IS STUDY GAP ACCEPTABLE IN CANADA FOR 2019?
Earlier there were very rare students who used to take a year gap for better preparation. But in the recent years there is an increase in the number of the students who take a year drop.
WHAT IS THE STUDY GAP?
There are many reasons for which the gap is taken by the students. The gap can be taken just after completing the high school and before taking admission into an undergraduate course. Students in India take year drop mainly when they have to prepare for some entrance tests such as NEET etc. The year gap will help them to prepare well for the exams as they are free to study without any type of work load from their college. Students are of a mind set that they have to appear for a national level exam so they take a year gap to get fully prepared. It has been observed that that many students take up internships or volunteering after their undergraduate studies.
SO, IS A STUDY GAP ACCEPTABLE IN CANANDA?
Yes, the study gap is acceptable in Canada. Canada universities are flexible with the long study gaps taken by the international students. As per the rules of the universities, a study gap for 2 years is acceptable for the applicants of undergraduate courses. On other hand, a study gap of 5 years is acceptable for the applicants of postgraduate courses. But there are many cases where the students have done really well in a particular field so in such cases, they need to show some proof for their study gap. This proof can be in the form of a salary slip or appointment letter.
The best thing about the education system of Canada is that they motivate their students to get involved in other activities also. They need to explore everything around them and learn in the real world. So, a study gap must provide some beneficial results at the end. For this, Canada universities allow the study gap so that the students get adjusted to the study pattern of the country.
PROS AND CONS OF GAP YEAR
The study gap has its own pros and cons. It is observed that the student who take study gap perform better than the students who do not take the study gap. But the question rises that whether such study gap effects the flow of gaining education.
HISTORY OF GAP YEAR
In the 1960s the study gap was observed for the first time when the young students wanted to come out of the old ways of studying of their parent’s generation. The main aim was to have exchange of the cultural ideas so that there are no more wars in the future. The first gap year organisation was opened in Worcester, Massachusetts named as Dynamy. The main purpose of the organisation was to teach students importance of self -confidence and their important role in the large communities.
In India, there are many exams such as NEET/JEE/AIPMT for which student take year gap to prepare well. However, there are many exams such as TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT/CAT which are given for taking admission to abroad. Students also take year gap for preparation of these exams as there is high level competition for taking admission into foreign universities.
QUICK GUIDELINES AND TIPS FOR CANADIAN VISA (recently updated in 2018)
If you are planning to study in Canada then you must know that there is requirement of study permit to study in Canada. It will be issued when the students arrive Canada. The student requires the temporary resident VISA which is provided by the Canadian High Commission. The application for study permit can be given inline as well offline and cost $150 which is around ₹7465 in Indian rupees. You are supposed to submit the payment when the application is submitted.
You have to give valid passport, proof of acceptance by a recognised university, passport size photos, proof of financial support, immigration medical examination, English proficiency test scores, statement of purpose, credit card details for a Canadian VISA. Remember that Canada accepts the students with study gap of 2 years for undergraduate courses and 5 years for post graduate courses. However, the years if study gap may vary from university to university.
FAQs FOR STUDY GAP IN CANADA
- IS A GAP OF 8 YEARS CONSIDERED BY CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES?
There are some universities who can accept such applications if the reason for the study is reliable and genuine. Many people take study gap for preparation of exam or any job. But if your reason is true and acceptable then the university can consider your application.
- IS A STUDY GAP OF 8 TO 9 YEARS CONSIDERED FOR STUDENT VISA?
People applying for student VISA with gap of more than 5 years may face some problem. If they have appropriate reason then can also get the student VISA.
- HOW MUCH STUDY GAP IS ACCEPTED FOR CANADIAN VISA?
There are many reasons which the students give for their year gap. These reasons can be educational, personal or medical also. If we talk about the educational reason, it can be low scores in class 10th or 12th. Personal reasons can be any family problem due to which he or she have to drop studies. There can be some health issues which took long time to get cured due to which the student cannot his or her education.
These are the reasons due to which student with 5-6-year gap are also getting VISA approvals. Sometimes students with less study gap may not get approval as they do not have a solid explanation for their study gap.
- I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE, SHOULD I APPLY BEFORE OR AFTER I TAKE A GAP YEAR?
There are many education counsellors who suggest that students should apply in the college and get the acceptance before taking a gap year. The students then have the option of working on improvement of their scores or moving ahead with the college.
- AFTER TAKING A STUDY GAP, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AIDS?
If a student has taken a gap year then he might need to apply again for the financial aid. However, the scholarships remain with the student until they join the college again.
- WHAT DO THE COLLEGE ADMISSION OFFICIALS THINK ABOUT A GAP YEAR?
The college admission officials are quite comfortable in accepting the applications of the students who have taken study gap. They always support the idea of study gap for the existing students also. There is a case where around 107 of 1665 Harvard students took a gap year and results for it were quite good. So, we can say that taking a study gap is not a bad option if you are willing to work hard and improve your performance.