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Canada & AustraliaBoth countries are equally popular and both countries are a major hub for Indian students. Still, there are some differences when it comes to choosing a better option for the career. Make your choice on the basis of the following differences based on the cost of living, visa, course eligibility, work opportunities etc.


Popular courses:

Canada provides best courses in Engineering, Business Management, Computer Science, Media, Nursing, and Hospitality.

Australia’s popular courses are Health Care, Accounting, Information Technology, Education, Hotel Management and MBA.


Canada: UG courses need to have 12 completed years of schooling but for admission, the candidate needs SAT score. Degree course duration is four years and for diploma are either two or three years. For PG courses admission for vocational courses is way easy and the admission procedures are a lot more hassle-free. For management degrees candidate must appear for GMAT, and for engineering degrees candidate must give the GRE exam. No cutoff’s in Canadian college rather Colleges give average scores accepted in their websites which give an idea about the good score which will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores are also required. If the visa interviewer may not grant you a visa if the spoken skills are not up to the mark for them.

Australia:  UG courses in Australia require 12 years of pre-university education everywhere, which makes it easier for International students to get admission directly to the degree of their choice in an accredited university. PG courses can be taken after finishing UG program except for engineering that takes four years. For Management course appear for GMAT and for sciences you might need GRE exam. If the candidate has no work experience, then he/she needs to enroll a graduate certificate or graduate diploma program. TOEFL or IELTS may be checked by the university but are important for the purpose of getting a visa.

Cost of living:

The cost of living depends on the university, location and the course the candidate has opted for:

UG course Costing:

Specifics UG course in Canada UG course in Australia
Tuition $10,000 - $30,000 per year  $15,000 to $33,000 per year
Room and Living expenses $10,000–$12,000 per year $19,000-$20,000 per year
Duration of course 4 years 3 years
Total $20,000-$42,000 per year $34,000-$53,000

PG course Costing:

Specifics PG in Canada PG course in Australia
Tuition $15,000 - $35,000 per year $20,000 to $37,000 per year
Room and Living expenses $10,000–$12,000 per year $19,000-$20,000 per year
Duration of course 1-2 years 1-2 years
Total $25,000-$47,000 per year $39,000-$57,000 per year

Visa Process:

Canada Student Visa Process:

  • Apply post-graduation work permit within 90 days after finishing your studies
  • Compulsory medical test
  • Spouses can work if the stay is more than a year or more
  • Applicant can’t work for more than 20 hours per week
  • During holidays, breaks and summer the applicant can work for 40 hours per week

Australia Student Visa Process:

  • The visa is not provided in the form of a sticker
  • Spouse of the student can work in Australia for unlimited hours only if he/she is pursuing Ph.D. or Masters Degree
  • Student visa holders are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight     during their study in Australia.

Post study work permit:


Canadian Post Graduation Work Visa will allow the students to graduate from any post-secondary institute to work after studying for a time period depending on the extent of their course.


A bachelor’s degree holder or a Master’s degree holder is eligible to apply for a two-year post-study work visa. Other graduates could be eligible to apply for 18 months subclass 485 visas through the graduate work stream.

Opportunities in Employment:


Nurse practitioner, program analyst, teacher, pharmacist, financial manager, construction manager etc. are some of the job opportunities in Canada


Education, medical services, hospitality industry, computer system design, accounting etc are some of the job opportunities in Australia


Canada scholarships Australia scholarships
International Research Linkages funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada University of Adelaide Ashok Khurana Scholarship for Indian Students
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships funded by Government of Canada   University of Queensland Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships
Canada Asia-Pacific Awards (CAPA) University of Queensland India-Australia BEL Excellence Scholarship
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by   Government of Canada Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)
Sauvé Scholars Program by the Jeanne Sauvé Youth Foundation Endeavour Awards


PR opportunities:

Canada: During this period of Post Graduation Work permit, an applicant can apply for Permanent Residency under the Canadian Experience Class. Since the country is thinly populated, there is a lack of highly skilled employee. Comparatively getting a PR in Canada is easier.

Australia: Getting a permanent residency in Australia is possible but the process is long. A thorough background check is done on the applicant to make sure he/she is not a fraud.



Weather in Canada differs widely based on where the candidate is. Canada is a big country that stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. It covers five time- zones.


Australia is situated in the southern hemisphere, which means Australia's will start in December and winter in June. Nearly one-third of Australia is in the tropics. The southern areas are in a temperate zone.

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