Many international students are choosing Canada as their destination to study, and it’s no wonder why. Canada offers excellent educational programs, natural wonders, a multicultural society, and an affordable cost of living.

First, let’s discuss how you can get your study permit so you can attend university or college, Canadian-style!

Step 1: Congratulations! A school said yes.

recognized higher education provider has accepted you! As you hold the standardized letter of acceptance in your hands, you rejoice in the good feeling, knowing the first step is complete and you could be on your way to Canada soon. Students studying in Quebec must also apply for a certificate of acceptance, known as a CAQ, from the government of Quebec, which must be acquired prior to submitting an application for a study permit. You can get this online by printing out a form, or by requesting a paper form from your university, which will also provide advice on this subject. Keep your acceptance letter — the original letter must be included with your study permit application!

Step 2: Apply

International students can apply for a Canadian study permit online or through a paper application, which can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Paper applications take longer times to process, so try to verify the processing times.

To apply online, you’ll need to use a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents to upload, and a valid credit card to pay the fee, which can be paid in different ways depending on the fee type and where you are paying from.

The documents you need to provide can vary depending on where you live. The visa office in your home country will provide instructions about what specific documents you’ll need. For assistance, contact a representative at a visa application center (VAC) near you.

You’ll receive a Canadian student visa application package, either from the CIC website, where you can create an account and apply online, or by contacting your local visa office, or the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country.

Complete your application, and if it gets approved, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will send you a Letter of Introduction, which is an approval letter. You will present this letter when you enter Canada, and the border officials will issue your study permit.

You will receive a personal checklist code if you are eligible, valid for 60 days, which you will need in order to submit your application online. Print out or take a photo of the page containing your code for future reference. The page will also include an application guide, an estimated tuition fees amount, a list of documents you will need to submit with your application, and guidelines for your next steps.

TIP: The CIC strongly recommends that you fill out the application form on your computer because it’s easier to read and process.

Step 3: Complete Everything… Completely

Make sure you send a completed application and be mindful to answer all of the questions. Sometimes people skip questions or leave them blank. Be sure to answer all the questions on your form. Do not leave empty question boxes or blanks. If the question does not apply to you, simply write N/A, meaning ‘not applicable’.

Forms may include a ‘Validate’ button at the top or bottom of the page. If your form has this feature, make sure to click the button once you are done with the form. This will alert you if you’ve filled out all the necessary sections. If you haven’t, it will highlight incomplete sections of the form in red.

When working with the CIC’s online or PDF forms, remember that you can stop and save your work whenever you choose, making it easy for you to locate documents or research your answers and verify paperwork. You can come back to your application later and finish it. It’s so worth the extra time!

It’s also really important to be clear with your answers to avoid confusion during processing. CIC has said that they receive applications that are hard to read or understand, so if their staff do not understand or cannot read an answer, the application will be returned. If you need help with translation, there are free resources online that can help you craft a clear, understandable series of answers. Don’t be vague. Give complete and detailed answers. For example, if a question requests your address in Canada, do not only write “Canada”. Provide the complete address. At a minimum, include the name of the town or city and province in Canada. If you’re not sure of the exact location, do not leave it blank. Make sure you search for the right answer and include it.

Step 4: Letter of Acceptance

You will need to fill out a letter of explanation outlining why you want to study in Canada and that you understand the responsibilities of being a student in a foreign country.

Answer the following questions in your letter in clear, accurate, complete sentences:

●      Why are you visiting Canada?

●      Why you are interested in your major?

●      Specify if you will return to your home country after your education is completed, i.e. for family, property, or other reasons.

●      Why have you chosen this university or college?

●      How will your chosen major help you get a job back in your home country after you complete your education in Canada?

You must include this letter when you apply for a study permit, even if you are exempt.

Step 5: Other Important Requirements

Another part of your application to be careful with is photos. CIC has very specific photo requirements which are explained in every application kit, and they can differ for different applications. Make sure your photos meet their desired specifications — clear, with no shadows, not too dark, the right size, and undamaged. If your photos aren’t what they require, they’ll return the application and request that you send new photos when you re-submit your application.

A recommended approach is to bring the photo specifications in your application package to your photographer. Check the photos when you receive them to make sure they meet our needs. It sounds like a lot of work, but don’t be discouraged — you might soon be taking selfies with your college friends at Niagara Falls or in a major Canadian city if all goes according to plan!

Remember to include all supporting documents: photos, fee receipts, and supplementary forms too. Items may also include your passport, medical information, financial statements, birth certificates, language test assessments, or sponsor forms. Go through the checklist to see which supporting documents are required and include them with your application.

When applying by mail, send originals, unless the checklist says photocopies are okay. Also, don’t send the wrong types of supporting documents, because the CIC doesn’t accept substitutes! If they ask for a birth certificate, do not send a passport instead. Other identification that provides your complete name and birth date is not always acceptable. Read the questions carefully to make sure that you send exactly what they need.

If you can no longer get an original document like a birth certificate, but that’s required, provide a statutory declaration or affidavit. Refer to the guide in your application kit about how to do this. If you cannot provide an original document that is required, tell CIC why. Do not leave the section blank, and do not write N/A.

Provide the right number of identification documents. Don’t forget to fill out and include any supplementary forms that are required. Check your application guide to locate the forms you will need.

Find out if you are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints). You must not have your biometric fingerprints and photo taken before you submit your application. You can have your biometrics collected after you submit your application and have received a biometric instruction letter.

Make sure you provide all the information for your entire families, such as if you have a family, a spouse, or dependents. If they’re not coming with you to Canada, you must still provide their information as requested on the application.

Include the correct fee. Verify the amount and include it in full. Sign all of the documents related to your fees.

If you need to provide extra information to support your application, you may include a note with your application package. The note should be provided on a separate piece of paper and should include additional details you want to give CIC. However, do not provide documents that CIC has not requested.

Remember to sign and date your application. If you don’t, it won’t be considered complete and valid. Depending on the form you’re filling out, you may need to sign in more than one place.

You might also need a temporary residence permit if you are from a designated country. The following forms are required: Proof of acceptance; Proof of identity; Proof of financial support.

Step 6: Final Steps

If your Canadian study visa application is approved, you’ll receive a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction. Students from countries that require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and/or a temporary residence visa will be issued these if required. The eTA will be linked to your passport, so it’s important that you travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit. The eTA will be valid for five years or until your passport expires.

Present all the necessary documents with your passport, proof of your finances, and your letter of acceptance to a Canadian border agent, who will issue your Canadian study permit and allow you access into Canada.

Be organized and as a result, you will be confident!


WRITTEN BY: Erik Moshe





English or French? The short answer is both. English and French are both Canada’s official languages, with 56.9% of the population considering English their first language and 21.3 considering French their first language. However, that doesn’t mean you have to know both languages to study in Canada. And who cares about short answers, anyway?

For a little context, both English and French became the official languages that could be used on Parliament and all Canadian courts in 1867. A little later, in 1969, the first Official Languages Act recognized the equal status of both of them throughout the federal administration. Even after the Constitution Act of 1982, this means that in any institution of Parliament and government, for any legal/official issue, it doesn’t matter where you are in Canada, you can get help in both languages.

Well, the only thing is this doesn’t apply to local governments and private institutions. That explains why when you look at Quebec, for example, it only names French as the official language.

So… What does this mean if you want to study in Canada?

It means you might have the option of studying in an English-speaking university or a French-speaking university, though you will find that most are English-speaking ones.

Just to think about your odds, let’s see Times Higher Education’s rank for Canada’s Top 5 Universities:

  1. University of Toronto (Ontario)
  2. University of British Columbia (British Columbia)
  3. McGill University (Quebec)
  4. McMaster University (Ontario)
  5. University of Montreal (Quebec)

Among these, while both McGill University and the University of Montreal are in Quebec, the only francophone is the University of Montreal. However, on 11th place in this same list is Laval University, also situated in Quebec, and also mostly a French-speaking university.

You would expect that you need to be a hundred percent proficient in French to be admitted to these universities, but they actually have different sets of requirements on their websites.

University of Montreal (Université de Montréal)

The University of Montreal claims that though it is French-speaking, it is also open to English-speaking students for some of its graduate-level programs. Their research departments in graduate-level programs embrace and encourage bilingualism. Some of the Master’s Degrees offered this way include Business Law in a Global Context, Insurance Medicine and Medicolegal Expertise, and Optometry. For Doctorates, they have Biochemistry, Geography, Virology, and Immunology, among others. Moreover, their English studies programs do require you to be able to speak and understand English pretty well.

The number of students who apply to this university that are mainly English-speakers grows every year, and “Thanks to them, UdeM can boast about being as multicultural and bilingual as Montreal.”

UdeM offers some “success stories” from some of their English-speaking students on their website, so prospective students can feel a bit more comfortable hearing their perspectives. Last but not least, UdeM has many tools and services such as workshops and tutoring to help such students improve in French if they wish to do so. Most of these resources are free upon admission, and if you need help in other personal, social, or financial matters, the university can help you in either language. One Grad student in Microbiology, Infectiology, and Immunology, Gustavo Balduino Leite, even claims that if you need to, you can take some courses in an English-speaking university and transfer the credits to UdeM.

Laval University (Université Laval)

For ULaval, being able to speak French is a must. On their admission requirements, they list “French Proficiency” because as a French-language institution, all assignments and exams are written in French. Therefore, if you didn’t complete primary or secondary school in French, you will have to take the TFI. TFI stands for Test de français international, which is literally just an international French test to make sure you will be able to get by in a French-speaking environment. It is much like the TOEFL for international students applying to American universities, and ULaval says it should be taken “at an institution that is a part of the Educational Testing Service.

However, even if you don’t think you have perfect proficiency in French, you still have a shot. If your score is only a little behind what ULaval expects your level to be, you will be placed in one or two French courses for non-francophones. ULaval School of Languages offers programs and courses at different levels as well if you’re just looking to, in general, improve your French.

So, while Laval University seems to have a lot fewer opportunities for English-speakers than the University of Montreal, ULaval does offer some English courses through the Faculty of Business Administration. The Faculty of Letters also offers programs in English Studies and teaching English as a Second Language.

As you can see from these examples, whether you want to study in English, in French, or mostly in French even though you haven’t mastered it yet, there are definitely options for you in Canada.

Also, even when it comes to adapting to a country with more than one official language, the opportunities are endless and will depend on where you go. Since Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, according to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a lot of people speak more than one language.

Even the University of Montreal mentions in their student stories that while it is a French university, most of their students will know English anyway. Also, a fifth of Canadians speaks another language other than both English and French as their mother tongue.

Mandarin is the third most spoken language in Canada, commonly spoken in major metropolitan areas. After Mandarin, Cantonese is also popular in large cities. Finally, the fifth most spoken language is Punjabi. This last one, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages explains is “the most frequently reported immigrant language in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.”

With the two most spoken languages in the world being Mandarin and English, it’s nice to see that Canada’s population, which takes pride in its openness towards foreigners, reflects this in its most common languages besides the official ones.

As I said, opportunities are endless, so if you’re looking to study in a different environment, get involved with different cultures, and maybe even learn a new language just from living there, Canada will be an extremely interesting option to look into.

WRITTEN BY: Wendy Tafur




Canada has been proclaimed the most notable nation on the planet for the third successive year. Not only bringing home the general title, but Canada also guaranteed the leading spot in classifications from “best country to live” to “best country to study,” while additionally positioning itself as the best country to work, visit and live. Are you searching for a genuine motivation to sew that maple leaf fix on your knapsack? Here are 5 top motives to select one of Canada’s debut instructive foundations as a global student. Peruse increasingly about projects in Canada here.

You can get a grant to think about in Canada.

A study from a well reputable essay writing service shows that the prizes of studying in Canada are huge while the expenses are low, especially contrasted with its neighbor toward the south. Also, there are a critical number of grant open doors for worldwide students. Here are some of the best scholarship opportunities.

  • Government and University Scholarships:

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: Available to world-class Canadian and global Ph.D. understudies enlisted at Canadian colleges, Vanier CGS grant awards of $50,000 every year for a long time.

Concordia University Undergraduate Scholarships: This program offers 193 grants to global understudies seeking after college degrees in an expansive scope of subjects and teachers. Peruse progressively about John Molson School of Business at Concordia University here.

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program: Funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), this program presents $10,000 to global understudies enlisted at perceived open Canadian organizations just as subsidiary research establishments.

College of Calgary Graduate Studies Award: This program offers full and halfway grants up to $40,000 for global understudies. Peruse increasingly about the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary here.

  • Unique Scholarships:

Brazil’s Science Without Borders Scholarship Program: This creative program from the Brazilian government began in 2011 and means to send more than 100,000 Brazilians to examine abroad in the regions of science, innovation, building, and arithmetic. The administration supports 75,000 grants while an extra 26,000 are subsidized. Numerous Brazilians seek universal investigations in Canada because of its high caliber, available expense, and bilingual contributions.

These are only a couple of the budgetary guide contributions accessible in Canada. For those merely beginning, an essay writing service suggests contacting the Canadian government and they will be giving an available database of worldwide grants. Just enter your nation of root and the database yields a rundown of chances and information on the subsidizing supports.

You will encounter living in a standout amongst the most alluring nations on the planet.

Over 200,000 best universal understudies and analysts think about in Canada every year. It’s not just about hockey. Here are our main reasons:

  • Internationally Recognized Universities

Canada beat the rundown of instructive spending per capital of the considerable number of nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Canadian colleges are universally respected for unparalleled scholarly norms and accentuation on auxiliary training. Furthermore, the government and private area inquire about various fields, including broadcast communications, drug, horticulture, PC innovation, and natural science.

  • Enormous Country, Low Costs

Regardless of the high instruction principles, the expense is similarly reasonable, especially compared with the U.S. also, U.K.

  • Duty to Culture

A lively social life is a Canadian goal. Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto – the nation’s most significant urban communities – are praised as sheltered, available and socially rich world-class urban areas with shorelines, historical centers, shopping and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

  • A standout amongst the best places to live

High scholarly rankings and notoriety for kind disposition are incredible; however, it’s difficult to beat eight predictable long periods of best rankings by the United Nations as one of the world’s best places to live. An assorted variety of opportunities secures Canadians, and worldwide understudies are as well. The outcome is an extraordinarily steady and tranquil society with a low crime rate.

  • High Employment Rate

Occupation prospects are solid for Canada’s universal graduates. The nation’s colleges gloat to more than 5,000 comprehensive cooperation understandings. Joined with Canada’s attention on industry-connected research, it’s nothing unexpected that over 90% of Canadian alums are employed under a half year after graduation.

  • Tech Rules

Canada is at the universal cutting edge of PC and data innovation, especially in media communications, therapeutic gadgets, aeronautic design, lasers, biotechnology, sea and natural, and a few others. Through its original SchoolNet program, Canada was the world’s first nation to associate its schools and libraries to the web.

  • Characteristic Splendor

Canada additionally exceeds expectations as far as its large standard settings with 42 national tourist spots and different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The scene offers a staggering decent variety – from stunning coastline to vast open prairies and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

  • Staying Around

Universal students who worked and contemplated in Canada don’t need to leave to apply for residency. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada site offers data regarding how international students can progress to post-school life in Canada.

You will feel yourself home, regardless of your origin.

Canada turned into the first nation to authoritatively pronounce multiculturalism as an approach through the foundation of the 1971 Multiculturalism Policy of Canada, which attests to the privileges of all natives paying little mind to race, ethnic beginning, language, or religion. This belief system results in an agreeable domain wealthy in cross-country regard, just as always rising rates of naturalization.

Canada’s decent variety is a fantastic resource in the present worldwide commercial center, because of unparalleled social seeing, yet also given the multilingual idea of its natives. It’s nothing unexpected then that Canada has a notoriety for being a debut language preparing goal. Global students improve individual and business familiarity through access to unparalleled “English as a Second Language” and “French as a Second Language” programs.

Your training is the administration’s need.

Canada’s International Education Strategy as of late reported its objective to increase the quantity of full-time global students to 450,000 by 2022. The Canadian Council of Ministers of Education organizes pulling in worldwide understudies in all training parts through various systems. The arrangement isn’t just centered around selecting, yet also on holding after graduation by offering more open doors for Canadian students to work abroad while considering and staying in the nation as lasting occupants after that.

Getting your study visa has been made less demanding.

Due to Canada’s rising status as a debut goal for global students, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has assessed its study visa (AKA contemplate license) framework to give more noteworthy responsibility. In January of 2014, various changes occurred, including the accompanying:

The administration will assign institutional qualifications, and just universal understudies admitted to these schools will be allowed visas and work licenses.

Work licenses may be conceded to full-time understudies effectively in the quest for a degree, recognition, or declaration with a final full week of 20 hours.

Qualified foundations will answer to the administration and the CIC on universal enlistment and measurements, and will be required to agree to a lot of standard gauges.