Why study in Canada?
According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2018), approximately half a million foreign nationals studied in Canada in 2017. This is a 20 percent increase from the previous year. The top three reasons students cite for choosing to study in Canada are:
- The quality of the Canadian education system;
- Canada’s reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society;
- Canada’s reputation as a safe county.
Most importantly, 95 percent of international students recommend Canada as a study destination. Canada offers students a multi-cultural experience in a welcoming environment. In Canada, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with people from all over the world and learn about a variety of cultures and ethnicities. You will also have access to schools that are high quality, affordable, diverse in student population, safe, and innovative.
Now that you know the benefits of studying in Canada, we’ll guide you through the process of acquiring a student visa.
Step by Step Guide to Studying in Canada
1. Check the program requirements. First, check the institution's requirements to ensure that you are eligible to study in the program you have selected. Check the grade requirements, previous education requirements, language requirements, and check the tuition costs for international students (they often differ from domestic student tuition fees).
2. Be sure that your educational goals align with your career goals. Not only is this a sensible choice for your career, it also increases the likelihood that your application will be accepted. Many visa offices ask you for a letter of explanation to show that your educational pursuits are legitimate and will benefit you in the longterm.
3. Get accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. You need an acceptance letter stating your name and the program you've been accepted to in Canada.
4. Apply for the study permit. Check the document checklist to be sure you have all of the required documents to complete your application. Some countries require you to have an underlying visa to apply for a study permit.
5. Check the processing times. Processing times vary depending on your country of origin. It's important to check the processing times to ensure that your application will be finished processing before your program starts (typically in September).
6. Show available funds needed for your program of study. You must show that you have enough money to study in Canada. You should show that you have enough money to cover your program's tuition plus $10,000.00. It's also important to note that these funds should be kept in one account.
7. Check the age of majority for the province you wish to study in. Different provinces have different age requirements for students to have a legal custodian/guardian. In Ontario, for example, the age of majority is 18. In British Columbia, however, the age of majority is 19. If you require a custodian, make sure you arrange this in advance of your arrival.
Where can I study?
Are you curious about where you can study in Canada? There a number of options for both secondary and post-secondary students. Below we’ve compiled a list of Canadian colleges and universities.
- Algoma University
- Brescia University College
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- Huron University College
- King’s University College
- Lakehead University
- Laurentian University
- McMaster University
- Nipissing University
- OCAD University
- Queen’s University
- Redeemer University College
- Royal Military College of Canada
- Ryerson University
- Saint Paul University
- St. Jerome’s University
- Trent University
- University of Guelph
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Ottawa
- University of St. Michael’s College
- University of Sudbury
- University of Toronto
- University of Trinity College
- University of Waterloo
- University of Windsor
- Victoria University
- Western University
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- York University
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Royal Roads University
- Simon Fraser University
- The University of British Columbia
- Thompson Rivers University
- Trinity Western University
- University of Northern British Columbia
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Victoria
- Vancouver Island University
- Bishop’s University
- Concordia University
- École de technologie supérieure
- Institut national de la recherche scientifique
- McGill University
- Polytechnique Montréal
- Université de Montréal
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Université du Québec
- Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
- Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
- Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
- Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
- Université du Québec en Outaouais
- Université Laval
- Université TÉLUQ
- Athabasca University
- Concordia University of Edmonton
- MacEwan University
- Mount Royal University
- The King’s University
- University of Alberta
- University of Calgary
- University of Lethbridge
- Brandon University
- Canadian Mennonite University
- St. Paul’s College
- The University of Winnipeg
- Université de Saint-Boniface
- University of Manitoba
- Acadia University
- Cape Breton University
- Dalhousie University
- Mount Saint Vincent University
- NSCAD University
- Saint Mary’s University
- St. Francis Xavier University
- Université Sainte-Anne
- University of King’s College
- Campion College
- First Nations University of Canada
- Prince Albert
- Luther College
- St. Thomas More College
- University of Regina
- University of Saskatchewan