Canada September 2021 Intake: Timeline & Admission Requirements

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - May 05, 2021 01:06 PM

Wish to study in Canada? Check out our article on the timeline for the September (Fall) 2021 Intake. Learn about the requirements for graduate or postgraduate admissions in Canada such as applying for standardised tests, English proficiency tests and other requirements here.

The time is here! Students across the country learning about what it takes to continue studying and the benefits of studying from different institutions and countries. This is especially true for those students in India who are planning to pursue higher education in countries like Canada, USA, UK, Germany and many more.

Canada is well-known for its world-class education, a wide range of top-ranked schools, excellent quality of life, cultural diversity, magnificent landscapes and its constant measures to welcome more international students. In this article, we shall discuss an efficient timeline that you can follow or take inspiration from, to begin your process for applying to one of the highly reputed universities in Canada. With a variety of academic and professional requirements to meet, it always pays off to commence one’s admission process to Canadian universities almost a year before they plan to pursue higher education.

Fall intake in Canada, most popular among Indian students and also the primary intake, begins in the month of September every year. Let us look into the different factors and elements that you need to consider and complete for an efficient, effective and stress-free admission processes to the University of your dreams.

Timeline for Fall (September) 2021 Intake

The Fall 2021 academic session will differ from university to university and even between programmes. Therefore, before you begin your application processes, check out the timelines posted by the university of your choice. Once informed on the dates, you can continue with the rest of the activities.

Timeline for September Intake in Canada

Timeline

Activity

Explore All Your Options (April 2020 - August 2020)

Research about the different colleges in the country and the facilities and student support available to you. Shortlist the best universities out of these.

Prepare and Attempt Tests (September 2020 - November 2020)

Prepare, apply and attempt standardised tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, SAT or GRE and GMAT.

Fill Out Your Application Forms (November 2020 - January 2021)

Apply and submit the necessary documents and the application form to the universities of your choice.

Reply to College Emails and Responses (January 2021 - February 2021)

Colleges/Universities will reach out to you through email and direct you to participate in further admission processes.

Settle Your Finances (March 2021 - April 2021)

Scope out the different Canadian scholarships, financial aids and education loans. Appy for visas and book flight tickets during this time.

Also Read: Study in Canada - Timeline for January 2021 Intake 

Do You Want to Apply for Admission?

There are several pre-requisites that you need to complete in order to ensure you become eligible for enrolling in the course and university of your choice. Here is the Timeline for Fall (September) 2021 Intake.

Spread Out Your Options (April 2020 - August 2020)

  • Research: The first step to taking admissions to any university or institution is to research the universities and institutions of your interests.

  • Find out which colleges offer the best bang for your bucks.

  • Familiarise yourself with various bank loans and college scholarships available to you and shortlist the affordable and cost-effective options.

  • In the end, if you have a few universities that attract you, download the admission brochures of each university or institution and read through their offerings, facilities and future scope.

Note: This step is one of the more crucial steps as here you finalise the University and programme that you will pursue higher education in. Therefore, as a precaution, be thorough and sure of your choices.

Prepare and Attempt Tests (September 2020 - November 2020)

  • Each university and institution in Canada offers admissions to prospective students if they have attempted the necessary tests.

  • Among the tests, international applicants need to attempt an English Proficiency Test through either TOEFL or IELTS.

  • Other tests such as GRE and GMAT are also among the commonly accepted tests that students may be required to attempt.

    • In both cases, i.e. TOFLE/IELTS or GRE/GMAT, students must go through the admission requirements for the programme of their choice as specified by the University.

    • Few Universities may accept admissions based on TOEFL only, in regards to English Proficiency Tests, or require a compulsory GRE or GMAT score.

  • For GRE/GMAT, it is essential to register for the test at least three months prior to the date of the test. The advisable time period to get this part of the process completed is between June and December of the previous year, in this case, 2020.

  • For IELTS/TOEFL, it is recommended to register one month prior to the test date.

  • Universities require you to submit scorecards to test reports at the time of application, therefore, apply and appear for the test giving yourself enough time to receive the appropriate scores and certificates. The advisable time to appear for the tests is around September to October, in the year prior to applying for admissions.

Note: Presenting certificates and scorecards for standardised tests are important to all universities in Canada. Therefore, plan your admissions accordingly. You may also be required to take the tests a second time, if you are unable to secure a good score in the tests, therefore, appear for the tests as early as possible.

Fill Out Your Application Forms (November 2020 - January 2021)

  • Once all your documents are ready, you must visit the websites of each shortlisted University of your choice and fill out the respective Application Forms.

  • Each university will define their requirements which must be satisfied for your applications to be considered.

  • Applications for the universities become available over a year before the commencement date for the session. Therefore, you have time to complete your applications correctly and completely.

  • You must request your professors and teachers to submit their letters of recommendation for you, as these are important in some of the universities in Canada.

  • Draft your Statement of Purpose (SOP) and the essays, as required by the university of your choice. You will need time to properly structure the SOP and essays, therefore, being the early bird here will help you out a lot.

Note: Even though Universities offer a year to apply to their programmes, you must not wait till the last second to apply. Complete all the requisites as quickly as possible and appear for the different admission processes defined by the university. Some activities may require time and effort and sometimes, even require you to redo some of the work like the standardised tests, therefore, give yourself enough buffer time to properly prepare for the admission processes.

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Reply to College Emails and Responses (January 2021 - February 2021)

  • Once the applications have been sent out, it is now time for you to be attentive and look out for all college admission emails you receive from the Universities of your choice.

  • Colleges and University Departments may send out quite a few emails with regards to your applications. Be quick to reply to them!

  • You will be asked to appear for Personal Interviews or Video Interviews. Usually, the PIs are scheduled earlier on in the year. Therefore, keep yourself free during the first few months of the year, i.e. January to March or even April.

  • Depending on your performance, Universities will send out acceptance letters, to which you will be required to provide your answers.

  • The replies must be provided within the given deadline. As an applicant, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit as a confirmation of the offer letter.

Note: This period is crucial as well. This is the first time that you as an applicant will communicate with the University with regards to your applications and admission processes. Therefore, quick responses will be key towards grabbing the attention of the university.

Settle Your Finances and Visas (March 2021 - April 2021)

  • Among the more important tasks remaining, settling your finances and applying for student loans is crucial.

  • Research about the various scholarships and student financial aid available through the University itself.

  • Apply for the appropriate student loans that will help you cover up the tuition and accommodation expenses that you will face during your stay at the university.

  • The final key in the process is to prepare and apply for Student Visas. It must be noted that student visas may take time, therefore, prepare and apply for student visas as soon as possible.

Note: The final few steps in the admission processes are just as important as applying to the university. You must have the financial resources and Visa documents to be able to reach the country and commence your classes in the programme of your choice. Therefore, be thorough in this process as mistakes here can be costly.

Thus, as per the timeline to begin your applications for your Study in Canada Venture, you must begin your processes a year before you actually start your undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Canada. The steps and processes involved in admission to a Canadian University are numerous and you will be required to be thorough in your methods.

Top Universities in Canada

Check out this list of the top Universities in Canada for you, where you can pursue the undergraduate and graduate studies in the stream and discipline of your choice.

Name of College/University

Courses Offered

Location

Tuition Fee Range

Humber College

List of Courses Offered

Toronto

INR 7-9 Lakhs

University of Windsor

List of Courses Offered

Windsor

INR 11-16 Lakhs

Sheridan College

List of Courses Offered

Oakville

INR 9-12 Lakhs

McMaster University

List of Courses Offered

Hamilton

INR 9-52 Lakhs

Niagra College

List of Courses Offered

Welland

INR 7-8 Lakhs
Dalhousie University List of Courses Offered Halifax INR 4-23 Lakhs
University of Saskatchewan List of Courses Offered Saskatoon INR 76,100-25 Lakhs
McMaster University List of Courses Offered Hamilton INR 9-52 Lakhs
Concordia University List of Courses Offered Montreal INR 9-20 Lakhs
McGill University List of Courses Offered Montreal INR 4-25 Lakhs

These are just a few of the colleges and universities available in Canada, where you can apply and pursue higher education in the discipline of your choice. Find an exhaustive list of top-ranked Canadian universities on CollegeDekho's StudyAbroad website.

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