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Upcoming intakes in Canada 2022-2023

Haripriya Sivasubramaniam
Haripriya Sivasubramaniam
Last updated: Sep 24, 20228 min read
Upcoming intakes in Canada 2022-2023

Canada or the Great North has been one of the top destinations for studying and pursuing the major of your choice. Given the economy, education quality and the friendly lifestyle in the country, it gives the overseas students a warm welcome! Like the USA, Canada also provides three different intakes to start with their course sessions.

Now let us demystify the types of intakes in Canadian universities, the admission deadlines, and the top universities that provide popular courses.

As mentioned above, the Canadian universities offer three different types of intakes as follows:

  1. September or fall intake
  2. January or winter intake
  3. May or summer intake

Out of these, the fall intake is the most popular intake among overseas applicants. These intakes are period based on seasonal grounds, and the complete process of applying to these semesters takes place within the admission deadline.           
Now let us have a look at the admission deadlines for each intake.

Intake typeProgramTentative admission deadline
September or FallUndergrad and PostgradDecember - March
January or WinterUndergrad and PostgradSeptember - November
May or SummerDiplomaJanuary - February

September intake in Canada 2022

The September or the fall intake is the most preferred semester in Canada. Generally, the application window opens in December and goes till March of the following year.           
Most of the top universities open slots for their top and popular courses in this intake. Compared to other inputs, this September intake holds many universities that offer programs for international students.

Benefits of fall intake

  • Students get ample time and space to acclimatise themselves in the next six months.
  • Taking up a program in this intake will keep the students 4-5 months ahead of the winter intake applicants. So the competition will be fierce.
  • These students of the fall intake have significant exposure to internships and off-campus career opportunities.

Related Intakes: Intakes in the UK | Intakes in the USA

Top universities that open applications for the September 2022

Here are the top universities in Canada that offer programs for the fall intake.

UniversityAnnual tuition fee
The University of Toronto$58,160
University of British Columbia$55,541
McGill University$56,544
University of Calgary$40,103
Niagara College$17,215
University of Alberta$30,090
University of Waterloo$47,560
University of Ottawa$26,354
Ryerson University$38,457

Steps to apply for fall intake in Canadian Universities

  • Shortlist the universities you want to apply to by December.
  • Crack the exams: Give your best in GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL tests and prepare your scorecards. Prepare and schedule the exams by January.
  • Now collect all the required documents along with your SOPs and portfolios. Start applying to the universities by March.
  • Then complete the interview processes (if the university you have applied to conducts one) and present your accomplishments perfectly.
  • Once everything is set, apply for your visas by June or July. Complete the visa interview.
  • Finally, arrange and organise your immigration documents within July or August. Then get ready to fly to start the first semester at your dream university this fall intake!

January intake in Canada 2023

The January or the winter intake in Canada is the second most preferred semester for admissions in Canadian universities. Although the institutes offer fewer programs, the career opportunities, scholarships, and internship offers are more or less the same as the September intake.

Benefits of Winter intake in Canada 2023

  • Class strength will be a little less, allowing you to interact with your faculty.
  • Competition based on application and admission in the top universities will still be high, which drives the applicants with more energy.

Top Universities that open applications for the January intake 2023

UniversityAnnual tuition fee
The University of Toronto$58,160
Carleton University$42,873
Queen’s University$27,513
Lambton College$25,340
McGill University$56,544
Douglas College$18,727
University of Ottawa$26,354
Mount Saint Vincent University$40,980
Centennial College$28,742

Steps to apply for the winter intake in Canadian Universities

  • Do not waste any more time! Even if you have missed the fall intake, now is the time to make up for this! Start looking for the top universities offering programs for the winter intake.
  • Complete your GRE/GMAT or IELTS/TOEFL exams and keep your scorecards ready by October.
  • Then apply for the visas and be ready with the mandatory documents required to apply to Canadian universities by the end of October or mid-November.
  • Finally, book your tickets and plan for your accommodation beforehand.                           
    Start your seamless journey to start your winter semester afresh!

May intake in Canada 2023

The spring/summer intake is the final intake session of the academic year in Canadian universities. A very few universities offer this intake for fewer programs.

Mostly, diploma certifications and summer vocational programs are open for admissions during this semester.

Benefits of summer intake in Canada 2023

  • First and foremost is the pleasant climatic condition of this season after harsh winter weather.
  • Secondly, you can do a few interesting short-term courses and use the meantime to apply to full-time classes for the upcoming intakes. This will give you another option for your next step in higher education or career path.

Top universities that open applications for the May intake in Canada 2023

University Annual tuition fee
University of Waterloo$47,560
Ryerson University$38,457
Northern College$15,451
Centennial College$28,742
Vancouver Community College$19,900

Steps to apply for summer/spring intake in the Canadian universities

  • Shortlist the universities you want to apply to and ace the exams by the end of December.
  • After getting your test scores, start applying to the universities you have chosen. Meanwhile, prepare your SOPs and avail your LORs by the advent of Jan.
  • Once you get your admissions, apply for the visa and complete the interview process by February. When everything is set, all that remains for you is to get, set and fly!

MBA intakes in Canada

The MBA program is one of Canada's most popular and most preferred programs to study. Thousands of applicants around the globe apply to pursue business administration and its diverse specialisations in the top business schools of the country.

Given its demand, most universities offer September or January intake for pursuing an MBA major. Now let us look at which top universities offer business programs during these intakes.

UniversityAnnual tuition fee
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto$58,160
McGill University$56,544
Smith School of Business, Queen’s University$27,513
Ivey Business School, Western University$24,851

Documents required to apply for Canadian Universities

  • Your completed application form
  • Application fee
  • 2-3 SOPs
  • At Least 3 LORs
  • Standardised test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS)
  • CV/resume
  • High school or degree certificates

Pack these during your departure

  • Immigration documents
  • Visa 
  • Passport
  • National identity proof 

Pros and Cons of different intakes

IntakesProsCons
September/FallGreat weather conditions; A headspace to settle and start your semester; Abundant internship and scholarship opportunities.Intense competition and highly-demanded programs will be open for admissions. Application crowd will be high.
January/WinterGives you a perfect chance to study and prepare for the visa, study permit and eligibility tests.Harsh weather. Programs offered will be very few.
May/Spring (Summer)Least intense competition. Very high chances of getting an admission.Short-term and least preferred programs offered by the least number of universities.

FAQs

1. How many intakes does Canada have?

Canadian universities generally offer three intakes: September/Fall intake, January/Winter intake, and May/Summer intake.

2. Can I apply for May 2022 intake in Canada?

Generally, the application process ends by Feb 2022. But you can start your preparations to land on your dream university via the most popular intake- the fall intake of Canadian Universities.

3. What is the difference between September intake and January intake in Canada?

The September intake is the most popular in Canada in the fall season. The January intake is the winter intake in Canada and the second most preferred intake session.

So are you ready to set your foot on Canadian soil? Then why wait? Connect with edvoy today and get in touch with our experienced counsellors to know in detail about the Universities in Canada and the programs offered!

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