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Steps to apply for study in Canada

Posted on April 23, 2020
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Canada Study Visa

Canada has become a popular destination for international students. The strong infrastructure, modern curriculum, and well-equipped campuses of Canadian universities make it a choice destination to study abroad.

Top reasons why students choose Canada:

  • Quality of the Canadian education system
  • The prestige of degree or diploma from that institution
  • Availability of the desired program
  • Tolerant and non-discriminatory nature of Canadian society
  • A safe environment

Steps to apply


Understand the requirements

As a first step, you should understand the different requirements for the schools and courses and assess how far you can meet them. You must also understand the rules and regulations that need to be followed to apply for the Canada study permit.

Step 2

Research Your Options

Before you shortlist the universities, decide what you want to study, where you want to live, overall cost, various opportunities, etc.

Select Universities – Shortlist the universities & study programs that meet your requirements and you want to apply for.

Step 3

Take the Language Proficiency Test

To be eligible for a study permit, you must take a language proficiency test. Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/IELTS etc. based on the requirements of the universities & colleges. Register for these tests in advance. While applying for the tests you should also plan for the time required in case you need to retake the test. You should complete these tests before September of the year you wish to apply.

Step 4

Check if you have the funds to finance your studies

Ensure that you have the money ready for your entire period of Study in Canada along with accommodation, local travel, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. Decide on how you will finance your studies – personal savings, education loans, student scholarships, or assistantship.

Step 5

Apply to universities

Canadian universities and colleges offer three intakes. Intakes may also be referred to as a semester in some institutions. The three intakes are:

  • Intake 1: Fall Semester – A popular intake starts in the month of September
  • Intake 2: Winter Semester – Starts in the month of January
  • Intake 3: Summer Semester – Usually starts from April/May, this intake is available for limited programs and colleges.

We would advise you to apply well in advance because admissions and scholarships get difficult when you apply closer to the deadline. It is better to apply 6 to 9 months before the academic session starts. 

Contact each university directly for the admission requirements. Every university has its own admission requirements. Complete the applications well before deadlines and send them.

Step 6

Confirm admission

Once you get your acceptance letters from the universities that you have applied to, choose the university you would like to study at. The next step is to pay a non-refundable deposit to the university to confirm your admission.

Step 7

Get Student Visa

Once you get admission confirmation done, you can apply for Canada student visa. The documents required to apply for a student permit are:

  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • Valid passport
  • Proof that you have enough funds to finance your studies
  • Proof of English Proficiency Test
  • Academic Documents
  • Receipt of Payment of Tuition fee
  • Medical certificate
  • Selection to a university in Quebec will need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec’ (CAQ that will be sent by the university
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