Requirements for Application as an International Student
#1 Basic Requirements for Application as an International Student
Applying to a university/college in a foreign country is definitely a tedious task that requires much time and effort. So, if you want to study in Canada, make sure that you start your planning at least a year in advance. You need to take time to research on finding the best colleges and universities that meet your requirement and also get your documents ready. Keep in mind that the requirements of the colleges and universities in Canada might vary according to the provinces in Canada.
However, here are some of the basic requirements of all the colleges and universities in Canada:
#2 Select the University/College and Course of Study
Finding the right college/university in Canada is the most difficult part of your process to study in Canada. When choosing the college or university, you need to focus on your budget and the course/program you are willing to apply for. In order to select the college/university, you need to have a look at the designated learning institutes (DLI) list. It contains the list of universities in Canada for international students for masters as well as other levels. While selecting the college/university, do keep in mind that every program and university has a different fee structure.
#3 Language Proficiency Test
Since it is mandatory to have English/French language proficiency for international students, you need to obtain certain scores in these languages to prove your language proficiency. If you are taking an English language proficiency test, the IELTS score is accepted by all universities in Canada. You can also go for the Cambridge English: Advanced or TOEFL tests.
Also, if you are applying for colleges/universities in Canada where the French Language is preferred, you need to take a French language proficiency test. The most common test is the TEF exam but you could also take DALF, DELF, or TCF.
Make sure to book the tests in advance to ensure you get a date and have the perfect test results back in time to apply.
#4 Start Applying for Universities/Colleges
The application process for colleges and universities in Canada depends on the college/university and the course/program you choose. After you select the college/university, start reaching out to them so that they can send you their own application packs that will explain their thorough application process. The application fee for each program at each university can range from around CA$100 to CA$250.
#5 Apply For Study Permit
While a Canadian visa allows you to live in Canada, a study permit allows you to study and work in Canada. So, as soon as you get accepted by a college/university in Canada, you need to apply for a study permit. You can apply for a Canadian study permit either online or at your local visa application center.
Documents required for a study permit:
The best thing about being a student in Canada is that international students can work for up to 20 hours per week. With this, you can earn while you study in Canada. This can help cover your cost of living. Regarding employment, about 73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Canada have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 67%.
So, got admission to your dream college/university in Canada? Congratulation! Now, your next step to studying in Canada is to obtain a study permit for Canada. A Canadian student visa allows you to live in Canada as an international student, whereas a Canada study permit allows international students to study and work in Canada. So, after your application has been accepted by a college/university in Canada, the first step will be to apply for a Student Visa. This visa is provided by the Canadian High Commission and facilitated by the Visa Application Centers.
You may also be required to provide other evidence which could include your biometrics, which will cost you CA$83, and/or an interview.