Study in Canada: Timeline for September 2023 Intake (Fall Intake)

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Aprant Agarwal
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Updated on Feb 1, 2023 17:07 IST

Study in Canada: Timeline for September 2021 intake

Popular Intakes in Canada

There are three major intakes in Canada i.e. Fall, Winter, and Summer. The majority of international students apply for the Fall intake in Canada. In this article, we have given details about Canadian colleges open for September intake 2023 (also known as Fall Intake). Fall Intake in Canada has its own benefits. Some of the benefits of applying in the Fall Intake in Canada include:

  • All the top-ranking Universities in Canada have Fall Intake (September Intake).
  • Almost all the courses are available in Fall Intake.
  • More scholarships are available in the September Intake in Canada.

Before understanding the finer details of Fall Intake in Canada, students are advised to learn about all three intakes. We have given details about the three intakes in the below table. 

Intakes in Canada

Duration

Popularity

Fall Intake (Primary Intake)

September–December/ January

This is the most popular intake for getting admission to Canadian universities. The Fall semester begins in September and students have the option to apply to a huge number of courses and degrees in this term.

Winter Intake (Secondary Intake)

January–May

Those students who missed applying in the Fall intake apply in January.

Spring/Summer Intake

May-August

In this intake, students can apply to a restricted number of courses and colleges.

Advantages of Studying in Canada

  • 8 Canadian universities are amongst the top 200 QS World University Rankings 2023.
  • After the US and the UK, Canada is the most preferred destination among international and Indian students.
  • The cost of studying in Canada is relatively less when compared to other developed nations like the US, the UK, and Europe.
  • Canada has a large Indian diaspora, so, it is considered a safe immigration destination for Indians.
  • As one of the biggest economies, it offers a wide range of opportunities to young graduates.

Some Quick Facts for Fall Intake in Canada 2023

Check some of the highlights of the fall (September) intake in Canada presented below:

  • Being the most popular and primary intake in the country, the September intake sees a high demand among prospective students.
  • You can apply to a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and other courses during the fall intake in Canada.
  • The application deadlines, specific to each university, are usually set around in December. This gives you at least 3-4 months to apply to your dream universities in Canada.
  • Interested applicants are also going to see a wide range of scholarships, both partial and full during the fall intake in Canada.

Timeline for September 2023 Intake (Fall intake in Canada)

Note that the deadline for fall intake in Canada shall vary from university to university as well as from course to course. So, before you begin the application process, check out the timelines posted by the desired university. Check out the detailed timeline for September intake in Canada given below.

April – August 2022: Research the Universities/ courses to which you have to apply

  • In order to take admission into any university, the first and foremost thing that you have to do is to research about the universities as per your interests.
  • Note down the colleges that offer the best bang for your buck.
  • Familiarize yourself with the various bank loans and college scholarships that are available. After looking at the options, shortlist the affordable and cost-effective options.
  • Once you have shortlisted the few universities that appeal to you, download the admission brochures of those universities and read about the offerings and facilities.

August – November 2022: Prepare and appear for standardized tests and English Language Proficiency Tests

  • Appear for the tests that are required by the Universities in Canada. Appear for IELTS or TOEFL. For these tests, register one month before the test date.
  • Also, appear for the other qualifying tests like GMATGRE (as per the University requirements).
  • Universities require you to submit the scorecards of the tests in which you have appeared at the time of application. Therefore, apply for the tests and give enough time to yourself to receive the appropriate scores and certificates. The perfect time to appear for the tests is around September – October, in the year prior to admissions. Plan for buffer time as well, in case you need to retake the test.
  • It is important to prepare for the basics of the GMAT and GRE beforehand. Students must not wait until the last minute. If you have made a decision to study abroad and your course requires a GMAT or a GRE score, students must start preparing even before they do their research on Universities.

November 2022 – January 2023: Fill out the application forms carefully

  • Once all the documents are ready, visit the official websites of the universities (of your choice) and fill out the respective application forms.
  • Also, request your professors and teachers to submit their letters of recommendation for you. These are important documents that are needed for admission into fall intake in Canada.
  • In addition, draft your statement of purpose (SOP) and essays, as required by your desired university. Structuring the SOP and essay will take time, so be an early bird here and complete this process on time.

January – February 2023: Reply to College Emails and Responses

  • Once all the applications have been sent to the Universities, it is now time to be attentive and look out for college admission emails that you are going to receive.
  • Colleges and Universities will send quite a few emails concerning your applications. Be prompt in replying to those emails.
  • Additionally, you might be asked to appear for personal or video interviews. These are scheduled in the first few months of the year; January to March, and sometimes April.
  • As per your performance, the universities will send the acceptance letters. If you like the offer, do not delay in accepting it.
  • You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.

February – April 2023: Apply for a Canada student visa and settle your finances

  • Settling your finances and applying for student loans is crucial. So, research about various scholarships and student financial aid.
  • Look for student housing and accommodation options in Canada.
  • Apply for the appropriate student loans that will help you in covering your tuition and accommodation expenses.
  • Complete the paperwork for your student visa. Check visa requirements.
  • Apply for your student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
  • Book airline tickets.
  • Arrange for an International Debit/ Credit card.
  • Collect all the documents and their photocopies.
  • Check out this Pre-departure checklist!

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The table given below provides a summary of the fall intake in Canada timeline:

Month

Action Required

April – August 2022

Research about the Universities/ courses.

August – November 2022

Prepare and appear for standardized tests and English Language Proficiency Tests.

 

Keep in mind that the GMAT and GRE might require longer preparation time. Hence, plan your time accordingly.

November 2022 – January 2023

Fill out the application forms.

January – February 2023

Reply to College Emails and Responses and accept your offer.

February – April 2023

Apply for a Canada student visa and settle your finances.

Top 10 Universities in Canada

Below mentioned are the top universities in Canada according to the QS World University Rankings 2023 and Canada rankings for 2022.

University

Canada Ranking 2022

QS World University Ranking 2023

University of Toronto

1

34

McGill University

2

31

University of British Columbia

3

47

University of Montreal

4

116

University of Alberta

5

110

McMaster University

6

152

University of Waterloo

7

154

Western University

8

172

University of Ottawa

9

237

University of Calgary

10

242

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FAQs

Q. What are the features of the Fall intake in Canada?

A. Fall intake or September intake is the most important study abroad intake. Fall intake in Canada months are from September to December/January. All the universities in Canada offer the majority of the courses in the Fall intake. Hence, students have a wide of range of courses to choose from. Fall intake in Canada also provides more opportunities for securing scholarships and internships. However, the majority of the applicants apply in the Fall intake and this leads to a decrease in the acceptance rate as the competition is quite high. Moreover, students who graduate in May/June have less time to apply abroad.

Q. When should I start the process for the fall intake in Canada?

A. The fall intake in Canada starts in September. In order to begin with the application process for this intake, start the process from April of the previous year. Continue this process till August of the same year and during this timeline, research about different colleges and courses that are available. Accordingly, shortlist the best courses and universities from the list. If you are applying for a PG course in Canada, make sure that you start early. Most of the PG courses in India get completed around May/June. Hence, students have less time to apply. It is advised that the students start early in order to avoid any last-minute delays.

Q. Which admission intake of universities is highly popular in Canada for international students?

A. The fall intake in Canada is highly popular. Most of the international students decide to take admission in this intake only. Usually, the application window opens in December and remains open till March of the following year. Many top universities open slots for their courses in this intake. Compared to the other intakes, the September intake in Canada has many universities that offer programs to international students.

Q. What are the three intakes in Canada?

A. Canadian universities invite applications for 3 semesters; fall, summer, and winter. The fall semester begins in September, winter in January, and summer in May. Courses and Universities differ for each intake. Fall intake in Canada is the most important of the three as almost all the courses and Universities are available in this intake. Winter intake in Canada (January intake) also offers a wide range of courses. However, only a few courses are available in the summer intake. To know more about study abroad intakes, students can visit this link.

Q. Specify some of the universities that offer admission for September intake in Canada.

A. Some of the universities that offer fall intake in Canada are the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, McGill University, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, etc.

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Pls do well to reply before it's too late

Reply to Uzoahia Chukwuemeka

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Piyush Kohli

2 months ago

Hi Uzoahia, international candidates can apply to universities till the deadline for applications.

Pls I want to know if undergraduates from Nigeria have been taken or will be taken in for fall season 2022 because my agent says it's till January before any intake

Reply to Uzoahia Chukwuemeka

And Is DUOLINGO is enough to apply for UNIVERSITIES in CANADA for MS in Computer Science?

Reply to vemula venkata phanindrababu

Hi
I want to apply for universities in Canada for SEP 22 Intake.
If i apply NOW can i get admit for SEP 22 intake?

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Mum Randhawa

8 months ago

I have applied for Jan 2023 intake in present day . Can anybody tell that estimatelly in which months get my visa.

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