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How to study as an international student in Canada

Many international students are choosing to study in Canada over other potential destinations — such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France — because Canada offers certain advantages that may not be available elsewhere.

  • International students in Canada can work for up to 20 hours per week during semester, and on a full-time basis during school breaks.

  • The tuition fees and other study in Canada costs, even for international students, are usually lower than in other countries.

  • The spouse or common-law partner of an international student may accompany the student in Canada. Not only that, spouses and partners may obtain an open work permit, allowing them to work any hours they wish and for any employer.

  • International students in Canada can bring their children to Canada, and the kids can attend one of Canada’s public elementary or secondary schools without needing their own study permit.

  • Canada’s largest cities are ranked among the best student cities by the QS World University Rankings, with Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto among the best student cities in the world.

  • Graduates can first study and then work in Canada for up to three years on an open post-graduation work permit.

  • Rather than closing the door on graduates who complete their studies in Canada or making things incredibly difficult, as some countries may do, Canada actively sets out to provide permanent residence pathways to students and graduates.

  • Canada’s liberal citizenship naturalization process allows international students to count time spent on a study permit towards citizenship residency days requirements.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But remember, this is a two-way street. Prospective students need to follow a few steps before they too may benefit.

Find a suitable study program and college/university to study abroad in Canada

There are hundreds of institutions to choose from if you want to study in Canada. You may already have some idea as to which areas of study are of interest to you, or a preference with regard to the type of institution and location.

Make sure it’s a DLI

International students planning to study in Canada for a period longer than six months need a study permit. Study permit applicants need to know how they can study in Canada and an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution (DLI) is a crucial step in this process. A DLI is an institution approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. The DLI list is subject to change on an ongoing basis.

Get Admitted

The next step is to get admitted to the chosen college or university. Prospective students should take note of application deadlines, potential language requirements or other entrance requirements to study in Canada, and to what extent, if any, the chosen study program includes distance learning. This may prove important in the study permit application, or at a later stage if applying for a post-graduation work permit.

Letter of acceptance

Having a letter of acceptance from a DLI is crucial. Without this document, a study permit may not be granted.

Study permit

This document is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allowing you to study in Canada in your chosen study program.

So start your Canadian journey now! Be an international student in Canada! We will help you in your journey!

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