International students feel that they need to further their education and get some sort of degree from a very reputable school. Canada however, is a renowned country that has gone to great lengths to improve its educational sector. A degree from any Canadian university will really boost the chances of attaining greater heights, hence, the urgency to study in Canada.
It is no surprise that you would want to study in Canada. Although, if you do not know where to start from or how to go about the application it could seem like a herculean task. Furthermore, different schools and provinces have different application procedures, however, we have compiled the common and general ones. The steps are listed below;
Application takes time. We suggest that you start ahead of time to plan and do your research thoroughly. The research will give you information on the schools to apply for, what they require of you to get if they offer the course you intend to study etc.
As earlier stated, schools in Canada vary from province to province so you might not have the same requirements for everything. It is advised that upon getting your findings, you must have narrowed your search to two or three schools you can apply for.
Also, bear in mind that you will be required to show proof of funds, pay a certain amount before flying down to Canada as the case may be.
Select A Course That Matches With Your School
Getting a school is one thing, knowing what the school requires you to pay for the course you intend to study is another. Selecting a course can be stressful at times because there may be a lot you are trying to consider – it could range from tuition fees, probability of getting a job upon graduation, weather conditions, accommodation, etc.
All these factors and more should be considered when aligning your course and school together. The location of the university offering the course might be far from where you intend to settle in upon arrival, or the weather conditions there might not be favorable, or maybe getting a job after graduation might prove difficult.
Furthermore, you should be able to visit the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to ensure that the school that is offering your course is registered there. If the school is not registered there you might not be given a student visa. The Canadian government set up the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to help curb scams online – that means there is a higher probability of being scammed if the school is not registered there.
Language Proficiency Tests
Canada is a bilingual country – that is they speak both English and French. As an international student looking to study in Canada, some schools will require you to have proof of written test and that you can understand whatever you are being taught and can also communicate effectively.
- CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)
- CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
Apply To The School Of Your Choice
Application varies as stated before, so do the application fees. The application fee for each program at each university can range from around CA$100 (US$78) to CA$250 (US$195). If you pay so high an amount you must make sure you meet up to the requirements so you do not spend money carelessly. Each university sets its own requirements, but below are the most common;
- Graduation certificate/diploma;
- Filled-in application form;
- Resume or CV;
- A letter of intent;
- Evidence that you can support yourself financially during your studies in Canada;
- Two letters of academic reference that attest to the preparation for Master’s/PhD studies (including letters from employers).
Note that if you have documents that are not translated to either English or French, you will have to do so and they must be certified by a professional translator. Once they are sent, you just wait for the positive results.
Application deadlines vary from school to school and even from course to course. Some courses in the school you intend to apply to might start before the other. International students have the opportunity to register twice a year.
- The application deadline for winter enrolment is the 1st of September.
- Summer enrolments start on 15th January for Master’s students and earlier for Bachelor’s students.
It is important to note that you will have a higher chance of gaining admission if you submit 8-12 months before the application reaches its deadline. Usually, the response is given after two months of the application deadline.
Therefore, applicants are advised to keep checking the official website for more information to keep them up to date.