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Undergraduate courses in Canada

Courses designed to offer specialised knowledge and better career prospects

Studying Bachelor programs in Canadian institutions can be a life-changing decision. With quality education and globally recognised degrees, students get to experience a cultural and intellectually stimulating environment, which probes them to grow personally and professionally. 

Pursuing a UG course from a Canadian university

  • Experiential learning: Practical training incorporated within their bachelor program to gain hands-on experience  

  • High education standards: As per THE Rankings 2020, seven of Canadian universities are ranked in the top 200, which implies that the country offers ample opportunities for a world-class education

  • Post-study work opportunities: In Canada, a student can get three years of work permit after completing their degree

  • Affordable: Studying in Canada is far more affordable when compared to other developed nations. Besides, both public and private institutions extend financial assistance to their students in the form of grants and scholarships

UG Major

UG Minor

A Major is a student's primary area of interest

It’s a secondary concentration of courses, which complements the Major 

A student requires to complete 10 out of 20 necessary credits in an Honours degree in the major subject area

This usually requires completion of 4 required credits in the minor subject area

For instance, a student can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Biology

For instance, a student can study Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology with a minor in Political Science

These are generally not available in highly structured programs such as Engineering, Architecture, Accounting and Financial Management, Computer Science, etc.

Options are available only to students within their home faculty. For instance, options in the Faculty of Engineering are available only to engineering students 

Eligibility criteria for a UG course in Canada

  • A minimum cumulative score of 70% in your 10+2 

  • English-language proficiency test scores such as IELTS (mostly 6.5 to 7.5 band, with no individual score less than 6). We recommend that you check with your desired institution for their minimum required IELTS scores

  • For business studies and computer courses, you should have mathematics as a core subject during your high school

  • For engineering, you should have Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English as core subjects during your high school

  • For fine arts, you need to present a portfolio or the documentary evidence of the creative skills

Popular specialisations offered by Canadian universities

Major Fields

Specialisation options

Engineering Degree

Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & IT, Chemical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Architectural Engineering

Arts and Design

Fashion Design, Graphic design, Film, Photography and Media, and Visual Arts

Business Administration

Human Resource, Supply Chain Management, Commerce, Finance, Project Management, and Accountancy

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hotel & Food Administration, Hospitality and Tourism Management


Nursing and Health Care Technology Management

Duration of UG courses in Canada

A regular bachelor’s degree in Canada is for four years as the Canadian education system requires you to take minor courses with your primary degree. However, there are some three-year courses at selected institutions which do not include minor studies. At the end of your studies, you can choose to have an additional year into the course to achieve an Honours degree.

Major academic intakes 

There are two major intakes in Canada for admission to an undergraduate degree 

  • Fall intake- September 

  • Winter Intake- January 

It’s recommended to apply at least six months in advance of your desired intake so you have ample time to shortlist universities, take admission tests, prepare application packet and receive university assessment. 

Updated on January 27, 2021

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