Study in Canada Options for International Students

Around 500,000 international students select to study in Canada every year. Graduates from Canadian schools, colleges and universities gain internationally recognized qualifications, that allow them to go anywhere and excel in the chosen field. Yet, Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in the English speaking countries. Pursuing Canadian education is an investment in the future. It will open the door to employment, business opportunities, and life in Canada. Canada offers the best immigration pathways for international students after their studies. Read more about Why Study in Canada?
International students must meet pre-conditions to be admitted to a study program. These admission requirements vary by a Canadian institution and study program. For example, the required language proficiency is different for a college or university, while in some cases can be waived. Complete our Free Assessment Form, and we will evaluate your eligibility to study in Canada.

Prospective students who were admitted to a program, require an authorization to study in Canada. Getting a Letter of Acceptance is the first step before applying for a Canadian study permit and visa. Only Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) can host international students in Canada.
Canada Study Permit
A study permit is an immigration document that authorizes international students to study in Canada. Any program longer than six (6) months would require such permission. It is usually valid for the length of a program, plus an extra three (3) months to prepare to leave Canada or apply for an extension.

Certain international students do not need a study permit to study in Canada:

  • Minor kids (under 18 years old) in Canada.
    Those taking short-term programs (6 months or less).
    Members of foreign armed forces.
    Family or staff of foreign representatives.
    Registered Indians in Canada.

Even if a permit is not required, as in the above-listed cases, one may still apply for it if a reason exists.

Student Visa | Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

International students will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter and re-enter Canada. ETA is required for students from visa-exempt countries, while TRV is required for students from all other countries. Next is a discussion on how to apply for a student visa.

Canada Student Visa Requirements
There are minimum eligibility requirements that international students must meet for applying for a student visa for Canada. We provided the list of supporting documents to include with an application to study in Canada.

However, it is important to note that each application is assessed on its merits, and the below list is not exhaustive. Approval rates for Canadian student visa applications vary by country. It is appropriate to be overinclusive with supporting documentation if one’s home country has high refusal rates. Especially, for prospective students from the least developing or developing countries. Visa officers may doubt the intention to study, in which case the more documents support the person is a bona fide student, the more likely a study permit application will get approved.
What Are the Minimum Required Documents for Canadian Study Permit Application?

Proof of acceptance.

A letter of acceptance (LOA) from a Canadian educational institution. LOA must be on the official letterhead, show the exact amount of tuition fees, the anticipated starting/ finishing dates, and the date by which an international student needs to register.

Proof of identity.

Passport or travel document. Citizens of the United States have some options on the identification documents they can carry.

Proof of funds.

When applying for a study permit, there is a requirement to show minimum funds needed to support a student and family members who come with. A student should have and be able to prove at a minimum C$ 10,000 + tuition fee for the first academic year + C$ 4,000 for first (1st) accompanying family member + C$ 3,000 for the second (2nd) member.

Some example of documents to prove financial status when applying to study in Canada:

  • Bank statements for the past 4 months.
    Pay stubs, an employment letter.
    Proof of assets or business.
    Tuition fee payment.
    Housing fee payment.
    Financial support letter.
    Proof of scholarship funding.
    Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution.
    Student loan.

Statement of interest (motivation letter).

A motivation letter is an explanation of why someone wants to study in Canada at a specific program. It also reflects a student’s understanding of the responsibilities.

Custodian Declaration.

It is required for minors studying in Canada, not being accompanied by parents.

Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

It is intended only for foreign nationals who wish to study in Québec.

Canada study permit application forms & other country-specific documents.

Visa office instructions for a specific country must be consulted before applying for a permit. Some countries require additional forms or documents to apply for a study permit.

Prospective students from China , India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, and Vietnam are eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream. Applying through this stream would also require the provision of the following documents: a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of C$ 10,000, medical exam result, police certificate, and language test result.

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