Canada is one of the top study destinations for students from different parts of the world. Not only is the Canadian education system better than most developed and developing countries, but also it is reasonably priced in comparison to Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
While the average annual cost of an undergraduate degree for an international student in a Canada is USD $10,000 (Stats Canada, 2015-16), that in the U.S.A is USD $24,000 (Top Universities, 2016-17). Moreover, the cost of living in Canada is also low. While renting or sharing a room in New York can cost more than USD $700, a similar room in Ottawa or Toronto costs USD $ 350.
Within Canada, while Newfoundland and Labrador are the cheapest for international students, British Columbia is the costliest. The difference can be staggering USD 4000 per annum.
Apply for Canada Study Visa:
Applying for a Canadian study visa is a very simple process. For September intake, you’ll need to apply in May-June and for January intake, you’ll have to apply in September-October. Before applying for visa, an African student will have to keep the following documents ready:
- Letter of Acceptance from a Canadian educational institution.
- Study Plan.
- Proof of current studies.
- Academic documents
- Proof of sufficient funds.
Let me explain each of these in greater detail specifically for an African student.
Once you hire Global Africans’ services, we’ll first arrange a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. Each DLI has separate requirements regarding previous academic scores and IELTS bands. Global Africans recommend a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS with no module less than 5.5. To learn more about IELTS, visit our website http://www.eltecenglish.com
Remember, acceptance in DLIs depends on your academic scores and Global Africans merely act as facilitators of the process.
Study Plan is one of the most important document is your application. If conveys your intentions to the visa officer. Global Africans, with its team of ELTEC writers (www.eltecenglish.com), will help you write a perfect plan. You plans, our writers. Simple.
A Study Plan includes the following elements:
- Why do you wish to study in Canada in that particular program? Why don’t you pursue this program in your home country in Africa?
- Your educational goals.
- Have you conducted research in your intended area of study? Prove it.
- How will the Canadian program help you secure gainful employment in your country of residence in Africa?
- Your ties to your country of residence.
- A C.V if you’ve left studies more than 2 years ago.
Okay. So far, so good. Let us discuss the proof of sufficient funds. But before that, what are sufficient funds?
Canada wants its prospective international students to show tuition fees for one year + CAD $10,000. So, if your tuition fees are CAD $12,000, you’ll need to show CAD $22,000 to the visa officer. Thus, as a student from Ghana, for instance, you’ll have to show Ghanian Cedi 73,000. As a Liberian student, you’ll have to show Liberian Dollars 1,550,000. This may sound too much, but a western education is not cheap. Right?
Which official documents can you submit to prove your funds? Well, you can submit the following documents:
- Bank statements or bank book for past 3 months.
- Letter of financial support from parents or a sponsor. A sponsor or parent must submit his/her bank statement. A sponsor should additionally prove his/her relationship to you and write a letter why he/she is supporting your studies.
- Official letter of scholarship.
- Income from rental property.
- Income from farming.
- Proof of payment (if fees are already paid).
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