To seek admission at universities in Canada or other study destinations, the applications need to be filed within the prescribed time which are operated under strict deadlines. Typically, intakes in Canada are distributed in short stipulated periods of the academic year and open for a period anywhere between two to four months. Since the January intake of the coming year is nearing for almost all institutions across the globe, 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.
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. 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||Deadlines|
|Fall (September) 2020||All Programmes||Varies between November 2019 |
till January 2020
|Winter (January) 2020||Selective Programmes||Varies between September 2019 |
till late December 2019
|Summer 2020||Short Term Programmes||Late April|
Note: Universities may practice flexible deadlines within these intakes. Students are advised to research about specific university dates & deadlines before applying.
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 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.
What the January Intake Offers
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|
For students who have applied under the January intakes in Canada, result notifications are generally released within one and a half to three months.
Thus, we hope that this blog has helped you understand the key essentials you must consider while applying during various intakes in Canada. The admission procedure particularly comprises SAT/GRE/GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL scores, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and may also include an optional funding essay and research proposal. 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 coming January intake, get in touch with experienced counselors 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.