Apply to Study
To study in Canada you’ll need to apply for admission to a designated learning institution before applying for a student visa from the Canadian government.
There are a number of steps you must follow:
- Decide on your preferred course and institution.
- Submit your application and all supporting documentation to the institution.
- Receive your letter of acceptance.
- Apply for your student visa.
There are a range of supporting documents that you will need to submit for both your institutional application and your visa application. This can include:
- Academic requirements.
- English language requirements.
- Evidence of funds to support your study.
- Overseas student health coverage.
Information About Visas
To study in Canada you’ll need a study permit.
For detailed information, please visit Canadian Immigration and Citizenship.
Obtaining a temporary resident visa and study permit
Students should make sure their passport is valid for the entire period of study. They must undergo a medical examination if their home country is on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Designated Country list.
Details of how and where the medical exam takes place come by mail from the Canadian Embassy or the Canadian Consulate once you have applied. It may take up to six weeks to receive the results of the exam.
Temporary resident visa and study permit
Once you have received a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada, you may begin the application process to receive a temporary resident visa and a study permit.
Study permits are required for those planning to study in Canada for a period longer than six months. It is not necessary to make a separate application or pay a separate fee for the temporary resident visa. An embassy or consulate officer will issue it at the same time as the documentation you will need to enter Canada. In most cases, study permits are not issued until the student first enters and presents the necessary documents to a Canadian Border Services Agency official.