Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program open to students beyond India?


Yes, for Globalink 2012, we are accepting applications from students in China, Brazil and Mexico in addition to India.  We continue to explore expansion opportunities in new geographies

How are students selected? Is it purely based on grades or are other factors considered?


Grades definitely play a major part in the selection process. However, your research statement and letters from your professors are also crucial and you should take these seriously. In the past, students with higher grades have been passed over because they did not meet the other selection criteria.

Must I stay in a university dormitory while participating in Globalink?


MITACS expects Globalink students to stay in dormitories offered by the university where they will undertake their research. If there is a special need for different arrangements, please contact us so we can consider your case.

Do I need to be a top student to apply?


Yes. We are currently only accepting applications from students with an 8.0/10 Grade Point Average or higher 

Am I restricted to being on campus the whole time that I am in Canada?


No. You are allowed off the campus and MITACS encourages students to get to know Canada on a broader basis by interacting with other students, local businesses, and by attending local social events. As such, program participants are each provided the opportunity to participate in Industrial Engagement Week whereby they get to meet some of Canada’s top entrepreneurs. As well, you will be assigned a local student who will help you learn about Canadian society and ensure you have a chance to experience all that Canada has to offer, both on-campus and off.

Will I get to interact with Canadians while I am visiting the country?


Yes. MITACS arranges for each of the students to be linked with a Canadian graduate student who will help you to integrate into the community and explore everything that the country has to offer.

Are there any costs associated with the program that I have to cover?


You are provided with a basic stipend that will cover your travel and living costs. Depending on your personal activities, you may be required to cover part of your expenses while in Canada.

If I want to return back to Canada for graduate studies, what sorts of opportunities exist for me?

This will depend on which university you are interested in attending. Mitacs has partnered with many of the participating host universities to create the Globalink Graduate Fellowship Program for former Globalink participants. Please contact us for more details. In addition, Canada has both the Vanier Canada Graduate and Frederick Banting scholarships which are competitive with other major destinations around the world.

What provisions are made for visas, health care, etc?

Once accepted into the program, you must apply for a visa with the Canadian High Commission. To date, all Globalink students have been expedited by our ability to advise the Canadian government that our students are applying.

When can I apply for Globalink? When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?

Student applications for students attending institutions from India, China and Mexico were due by November 27, 2011.  Successful applicants from these countries will be notified by end of January.  The extended deadline for applications from students attending institutions in Brazil is now January 31, 2012.

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