The academic year usually starts in September and ends in May, and is normally divided into two semesters. Some institutes operate on a semester or trimester system and admit students in January and/or May as well as September. Many institutes offer a limited number of courses and special programmes during the summer session.

Application Procedure

In most Canadian universities and colleges, the academic year is divided into two semesters, the fall semester (Sept-Dec), and the winter semester (Jan-May), with a short vacation at Christmas. Many colleges also offer a summer semester beginning in May.

University deadlines for the September session vary from institution to institution, though are generally from mid December to the end of March.

Colleges may have a rolling admission policy and will accept applications while processing time still permits.

Documents Required for Admission

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee (if applicable)
  3. Mark sheets - 10th, 12th, Graduation (all years)
  4. Transcripts
  5. IELTS /TOEFL/ SAT/GRE/ GMAT - Mark sheets
  6. Letter of recommendation
  7. Resume
  8. Statement of Purpose
  9. Work Experience Letter

Standardized Tests

Many Courses and Universities in Canada require you to take one of the standardized tests like GRE, GMAT along with English Proficiency tests like TOEFL, TWE and IELTS.

English Proficiency

TOEFL: This test is mandatory for International students applying to a Graduate course or University in Canada. The minimum score required by most universities for admission is 570 (Paper-based test) and 230 (Computer-based test).

IELTS: Many universities and colleges also accept IELTS scores.

Other Tests

GMAT: For most management courses, International students are required to take GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

GRE: For Graduate Courses in any field other than Management.