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Applying to Grad School in Canada - The Main Steps
Preparing University Application
All graduate programs have to applications. One on the university level (this is where you pay the fees, build your profile and send your test scores.), and one on the department level (this is where you choose the research domains you are interested in, upload your CV and statement of intent and fill in your references).
Check the deadlines and the timeline:
Some schools open two rounds of applications, one for the fall admission and one for the winter admission, while some schools open only one round of applications for both admissions.
Deadlines differ based on the program and the school, so check each school’s website separately.
Fall semester: the deadline ranges between December 15 and end of February. Decisions are usually announced between April and June.
Winter semester: If the school opens another round of applications, the deadline is usually between June and August, and the decision is usually announced between September and November.
While most schools accept Winter applicants, it is usually harder to secure funding for PhD programs. Most Professors plan their funding budget on yearly basis starting from the Fall.
Book your GRE and TOEFL
GRE is typically NOT required for graduate programs, but some programs do require it, so check the program’s website carefully.
TOEFL is typically required, but waivers have been made if the language of instruction in your current program is in English. This waiver is not typically stated online, reach out to your program contact person to check about this requirement.
Prepare your CV, statement of intent (SOI), and references
CV and SOI are critical components of your application
Look into funding:
Graduate school in the Canada has a lot of funding opportunities. Check the Webinar video above for details about funding opportunities.
In general, PhD and MSc applicants are usually awarded funding once admitted, but some MSc programs don’t usually offer this. However, the school will send a list of funding opportunities to apply to.
Preparing Visa Application
To study in Canada, you need to apply for a study permit, to apply you need:
a proof of acceptance (admission offer from the school)
a proof of identity
a proof of financial support (proof of funding from the school is usually enough)
More information available here: Study permit: About the process - Canada.ca
Working as a Student
The study permit allows you to work full-time on campus (as a TA for example), and up to 20 hours a week off-campus. This is usually good if you are looking for a part-time job.
If you want to do a full-time internship off-campus, you need to apply for another type of permit called co-op work permit. For this permit, you need a letter from the school stating that your intended employment is an essential part of your program of study.