Options to study in Canada after XII

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 8, 2021 10:33 IST

Options to study in Canada after XII

After class XII, whatever subject you choose decides your future and your career. As crucial it is to be careful while deciding the major/ specialisation of the undergraduate programme, the university/college from where you will pursue the course is also of utmost importance. While Indian universities cut-off rise with each year, even the brightest of minds lag behind to qualify after the release of cut-off. Thus, more and more students are opting to study abroad to receive a quality education without comprising on good colleges and minus the cut-off issue.

Why study in Canada after XII?

In a recent poll by Times, 12 top Canadian universities found its way to Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200. According to QS World University Ranking 2018, the University of Toronto (#28), McGill University (#33), and the University of British Columbia (#47) have been placed in the top 50. The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, and McGill University found their place in the top 100 in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018: Engineering and Technology. For Arts, Humanities, Medical and Life Sciences courses, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University are again placed in the top 50. In 2017, Canada saw over five lakhs application from international students in different streams and over various programmes.

Read: Explore Canada as a Study Destination

Education system in Canada

It is no secret that Canada is famous among international students due to its Education System, which is considered as one of the best in the world. Apart from providing world-class facilities and experienced faculty in Canadian universities, Canada offers a scenic background, opportunity to work during or after completion of the course, friendly neighbourhood, and special health care benefits for students.

A valid study permit is enough for a student to find work after studies as no separate work permit is required. However, if you plan to stay on for a few more years, you need to apply for a work visa. As Canada experiences varied seasonal changes, there are different activity programmes for each season such as sailing activities, spring festivals, hiking, skiing, or sledging.

UG Diploma and Certificate Courses in Canada

Canada welcomes a multitude of international students for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Apart from full-time courses, Canadian universities also offer Diploma courses (1-3 years), PG Diploma courses (1-2 years), Certificate and Vocational training courses (1 year). Below are the range of undergraduate courses that Canada has to offer:

List of Courses after 12th Management Programmes in Canada

Canadian B-schools are one of the most-sought-after B-schools by international students who seek to undertake management courses. There are various undergraduate courses in Canada for Indian students. For undergraduate aspirants, BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) is the optimal choice if they are looking for a managerial profession in future or have entrepreneurial ideas. 

The full-time courses available under this programme are:

  • BBA (Supply Chain Management)
  • BBA (HR Management)
  • BBA (Accounting)
  • BBA (Finance)
  • BBA (Retail Management)
  • BBA (Marketing)

For those seeking a UG Diploma in management programs, the following are the options present:

  • Diploma in Business Administration (HR)
  • Diploma in Business Administration (Finance)
  • Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Diploma in Office Administration

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List of Courses after 12th Commerce in Canada

  • BCom (Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Taxation, Advertising)
  • BCA Or Bachelor Of Computer Applications
  • BCM
  • Degree in Cost Accounting
  • Diploma in HR Management, Business Administration, Hotel Manage
  • CA
  • CS
  • Animation And Multimedia Courses
  • Journalism
  • Fashion Designing
  • Hotel Management

List of courses after 12th Science in Canada

  • B. E/ B. Tech
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)
  • B. Sc. (Science)
  • BCA (IT and Software)
  • B. Sc. (IT and Software)
  • MBBS
  • B. Pharma
  • Post Basic B. Sc. Nursing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Material Science Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mining Engineering

For Diploma courses in the Technical field, you have the following options:

  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Architectural Technology
  • Automotive Power Technician

List of Aviation courses after 12th in Canada

  • BE / B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering
  • B. Sc. In Aviation
  • BSc in AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • BSc in Aeronautics
  • B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering
  • BE in Aerospace Engineering
  • B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering with specialization in Avionics

List of Nursing Courses after 12th in Canada

  • General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)
  • Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM)
  • BSc in Nursing
  • Post Basic BSc in Nursing

List of Hotel Management Courses after 12th in Canada

  • BHM (Bachelor of Hotel Management)
  • B.SC in Hotel Management
  • B.Sc in Culinary Arts
  • BBA in Hotel Management
  • BSc. In Hospitality and Hotel Administration
  • B.Sc in Hotel and Catering Management
  • BHMCT (Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology)
  • BSC Hotel Management, Catering and tourism
  • B. Sc. (Hons) in International Hospitality Management
  • B.Sc. Resort & Event Management

List of Design Programmes after 12th in Canada

Depending on the university to university, there two programmes are available under Design majors:

  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Design

Documents required to study in Canada after 12th

For any university admission, you require certain documents for the application process. For undergraduate courses in Canada, you will need the following documents ready at the time of your admission once you receive your offer letter:

Eligibility requirements for Bachelor and Diploma Programmes

Although each university and department will have their specific eligibility requirement to their respective programmes and courses, given below is the minimum eligibility required to study in Canadian Universities:

For undergraduate/ Bachelor courses:

  • TOEFL: 213 or
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Percentage: 70% or above in Class XII

For Diploma courses:

  • TOEFL: 213 or
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Percentage: Flexible admission

A peek at the Student Partners Programme (SPP)

The SPP programme, launched in April 2009, is a joint administrative initiative between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) body. Its main objective is to streamline admission and visa process for Canadian Community Colleges so as to see a rise in the number of visas issued to Indian students aspiring to study such colleges. Since Community Colleges in Canada see a multitude of Indian students applying for UG and PG diplomas, this programme was specially created to aid such students in their admission and visa process. Owing to its success, now the programme covers the country of China as well. Around 47 Canadian Colleges are listed under this programme that now welcomes both Indian and Chinese students.

Read: Student Direct Stream- New Student Visa Program for Canada (SDS)

Tuition fees in Canadian colleges according to courses

As compared to other the US and UK universities, tuition fees in Canadian colleges are relatively affordable. You can expect an average expense of C$20,000–C$30,000 (Canadian dollars) annually, for tuition fees. Depending upon the university and programme, this average can vary. Here is an estimated calculation of tuition fees per annum for their respective field of study, irrespective of the college:

*measured in Canadian Dollars (C$)

cost of studying in Canada

Living, accommodation, and travelling expense in Canada

Living expenses in any country depend solely on one’s personal choices and needs. Living in Canada can cost you anywhere around C$400–C$800 per month. Someone with lavish choices may end up spending more than this amount, while someone thrifty enough can live off well within this estimate. However, here is an overview of some of the unavoidable expenses:

cost of living in Canada

  • Accommodation in Canada: 4800–7200 C$ per month
  • Food: 250–3000 C$ per month
  • Miscellaneous: 215–2820C$ per month


Accommodation expenses

Finding suitable accommodation is the next step after you land in Canada. Although a majority of Canadian universities provide on-campus residences for students (both national and international), yet, getting an admission does not guarantee you a room on-campus. Students need to apply separately for on-campus accommodation, which is separately chargeable. This cost varies from university to university and depends on the type of room, the inclusion of meals, and other such amenities. While there are special reserved rooms for international students, one needs to apply in advance to beat the rush. Next option for international students is to live off-campus by either renting an apartment or sharing a flat, or an entire house with other students. Generally, a two-bedroom apartment can cost you anywhere between 600–1,600C$ per month, depending on the city and neighbourhood, and type of apartment. Along with rent, you would also need to bear the utilities’ cost such as electricity, cable, phone, internet, laundry, personal expenses, and as well as renter’s insurance. For students looking for a cheaper option can always share an apartment or entire house with fellow students, where they are expected to pay for the kitchen supplies as well, in addition to the rent and other utilities.

Travelling and transportation expenses

Subject to the distance between your college and house, you can opt to simply walk or bike to campus. Majority of students, especially those staying in larger cities, opt for public transports like buses, subways, commuter trains or ferries to commute to campuses. Student discounts are available to make student passes for any such public transports, and would generally cost around 80–110C$ per month.

Investing in Health insurance

Varying from state to state, all international students need to invest in health insurance for their medical coverage. Provinces like Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Labrador, cover the medical care of international students under their provincial health care plans. Here, however, the coverage depends on the length of a student’s stay.

Visa procedure and requirements

The application process can take up to seven weeks as it involves the processing of many documents. Thus, you need to apply for visa accordingly. You would be required to apply for a student visa and impress the immigration officer during the interview, while not giving the impression of a potential immigrant. For this procedure, you need to be ready with the following documents and proofs:

  • A valid letter of acceptance/ admission from the university/ college you are going to
  • Adequate funds to facilitate your education (tuition and living expenses)
  • Medical certificate showcasing a healthy state of mind and body
  • No previous record of any unlawful or criminal activity
  • Should not be a risk to the security of Canada

It is also advised that the student should check with the university as well as the state/ territories for any additional requirements in terms of documents and proofs. A missing form or proof could delay the application and create unnecessary hindrances during the application procedure, creating a setback for the whole process.

The most advantageous point about studying in Canada is that it allows you to work in North America while you become a graduate. Once you complete one year of your programme (two semesters), you are eligible for one year of post-graduate work permit in both Canada and North America. On the other hand, while you are completing your course of two or more years, (at least four semesters) in Canada, you are eligible for a three-year work permit. Apart from this, you can also work here part-time while studying to give a boost to your CV and earn some extra money.

Thus, Canada appears as one of the topmost favoured countries of undergraduate aspirants for further studies. With a varied number of courses, excellent quality of education, and high living standards, Canada, and Canadian universities see a rise in admission applications from international students with each passing year.

To know more about Canada and study options available, get in touch with our Study Abroad specialists.

Read: Top 5 UG courses in Canada


Q. What percentage is required to study in Canada after 12th?

A. Generally, you are expected score between 70-80% in your Class 12th to get admission in your dream university. However, your eligibility and admission criteria will depend on your Test Scores and Language exam scores.

Q. Can I study in Canada with less mark in 12th?

A. Yes, you can study in Canada even with less percentage in Class 12th. As mentioned before, your eligibility and admission will depend on your Test Scores and Language exam scores. Further, you can opt for some Diploma Programmes in Canada or SPP Colleges. Some universities also provide Foundational Programmes or Pathway Programmes for International Students.

Q. Which is the best time to go to Canada for further studies? After 12th or B.E?

A. Ideally, it is best to go after completing your Class 12th as you will be able to get abreast with the Canadian Education System and lifestyle at a young age. Moreover, getting further admission for higher studies will be easier once you have already received a Canadian Education at your bachelor’s level.

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Srishti Chatterjee
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Srishti has spent six years in the Education industry helping study abroad aspirants draft their application documents for their dream universities. Experienced in creating impressive SOP, LOR, and Essays, she knows... Read Full Bio





a week ago

Can I get admission in college or university,but i got 55% in 12th(science) in pcm, it's my dream to study abroad and settle well.give my response thank you

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Dilip Sanghavi

2 weeks ago

i got 88% in 12th Science PCB. I am thinking of doing MBBS from Canada. Request to please suggest how can I go ahead and what are the processes. I have not appeared for any IELTS/TOFEL.

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2 months ago

Plz suggest me best course I complete my xii in arts with maths.

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Tiwa Na

3 months ago

how much class 12th percentage is enough to get an admission in bba in MUN st johns?

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3 months ago

Hi I have passed my 12th with 56%marks in medical steam can I apply to study in Canada

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3 months ago

But mam I have 6.5 band in ielts


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

65% and above at least is required for a good university

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