Are you a foreign or international student that has an eye on Canada as a destination place to study?
You are definitely not alone, there are many people – thousands of people, that wish to study in Canada. And this means that you will need a guide to let you in on all the details you should know about when studying in Canada. That is what we will look at in this article, we will give you a detailed guide on things you should know about studying in Canada as an international student. We hope this guide serves the purpose of enlightening you thoroughly on the subject of “schooling in Canada’s tertiary institutions” as an international student. Let’s get to the details of this guide, shall we?
First, you should know basic information about Canada.
- Canada is the 2nd largest country by land area in the whole world.
- Canada is bordered in the South by the United States of America, it is bordered in the North by the Arctic ocean, in the East by the Atlantic ocean and the West by the Pacific ocean.
- Apart from your education which is taking you to Canada, Canada has a lot of fascinating sceneries and destinations. This is part of the reason why many students love to pick Canada as a study country, Canada is a very urbanized place and has a lot of forests and tundra in it as well. A total of more than 35 million people reside in Canada. About half of that population number stay in Canada’s large cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and others. Whether you want to study in a large city or one of the smaller and natural towns in Canada, there are many high quality universities distributed across. Canada ranks very high on the human development index and has a very good economy. Also, regardless of your social background/status, Canadians are very welcoming people and you are likely to be accepted into the society.
- The capital of Canada is Ottawa
- Canada is a bilingual country and has two official languages English and French.
- The academic year in Canada runs from September to June of every year.
- The currency spent in Canada is the CAD (Canadian Dollar).
Now that we have briefed on the basic information you should know about Canada, you now have an idea of the country you are traveling to right? Now, let’s look at another aspect of this guide.
All you should know about applying to Study In Canada (Brief)
There are various requirements you need to meet/have to qualify for admission to a Canadian school. All students need to study and understand the rules to follow when applying for Study In Canada; study permit in Canada. It is advised that all applying students
should start processing and getting all the necessary documents for the study permit application a year before. That is 1 year in advance before the application.
Some of the requirements that universities and tertiary institutions in Canada ask for before a study permit can be granted include;
- An updated passport
- You need to pass the language proficiency test in either English or French languages with proof of passing the tests.
- Proof that you are capable of financing your studies throughout your study period and so on.
There are more requirements to qualify for study permit and they also vary depending on the province that you will be studying in specifically in Canada. So please visit www.canada.ca
and read more on the requirements for study permit.
Know the specific institution you wish to apply to and pick a course to study.
It is important to know that only institutions that are DLIs (Designated Learning Institution) can admit foreign students, so therefore know that the Institution you pick to study in Canada has to be a DLI.
Sit for the language proficiency test.
It is completely compulsory to love your proficiency in either English or French language, so you can either sit for the IELTS or TOEFL exams for English proficiency test or you could sit for the TEF, DELF or DALF for the French proficiency test. These tests usually have fees that you will need to pay to sit for them. Also, you should decide which language you are most proficient in and brush up on the language skills.
Submit your application to the universities of your choice.
You have the shortlist of Canadian DLI universities you want to apply to, so the next step is to love it their application form, fill it and submit it well ahead of time. You have the option of applying to up to 10 universities more. But the application fees range between $100 to $250 so you might have to pick just a few. After submitting your application, (must be done accurately with correctly filled information), then you need to wait. Wait till you receive your acceptance letter. The acceptance letter is a very important document that you will need during the formalities of registration.
Time to apply for study permit.
After you have submitted your application to the university of your choice, you can now apply for study permit. Study permit gives you temporary residency in Canada for the duration of your study. Study permit can be applied for through the internet or via visiting a local visa centre in your country.
- You must apply with the acceptance letter sent to you by your educational institution.
- Your passport
- And proof of funds.
Go to www.canada.ca
to know more about application for Study In Canada; study permit in Canada.
After you have submitted your application for study permit and it has been processed, you might be called by the immigration officers for an interview if need be. After that, a decision will be made on your application whether to accept or decline. If your application is accepted, you can start making plans towards your travel to Canada to Study In Canada. When the study permit is given to you, it will have a start date and an end date. Plan your travel to Canada along the lines of the start date indicated. You are not allowed to go into Canada before the start date.
At the port of entry, your study permit and other relevant documents will be scrutinized to see if you are eligible before you are permitted to enter Canada.
Once you have settled into Canada, you can now face your studies squarely. This is all for the guide for you as a foreign student.