Every year thousands of students plan to study in Canada and over 400,000 international students were admitted last year alone. This is because Canada is known for having a renowned diversity that brings about productivity in its economy.
They also boast of having a high-quality education system, Canada also provides numerous possibilities and vibrant culture. Research, scientific publications, and international collaborations are three of the main aspects that Canada and its academic institutions focus on.
The number of international students in Canada continues to grow every year. Many of them are able to stay in Canada after finishing their studies. The Canadian government has been gracious enough to earmark $147.9 million dollars over the next five years as a budget to helping international students settling in.
Studying In Canada
Studying in Canada will really give international students a boost in their various careers as Canada is regarded as a top nation with academic prowess. For this reason, international students choose to study here.
Studying in Canada can be very competitive and also requires a lot of financial power. However, there are other factors/requirements you are expected to know to have a smooth transition into Canada.
As a student, you are expected to have a study permit. The study permit is a very important document that will help in getting a work permit if you plan on working as a student, also it will be helpful in securing a visa. However, you cannot just have a study permit, you have to be admitted into a Canadian university to have the study permit.
Choose a School
Choosing a university to study in is the first step to take, there are so many factors you have to put into consideration like;
- The city that the school is located – this is essential because you need to be sure you have the financial capacity to cater for yourself in that city;
- The program you want to study has to be taught in that school, there are some courses that are better taught in some schools compared to others;
- IELTS -if you plan on going to Canada without the IELTS you have to visit the school’s website to confirm that the school do not require it;
- The location of the school will determine how easy it is to get a job (if you plan on working), if the city where your school has a higher rate of employment of international students then it will favor you as you can easily get a job within close proximity to the school. After being accepted at a Canadian university, you’ll get an acceptance letter that will be required for the visa application. Here are some Canadian universities we recommend:
- University of Toronto
- York University
- University of Manitoba
- Thompson Rivers University
- University of Winnipeg
Choose a Program
Choose the degree program that is right for you. Almost every degree program in Canada will be taught in English. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there are degrees in a multitude of fields across disciplines. Canada is internationally renowned for a variety of programs, including its humanities, business, engineering, and science programs.
Once you have decided on the school and program you intend to go to and study, you need to start putting your documents together as they will be asked of you during the application process. Documents like a letter of motivation, recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable.
Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test.
Every university has its university requirements clearly stated on their website, you need to be sure that you have all they require or else you might not be admitted into the university. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions.
In Canada, applications and admissions are handled by the university to which you are applying. Prospective students are welcome to apply for several different programs and universities at a time.
Submission of Application
After doing all of the above, you are to submit the application then wait for their response. The application is done online. Application forms are available through specific university websites, and often require an application fee to be paid.
After you’ve completed the application form, attach the necessary documents or prepare to mail them to the university. Admissions are often announced by the end of spring.
If you are studying at a private university, you will usually be asked to pay the tuition fees for the first semester. Else, the university where you will pursue your studies will send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for visa purposes, and other practical information about studying abroad in Canada.
Once you receive your admission letter you should start up your student visa application as soon as possible, this is because getting this visa can be dicey in the sense that you will have to submit a lot of documents and it will take up to sixty days before you get a response.
If rejected you will have to repeat the process, making it tedious. Applicants from Europe, the Middle East, or Africa may need to provide biometrics (photograph and fingerprints).
Some applicants may also need to get a medical exam and/or police check before submitting their application. You will not be able to get a study permit if you have a criminal record – you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate as proof.
In addition, you will be requested to present proof of funds, this is to make sure that you have enough money to cater for yourself and pay your school fees. You will also need to make sure you have enough money to pay for transportation to return home.
Bank statements, evidence of a Canadian account in your name if the money’s been transferred, a bank draft in a convertible currency, proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees, a letter from a person or institution providing you with money, or proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are undertaking a Canadian-funded program are all proofs to show.