Upcoming Intakes in Canada for 2021

Intakes in Canada

If you have decided to study in Canada, the applications need to be filed within the prescribed time which are operated under strict deadlines. To pursue bachelors or Masters in Canada, there are certain admission intakes distributed in short stipulated periods of the academic year and open for a period anywhere between two to four months. Since the different intakes in Canada correspond to separate academic sessions, candidates need to be aware of all the components of the application process which they need to submit in order to be considered for admission. This article explains more about the intakes in Canada as well as what else you need to consider when applying.

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Intakes in Canada: Deadlines & Courses

Universities, to encourage applications from a diverse variety of students, conduct admissions in specific cycles otherwise known as intakes. There are three major intakes, namely, Fall, Winter and Summer intakes with the Fall attracting the highest number of applications. Majorly in the US, Europe, and Australia, most of the programs are open for admission in the fall intake.

All the major programs such as MS in Canada, MBA Courses in Canada, etc are open for admission in the fall intake. Further, the January intake is a supplementary admissions window helping universities to either fill remaining seats or to conduct admissions for certain specialized courses. A few programs may be open for application for in both the windows though the number of seats may vary. Conversely, due to the relatively lesser number of applications received, applicants may get the benefit of somewhat lesser competition though offers strictly depend on the quality of your application. Then, the summer intake is left for short-term courses, for instance, exchange and summer programs. Before coming to the intakes in Canada, take a look at the following table which enlists the intake for different phases, courses as well as their deadlines.

Intakes in Canada Course Durations
Fall (September) All Programmes September–December/early January
Winter (January) 2021 Selective Programmes
Summer 2021 Short Term Programmes May-August

Note: Universities may practice flexible deadlines within these intakes. Students are advised to research about specific university dates & deadlines before applying.

September Intake in Canada

As the major intake for applying for a university in Canada, September intake is also referred to as the fall intake and attracts a large number of applications from international students. Beginning in September, it’s deadlines span across the months of December to March varying as per the university and course. To apply for the September intake in Canada, make sure that you have geared up all the documents at least 3-4 months before the application window opens. These documents include, language proficiency test scores as well as admission essays like Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letters of Recommendation (LORs), amongst others. Students mainly get their acceptance letters by April or the following months from that after which you can steer towards the student visa application.

January Intake in Canada

Out of the three intakes in Canada, the January intake is the most lesser-known about. In particular, the January intake consists of many specialized programs as well as a few courses in which seats have not been completely filled. Students must remember that the criteria of eligibility and the procedure of application remain the same in all intakes in Canada. A few of the universities you should consider while applying in the January intake are:

Carleton University Douglas College
Mount Saint Vincent University Fanshawe College
Cape Breton University Centennial College
Lambton College

For students who have applied under the January intakes in Canada, result notifications are generally released within one and a half to three months.

Pros and Cons of Different Intakes

Intake Popularity Pros Cons
Fall Intake Highly Popular Good weather
Enough time to familiarize yourself with the environment
A head start of 4-5 months for applications
Apply for major courses
Great funding and scholarship opportunities
Intense Competition
A lot of applicants apply during this time
Winter Intake Popular Gives you time to prepare for the study permit and visa
More time to prepare for the university application
Harsh Canadian winters
Less international applicants 
Limited courses available
Summer Intake Least Popular Least intense competition
Better chances of getting offer
Only Short-terms courses available
Not a mandatory semester
Offered by very few universities
Students prefer taking spring break 


When applying for any intake, it is important to check the deadlines for each university and the course. While every school has a different deadline, these deadlines are defined at least a year prior to the date so you have enough time to prepare.

Here are the general guidelines and deadlines for all the intakes:

Intake Deadline
Fall Intake Between December and March
Winter Intake Between September and November
Summer Intake February

Deadlines for Diploma Candidates for Different Intakes in Canada

There are different deadlines for diploma candidates for different intakes in Canada. These deadlines vary from universities and colleges. They are listed below:

Intake University Deadline College Deadline
Fall Intake Between December and March of the previous year Between February and April of the same year
Winter Intake Between September and November of the previous year Between August and September of the previous year
Summer Intake February of the same year Between January and February of the same year

Deadlines for Each Course

Deadlines also depend a lot on the type of course you are studying. Here are some of the top courses and their intakes. 

Course Intakes
UG Fall Intake
Winter Intake
PG Fall Intake
Winter Intake
MBA Round 1 in Fall Intake
Round 2 in Winter Intake
Round 3 in Summer Intake

Which Intake to Choose?

A huge majority of applicants oscillate between the September & January intakes in Canada and to choose which one is best for them. While the process of admission itself is not so long, the whole exercise of applying for a university is a tedious process starting from the universities you wish to apply, researching courses, their eligibility criteria, giving exams to the right when you arrive at the university campus. Even then, you will be required to submit original hard copies of your uploaded documents. So, many universities advise students to start this process as early as possible. However, it also depends on the suitability of the candidate as well as which window is right according to their chosen course and university. If you are sure enough, apply soon and you will hopefully receive your admit notification earlier to pursue higher studies in Canada.

Documents Required

The admission procedure particularly comprises SAT/GRE/GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL scores, Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letters of Recommendation (LORs) and may also include an optional funding essay and research proposal. Along with these aforementioned essentials, the documents you will majorly require are- 

  • Transcripts of 10th and 12th and degree courses 
  • CV/ Resume
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Extra-curricular certificates 
  • 2 passport size photographs

Thus, we hope that this blog has helped you understand the key essentials you must consider while applying during various intakes in Canada. Writing and arranging materials as well as conditioning it depending on the various universities you are applying to is more than an exhausting and demanding job. Further, the post-admission formalities like accommodation, visa, etc also need to be carefully planned. Needless to say, a little guidance goes a long way in perfecting those small aspects of your application which can make the difference. If you are planning to apply for the upcoming intake, get in touch with experienced counsellors at Leverage Edu and we’ll help you sort out the complex application procedure thus guiding you throughout the process and ensuring that you get successfully shortlisted.

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