Education In Canada
(Bachelor’s Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates)
WHAT IS THE CANADIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM LIKE?
While responsibility for education falls under provincial jurisdiction,
Canada’s overall education system has consistently high standards across the
country. Canadian support a system of affordable education that is
accountable to Canadians and contributed to maintaining Canada’s high standard
of living and quality of life. Universities, community colleges
and university-colleges receive funding from various sources, such as the
government, alumni, tuition fees, research grants, contract fees, etc. Canada
also has private institutes that provide educational opportunities and operate
without government funding.
The majority of post-secondary educational institutes in Canada
offer studies in English. These institutes are located in all provinces in
Canada. The majority of French language institutes are found in Quebec with a
few in other provinces. There are also a few bilingual institutions.
Canada’s universities are internationally recognized for the quality of their
teaching and research. They are of a consistently high quality, regardless of
the location, the size of the institution or the area of study. Canadian
government-funded universities are members of the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
Canadian universities offer 3- or – 4 year Bachelor
(undergraduate) degrees and graduate degrees at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels.
A 4-year degree with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA 75%) is usually required to
continue to graduate studies. A 4-year degree is often called an Honours
degree. In this case, Honours does not mean high grades. In the fourth year,
specialty topics are usually covered preparing a student for graduate studies.
The academic year is September to April with two 4-month
semesters. In addition, some universities offer 2-month spring and 2-month
summer semesters or a 4-month summer semester. While September is the typical
start date, some programs at some universities allow for a January and
occasionally a May start. A transfer student may have more opportunity to start
in January or May.
Students typically take 5 courses per semester. Each course
provides for 3 hours of classroom study per week. However, some programs,
particularly in engineering and science, require lab work in addition to
classroom study. There is also a significant amount of independent study
required in university programs. Most courses are counted as 3 credits. Some
courses run 2 semesters, which count as 6 credits. One semester (usually 5
subjects) will total 15 credits; 2 semesters are 30 credits, and 4-years are
120 credits. All engineering programs and most business or science programs are
4-year programs. Many programs have a number of core subjects and a variety of
electives available during the degree (electives are your choice of subjects
often selected from different fields of study). Some programs such as
engineering have fewer electives available.
Many universities offer co-operative (co-op) programs, which
provide you with work experience in a company or organization before you
graduate. Work terms usually start after the first or second year. Some co-op
programs are only available for Canadians. Be sure to investigate this
carefully. You are generally paid for the work terms but usually only a modest
Transfer between universities (Canadian or international) is
assessed on a subject-by-subject, credit-by-credit basis. See “Admission
Requirements” for more information about transfers.
Community colleges respond to the training needs of Canadian industry, the
public sector, and the educational needs for vocationally oriented secondary
school graduates and adults. Community colleges offer certificates and diplomas
in 1, 2, or 3 year programs. Many programs offer industry certification. The
community colleges in Canada belong to the Association of Community Colleges of
Canada (ACCC) http://www.accc.ca
Some community colleges are also offering bachelor’s degrees or applied
bachelor’s degrees. University standards must be met when colleges offer a
The academic year is September to May with two 4-month
semesters. Some programs at some institutions offer a summer semester. The
normal entry date to a program is September but some programs at some colleges
permit a January or May start.
The number of courses required in each semester varies by
program and by institution but programs usually have required subjects rather
than allowing for elective choices. There are usually more classroom hours
required in college programs compared to university programs. Independent study
is also required for most programs.
Some community colleges also offer co-operative (co-op) programs
that give you the advantage of work experience in a company or organization
before you graduate. Work terms typically begin after the first or second year.
Some co-op programs are only available for Canadians.
Some colleges have transfer agreements with specified
universities in particular programs. If you wish to continue your studies at a
university, it is important to check the route for progression before you
Many students complete an undergraduate degree at a university
and then attend a college program to get industry specific training. Some
community colleges offer graduate diploma programs requiring an undergraduate
degree or a first diploma for admission.
University-colleges are a combination of an undergraduate university and a
community college of applied learning. A university-college allows the student
to enter either a degree program or a diploma program. Some diploma programs
upon completion allow the student to move directly into the third year of a
degree program provided the student has sufficient grades. A University-college
can also offer certificate and vocational programs. University-Colleges do not
usually offer graduate degrees. The University-Colleges may belong to either
the AUCC or ACCC or both.
Private career colleges and training institutions
Private colleges (called “career colleges”) and private training institutions
are licensed to operate in Canada and receive no government funding. Many
career colleges and private training institutes have been operating for
numerous years and have high standards that are readily accepted by Canadian
employers. Some institutes are run by the industries themselves or have a close
association to a specific industry or career field. Many career colleges and
training institutes offer industry certification programs in fields such as oil
and gas and information technology. Some programs are only offered through
private career colleges (beautician, hairdressing, etc.).
Some of these institutions have their own accrediting body, such
as the National Association of Career Colleges.
It is recommended that you check the credentials of career
colleges or private training institutes (i.e. how long they have been
operating, if they have any accreditation, references, etc.).
WHEN SHOULD I START? Early
Your career path starts at the beginning of secondary school when you make you
make your subject choices. Make sure that you select subjects that meet your
eventual goals or leave you with options.
Applications to Canadian universities are made starting in
January during the last year of secondary school studies. Final grades are not
required at the time of application. Mid-term grades are sent when available,
and final grades are often sent after admission to a post-secondary institution
has been granted. Assessment of admission is often based on Grade 9, 10 and 11
grades and the mid-term report of Grade 12. Final grades should be provided as
soon as possible. In many cases, you will be conditionally accepted subject to
receipt of your final marks.
Prior to entering Grade 12, you should consider preparing a short list of
When you start your studies in Grade 12 or in your final year of
secondary school, you can do the final research to get the most recent
information available. By the end of December in your final year, you should
have your application forms completed and ready to send before the application
WHAT SHOULD I STUDY? Choosing
If you would like to take an interest quiz and investigate some Canadian
careers, check out the following web sites:
If you are not clear on what you wish to study, you may wish to
go to a large or medium sized institution where many programs are available. An
academic advisor will help you choose your courses to provide flexibility for
change. It is easier to change programs within a university or college than to
You may wish to take a General Arts or a General Science
program, which will allow you to choose a number of different subjects and
select a major in the second year.
University or college programs will expose you to many more
ideas and career options than you know now. Many students change programs after
the first year.
If you are not sure you have high enough grades to get into a
university you may wish to apply to a college as well. If you do well, you can
go on to university from some programs, or you can get a diploma which will
give you applied learning for a specific industry or job.
WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?
Canadian universities and community colleges are competitive and have high
standards for both Canadian and International students alike and generally
accept only those students who have good grades. Some programs have a limited
number of places available, which makes the entry-level grades and requirements
higher. Some programs (listed below) require some university before entry and
are very competitive for admission. Generally, for an undergraduate degree, you
are required to meet the language requirements, the academic requirements
and the subject requirements as outlined below. The minimum level
of entry depends on the pool of applicants in any year. You must apply to find
out if you meet the minimum level in that year.
Once you have chosen the institutions you wish to attend, you should check
their web sites for specific requirements.
Below is a general outline of what you might expect.
For institutes that teach in the English language:
TOEFL 550 (213) or 580 (237) or IELTS 6.0 to 7.0
Some institutions will accept good students without TOEFL and
will provide ESL prior to program studies. Most institutions offer English
language and academic preparation prior to entering a program.
For non-GCC citizens, it is advisable to have a conditional
acceptance to a program whereby you will show the visa officer you have
sufficient grades, evidence that you are continuing your studies and finances
to support your further studies. Not all universities will provide a
conditional acceptance. The very large institutions are less likely to do so.
For institutes which teach in the French language
No testing is required prior to arriving in Canada.
Most universities and community colleges request grades from the last 3 years
of secondary school. Mid-term grades and final grades are submitted when
available plus a copy of your Secondary School Diploma.
US curriculum schools
SAT I – 1000 or 1100 or 1200 scores
SAT II results in subjects required by the program. Some do not require SAT II.
Some institutions provide credits in some programs for AP level subjects.
Some institutions provide credits in some programs for IB
UK curriculum schools
5 IGCSE “O” levels and 3 “A” levels with A levels in subjects required by
Some universities will accept 1 or 2 “A” levels.
Two “AS” level subjects may be substituted for an “A” level requirement.
Some colleges will accept good IGCSE “O” level results but a Secondary School
diploma (after 12 years of studies) is usually required.
After IGCSE “O” levels, completion of secondary school in one year is available
Baccalaureat/Baccalauret General/Diploma de Bachelier de I’Enseignement due
Second Degre/Option International due Baccalaureat – previous grades and
predicted results accepted
Indian, Pakistani, Iranian schools – 12 years of study
Secondary School Diploma (10+2) by Certified Boards
Some universities require a year of university studies after Grade 11 in the
Iranian or Pakistani systems and some do not.
From Gulf local curriculum schools
Secondary School Diploma with above average results for university entrance and
usually average results for college entrance
Private schools with local or unaccredited curriculum
SAT I is recommended
SAT II is recommended in subjects required by program
Subject requirements for universities and some colleges
For Bachelor of Arts in humanities or Social Sciences
No specific subject requirements.
For university Engineering programs
Engineering programs require Mathematics (Calculus and Algebra
and Geometry), physics, Chemistry and English. All Canadian university
engineering programs are accredited by professional bodies in both Canada and
the United States.
For Science Programs – 4 year programs (including Computer
Science programs require Mathematics and two of physics,
Chemistry of Biology
For Business Administration (BBA) or Commerce programs
(BCom) – 4-year programs
BBA or BCom programs require Math (Calculus) and English.
Students without math may consider a per-university year, Bachelor of Arts in
Business or Economics.
For Bachelor of Fine Arts
Portfolio of artwork is often required.
Programs requiring university level studies before admission
Medicine – 4- year program after 3-or 4-year Bachelor’s Degree
(7-8 years in total)
Most medical faculties also require a MCAT exam and a personal interview. There
is no pre- medicine specialization in Canada. Most students enter Medicine
after completing a B.Sc. with humanities electives. An academic advisor will
assist in the selection of subjects to be taken at the undergraduate level.
Medicine is a very competitive program and only students with extremely high
qualifications (approximately 9% of the applications) are accepted for the few
seats that are available for international students.
Law – 3-year program after 2-3- or 4-years of a Bachelor’s
Degree (5-8 years in total)
Law also requires a LSAT exam.
Dentistry – 4 year program after 30 university credits (2
years) (6 years in total)
There is no pre-dentistry program in Canada at the university level.
Application would be made to the Bachelor of Science program. Some colleges
offer a pre-dentistry general arts and science. The DAT exam is required and is
written during the second year of university or college. Entry into dentistry
is also very competitive.
Physiotherapy- varies by institution
Most require university level studies before entry. One or more years.
Make sure you check the entry requirements at the institutions and for the
program you choose to be certain that you have met the minimum standards.
Your secondary school transcripts and your transcripts (grades) from your
current institution will be reviewed. Advance standing on a full semester basis
is only provided if the receiving university has a transfer agreement with your
previous institution. This applies to Canadian institutions as well as
In most cases, advanced standing is awarded by transferring
credits on a subject-by-subject basis. Credits can be transferred if they match
the subjects of the program at the receiving institution and if you have
sufficient grades. Some electives are usually permitted. You will have to
provide the syllabus, hours in the classroom and labs, and names of textbooks
used from all the post-secondary courses you wish to have assessed for
Most universities require you to complete at least 60
higher-level credits (2 years) at their institution before you can earn their
WHERE SHOULD I STUDY? MAKING SHOICES…
Given that there are numerous Canadian universities and
colleges, it is important to obtain as much information as possible before
making your choice. Some degree programs are limited to only a few institutions
and some programs are widely available. Since you do not have to worry about
the quality of the institutions in Canada, you may wish to use other criteria
before selecting a few institutions that will meet all your needs.
You selection process starts with a few basic, but important,
What institutions offer your program?
You will need a list of institutions, which offer your program. Use any of the
following web sites:
For university degrees: http://www.aucc.ca - About Universities- Programs of Study
For Colleges or Universities
For Colleges or Universities
For Colleges or Universities
Would do you prefer a large institution or a
Large and medium sized universities or colleges offer a broader range of
programs and changing programs mid-stream may be easier.
Large universities or colleges are usually better known
internationally. However, some smaller institutions may offer programs where
they are leaders. These institutions are often recognized internationally in
the field of their specialization.
In smaller institutions, you may get to know your professors and
fellow students easier. Your environment is important to your success.
To search by size of the institution use:
In what part of the country do
you want to live? Do you want a large city or a small one?
Since all institutions in Canada offer high quality education, where you live
can be an important consideration for individual comfort and success.
For information about Canadian cities and regions use
You should be aware that Canada is very large – the second
largest country in the world. As such, there are some regional differences in
the weather. Here is a snapshot of Canada’s climate.
Canada’s climate is characterized by its diversity, as temperature and
precipitation differ from region to region and from season to season. While it
is true that in the extreme north temperatures climb above for only a few
months a year, most Canadians live within 300 kilometers of the country’s
southern border, where mild springs, warm summers and pleasantly crisp autumns
prevail at least seven months of the year. You should keep in mind that your
body will adjust to the different climate and all buildings and transportation
are heated for your comfort. Extreme temperatures are for short periods (a few
days), otherwise, you can dress appropriately and enjoy the outdoors in all
The West Coast – British Columbia
The coast of British Columbia has the most temperate climate in Canada, thanks
to warm, moist pacific Ocean airstreams. The province’s most populous cities,
Vancouver and Victoria, enjoy comfortable and relatively dry summers and mild,
wet winters. Snow seldom falls in low – lying areas, and when it does, it
usually melts the same day.
The Prairies – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
The Canadian Prairies extend east from the Rocky Mountains to the Great
Lakes. Here, cold winters and hot summers are the norm, with relatively light
precipitation. Spring rains and dry autumn conditions have helped make the
Prairies one of the top grain – growing areas of the world. Among the most
remarkable features of the Alberta winter is the “Chinook,” a warm, usually dry
winter wind that affects much of southern Alberta. The Chinook sweeps down from
the Rocky Mountains and has been known to raise temperatures s much as in one
Ontario and Quebec
Northern Ontario, Ottawa and Montreal experience weather similar to the
Prairies. More than half the Canadian population lives close to the Great Lakes
or along the St. Lawrence River. In southern Ontario, summers tend to be a
little longer than elsewhere in Canada. Rainfall varies little year to year and
is ample enough to sustain some of the best farming areas in Canada. Mean daily
temperatures range from the mid-teens to mid-twenties from mid-June to
mid-September, with weeklong heat waves in the 30s not uncommon. Warm, sunny
days and crisp. Cool nights make the fall season popular.
Atlantic Canada – Newfoundland, Prince Edward island, New Brunswick
and Nova Scotia
The climate of the provinces on the east coast is moderated by the Atlantic
Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is not as warm as the Pacific Ocean which makes the
Atlantic provinces not as warm as British Columbia but it does not get quite as
cold or as hot as the interior of Canada. Winters will experience both snow and
rain and summers are pleasantly warm and rarely hot.
Do you want an institute that is
a leader in a field of study?
We are often asked, what is the ranking of our universities or colleges
or which institution is the best or a leader in a specific field of study? In
many cases, there is no clear answer, as the standard of the institutions
providing courses/programs in a particular area is high across Canada. In
addition, in many areas, there are no objective surveys that can be relied on
to choose a program at an institution. Having said this, there are universities
in Canada that are known as “centers of excellences” in certain areas. You can
look to see what they are doing at the graduate level or compare programs by
looking at course selections in the third and fourth years. If only a few
universities offer a program, they are all likely to be leaders. Finally, and
to ease any concerns that you may have, at the undergraduate level, the quality
of education is high and while an undergraduate student you will have more than
ample time to determine which institutions in Canada are favored in a
particular discipline for graduate studies. A Canadian Honours degree from any
institution is recognized worldwide for graduate studies.
Is cost a factor in your decision?
Each province and institution sets tuition fees. Fees vary
across the country. Generally the fees for institutions located in the smaller
population areas of Canada are less expensive than the large population
centres. A list of tuition fees across Canada is attached or available at:
More information on the cost is located in a section on
financing your education.
Is the campus accommodation or facilities a
factor in your decision?
You can investigate the type of housing available on the web sites of the
institutions. Many campuses offer different recreational facilities, clubs and
associations for sports and social activities. Many have varsity teams but not
all institutions offer all sports. If you are a gifted athlete you should
investigate the varsity sports programs offered at the institutions.
After you have shortened your list of institutions, you need to get specific
information to choose the ones to which you will apply.
For links to all the Canadian Universities
For links to all the Canadian Community Colleges
You may wish to make a chart or a file on each institution
and collect the following information:
Language requirements for the institute
Academic requirements for the institute
Subject requirements for your program
Fees – including
Tuition & International supplemental or differential fees
Accommodation – Residence
Miscellaneous Fees and Expenses
How do you get an application form?
Residence & Meal Plans
(On Campus) Types available
(Male, Female, Co-ed, Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Meal Plans, etc.)
(On-Campus) Application procedures
(Off-Campus) Housing office?
Leader in a field?
Co-op program available to international students?
Sports facilities, clubs, etc.
You can select as many institutions as you wish, but most limit
it to five or six. You may wish to select at least one institution or
program where the admission would be less competitive. This could
be at a smaller university, different programs within a university, at a
university-college, or a college.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Tuition,
scholarships, working in Canada, payment schedules…
Post secondary education is not free to Canadians. However, the government of
Canada subsidizes tuition to keep the cost for Canadian at a level most can
afford. International students do pay higher fees known as supplemental fees or
differential fees. However, the cost of a Canadian education including tuition
and living expenses for an international student is typically less expensive
than other countries such as Australia, France, United Kingdom and United
Tuition is charged per semester or per course. Tuition is
usually quoted on he basis of an academic year (2 semesters or 8 months). If
you intend to stay on for a spring or summer semester, there will be extra
costs for tuition and living expenses. The tuition fees are set by the Province
and the institution and generally vary by location in Canada. The
cost of tuition is not related to quality. All Canadian institutions offer high
quality. A list of tuition fees for undergraduate
programs at universities and community colleges in Canada per academic year is
attached or can be found at
http://www.canada.org.ae/EduCostUnder.aspx. tuition fees may be changed
annually and up-to-date tuition fees can be found on the web sites of the
Tuition for Medicine or Dentistry, after the required
undergraduate years, is significantly higher (approximately $25,000 per year).
Generally, monthly living expenses should be estimated at $1,000
Canadian (approx. US$630) for a single student. This would include books,
meals, accommodation, transportation, medical insurance and a small amount of
spending money. Cities such as Toronto and Vancouver are likely to be more
Are scholarships available?
Many Canadian institutions offer first year scholarships to exceptional foreign
students. They are usually awarded on the basis of merit for a portion of the
tuition for first year. There are a few full scholarships available for the
duration of the studies. No application is usually required for first year
scholarship. A few institutions have a scholarship section on their application
Most first year scholarships are not renewable for the second
year. However, some institutions do offer second year scholarships to
international students. There are very few scholarships available to students
residing in the Gulf States on the basis of financial need.
Once you have narrowed your choice of institutions, you can
search their web sites to see if there are any scholarships available and if
you need to formally apply. You can also search the following web sites
can I work and study?
Currently, a study permit allows you to work part-time on-campus only.
The visa office does not consider work to be contributing to your ability to
pay for your studies because you are not guaranteed to find a job. The money
you will earn will be limited. You are permitted to work off campus when work
experience is part of your studies (in a co-op program). You are permitted to
work in Canada for one year after completion of your studies if you find a job
related to the field of your studies and apply to extend your study permit.
When do I pay?
You pay an application fee when you submit your application to an
institution. This is non- refundable. Tuition and other fees are usually
payable at the beginning of each semester. The institutions will send
instructions. If the invoice is sent and payable before you receive your study
permit, the tuition and other fees are refundable if you do not receive your
study permit. There may be a small administration fee charged for cancellation.
You can open a bank account when you arrive and have the money transferred to
you when your tuition is due or you or your parents can pay directly to the
institution with a bank draft or credit card.
WHERE WILL I LIVE? Home-stay, On-Campus or
It is recommended that students use a Home-stay during English or French
Language training. This offers the opportunity to be immersed an English or
French language environment.
It is recommended that undergraduate students stay on campus for
the first year. The advantages are:
• You will not have to worry about looking for a place to live and furnishing
• You will meet more people and make more friends
• You will have access to a number of services (laundry room, TV, telephone,
• You will save on travel time and expenses to and from campus
Being accepted into the institution does not mean that you
automatically have secured a residence. Sometimes you apply with your admission
application and sometimes after you have been accepted. DO IT
You can also live off-campus. It is recommended that you try to
live close to campus because often classes are several hours apart.
Transportation costs will be higher if you have to make more than one trip in
one day and the temptation will be to miss classes. Often students move off
campus in the second year.
Most English Language institutions will place you in a home-stay that is
appropriate for your needs. Canadians live in houses or apartments. In some
cases you will have to share facilities such as bathrooms. Homes are kept clean
and meals are healthy. Often both the husband and wife work outside the home.
The cost is generally between $500 CAD to $900 CAD per month for room and meals.
An application form will be provided with registration at an
institution. You will be asked various questions to make sure that you are
comfortable in the home where you are placed (i.e. do you like pets, do you
like small children, do you have allergies, etc.) if you are having problems
with the environment, you can ask to be moved.
Each institution has different types of on-campus accommodation. Some of
the types available include male residences, female residences, co-ed
residences (men and women are in the same building but separated by floors or
by wings), single or double rooms (triple rooms are available but not common),
apartment style with several bedrooms attached to a common living room and
kitchen. Bathrooms are most often shared but are kept clean. Some residences
have kitchen facilities and some do not. Some residences require students to
purchase a meal plan where you receive a debit card to eat on campus and
occasionally some cards can be used at off-campus restaurants. The costs of
resident rooms and meal plans are on the web sites for each of the
Make sure you look for the application procedures for residence housing when
you are researching the web sites of the institutions. You apply for residence
either when you apply to the institution or after they have accepted you.
You can live in an apartment or house, alone or shared. There is usually a
supply of housing within commuting distance from the campus. You can rent a
room in a house or a separate apartment in a house. Some accommodation is
furnished and some is not. Used furniture is advertised for sale in the
newspaper, from auction houses, “garage sales” and “thrift” shops.
Some cities have a good supply of off-campus housing and some do
not. Some cities are more expensive than others with conditions changing from
time to time. The size and location of accommodation can impact on the costs
dramatically. If you are renting student accommodation, the cost is generally
very close to the cost of residence. The landlords often charge on a per
student basis when a group of students are sharing a house.
You must calculate the costs including rent, heating,
electricity (hydro), telephone, cable TV, transportation and food in the
monthly expenses. The cost of heat in the sinter months can be quite high.
Most institutions have a housing office where available
accommodation is posted. You can look on the bulletin boards on campus. You can
look in the newspapers. You can hire a real estate agent for a rental or
HOW DO I APPLY TO UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE? A
The following offers a general guideline. The specific process for each
institution will be outlined on their web sites. There may be differences
between institutions but this will help give you an idea about the process.
When do I submit the applications?
Check the web sites of each institution for APPLICATION DEADLINES. A list of
application deadlines for Canadian universities is attached or can be found at:
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR FINAL GRADES
ARE RECEIVED. Submit the application and
advise that grades will be sent when available. An application sent after the
deadline may be considered if there is sufficient room in the program or it may
be delayed until the next entry date (January or September of the next year).
How do I get application forms for universities
You can apply on-line if the institution has an on-line application form. You
can request an application form directly from the institution by e-mail, by fax
or by mail (allow plenty of time).
If you have been unsuccessful with the other methods, you can
send a request for up to 5 application forms from specified institutions with
your mailing address by fax or e-mail to the Education Officer at the Canadian
Embassy in Abu Dhabi. 971-2 443-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I fill out application forms?
International students use the “Student Authorization/Visa” category. Canadian
citizens living abroad can use the International Student application form but
should indicate that they are a “Canadian Citizen” on the form. A landed
immigrant or person who has landing papers and will land before classes start,
uses the “Permanent Resident” category. The children in a family in the
immigration process will fill out an international student application form as
a “Student Authorization” and will attend as an international student until the
family lands in Canada. Fees will be assessed as international students until
the family lands or according to the regulations set by the Canadian
institution. The student will apply to the institution for any adjustments in
For Ontario, you can use the following:
For Ontario Universities:
For Ontario Colleges:
Read the instructions carefully. You can choose more than 3
universities or programs at a university. Photocopy the first page of the
application and use it for your additional choices (two programs at one
university are counted as two choices). You are charged $95 for 3 choices and
$25 for each additional choice. After the application has been received at the
OUAC, each university will contact you. This may take a month or more. Some
universities have a more detailed application form that they will send to you
and some will just request your grades (transcripts).
In completing the application forms, supply only what is
requested. If information is requested about hobbies and interests, make sure
that you describe yourself (i.e. sports, talents, leadership, special projects
at school, home or in the community, etc.) there are no sports scholarships in
Canada but varsity teams may play a role in selecting from the list of good
students. Canadian institutions often look for students who will contribute
more than just academic excellence. If there is an application for residence,
make sure you fill it out and send it.
You may consider making a timeline chart to make sure all
documents are sent at the appropriate times.
Do international transfer students have the same
application form and deadlines as first year students?
The application form for international transfer students is
usually the same one used by fires year entry students but you should verify
this on the web site of the institution. You will be required to submit
syllabus, hours of classes, and textbook lists for any subject you wish to be
assessed for transfer credit. Some institutions request this immediately and
some request the information when you have been accepted.
When will I get a response?…..
Patience is a virtue…
Each institution has its own routine for assessing
applications. Some have an early or rolling admission and accept students as
they receive the application forms. Some wait until all the applications have
been received and assess everyone at the same time. Generally, institutions
using the second method will take longer in providing acceptances. If you do
not have a letter of acceptance by June 30th for a September entry and you
expect to get one, you can start the student authorization application process.
However, if you do not get a letter of acceptance, there is no refund for the
Visa processing fee.
What if more than one institution offers me
If you get more than one offer, you will have to make a choice. Sometimes you
are faced with a difficult decision. However, you can be assured, no matter
where you go, you will receive a quality education.
What do I do when I decide to accept an offer?
You can accept the first offer you receive and then decide
to accept another offer that has come later. You should advise the first
institution that you have accepted another offer. If the institutions are in
Ontario, when you accept the second institution, your first acceptance will be
automatically cancelled and you cannot change back to the first institution
once it has been cancelled. Please note, in Ontario, an acceptance of one does
not automatically cancel all of the other applications you have submitted.
Letter of Acceptance – study Permit/Visa
As soon as you receive the first letter of acceptance or
notification of acceptance by e-mail or by fax, apply for your study Permit. DO
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE WHEN I ARRIVE?
You can arrange to be met at the airport, usually for a small fee. If
your institution does not offer this service, you can arrange it through the
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).
if you are starting in September, there will be activities
arranged for new students to meet one another as well as an orientation to
settle you in. if your parents intend to help settle you in, it is recommended
you arrive the week before you are due on campus. Once you have moved into
residence and orientation programs start, you will be very busy.
Many Canadian students do not attend college or university in
their hometown so it may be difficult to tell the international student who is
lost on campus from the Canadian! Canada is multicultural and no doubt you will
meet other students from your country. You will not feel different.
Please note that Canadians eat breakfast upon rising; eat lunch
around noon, and dinner between five and seven. Classes and activities are
scheduled around these regular meal hours.
What do I wear?
In September, a light jacket would be required. Often students layer their
clothing to adjust to the changing weather conditions. Students wear jeans,
T-shirts and sweaters. Some professional programs require you to wear
appropriate clothes to the business environment but usually this occurs in the
For more information about Canada:
How do I open a bank account?
Canada has a number of national banks with branches across the country.
Canada’s banks are world class and very efficient. You can open a bank account
when you arrive and money can be transferred on a regular basis. There are many
ATM machines including ones on campus.
Can I drive and own a car?
You must have an international driving license in order to drive in Canada. You
can also obtain a Canadian drivers license by taking driving lessons and a test
in Canada. You can own a car but most students travel by public transport,
which is safe, clean, economical and efficient. You should be aware that
running your own vehicle may be expensive for repairs, insurance and gasoline.
In addition, most institutions charge a fee to park on campus.
Will I be able to but my own kind of food?
Most Canadian institutions have a Muslim menu. Because Canada is multicultural,
grocery stores offer a wide range of products. There are also specialty grocery
stores. Larger cities will have a wide selection of restaurants specializing in
food from many countries.
What about religious facilities?
People from all walks of life and all religions live in Canada. In many cities,
there will be a mosque. During Ramadan, class hours will not be changed but
there will be other Muslim students and faculty who will be fasting. It is
common to see headscarves. Some institutions provide a prayer room.
What if I become ill?
You must have health insurance before you leave for Canada to cover you until
you can obtain medical coverage in Canada. Canada has a world-class health care
system. The institution you attend will provide you with information on how to
obtain health insurance. Health insurance is very reasonable in cost. It will
cover most costs of required medical care. Most universities and colleges have
clinics on campus.
Are there student support services?
There are academic advisors on campus that will help you choose subjects to
meet your academic goals. There are counselors on campus to help if you are
having difficulties adjusting or any other concerns. You should seek help
rather than wait until a small problem becomes a big one. Many institutions
have an International Student Advisor who is dedicated to helping international
students. Many institutions arrange for international students to stay with
Canadian families during holiday periods if the student cannot go home to be
with their family.
What about sports?
Canadian colleges and universities have a broad range of sports facilities,
which provide for a healthy lifestyle and a venue for sports competition. There
are tennis and squash courts, athletic fields, pools, fitness rooms and
gymnasiums at Canadian institution. There are teams and social sporting
activities for every level of participation.
What about other activities and a social life?
There are student travel opportunities and student
exchanges with many universities worldwide. The students’ council arranges
numerous activities throughout the year. There are social clubs and various
other clubs. Many universities have student union buildings with restaurants
and gathering places. There is lots of choice, but the challenge will be
balancing social activities with study requirements to succeed!
Canadian universities are working on leading edge research in many different
fields, often in co-operation with other leading institutions in the world.
Professional development is available at both universities and colleges in
What is the Canadian graduate degree system
Graduate studies at universities in Canada usually combine compulsory courses
with research work and a thesis, although there are some Master’s programs
which are strictly course based and some that are entirely thesis based. The
programs vary in length from one year up to six years to complete a research
study. In some cases, a Ph.D. can be combined with a Master’s Degree at the
discretion of the university.
Where should I study? Finding the institution
offering the program for you…
Search the following databases for Graduate Studies:
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Graduate Business and Management programs
Graduate Computer Science and Engineering programs
Where will I find short courses for professional
Professional development programs would be listed either through the Graduate
Business Departments under Executive Development or under their Continuing
Education Departments for programs in other specializations. There is no
database for this kind of search. However, if you search the larger
institutions in the major cities in Canada, you will find a wide selection of
programs. Courses in very specialized professions may also be found by
contacting the Canadian professional association in your field.
What are the entry requirements?
Each university sets its own admission requirements and you should check the
web sites of the universities under Graduate Studies Admissions. The following
is a general guideline:
For English language universities, Language Proficiency: TOEFL
550 (213), 580 (237) or 600 (250) depending on the institution or IELTS 6.5 or
7.0. for French language universities, testing id done in Canada.
A Master’s degree generally requires an undergraduate degree
from a recognized university with a 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA). A
Ph.D. requires a Master’s Degree from a recognized university. It is entirely
up to the Canadian institution to determine if your first degree or second
degree is acceptable for admission.
For Post-Graduate Medicine, a Medical Diploma from a recognized
university, and results from the Canadian Medical Evaluating Exam (CMEE) are
required before an application can be made. Information about the CMEE is
available on the web site of the medical Council of Canada
Most MBA program require a GMAT and some work experience. Some
Engineering programs require a GRE.
What does it cost?
Tuition for graduate studies varies significantly by institution and by
program. Some graduate studies can be quite affordable because the institute
receives research grants. Some institutions do not charge higher tuition for
international students at the graduate level. There are some full scholarships
available for graduate studies, including living costs. Graduate students are
often used as teaching assistants. Programs that have higher tuition are
usually MBA programs or post-graduate professional programs such as medicine or
Where will I live?
Many institutions have residences for graduate students,
including apartment style residences for married students with families. There
is usually a housing office on-campus where you can find appropriate
accommodation off-campus or you can use local real estate agents to but or rent
apartments or houses.
How do I apply? Very important application
The web sites of each of the institutions will have instructions for applying
including application deadlines, application procedures, etc. Make sure you
look under “Graduate Studies” as application procedures and deadlines are often
different than for undergraduate programs. If the answer to your question is on
the Internet, it is unlikely that the university will respond to your question.
Some institutions have on-line application forms. You can usually request an
application package either on line, by fax or by mail.
Some universities will send graduate application forms to
everyone and others are selective in sending out application packages. You will
need to write the appropriate letter of request. Do not attach a CV to an
E-mail, unless you have been instructed to do so.
Make sure that you address the request to Graduate Studies, Faculty of…
It is occasionally worthwhile to have the address of the
actual person in charge of the program or in charge of graduate studies
applications. In the letter of request include some information about yourself
• Where you studied previously, your Grade Point Average (GPA) and TOEFL Score
(if your Bachelor’s Degree was in a foreign language);
• Your work experience, if any;
• Your research area of interest;
• Why you have chosen their institution.
Study Permit (or Employment Permit for Medical
When you have your letter of acceptance, apply for your Study Permit or in the
case of post-graduate medicine an employment permit. DO NOT DELAY.
Canada welcomes international students who want to attend
primary or secondary schools in Canada. The following also contains information
for immigrants or returning citizens.
Primary and secondary schools system
Canada is rated in the top 5 in the world in standardized
testing (OCED testing results for 30 developed nations). Canadian schools are
all wired to the Internet and communicate with each other and the world through
an official Canadian educational web site.
While responsibility for education is a provincial matter, the
Council of Ministers of Education helps to maintain similar standards across
Canada. For more information about the Canadian education system and a list of
the ministries of education for each province in Canada, contact the web site
http://www.educationcanada.cmec.ca. A school board administers schools
in each area. The school boards are listed on he web sites of the Ministry of
Education for each province.
The school year runs from September to June. Secondary schools
are usually divided into two semesters with different courses in each semester.
The systems may vary slightly between provinces. Primary schools
start in either pre-Kindergarten at age 4 or Kindergarten at age 5. Elementary
or Primary schools cover Grades 1-6 in Quebec and Grades 1-8 elsewhere in
Canada. Secondary schools cover Grades 7-11 in Quebec and Grades 9 to 12
elsewhere. Sometimes there are also divisions for junior high schools. Quebec
completes secondary school in Grade 11 and offers College (CEGEP) for 2 years
of a general arts and science program for entry into university either into
first or second year. CEGEP is not free to Canadians.
Where will I attend? Where will I live? Choosing a School…
Public schools are government funded and private schools receive no government
Public schools are government funded and private schools receive no government
Some public school boards welcome international students and will arrange for
room and board with a Canadian family. Public schools are safe and maintain
For public school boards admitting international students.
Generally, the children of Canadian citizens or permanent
residents attend the school in the neighborhood where they live. When you are
choosing your house or apartment, you can visit the schools or request
information from the real estate agent. If you know where you will be living,
you can contact the appropriate School Board. School boards are listed on the
Ministry of Education web sites.
There are a number of excellent private primary and
secondary schools in Canada. Some have boarding facilities and some will
arrange home-stay accommodation. All private schools use the curriculum of the
province in which they are located. Some have special attributes such as an
enhanced program, religious disciplines, the International Baccalaureate
program, etc. there are private schools that specialize in bridging programs
between “O” levels and Canadian high school graduation.
Some private schools belong to the Canadian Association of
Independent Schools, which has an inspection process for quality. www.cais.ca
For more private schools in Canada:
For lists by Province:
What do I need? Entry requirements…
At the primary level, the student will be tested when they arrive and placed at
the appropriate level usually in accordance with their age (rarely higher or
lower more than one year). At the Secondary level (generally grades 9 to 12),
most schools in Canada are on a semester system. It is recommended that the
syllabus for each subject, which you have completed in your last year, be
provided. Previous grade reports will be required and a Transfer Certificate if
What does it cost?
Canada’s public education at the primary and secondary level is free to
Canadians and permanent residents. Public schools charge international students
a tuition fee. Private schools in Canada charge the same fees to Canadians as
international students. Tuition for international students at public schools is
from $5,500 CAD to $16,000 CAD and home-stays cost from $600 CAD to $800 CAD
per month. The cost of private schools is from $15,000 CAD to $34,000 CAD
including tuition and residence with meals or home-stay.
How do I apply? For international students only.
You can apply on-line or get an application form from the schools or school
boards you have selected. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi may have a limited
supply of application forms for private schools and public school boards. With
your request for application forms, be sure to provide as much information as
you can, such as private or public school, boys, girls or co-ed school,
location, price range, etc. See contact information on the back cover.
Follow the instructions on the Application Form. Send the
application before the deadline. A Letter of Acceptance will be issued when you
have been accepted into the school.
Apply for a study permit as soon as you receive your Letter
of Acceptance or notification that you have been accepted. DO NOT DELAY.
Canada has a long history of providing English or French as a
What is the Canadian system for language
Specialized programs are offered such as language studies
for academic preparation, for business, for the tourism industry, for
technology, for language teachers, etc.
Many of Canada’s language institutes also offer summer programs
for adults (over 18) that combine language instruction and various activities.
Summer language programs last from 4 to 8 weeks. There are also summer English
language camps for children (under 18)
There are programs that run for I month and you can start at the
beginning of any month or there are full semester programs that run for 3
months. You can combine programs for longer duration.
The institutes are either a division of the post-secondary
institution in Canada or they are private language institutes. Some
post-secondary institutes have their own admission tests set by their own
language centres or you can write a TOEFL test or a Canadian test. Institutions
offer every level from beginner to advanced or only intermediate and above.
If you are in a Gulf country on a visit visa or resident’s
permit and you would like to take English language in Canada in order to
continue your studies in Canada, it is recommended that you have a conditional
admission to a Canadian university or college program in addition to your
acceptance to the English language program.
Where should I study?
There are hundreds of quality language institutes across
Canada. You may wish to do your English language preparation in the institution
where you would like to continue your studies.
For institutes which are government-funded:
For private language institutes:
You can select summer English camps for children from the
following web sites:
search Canada Summer Camps
- private schools offering summer camps
How much does it cost?
Tuition for English or French language training ranges from $515 to $1,900 per
month depending on the number of hours of instruction per week. Home-stays
range from $500 to $1000 per month. Larger cities are often more expensive than
How do I apply?
The application forms are very simple to complete. You can apply on-line or
request an application form from the institution. The Canadian Embassy in Abu
Dhabi will also mail application forms to you if you state the place you wish
to go (i.e. institution or city or province).
See the section under study Permit for the requirements and exemptions.
What is the Canadian distance
education system like?
Canadian institutions have a long history of delivering distance education.
Canada is a leader in the field of distance education technologies and
techniques. Distance Education from Canadian government funded institutions
must meet the same high standards as classroom work. Deadlines for assignments
are strictly enforced and authorized persons invigilate examinations. Distance
education is available for graduate studies (Master’s and Ph.D.), undergraduate
studies (Bachelor’s degrees and diplomas) primary and secondary schoo.
What are the admission requirements?
Distance education requires the same admission requirements as the program
would if it were offered on-campus. A high degree of competency and
self-motivation is required to complete a Canadian distance education program.
What does it cost?
The institutions and provinces set tuition fees. Costs will be listed on the
What institution should I choose?
It is important when researching for distance education to make sure that it is
available to international students. Some institutions and some programs
require the student to be resident in Canada or North America. Some programs
may require a semester or short studies in Canada.
A group of government-funded Canadian institutions have formed
the Canadian Virtual University. These institutions offer a wide variety of
programs and courses.
Canadian Virtual University
At the time of printing this brochure, the following
universities offer on-line MBA Degree programs to international students:
Royal Roads University
Primary and Secondary Studies
While many provinces may offer primary and secondary school by distance
education, you must check if it is available to international students or only
to Canadian citizens. Greater Vancouver Distance Education School offers
Kindergarten to Grade 12 by distance education to international students.
How do I apply?
Application procedures and application forms should be
Study Permit and Visit Visa
If your program requires a visit to Canada, study permit and temporary resident
visa (TRV) regulations would apply.
Other distance Education Web sites:
(Formerly student Authorization and Visit Visa)
What is a study permit?
All persons wishing to study in Canada must apply for and obtain
a Study Permit before arriving in Canada. This includes
US citizens, US green card holders, EU citizens, etc.
If you are going to Canada for any studies for less than 6
months, you will only need a TRV (Visit Visa) if you are from a country
requiring a TRV. If you anticipate continuing your studies for more than 6
months, it is recommended that you obtain a study permit before you leave for
Canada. A study permit cannot be obtained from inside Canada.
Once you have a letter of acceptance or have been notified that
you have been accepted to a Canadian institution you should apply for your
Study Permit at the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or if you reside in Saudi
Arabia, at the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh. The Visa Office will issue a letter
stating that you have been granted permission to obtain a Study Permit. You
will present this letter together with your Letter of Acceptance to the Visa
Officer at the airport or entry point to Canada. It is advisable to also have
copies of the other documentation you submitted with your application in case
you are asked for more information. The Visa Officer in Canada will issue the
actual document called a “Study Permit”. This should be kept with your passport
at all times. It is recommended that you take two photocopies of the Study
Permit and your passport (one to keep in Canada and one to keep in your home
outside Canada) just in case you lose your original documents. It will be
easier to replace them if you have a copy.
A study permit is usually given for the duration of your studies
but is sometimes given on a year-to-year basis. If you have completed one part
of your studies and will be continuing, you can extend you study permit from
within Canada. You can get the application from the International Student
Services Office at your educational institution in Canada. You should apply at
least two months before you study permit is due to expire. Your study permit
should always be valid while you are studying in Canada.
What is a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)?
A single entry TRV permits you to enter Canada once and a
multiple entry TRV permits you to leave and re-enter Canada many times. If you
are from a country requiring a TRV to enter Canada, you will receive a TRV in
your passport automatically with your study Permit approval letter. You do not
have to make a separate application and there is no extra fee.
A multiple entry TRV is usually granted for the duration of the
Study Permit or for the duration of your passport whichever expires sooner. If
your TRV expires while you are in Canada, the next time you leave Canada
(including visiting the USA) you will need to apply for a new TRV. You must be
outside Canada to apply for a new TRV. Do not wait until the last minute to get
a new TRV. Check the expiry date to be prepared. You will need a copy of your
study permit and a letter from your institution stating that you are eligible
to continue your studies.
What is a CAQ?
If you will be studying at an institute located in Quebec,
you must apply for a Certificate d’Acceptance du Quebec (CAQ) in addition to
the Study Permit. The institute in Quebec will send you the application form
with your Letter of Acceptance. This form is not available from the Abu Dhabi
or Riyadh Visa Section. Read and follow the instructions. You will send it
directly to the Quebec Immigration authorities with the appropriate
documentation and fee. At the same time, you should apply for your study Permit
at the Vida Section in Abu Dhabi or Riyadh. Do not wait to receive your CAQ
before applying for your Study Permit. Quebec Immigration will notify the Visa
Section in Abu Dhabi or Riyadh when you have been approved in Quebec.
Can I apply for a study permit while I am on a
Visit Visa to Gulf country?
Yes, you can apply for a study permit from anywhere outside
Canada but generally it is recommended that you apply in the jurisdiction where
you sponsors (parents) are located. In some cases, parents are working in the
Gulf while students are resident in their home countries. If your sponsors
(parents) are in your home country then it is recommended that you apply there.
When should I apply? How long does it take? Do I
have to submit the application in person?
You should apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your first Letter
of Acceptance even if it is not from the institution you expect to attend. If
you change the institution after you have received your visa, you will show the
new letter when you enter Canada and the study permit will then be issued based
on the actual institution you will be attending.
The Visa Section is very busy in the summer and in December when
many students get their Letters of Acceptance so the earlier you can submit
your application, the faster it will be processed. If you are late receiving a
Letter of Acceptance and have an e-mail or fax notifying you that you have been
accepted you can apply for your Study Permit.
The Visa Section does not answer questions with regard to the
processing time. They will make every effort to get you to Canada on time. If
your application has been at the Visa Section for more than 5 weeks, you can
fax a polite request to check on the status. Your application may be missing
documents that they wish you to submit which could cause the process to be
slower. The processing time can vary from 2 days to 2 months. Other than
immigration staff, employees of the Embassies in the Gulf cannot assist with
any Study Permit application once it has been submitted. All information is
You do not have to submit the documents in person but you should
be available for an interview should the immigration officer request one. All
correspondence will be forwarded by regular mail unless you prepay the courier
fee and provide the prepaid courier slip.
Do I need a medical exam?
If you have resided in OMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, QATAR< JORDAN or LEBANON
for more than six months in the year prior to submitting your application for a
student authorization, you do not need a medical. Students from BAHRAIN, SAUDI
ARABIA, KUWAIT and YEMEN and some other countries outside the GCC are required
to have a medical examination by a doctor authorized by the Canadian government
to do the medical. You will receive a medical form and a list of authorized
doctors in your country after you have applied for your study permit. You can
request the medical form to be sent immediately or you can wait until your
application has been reviewed. If you request the medical form immediately,
there will be no refund if you are refused a student authorization for any
What documents do I need for the Study Permit
All of the documents are listed on the Checklist attached or the Checklist is
You may use a photocopy of the application form. The application
form you complete requires an original signature and do not forget to date it.
Another common error is omitting the contact telephone on the first page. This
is important because the Visa Section may request additional documentation.
They will need to be able to contact you. You may also want to include a fax
number. Present occupation is usually “student”. Box 6 is either Citizen or
Resident or Visitor. A resident or visitor would complete (b) with the expiry
of the “resident or visit visa”. Box 10 is normally the Tuition for one
academic year at your institution (2 semesters or 8 months), the Room and Board
is for a 12 month period ($10,000 for a single person) and Other ($2,000 or
$3,000). Box 11 is the total of Section 10 (i.e. per academic year). If you are
married, add $4,000- $6,000 per year for a spouse and $3,000 - $4,000 for each
child you are taking with you under the Room and Board section and include them
on the first page of the application. Make sure you complete the Supplemental
Form, which contains the names, dates of birth, etc. for each family member
(mother, father, brothers, sisters) who will NOT be staying with you in Canada.
The form states “accompanying” but this does not mean going to Canada to help
you settle in. if your family will be leaving Canada after settling you in,
they should be included on the Supplemental Form and not on the first page of
the Application form. If you are not living in your home country, then you also
need to complete the bottom of the Supplemental Form as well.
You must satisfy the visa officer that you have sufficient
financial resources on a year-to-year basis to pay for your tuition fees as
well as living expenses for yourself, without the need to engage in employment.
For most undergraduate students, parents will be supporting their studies. The
documentation required to show financial resources will include a letter of
employment showing the salary of the person or persons supporting you and at
least 6 months of bank statements or proof of savings. Historical documentation
is preferred. A letter is also required stating tat your sponsor (parents) will
take full financial responsibility for you during your studies in Canada.
Submit photocopies of your Letter of Acceptance and most recent
transcripts. Originals are not required for the application but should be
available to show at the entry point in Canada.
If there is anything unusual about your application (i.e.a
sponsor other than your parents, a break in your education after secondary
school, etc.), attach a letter of explanation.
What if my family wants to go
with me to settle me in?
If your family is going to Canada and will be leaving once they settle you in
and if they are from a country that requires a TRV, they should complete a
separate TRV application form and supply the necessary application fees and
What documents do I need if I am studying
Post-graduate medicine requires an Employment Permit rather
than a Study Permit. You can get the application form by sending a fax with
your name and address and/or fax number to 00971-2-407-1398 or 009661 488-1361.
As soon as you have received your Letter of Acceptance for a post-graduate
medical training position, you should apply for the Employment Permit.
DO NOT DELAY.
Your institution will provide you with a letter from Human
Resource & Development Canada stating that you are being employed in
accordance with their regulations. Your entire family going with you will be
required to have a medical examination by a doctor authorized to perform the
medical examinations on behalf of the Canadian government. You will receive the
medical forms and a list of authorized doctors in your area once you have
applied for your employment Permit.
What do I do if my application has been
If you have been rejected for a Study Permit or TRV, your
letter will state the reason. If you can provide new additional information
that you did not supply in the first application, you should reapply. You will
be required to submit a copy of the rejection letter, submit the new
documentation or information and pay the fee again. The Visa Officer may review
new information favourably. If you do not have any new information or
documentation to submit, little purpose will be served by reapplying.
Do I need health care coverage?
Do not go to Canada without health care coverage. Once you have established
yourself in Canada, coverage will be available from private insurance companies
through your institution or under the government programs.
Can I work and study in Canada?
Full-time students registered in degree or diploma granting courses are allowed
to word on the campus of the institution at which they are registered.
Employment Permits are not required. If you are in a co-operative (co-op)
program where work experience is a required part of your program of study, your
institution will provide you with the employment permit to permit you to work
off-campus during your work experience term. Spouses are permitted to work
off-campus, full time but require an employment permit, which can be obtained
in Canada. Once you have completed your post-secondary program, you can extend
your Study Permit for up to one year if you find a job in the field of your
studies. New regulations are proposed allowing students to work up to 20 hours
per week part-time off-campus and during summers in Canada but at the time of
this printing, the new regulations have not been finalized.
Can I study and live in Canada?
The study Permit is issued only on the basis of a temporary
stay in Canada to study. Once you have completed your post-secondary studies
and obtained some work experience, you may by eligible for an employment permit
if you are working in a field where there is a shortage of Canadians or you may
apply for immigration to Canada. In General, however, it is expected that you
will return to your country of origin or prior residence. Canada accepts
approximately 200,000 new immigrants each year mostly on the basis of
post-secondary education and work experience. Whatever career
you choose and wherever you live, your Canadian degree, diploma or certificate
will be recognized worldwide.