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Admission requirements/eligibility for studying in CANADA

Updated: Apr 1, 2023

Canada's high academic quality and affordable tuition makes it one of the most popular study destinations for international students. Here, we have covered the basic eligibility criteria for getting admission in Canada for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.

For Undergraduate admission, students must have completed twelve years of academic

education, and sixteen years for Postgraduate level.

If you've completed a three-year Bachelor's degree, you must earn a one-year Diploma in Canada in order to be eligible to study as a Postgraduate student in Canada.

Required documents for Bachelor's and Master's degrees:

  • Academic transcripts from your previous institution, that is School-leaving certificate, if applying to a Bachelor's course

  • Bachelor's degree certificate, if applying to a Master's course

  • Any other relevant certificates of merit

  • Letter of recommendation, if needed

  • A Stellar Statement of Purpose for Canada

  • A good Resume or CV, if needed

  • Proof of language proficiency

Proof of language proficiency

All Canadian universities require a language proficiency proof, either French or English.

The French proficiency tests are TEF and TEFAQ, for which 400 points are good enough.

However, international students generally opt for programs taught in English, for which one needs to take one exam out of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) and

  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test

IELTS is the most recognized and accepted English language test in Canada, though some universities even accept the TOEFL test.

The minimum score that you need to obtain in these language tests differs from institution to institution and depends on the degree program.

An average score requirement for the top universities in Canada is:

6.5 and above in IELTS, 70 in CAEL, ranging from 86-100 in TOEFL

Undergraduate requirements

For Undergraduate level, the minimum aggregate percentage one needs to score in grade 12 is determined by the college and the course.

For an undergraduate course in Economics (Mathematics compulsory), it is 75% at University of British Columbia, 65-70% at McMaster University, 85% at York, Carleton and Concordia, and 98%+ at University of Toronto.

The required score is generally lower for courses with less difficulty.

Check the respective college website to know the minimum score required to get into the college of your choice or contact us. We will be happy to help you out.

Postgraduate Requirements

For Post Graduation or Master’s course,

  • Minimum GPA usually 3.0/4.0 (equivalent to 65- 70%) or its equivalent international UG degree in a related field of study

  • Proof of English proficiency

  • Test scores - GMAT or GRE, depending on the selected program

    • Minimum GMAT scores required: 550

    • Minimum GRE scores required: 140 in verbal, 150 in quantitative

  • Some courses also require you to take subject-specific tests, for example:

    • To study MBA - a GMAT score of around 660.

    • To study Medicine or related courses - an MCAT score of 490-500.

  • Certain Master's Programs (Business Management) also require 1-3 years of full-time work experience.

We know and understand that the application process can be overwhelming; that's why we are here for you. The study abroad experts at Hello Study Global are there for you every step of the way. From the preparations for entrance exams to college applications, we will guide you to success.

Feel free to reach us at Hello Study Global.

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