Five main steps to study in Canada

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Want to join the hundreds of thousands of international students who have made Canada their study destination? We would be delighted to welcome you! Whether you study in person or online, here are the five steps you need to take to get started.

On this page :
Step 1: Find a world-class school or program
Step 2: Set a budget and see how to finance your education
Step 3: Apply for admission
Step 4: Apply to study in Canada
Step 5: Prepare to come to Canada
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EduCanada: Five Steps to Studying in Canada
Step 1: Find a world-class school or program
Canada is the land of all possibilities. Start by doing your research to find the schools or programs that are right for you. Think about where you would like to live in the provinces and territories of Canada. Throughout the country, you can choose between small, welcoming rural communities and large, vibrant cities.

You can find college and university programs in Canada using our search tool or find information on:

primary schools
secondary schools
language schools
Each province and each school in Canada sets its own admission requirements. For more information on programs and admission requirements, contact the school directly.

Step 2: Set a budget and see how to finance your education
Studying in Canada is an affordable option. Colleges and universities generally have lower tuition fees than those in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1]

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You can use our search tool to find and compare tuition and living costs for different college and university programs in Canada. Depending on where you choose to study, your costs will be different. To help you prepare your budget, use the search tool to get cost estimates for:

the food
housing
transportation
health insurance
There are different ways to finance your studies, such as:

scholarships, fellowships and grants
part-time work during your full-time studies
parental and/or family support
Learn more about tuition fees for international students in Canada.

Step 3: Apply for admission
When you apply for admission to the school of your choice, be sure to provide accurate information and the requested documents. Your school will let you know what documents you need and what next steps to take. Remember that admission fees vary by institution. Be sure to submit your application well in advance.

Your institution or a designated third party can verify your degrees and qualifications. You may be asked to provide documents such as:

your report card
your transcripts
your study certificates
Step 4: Apply to study in Canada
Once you have received your acceptance letter, you will need to find out:

if you need a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
whether you can get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream.
how to prepare your documents and apply online to IRCC.
Note: If you are studying in Quebec, you may also need to obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate from the Quebec government before applying for a study permit.

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Once IRCC approves your application, they will ask you to send them your passport. He will send it back to you with your license, along with a letter of introduction.

When you travel to Canada, bring this letter with you and show it to the Canada border services officer. If your application is approved, the officer will then issue your study permit.

Alert: To limit the spread of the coronavirus in Canada, travel restrictions have been put in place at all border crossings. Before planning in-person studies, check:
if you can enter Canada
COVID-19 travel requirements and exemptions
If you are unable to study in person, online learning may be the right choice for you. Many Canadian schools offer strong online and distance learning options. You can still study the best programs, connect with teachers, make friends and expand your network.

Step 5: Prepare to come to Canada
We look forward to welcoming you! Now prepare your trip:

Arrange your housing and accommodation.
Determine the type of insurance v

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