Best Tips, Requirements, Schools, Cost, Aid

Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its academic excellence, lovely and friendly environment, cultural diversity, and a whole lot more. Therefore, in this article put together by The World Scholarship Forum, we’ll look at the admission requirements, tuition cost, and scholarship opportunities available to study in Canada from Bangladesh.

The English and French-speaking nation offers promising career opportunities for international students. This is backed by a high percentage of international students currently studying in Canada. According to research, Canada tops the chart in the world’s quality of life index and also boasts of having 5 of the top 100 best student cities in the world. In addition to its affordable living expense and low university tuition fees, there are scholarship opportunities open to those who want to study in Canada from Bangladesh.

Before we go on to discuss the prerequisites to study in Canada from Bangladesh, here are the top reasons why Bangladeshi students choose Canada.

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Why Study In Canada?

With over a million foreign students, Canada is known to deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price. The degrees offered in Canadian Universities are recognized worldwide. More so, the country boasts of an excellent standard of living and tremendous opportunities for students to work while studying and after graduating.

Whether you decide to work in the smallest or largest city in Canada, the alluring and welcoming environment is one that will transform your life positively.

According to research, Canada claimed the number one spot in categories ranging for ” BEST PLACE TO LIVE” to “BEST PLACE TO STUDY” amongst other favorable criteria. Therefore, Bangladeshi students are greatly welcome to study in Canada.

Here are the top reasons why Canada is a great study destination for Bangaladesh students

Academic Excellence

With excellent teachers and students alike, Canada is renowned internationally for its excellent standard of education – from primary to post-secondary.

Furthermore, 26 Canadian universities rank in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and 27 of them in THE World University Rankings 2019. Also, Canada tops the list of educational spending per capita of all countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Lovely and Friendly Environment

In Canada, you will find incredibly warm and friendly people from a diverse ethnic group with different lifestyles and backgrounds. That is to say, the multi-cultural nature of the nation encourages friendliness and peaceful living

From urban centers to small towns, Canada is viewed as one of the safest countries in the world for Bangladesh students.

Good Quality of Living

Being a great place to work and live, Canadians and international students enjoy a high standard of living. According to the World University Rankings, Canada has 5 of the top 100 best student cities in the world. Remarkable!

Availability of Jobs

With a high employment rate and good academic standard, Bangladesh students find it easy to transit from student mode into the job mode. This is made so through the availability of jobs. Due to the focus on industry-specific applied research, students who study in Canada get jobs in less than six months after graduation. Studying in Canada positions you for a successful future and rewarding careers.

Affordable Cost of Study

The tuition fee in Canada is moderately cheaper. Whatever your budget is, you will always find something right for you. And when considering the return on investment, it is quite a viable option for Bangladesh students. Also, there are available scholarship opportunities for Bangladesh students to lessen their educational expenses.

Cultural diversity

The multicultural environment in Canada encourages friendliness and peaceful living like no other country. In fact, you will find a lot of Bangladeshis studying, working, and living here. You can also experience festivals and rituals such as:

  • The Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • Calgary Stampede
  • NHL Hockey
  • Experience “Poutine Week” – The blend of French fries, delicious gravy, and cheese curd.
  • Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal

You Can Earn While Learning

Canada offers all its foreign students the ability to work for 20 hours a week during their semesters and full-time during the summer and winter breaks. You will not need any additional work permit to work on campus or as an intern in any firm, as your study permit covers for that.

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Immigration opportunities

Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) allows Bangladeshi students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after completion of their graduation. More so, you can gain some international work experience and apply for permanent residency later on.

Step by Step Plan To Study In Canada For Bangladeshi Students

The idea of studying in Canada is one to cherish, asides the availability of globally renowned schools and its affordability generally, the beautiful cultures and wonderful people in Canada make it a place you sure want to be.

One of the key steps that every Bangladeshi student needs to follow in order to study in Canada is – apply for a study permit. A Canadian study permit guarantees your Canadian residency permit.

Here are the steps to take in order to study in Canada…

Step 1: Shortlist and apply

Once you receive your SSC or HSC scores, you are free to start shortlisting universities that are of interest. You must choose up to 3 or 4 institutes. Ideally, the application process begins one year in advance. So, you can either wait for your academic results or start applying early on.

Before you start shortlisting and applying to institutes, it is advisable to take some standardized tests. Usually, you need to take IELTS when applying to Canadian schools. However, some institutes have distinct academic requirements. So, you also have to check the school’s website for entry requirements.

Upon receiving a letter of offer from your chosen university or college, you will need to apply for your study visa. At least 4–6 months prior to the commencement date of your program, you will have to file applications for your Canada study permit.

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

Step 2: Apply for visa

There are two ways to apply for a Canadian study visa from Bangladesh, either online or offline. If you desire to apply offline, you may need to visit the application center or the nearest embassy. You can also opt for the online process of applying for visa applications.

The visa fee could be paid either online or through bank transfer or at your nearest visa center. In addition, you will have to tender your biometrics to the center, if you apply through them.

However, you will have to attend the visa interview in-person and also take a medical exam in New Delhi. 

What Are The Requirements To Study In Canada From Bangladesh?

Bangladeshi students who wish to study in Canada need to fulfill certain requirements in order to secure a spot in a Canadian university. They are;

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  • Valid passport
  • Proof of acceptance letter
  • Proof of funds
  • Passport size photograph
  • Immigration medical examination
  • English language proficiency exam score
  • Statement of purpose
  • Credit card

Valid Passport

You need a Valid Passport to be eligible to apply for a Study Permit. As far as the Canadian High Commission is concerned, it is essential that you have a passport which validity that extends to cover the intended stay in Canada. For instance, if you plan to travel to Canada in September 2022 for a two-year course, your passport will be valid until at least September 2024

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Proof of acceptance letter

You would need the acceptance letter from the university/institute you are planning to attend. This is because a Designated Learning Institute is the University that is acknowledged by the Immigration Department. 

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Proof of funds

You have to provide evidence of funds at the time of submission for a study permit. This part of the requirement shows that you have enough money to sponsor your education and living expenses in Canada. Canadian immigration considers a student to have at least CAD 10,000 for each year of your stay. Furthermore, the student would also have to prove that he/she has enough funds for a return fair as well.

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Passport size photograph

If are registering offline, you would need two passport-sized photographs that fit the given standards. For online application, you must obtain a digital copy of the photograph which should not be more than 4MB. Other specifications are standard about neutral facial expression, plain background as well as no headgear (unless for religious purposes). Note:

  • Size of the image should be at least 35 mm x 45 mm
  • The image should be recent (not older than 6 months)
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Immigration medical examination

Canadian Immigration requires international students from Bangladesh to undergo a compulsory Immigration Medical Examination from doctors. Students who wish to study in Canada from Bangladesh are to book an appointment and visit the listed doctors for a medical examination, preferably a week before they start their Visa Application. This is to give the doctor sufficient time to validate and upload the necessary documents. The panel physician will conduct a complete medical exam and may refer you for chest x-rays and laboratory tests. Once your exam has been performed, the physician will send the results to CIC.

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English language proficiency exam score

Though not compulsory to have at the time of application, we strongly advise that you have your English Language Proficiency Score before you start your Visa Application Process. As it is, you would have had to submit your English language proficiency score to confirm your admission to some Canadian University. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. are all satisfactory.

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Statement of purpose

As a student who wishes to study in Canada from Bangladesh, you would be expected to submit an essay stating the purpose of your trip to Canada and why you have chosen the particular school. This would be prompted as an optional document in the checklist but we strongly advise that you submit the same.

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Credit card

While making an online application, you would also require a credit card to pay the application fee. The Visa Application Fee for Canada is CAD $160. Please note that the system only accepts credit cards and not debit cards.

How To Apply For Student Visa In Canada From Bangladesh

Once you receive an unconditional enrollment/admission letter from approved Canadian Institutions. As an applicant, you must follow the steps below to lodge an entry clearance or visa application.

Canada student visa requirements from Bangladesh

Firstly, you have to fill the necessary application forms electronically to receive verification and attach the following documents;

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  • Family and student questionnaire forms
  • Representative form if applicant apply through a representative
  • Photograph.
  • A letter of intention/motivation
  • A non-criminal record or police clearance certificate
  • Pay necessary non-refundable application fees.
  • Affix a notarized affidavit of financial declaration from the applicant’s sponsor showing he/she has enough access to money to cover the applicant’s entire costs for the proposed study program.
  • Your sponsor must demonstrate the entire source of income for the past two years along with necessary Tax Assessment Documents
  • Lodge your visa application to VFS, Canada Application Center.

How To Study In Canada From Bangladesh Without IELTS

The IELTS is an international examination that uses four different sections; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking to assess an applicant’s proficiency in the English Language. Canada being an English-speaking nation demands IELTS scores from Bangladeshi students. However, there are Universities that permit Bangladeshi students to study in Canada without IELTS.

The following exemptions and options available to Bangladeshi students who do not wish to take IELTS are;

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  • Other English proficiency tests like TOEFL and PTE
  • Proof of study in an English-medium school for 4 years
  • Proof that the official language of your country in English
  • Provision of ESL courses

For those students who do not want fancy IELTS but prefer taking ESL courses at a Canadian University, there are a number of Canadian Universities that offer main courses with ESL courses.

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It is important to note that the above criteria are determined by the Canadian university you are applying to. So, make sure to check the requirements on the school’s website before applying.

See the list of universities you can study in Canada without IELTS below;

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How Much Does It Cost To Study In Canada From Bangladesh?

The cost of tuition in Canada varies based on your program of study, your nationality, and your level of study. Generally, tuition fees in Canada are less expensive compared to other top study destinations. For undergraduates, it costs an average of CA$29,714 (~US$22,500) per year while for graduate students, it costs CA$17,744 (~US$13,437) the cost of tuition for Bangladeshi students who wish to study in Canada is below.

What is the cost of tuition for Bangladeshi Undergraduates in Canada?

The average tuition fees in Canada for Bangladeshi undergraduate students is about CA$29,714 (~US$22,500) per year. For science-related programs, tuitions are CA$27,159 (~US$20,600). Engineering and Medicine degrees cost, about CA$30,742 (~US$23,300) per year. Other courses — such as arts and humanities — are lesser, with business and management degrees being the cheapest, at CA$26,395 (~US$20,000) per year. Nevertheless, universities in Canada set their own fees and the cost of study varies depending on your course of study.

What is the cost of tuition for Bangladeshi Postgraduates in Canada?

On the other hand, the average tuition for postgraduate studies is around CA$17,744 (~US$13,437) which is slightly lower than the undergraduate tuition.

However, it is important to note that the price varies based on your desired program. For instance, MBA programs cost CA$30,570 (~US$23,160) for regular MBAs and CA$49,798 (~US$37,700) for executive MBAs, which makes it costlier than other degrees.

How Can I Study In Canada From Bangladesh With Scholarship

Scholarship opportunities are available for students who wish to study in Canada from Bangladesh. These financial aid opportunities are open to students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. They include specific scholarships for sporting and academic achievement and subject-based scholarships.

Furthermore, many universities in Canada offer their own scholarships. Therefore, to stand a chance, it is in your path to apply as early as possible due to the limited and competitive nature of the scholarships. So, if you wish to study in Canada from Bangladesh it’s your responsibility to research study abroad scholarship opportunities offered by universities and institutions in Canada.

In addition to the scholarship opportunities offered by universities and organizations, Bangladeshi students who wish to study in Canada can utilize the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to Commonwealth countries.

Available Scholarships For Bangladeshi Students

National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) Scholarship:

This Research associateship is offered to master degree holders in engineering and Ph.D. holders in natural science or engineering disciplines.

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED):

Students who are from Asian countries are specially available to apply for this scholarship in several disciplines.

Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship:

This scholarship is for the students who are studying in Quebec  for master’s level according to their own merit rules.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship:

Ontario universities are giving scholarships to international merit students of PhD in several programs.

To see and apply for available scholarship opportunities for international students in Canada, CLICK HERE.

Universities To Study In Canada

The quality of education in Canada is on the high side. With a good number of Universities to study in Canada for Bangladeshi students, mentioning the universities to study in Canada will definitely be lengthy. Therefore, click on the link below to see our organized list of best universities to study in Canada.

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FAQs On Study In Canada From Bangladesh: Best Tips, Requirements, Schools, Cost, Aid

Why should I study in Canada?

With over a million foreign students, Canada is known to deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.

What are the steps and requirements to study in Canada from Bangladesh?

To study in Canada, you must have to apply to the Canadian university of your choice. Once you have been accepted, the next thing to do is to apply for a student visa.

Can I study in Canada from Bangladesh without IELTS?

Yes, you can. In fact, some schools permit such while stating alternatives. Therefore, check the requirements of the school you are applying to for confirmation.

What is the cost of tuition for Bangladeshi undergraduates in Canada?

The average tuition fee in Canada for Bangladeshi undergraduate students is about CA$29,714 (~US$22,500) per year.


The idea of studying in Canada is one to cherish, asides from the availability of globally renowned schools and their affordability generally, the beautiful cultures and wonderful people in Canada make it a place you sure want to be. With that, it’s time to take that action.


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