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How to Study in Canada as an International Students

Canada offers post-graduation work permit, which makes it much easier for the students to pursue a good career in Canada and eventually settled down with permanent residence.

Furthermore, Express Entry has been changed for good, which benefits these international students and help them by leaps and bounds.

Canada is all set and ready to welcome over half a million international students in this year. The benefits that these international students get by coming to Canada are simply overwhelmingly good.

By choosing to visit Canada for educational purpose, these students will benefit more than just getting placed in a top level college or university. Canada possesses a highly respected and well-maintained education system.

If your main goal is to study abroad and potentially settle down in that country with a good employment chance, Canada should right at the top of your list. Here’s a brief guide that explains the process of how to apply for the Canadian Study Permit:

  • Understanding the requirement criteria:

In order to apply to an education institution in Canada successfully, you must educate yourself about the different types of requirement criteria for schools and colleges and the courses they have on offer. In addition to this, Canadians must also be analyzing the various types of rules and regulations of the application process of study permit.

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It’s better if you start planning for your study permit with about a year in advance, since you can have the time to think through everything and execute properly. Some of the common and usual requirements of every college and university are English or French proficiency, updated passport, Proof declaring your language abilities, and a proof that states your financial ability to be self-sustain while taking care of your study and living costs in the country.

  • Decide your Institution and Course:

Know that only DLIs can accommodate foreign students. DLI stands for Designated Learning Institute and you should choose an institute which is a DLI. While applying to study in Canada, you should be able to submit the information about your preferred major course. Although you can find the Canadian academic system to be flexible with changing courses, it’s better to be clear about your choice before beginning with the education.

  • Complete your Language Proficiency Test:

For every international student looking to visit Canada for educational purposes, one of the mandatory requirement criteria is to prove their Language proficiency in either French or English. Usually, IELTS score is considered to be the eligible benchmark for language proficiency by most of the Canadian Universities, some educational institutions also allow TOEFL scores.

If you’re looking to submit your French language abilities, DALF, TCF, or DELF are the tests you can take. On the other hand, most people prefer taking TEF.

Decide about the test, proceed with the fee payment, and book your date slots in advance. Make sure that you practice and enhance your language skills to ensure that your application gets accepted.

  • Applying to multiple Universities:

By now you should have a list of preferred universities, which you should start contacting, obtaining their application forms, and eventually submit the applications before the deadline. Being able to apply to various preferred universities can be a good thing, but you should also consider about the application fee costs.

Never apply for random universities. Make a proper comparative analysis, where you should assess multiple aspects that impact your education in Canada.

While applying, make sure that you fill up all your details and information properly without any mishaps. After it’s done, you should simply wait for contact from the university to which you’ve been selected.

  • Applying for a Canadian Study Permit:

If you’ve been accepted by an institute or university, you should start with applying for Canadian Study Permit. You can do this either online or by visiting your local visa application office. You should attach your acceptance letter, passport, and proof of your financial ability to be self-sufficient along with your study permit application.

Any institute in the Quebec province will send you a ‘Certificat d’acceptation du Québec’ along with your acceptance letter. You must attach this document while submitting your study permit application.

  • Travel Time:

As soon as your application has been processed, you may have to attend an interview, which is required in some cases. If you’ve successfully completed these two things, the immigration officer will assess and make a decision about your application. If you’re accepted, you can start your planning on traveling to Canada.

Your study permit comes with a start date, which makes you eligible to enter Canada. Make sure that you don’t plan your travel before this date.

  • Study Time:

At the Port of Entry, an immigration officer will check and verify your study permit and other required documents before allowing you to enter Canada. After completing this step successfully, you can proceed with pursuing your education as an international student in Canada.