Studying in Canada

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Most foreign national looking to study in Canada will require a study permit.

What is a study permit?

The study permit is a document issued by government of Canada that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. A designated learning institution is a college or university approved by a provincial or territorial government to be eligible for international students’ enrollment. Applicant should make sure any post-secondary intuition they are applying for is included in this list.

What is needed to obtain a study permit?

A foreign national can come to Canada to study if they

  • are enrolled at a DLI
  • have a proof of enough money to pay for tuition fees, living expenses and return transportation to and from Canada
  • have a  police certificate showing no criminal record
  • get a medical exam showing no health issue
  • able prove to an officer that they will leave Canada after completion of study within the expiry date of study permit

Student Direct Stream

Residents of certain countries, may be able to get study permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream.

Student Permit Holder’s Responsibilities

  • Make progress towards completing program of study
  • Follow all conditions listed on study permit and
  • Stop studying if no longer meet the requirements of study permit
  • Conditions of study permit may include:
    • permission to work, travel and leave Canada on specific date
    • to study at DLI listed on study permit only

Can Students Work While studying?

International students with valid study permit and social Insurance number can work during study period if study permit lists a condition that says you’re allowed to work on- or off-campus.