1. IELTS Prep

Make your move with IELTS from the British Council. For non-native English speakers, demonstrating English proficiency through IELTS scores between 6.0 and 7.5 is crucial for university admission and visa applications. This will ensure you can actively participate in your education and social life in Canada. 

The British Council’s IELTS exam measures your ability to listen, read, write, and speak in English, critical skills for success in and out of the classroom. The test is delivered in over 140 countries and we offer  access to a range of prep material to set you up for success. 

2. Get ready for an adventure

Canada offers endless opportunities to explore, from the cultural hubs of Montreal and Toronto to the breathtaking natural beauty of places like Banff National Park and Nova Scotia. Set aside time to explore and to get more than a degree when you study abroad, take IELTS with the British Council and prepare to make memories outside the classroom.

3. Pack smart

In winter, you might face snow and freezing temperatures, especially in cities like Calgary or Ottawa, while summers can be pleasantly warm. Have a versatile wardrobe so you can dress in layers,  take waterproofs, and comfortable walking shoes to be prepared for any weather. This way, you can enjoy every season Canada has to offer.

4. Embrace the names

Canada's rich heritage is reflected in its place names, many of which are derived from Indigenous languages. Challenge yourself to pronounce unique names like Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake and you’ll learn to appreciate the history and respect the country’s many traditions.

5. Cultural richness

Canada thrives on diversity. With communities from over 250 ethnic origins, you can learn from and interact with people from many backgrounds. This cultural variety enriches your education, providing lessons that extend far beyond the classroom. 

As an international student, you’ll be part of a dynamic community, giving you a unique chance to expand your worldview, make new friendships, and understand global perspectives first-hand. Success in this dynamic educational setting begins with IELTS, recognised globally as proof of English language proficiency for higher education and migration.

6. Try new foods

Experiencing local Canadian dishes like poutine and the country's world-renowned maple syrup offers a taste of Canada’s culinary diversity. These flavours can add an enjoyable dimension to your stay, connecting you with Canadian culture in a delicious way.

The British Council turns 90 in 2024 and has helped thousands of students get their desired IELTS score. You can get more from your student experience when you graduate abroad.

7. Budgeting for living

The cost of living can vary greatly across Canada. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto are on the pricier end, while places like Montreal may be more budget-friendly. Understanding these costs ahead of time – from rent to groceries, to transport – allows you to plan your finances and avoid surprises.

The British Council is one of the co-owners of IELTS, so if you are planning to study abroad, you can rely on us  to help you prepare for IELTS and achieve your goals.

8. Look for Scholarships

Scholarships and exchange programmes will ease the financial burden of studying abroad. They also recognise and reward your academic achievements and potential. Regularly researching and applying for scholarships can make it easier to achieve your academic goals. 

9. Mind the deadlines

With different intake periods throughout the year, it’s important to start your application process early, allowing you enough time to gather necessary documents and meet all requirements without stress. Starting early also gives you space to prepare for the British Council’s IELTS and complete the test with confidence.

Make your move with IELTS from the British Council. Book your IELTS test and we’ll help you get the score you need to start creating your future.