Making the Grade for Graduate Studies in Canada

airport-studying in canadaMost students have great ambitions; many want to study abroad and many of these prefer Canada as the destination where they want to study.  I often hear, what do I have to do to get to Canada as a student?  I tell them study hard and get good grades.

If you are planning on going as an undergraduate and study in Canada to obtain your bachelors degree, then you should have a minimum average of 70 to 75%, depending on the universities you prefer.  If you have a lower average, you limit the choices of universities where you may attend.

If you are planning on studying at the graduate level in Canada, then the grade is much higher.  Most universities post a minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4, but we need to remember that Graduate Studies is a competitive field.  There may be over 100 applicants and only 20 to 40 positions per year are given in any one department.  Therefore, you should never aim for the minimum requirement, but strive for the top marks.  The higher your CGPA, the higher your changes of getting accepted to the university of your choice and the program of choice.

The plus side of Graduate Studies at most universities is funding, sometimes guaranteed.  That means that much of your university tuition will be covered by some funding offered by the university; thus reducing costs.  You will work as a teaching assistant or a research assistant in your department.  This, and the need for a supervisor, is a reason why spaces are limited.

Although other factors contribute towards a student’s admission, e.g.:  CV, Letter of Intent, etc., you increase the likelihood of admission if you have excellent marks.  Even if your first two years are lower, around the 3 mark, it is the last 2 years of an undergraduate degree that really count.  For example, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada states that they require a certain CGPA in the last 2 years of study.  So, if you are doing a 4 year degree, it’s the last 2 years that really count.

So what do you need to do to study in Canada?  Study hard, get good grades and if you would like to avail the services of a consultant who is very familiar with the Canadian post-secondary education scene, contact Helen Khan at Alberta Rose Education Centre located in Lahore, Pakistan.

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