Journalism.
Good SPP Colleges
Here is a list of some of the good colleges under SPP:
  • Humber College, Toronto, Ontario
  • Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario
  • George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Bow Valley College, Calgary, Albert

Private Universities in Canada

The universities under this category are owned through private donations. These Universities are popular among students who want to pursue Management and Masters in CS and IT courses. Please note that one of the primary differences between SSP and Universities is that, SPP offers Diploma or PG Diploma, however Universities offer Masters Degree.
  • 3 years of work permit granted by Private Universities after the course completion.
  • Very good job opportunities for those pursuing Management and CS & IT courses.
Admission Requirement:
  • Should have a Bachelor's degree of 4 years
  • A minimum aggregate of 60% marks.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6)
  • Some top Universities also ask for a GRE score of 290+
  • Up to 5 backlogs are accepted.
Education Expenses inclusive of course fee:
  • Compared to SPP colleges Private Universities are slightly expensive with tuition fee amounting upto INR 10 - 12 Lakh per year
Some of the good Private Universities include:
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Quest University
  • Trinity Western University
  • NYIT Campus
  • Trinity Western University

Public Universities in Canada

Public Universities are a select group of the best universities looking for students who are strong in academics, with good score in IELTS and GRE. These are probably one of the best Universities globally. Like Private Universities these too offer 2 years Masters degree,
Advantages in brief:
  • Extreme high chances of very good jobs
  • Good for all courses/ streams of studies including bio-technology, pharmacy, mechanical and others
  • Possibility of a scholarship ranging between 40 and 50%.
Admission Requirement:
  • Should have a Bachelor's degree of 4 years.
  • An aggregate percentage of 70% marks.
  • IELTS score of 7 (with no band less than 6.5)
  • Most of the Public Universities ask for a GRE score of 300-310
  • No Backlogs
Cost of Studies:
  • While the tuition fee in Public Universities is slightly higher at INR 14 - 15 Lakh per annum, the high possibility of scholarships upto 50% eventually reduces the burden on students.
How are the salaries for students passing out of Canadian Universities?
Usually, the salaries post Masters from Public or Private Universities, is higher compared to that in the case of SPP Colleges.
  • The starting salary is C$ 5000 - 8000 / month which equals to INR 2.5 - 4 Lakh per month.
  • When part-time is taken into consideration, the average pay per hour is C$ 10-20, per week is C$ 200-400, per month is C$ 800-2000
In short, for students with average or weak academics, average IELTS score and those who are not keen on giving GRE, SPP Colleges are the best. Though they offer Diploma/ PG Diploma courses, they come with their own advantages like good job opportunities, easy admission and visa acceptance, affordable tuition fees. However, students with good academics, ILETS and GRE score, should look for Public Universities, which are ambitious and on any given day provide better opportunities as compared to SPP colleges.

Sumanth Palepu
ConduiraWWEC (Chief Marketing Officer)
Published date : 29 Oct 2019 11:49AM

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