Roshan Sunthar

Updated on 24-05-2023


September (Fall) Intake in Canada 2024 - 2025

September (Fall) Intake in Canada 2024 - 2025

Canada is a leading study-abroad destination for Indian students. Every year, Canadian universities offer courses in three different intakes - January, May and September. The September Intake is also called Fall Intake. It starts in early September and ends in late December. This September (Fall) intake is considered the best intake season in Canada for international students for more courses and scholarships. This blog gives you everything about the September/Fall intake, timeline and top universities in 2024.

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Why September Intake in Canada?

September intake (or Fall intake) is the primary and most popular intake in Canada for future students due to its ever-growing demand. This intake gives 3-4 months for Indian students and other international students whose native language is not English to apply for their dream university and course. Other benefits of this fall intake include scholarships (partial and full), grants, and financial aid.

Please note that all Canadian universities refer to “September intake” as “Fall intake” or “Autumn intake”.

Timeline for September 2024 Intake (Fall Intake)

To study in Canada, check the upcoming September intake 2024 (fall intake) timeline that is provided based on the academic calendar year 2024.

Timeline for September (Fall) Intake 2024 Things To Do
01 April - 01 August 2023 Research about the universities/colleges and courses.
02 August - 01 November 2023 Take standardised tests (GMAT/GRE/SAT etc) and English language proficiency tests (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE etc).
02 November 2023 - 01 January 2023 Submit the application forms.
02 January - 01 February 2023 Reply to college emails and responses and receive the acceptance letter.
02 February - April 2023 Apply for a Canadian student visa and settle your finances.

Step-by-Step Process for September Intake/Fall Intake in Canada 2024


Step 1 - Research the universities and courses (April - August 2023)

  • For university admissions, first research about the fall-intake universities between April and August of the previous year. The research must be based on the location preference, university rankings, sports & library, etc.
  • After choosing a university, research the course programs (part-time/full-time) according to your academic interests and future plans.
  • Consult with some mentors, lecturers, and study-abroad experts while choosing your university and course.
  • After the course selection, check out for scholarships offered by colleges.
  • Since many students apply for the fall intake in Canada, most bank loans are inexpensive and economical.
  • After finalising the university and course, download the application form and brochures to know their expectations, resources and services.

Step 2 - Get ready for the international standardised tests (August - November 2023)

  • Whether you’re applying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, the best time to take international standardised tests is August - November.
  • Check the minimum requirements scores of IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo, etc., for your targeted university and prove your English language proficiency.
  • If you’re interested in Engineering (UG/PG), you may need to appear for SAT, GMAT or GRE (as per the university’s eligibility criteria).
  • Make sure your preparation is well-planned. Collect all study materials way ahead.
  • The best time to appear for any international standardised test is August - November. However, consider October as the buffer time for the retake.
  • Once you’ve received your test results and scorecards, upload them on the university website. Don’t wait till the last minute.

Step 3 - Fill the university’s application form (November 2023 - January 2024)

  • This is the most important time when you provide your documents, including the application form, academic transcripts, professional experiences (if any), and medical certificates.
  • Draft your Letter of Recommendation (LOR), Statement of Purpose (SOP), and curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • While drafting the LOR or SOP, seek help from college professors or seniors. 
  • Submit your LOR, SOP, backlog certificate (if any) and other required documents before the deadline.

Step 4 - Reply to College emails (January - February 2024)

  • Once all applications and documents are submitted, you will receive an email from the university to proceed with the September intake in Canada.
  • You must reply to that email promptly, not at the last date.
  • Make sure you check your grammar and spelling.
  • During January and February, you may need to attend a personal interview (virtually). So schedule a suitable appointment.
  • Based on your response, you will get a letter of acceptance (LOA) from the college/university.
  • Finally, pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission and arrange your finances.
  • Generally, students are advised to follow the application deadlines according to their student status (domestic or international).

Step 5 - Get your finances and apply for a Canada student visa (February - April 2024)

  • For overseas studies, Canada offers a student-direct stream (SDS). Know the difference between SDS and NON-SDS visa and apply between February and April.
  • Be aware of the Canada study permit, student visa requirements, processing time, and the necessary documentation and photocopies.
  • Look for student accommodation facilities.
  • Book airline tickets in advance at affordable rates.
  • Apply and get an international debit card or credit card.
  • Lastly, check the pre-departure checklist.

Top Universities offering September Intake in Canada 2024

Almost all Canadian universities offer courses and programs for the Fall semester. Here are the top universities in Canada offering September (Fall) Intake 2024.

University Name September Intake Application Deadline
University of Toronto February 2 (international students) and March 16 (domestic applicants)
University of Saskatchewan August 15
University of Ottawa April 30
Simon Fraser University January 18
York University May 1
University of Waterloo February 1
University of Alberta March 1
Ryerson University February 1
University of Victoria December 9
Queen’s University at Kingston September 1
University of Calgary April 15
McGill University January 15
Dalhousie University May 15
McMaster University October 1
University de Montreal February 1
Concordia University March 1
University of Manitoba May 1
Carleton University June 15
University of Windsor July 1
University of Guelph April 15
Western University May 31
University of Winnipeg May 1
Centennial College May 1
Conestoga College February 1
Northern College February 1

The application deadlines can differ depending on the university. International students intended to enrol in the upcoming Fall intake Canada 2025 can refer to the above universities.

As per the current educational system in Canada, the popular courses open for September (fall) 2024 intake are given below.

Courses Level of Qualification
Life Sciences Bachelors and Masters
Data Sciences Bachelors and Masters
Environmental Sciences Bachelors and Masters
Literature: Ancient, Medieval, Modern History Bachelors, Masters and Diploma
Architecture Bachelors, Masters and Diploma
Artificial Intelligence Bachelors and Masters
Business Administration Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG)
Civil Engineering Bachelors and Masters
Digital Art Bachelors, Masters and Diploma
Pharmacology Bachelors, Masters and Diploma
Nursing Bachelors, Masters and Diploma
GeoSciences Bachelors and Masters
Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate
Law Bachelors and Masters Juris Doctorate (PhD)
Engineering Bachelors and Masters
Visual Effects Technology Masters and Diploma
Designing Arts: Illustrations, Animation and Digital Marketing Masters and Diploma
Film Screening: Direction and Editing Masters and Diploma
Contemporary Arts Bachelors and Masters
Economics and Financial Administration Bachelors and Masters
Banking and Insurance Bachelors and Masters
Social Sciences Bachelors and Masters

Documents Required to Study in September Intake in Canada 2024 


The document required to study in September intake of Fall intake in Canada 2024 are as follows:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Professional experience letters
  • Updated CV or resume
  • Valid passport
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Backlog Certificate (if applicable)
  • English language proficiency certificate
  • Proof of financial support
  • Extracurricular activities certificates 


1. Is September intake available for Canada?

Yes. September intake is available in almost all educational institutions in Canada. If students missed the January or May intake, they can join in the September intake. It starts in early September and ends in late December.

2. What is September intake called in Canada?

The September intake is also called as Fall intake or Autumn intake by all universities and colleges in Canada.

3. When to start applying for September 2024 intake?

The ideal time to start applying for September 2024 intake is Sunday, 01 January 2024.

4. Which intake is best for Canada?

The best intake in Canada is the September intake because almost all Canadian universities accept applications, provide more scholarships, and a higher acceptance rate.

5. When should I take IELTS for September intake?

The perfect time to take IELTS for September intake is between August and November.

6. Which month is fall intake?

The Fall intake in Canada starts from 1st September to 31st December. Students apply for a variety of courses and study programs in different universities during the fall intake season.

 7. Which is better: fall or spring intake?

Fall intake is better than spring intake because fall intake has more choices of courses. Almost all universities in Canada admit students for fall intake each year.


About Author Roshan Sunthar

Roshan Sunthar is a study abroad expert as well as a renowned writer and author in international education. His academic excellence and 5+ years of work experience give him in-depth knowledge of international standardised exams and test preparation in IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, PTE, SAT, etc. The study materials he prepares incorporate exam-like questions. He’s also an expert in writing Statement of Purposes (SOPs) and Letter of Recommendations (LORs) for college admissions. He usually spends his leisure time watching English classics and documentaries, travelling, etc.

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