When applying to study in Canada there are a few things you’ll have to do beyond choosing your favourite university and course. Below you’ll find some brief information on what international students must do when applying to Canadian universities.
Before making formal course applications you must ensure you are qualified and stand a good chance of acceptance. Most courses state entry requirements online or in their prospectus, but international students will often have qualifications different to those demanded. Contact the university or use IEC Abroad to determine the value of your international qualifications and which courses you are eligible for. International students should contact preferred institutions a year prior to their application.
The requirements to study in Canadian universities vary as Canada has no centralised application process. Application deadlines may also be different depending on the institution and your home country. Making an application to a Canadian university is simple, requiring only an hour of your time and minimal information regarding your background, qualifications, and intended course. However some universities will ask for more, and you may be required to submit essays, test scores, or other supplementary information before being accepted.
International students require a study permit to attend Canadian universities. Students should apply for these visas several months before their arrival, as there are additional steps required beyond a simple application. The quickest method is online, and these applications take 3 – 5 weeks depending on your home country. Paper applications can be submitted but take considerably longer to process. You should collect evidence of your qualifications, medical history and financial status to augment this application. You may also be required to produce a certificate from your local law enforcement demonstrating a clean criminal record.
Canada has two official languages – English and French. Within Quebec you will likely need French to study at most institutions, and English for the rest of the nation. An accredited language test must be taken to demonstrate your fluency, and most students do this using the IELTS or TOEFL tests. These tests are offered at various locations throughout the year, and if you fail to achieve the scores required by your institution you may take it again after twelve days. It is recommended to register for a test around four months before your chosen date, which in itself should be two to three months prior to your application deadline.
There are several pieces of documentation an international student may need, so it is wise to acquire them well ahead of time. Having physical copies of all educational qualifications any documents which prove your ability to fund yourself is essential. These may come in the form of bank statements or scholarship acceptance letters.
If you have any questions about the process or requirements to study in Canada for international students, contact IEC Abroad today.