How to Study in Canada: Step-By-Step Guide for International Students
HOW TO APPLY:
Step 1: Understand the Requirements
Successfully applying to a Canadian education institution requires an understanding of different requirements for schools and the courses they offer. Common requirements for all universities and institutions include an updated passport, proficiency in either English along with proof of passing prescribed language tests with minimum grades/bands, and proof that you can finance your study as well as the cost of living in the country. Of course, requirements may vary between provinces, which is why this step must be performed in a careful and systematic manner.
Step 2: Choose your Course and Institution
The first step towards choosing an institution is to ascertain its status as a Designated Learning Institution. Only DLIs can admit foreign students. You will be required to finalize a specific major course when applying to study in Canada. The Canadian academic setup is flexible towards switching courses, although it is best to compare your options beforehand and choose a major that you are truly interested in pursuing.
Step 3: Take the Language Proficiency Test
In order to successfully gain entry into Canada, every international student will have to prove proficiency in English. IELTS is the preferred test for proficiency in English, with some institutions also accepting the Cambridge English: Advanced or TOEFL exam score. Choose the test, pay the fee, and book your dates well in advance. Of course, you will have to brush up your language skills to ensure your application does not get rejected.
Step 4: Apply to Universities
Now it is time to contact your shortlist of universities, obtain their application packs, and submit them well in advance. Having the choice of applying to a dozen universities can be advantageous but you will have to consider the application fee. Compare your options, identify your preferred course and institution, and select one or two alternatives as backups. Be careful when filling in the application form and make sure you provide accurate information backed with documentary evidence. Once this is done, it is time face the excruciating wait until you receive your acceptance. Once you confirm your interest, the university will send an acceptance letter,, which plays a significant role in the formalities ahead.
Step 5: Apply for a Study Permit
Now that you have an institution ready to admit you, it is time to apply for the Canada Study Permit. You can apply online or visit your local visa application center. Your application must be accompanied by the acceptance letter received in the previous step, your passport, and documentary proof that you have adequate finances to study in Canada.
Step 6: Travel Time
Your permit will have a start date, which is the date from which the permit comes into force. Keep in mind that you won’t be permitted to enter Canada before this date. Plan your travel accordingly.
Step 7: Study Time
This is the final step and you can now focus on commencing your journey as an international student in Canada.