Academic excellence, affordability and adventure – Canada stands out as an ideal place to study. Until August 2019, the country experienced almost 70,000 international students studying at all levels in the country; which explains why students across the globe aspire to study in Canada.  Studying in Canada definitely offers promising career opportunities evident from the last decade stats where Canada created 1.6 million new jobs for graduates. Plus, apart from ranking #1 on the world’s quality of life index, it also boasts of having 5 of the top 100 best student cities in the world.

Superb choice! Let’s see what Canada has to offer

With affordable tuition fees, quality institutions, post-study work and immigration options and welcoming people, it’s no surprise that Canada is quickly becoming a leading destination for international students. Canada hosts more than 250,000 international students and has experienced a huge increase in demand from overseas students in recent years.

Here are just some of the reasons why Canada could be the right fit for you.

Quality education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are among the highest in the world. Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term.

Affordable education

Living and tuition fees for international students in Canada are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The cost of going to school in Canada is affordable and you’ll earn globally recognised qualifications that will set you on the path to career success.


As a student living in Canada, you can expect a peaceful, multicultural environment with people who are friendly and interested in learning about new cultures. With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s not hard to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures.

Immigration possibilities

International graduates from Canadian higher education institutions can work in Canada for up to three years following the completion of their course by completing the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP). If you want to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, this can come in very handy.

Innovative and abundant research opportunities

Research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education. You’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, the government and industry support research including: telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Healthy and safe communities

The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms that protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

World-class language education

Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training. Canadian universities teach both French and English as a first and second language and this is an integral part of a Canadian education. You will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies and become more desirable to employers.

Exciting campus lifestyle

From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure.

Ease your financial expenses with our budget guide.

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair, but thankfully, Canada is one country where quality education is available at tuition rates lower than many other countries.

But before you depart from Bangladesh, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in Canada. This will help you plan your budget more effectively.

1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. To cover this, you will need approximately between CAD 13,000 and CAD 35,000 a year.

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive. The average cost for these programs ranges between CAD 30,000-42,000. programAverage annual fee
1Undergraduate program$13,000 to $20,000 per year
2Postgraduate master’s degree$17,000 to $25,000 per year
3Doctoral degree$7,000 to $15,000 per year
4MBA$30,000 to $40,000 per year

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

You can apply to various scholarships as well to bring down your educational expenses.

2. Calculate accommodation costs

Most universities in Canada offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. You can also opt for off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from Bangladesh. Cost for on-campus accommodation may range anywhere from CAD 8,000 to CAD 10,000 (annually) whereas living in a shared apartment can cost you around CAD 400 to CAD 700 per month depending upon your location and time of the year. Remember, the rentals vary from city to city.

An additional option is a homestay where you stay with a host family in Canada. In this, you will have to pay a placement fee of CAD 200 and a monthly fee of CAD 750 – 950 in return for meals and a room. However, you’ll be able to participate in local activities with the host and learn about the culture closely.

3. Cost of your student visa and permit

To study in Canada, the first step is to secure a valid study permit and that comes with its own costs (approx. CAD 150). Feel free to consult your IDP counsellor for latest updates and information on the visa application process and related costs.

4. Living expenses

You need to keep a little money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities and emergencies. When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep track of your expenditures so that you do not overspend. Considering various expenses and living costs, a single student budget in Canada comes out to be approx. CAD 15,000 (indicative). You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:

  • Communication expenses: As a student from Bangladesh, you’d be frequently calling your friends and family back home. Therefore, always keep a section of your budget for phone bills and data expenses. Look for cost-effective calling plans and student discounts to stay connected with your loved ones within your monthly budget. You can find a phone plan that suits your needs, however, the average cost is approx. CAD 20 per month.
  • Books and supplies: Purchasing textbooks can get a little expensive. For instance, books for engineering courses can cost you approx. CAD 250 to CAD 350. For courses like law, medicine and pharmacy, the value can go even higher. You can manage this in your budget by opting for second hand books, buying digital versions or even securing a library membership.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals: Your daily expenses will include laundry, toiletries, clothing, dining out, etc. This depends entirely on the kind of lifestyle you choose for yourself.

5. Consider health support and insurance

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Canada to get medical insurance before the commencement of their program. In Canada, international student health insurance is priced between $600 and $900 per year (indicative). In British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Labrador or Saskatchewan, you will be insured under the respective provincial health plans as per the length of your stay.

6. Transportation. Know how much it will cost to move around

Unless your institution provides with a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.

For short distancesMake use of regional trains, buses, and subways. Metropolitan cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal offer buses and subways. Smaller cities may or may not have subways, but you can always avail buses, commuter trains or local taxi service. Commuting cost can range anywhere between CAD 80 and CAD 110 for a month (indicative). It is a good idea to get monthly passes for commuting to college as they come in fairly cheap
Park and Ride serviceIf you live far from the bus stop, some cities give you the option to drive down to a special parking area where you can park your car and then take a train or bus. You can also rent a car by getting an international driver’s license. Your commute expense will vary accordingly.
For long distancesFor travelling between different cities, you can avail long-distance buses, railways, and flights.

7. Don’t ignore your taxes

International students studying in Canada having a Social Insurance Number (SIN) are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. If you choose to work along with your studies, your Canadian earned income will be taxable. Along with this, if you have a scholarship or assistantship from your institution, the federal and state governments may tax these wards.

Remember, the exchange rate variations may also affect your budgeting. We suggest you also look for a part-time job while you are studying in Canada or seek scholarship in the universities you apply to. This can help lower your cost of studying abroad to a great extent.

Looking for scholarships in Canada for Bangladeshi students? We’ve got the list

Canadian universities and colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies. Apart from this, many scholarships, grants and bursaries are also offered by the Canadian government, public and private establishments. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date.

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships?

The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however it also depends on factors such as your chosen institution, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and type of award varies between various institutions. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, it is important that you apply well ahead in time. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the preferred intake begins.

Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Bangladeshi student:

S. No.

Name of the scholarship



Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
  • Offers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate and from research to training fellowships
  • Shastri Research Student Fellowship: For students enrolled in Bachelors, Masters, M.Phil degree programmes in recognised Bangladeshi universities or institutions to undertake research in their interested areas/ fields in a Canadian university
  • Eligible students can also pursue an e-course (module/part of a course), or do an e-internship at Canadian universities, which falls under SICI network
  • The value of this fellowship is CAD 500-1,000 (expenses that are not provided by the applicant’s home institution, and related to subscription of online meeting software, internet connection, telephone bills, affiliation fee or registration fee to access library or lab facility will be considered, if any)
  • The duration is up to 8-12 weeks for students



Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • This scheme identifies students with high intellect from Commonwealth countries applying to programs of advanced study and research at the Master and PhD level
  • The award comprises travel, living allowance and the compulsory tuition fees
  • It includes Graduate Students Exchanges (GSEP), which provide $10,000 for transportation, living and other expenses in Canada for 5-6 months



Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
  • For graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines
  • As a pre-requisite to applying, students must accept an offer from a university in Ontario and obtain a valid study permit
  • The scholarship amount is $5,000 per session. So, you may receive $10,000 (two consecutive sessions); $15,000 (three consecutive sessions). In all, the unit will limit itself to one-third of the cost of the total award to be received by you
  • Each award is tenable for one year (two to three academic sessions). The value and duration are determined by the awarding graduate unit and detailed of which will be mentioned in your offer letter
  • Deadlines are set by the current or proposed graduate unit


4National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)
  • Research associateship is offered to master’s degree holders in engineering and PhD holders in natural science or engineering disciplines

(Please connect with your IDP counsellor for more information)


Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship
  • For students studying in Quebec
  • Financial assistance to students at master’s level or above
  • Each application is assessed on its merit
  • Value and duration are determined as per the level of study:
  • Doctoral program: $25,000 a year and duration is up to 3 years with a possible extension to it of 12 months
  • Postdoctoral scholarships: $35,000 for one year and can’t be renewed
  • Short-term research or professional development scholarship: $3,000 each month for 4 months



Ontario Trillium Scholarship
  • First announced in November 2010 for doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario
  • Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of four years
  • 75 scholarships are awarded each year
  • Ontario universities are responsible for selecting and awarding the scholarship to international PhD students based on merit and program criteria



Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • For PhD candidates
  • Supports new or existing research initiatives in social sciences and humanities
  • Worth up to CAD 20,000
  • Duration: 4 to 7 years



Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Offered by the Canadian government to international students to pursue postgraduate program within the natural science, social sciences or healthcare research
  • This Postdoctoral Fellowship is worth $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years
  • Deadline for this scholarship is 1st October 2020



Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • This scholarship is awarded by Government of Canada to meritorious students who aspire to pursue a doctoral degree at a Canadian institution
  • Duration is for 3 years (non-renewable) and amount is 50,000 CAD per year
  • Deadline is November 3, 2020


*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Some non-government scholarships are also available for you to study in Canada:

S. No.

Name of the scholarship



Anne Vallee Ecological Fund
  • These scholarships are designated for international students to support them undertake animal research at master or doctoral program in Québec or British Columbia University
  • This fund offers two $1,500 scholarship



Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships
  • These are offered to international students at doctorate level for some specific Canadian institutions
  • The amount is $40,000 each year for three years; and $20,000 each year for three years, as research and travel allowance
  • Deadline: Mid Fall Session, your IDP counsellor can help you with the application process


*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Remember, Ontario universities are known for selecting and awarding scholarships to international PhD students based on merit and program.

Do check if there are scholarships specifically available for Bangladesh natives.  Also, every university and college has its own list of scholarships for international students. Ask your GRC counsellor for guidance and they will help you with all the available scholarships during the application process.

Applying for a Canadian student visa? Here’s help

The Canadian Government provides an opportunity to Bangladeshi students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

What is a study permit?

This is not a visa, it’s a permit or a document issued by the Citizen and Immigration (CIC) which allows you to study in Canada. If you hold a study permit, you must remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your course.

Your study permit is always accompanied along with a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Please note that a study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada while a visitor visa or ETA allows you to enter Canada. Your counsellor will help you access the latest information and connect you with authorised migration experts.

Documents required for your study permit

To apply for your study permit, you will need:

  • An acceptance letter from your education institution, and
  • A valid passport or travel document
  • Proof that you can support yourself or any family members who might accompany you, while you’re in Canada

Check the minimum funds that need to be reflected in your bank account as an international student

You must also:

  • Prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
    • tuition fees
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada, and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • Be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada (you may have to provide a police certificate)
  • Be in good health (you may need to complete a medical exam)
  • Have a letter of explanation: This letter explains your goals and interest to study in Canada

You will also be required to appear for a personal interview at the Canadian embassy or consulate.

To prove you can financially support yourself and any accompanying family members, you may be asked to provide:

  • Documentation of a Canadian bank account in your name, if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Documentation of a student/education loan from a financial institution
  • Bank statements
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees
  • A letter for the person or institution providing your funding
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are enrolled in a Canadian-funded educational program

*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your GRC counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing

Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the CIC official website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to Canada. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

Benefits of online visa application

How can GRC help in your visa application?

If you’re an GRC student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in Canada, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.

Our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorised immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest applications forms and guidance. To reduce your hassle, we can also help certify, translate and courier your documents.

Study permit fee

As an applicant from outside Canada, you will have to pay CAD150 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee when applying here).

English language requirements

To gain your Canadian visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work, and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

If you want to pursue your undergraduate degree in Canada, then you require a minimum of 6.0 band in your IELTS with no band less than 5.5 and similarly, for a post-graduate degree, you require to score 6.5 band with no band less than 6.0.

You can always contact us for a free counselling session and we can guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process.

Want to work while you’re in Canada? Here’s how

Canada, over the past few years, has seen an abundance of international students from around the world and has provided various work opportunities to both, students and working professionals. In fact, many people who arrived as students chose to settle down permanently in Canada.

Working as a student

Working part-time while can be a great way to help with the cost of living in Canada and also gain work experience in your field of study.

As an international student in Canada, you can work along with your studies, provided you:

  • have a verified study permit and are a full-time student
  • are studying for either a degree, diploma or certificate course
  • have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Then you can:

  • Work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and
  • Work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break

For students, employment can be on-campus and off-campus.

On-campus means being a working resource on your college/university campus itself. You can work on-campus without a work permit if you have a valid study permit, or are a full-time student at:

  • A public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
  • A private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify)
  • A Canadian private institution authorised by provincial statute to confer degrees

Some options for working on-campus are:

  • Research Assistant or Teaching staff (depends on research grants)
  • In student organisations to uplift segments like sports, entertainment, etc.
  • In Library or a Hospital
  • Be self-employed or start a private business, including taking up a contract to provide on-campus services

Off-campus implies an area outside of your campus premises. For this you can consider:

  • Paid work: opportunities include working in cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels, farming or fruit picking, or sales and administration roles
  • Tutoring: if you have existing qualifications or professional work experience, you might be able to get casual or part-time work in your field
  • Internships: paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to professional, financial and creative industries
  • Volunteering: there are many charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Canada and they always need volunteers to help out. It can be a great way to meet friends, get some hands on work experience and give back to the community

Your social insurance number

You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada in order to work in Canada or receive benefits and services from government programs.

To apply for a SIN for on-campus work, you must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit:

  • May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186 (f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.

If your study permit does not have one of these conditions or remarks, you will need to submit a free request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN.

Working after you graduate

A work permit is necessary for working in Canada after completing your studies. One of the most widely accepted is Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) and comes in handy if you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada later.

PWPP work permits are valid for the same length of time of your initial study program (up to a maximum of three years) and let you work in any occupation, as well as change employers at any time.

To be eligible for PWPP, you must have graduated from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI). Since not all programs from DLIs fulfil the eligibility criterion, ensure you check it beforehand. You must apply for the PWPP within 90 days of receiving written confirmation that you’ve completed your academic program.

If you need guidance to look for an employment in Canada, speak with us for a free counselling session!


1University of Toronto, Toronto
2Humber College, Toronto
3University of Waterloo, Waterloo
4University of Windsor, Windsor
5Centennial College Toronto, Toronto
6York University, Toronto
7University of Ottawa, Ottawa
8Conestoga College, Kitchener
9Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Toronto
10Ryerson University, Toronto
11Carleton University, Ottawa
12Fanshawe College, London
13McMaster University, Hamilton
14Queen’s University, Kingston
15Lambton College, Sarnia
16Western University, London
17George Brown College, Toronto
18Sheridan College, Oakville
19St. Clair College, Windsor
20Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
21Niagara College Canada, Welland
22Brock University, St. Catharines
23Georgian College, Barrie
24Algonquin College, Ottawa
25University of Guelph, Guelph
26Durham College, Oshawa
27Ontario Tech University, Oshawa
28Cambrian College, Greater Sudbury
29Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie
30Trent University, Peterborough
31Fleming College, Peterborough
32St. Lawrence College, Kingston
33Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
34Canadore College, North Bay
35Northern College, Timmins
36OCAD University, Toronto


37University of Alberta, Edmonton
38University of Calgary, Calgary
39University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge
40Bow Valley College, Calgary
41Northern Alberta Institue of Technology


42University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
43University of Regina, Regina

British Columbia

44The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
45University of Victoria, Victoria
46Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
47University of Canada West,Vancouver
48Thomson Rivers University,Kamloops
49Langara College, Vancouver
50University of Northern British Columbia,Prince George
51Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo
52Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey
53Columbia College, Vancouver
54University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford
55College of New Caledonia, Prince George
56Selkirk College, Castlegar
57Royal Roads University, Colwood
58Vancouver Community College, Vancouver
59Capilano University, Vancouver
60Douglas College, New Westminster


61McGill University, Montreal
62Concordia University, Montreal
63University of Montreal, Montreal
64Laval University, Quebec City
65University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
66University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg
67Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology, Winnipeg

Nova Scotia

68Dalhousie University, Halifax
69Cape Breton University, Sydney
70Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
71Acadia University, Wolfville

New Brunswick

72University of New Brunswick, Saint John
73Yorkville University, Fredericton

Newfoundland and Labrador

74Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s

Prince Edward Islan

75University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

Under graduation


  • HSC/4 years diploma/A levels/GED
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum)/equivalent recognized official certificate

Note that if you want to start your Bachelor without IELTS, please contact 01613155552

Post graduation


  • Bachelor/ equivalent degree
  • Minimum IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or equivalent recognized official certificate


For PhD degree contact with GRC team.

Step 1

  1. Get free counselling with GRC expert to get a proper planning and tips to choose suitable University
  2. Submit all required documents
  • Photocopies of all academic certificates/transcripts
  • Copies of Passport
  • 2 copies of photograph
  • File opening charge of BDT 5,000 (Non-refundabe)

Step 2

  1. Get all the academic documents attested/notarized by the Notary Public/Institution/Educational Board/Foreign Ministry/ (depending on the particular University requirement)
  2. Post graduate student needs CV, two Letter of Reference (LOR) and Work Experience as per University requirement.
  3. Pay University application fee (Non-refundable) and courier fee BDT 2,000 per University (if needed)

Step 3

  1. The prospective institution may take 1 weeks to confirm the admission eligibility.
  2. Pay the processing fee for offer letter (Fees depends on University) approx. CAD 500-1000
  3. Admission document (offer letter) will be received after 3-6 weeks.
  4. Pay tuition fees according to University’s requirement.
  5. Service charge BDT 5,000 (Non-refundable)

Step 4

  1. Student needs to submit their sponsor’s paper. Anyone can be the sponsored (First blood sponsor is preferred)
  2. Minimum 1 year equivalent tuition fees and living cost has to be shown in sponsor’s bank account for at least 3-4 months.
  3. Sponsor amount may vary depending on sponsor’s relation and number of dependents.
  4. Basic papers needed from the sponsor, example: Bank certificate; TIN certificate; Salary certificate; Job certificate; Trade license; Property valuation information and affidavit if financial support etc. (GRC will guide the student regarding this part as it depends on sponsor’s profile)

Step 5

  1. Student will submit visa application, once all the above mentioned preparations are done.
  2. Visa application fee CAD 150 and Biometrics CAD 85
  3. Documents submission at VFS date will be in next approx. 15 days (depends on the rush)
  4. GRC will guide for travel plan

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