A foreign national may not study in Canada unless he/she is in possession of a canada student visa. It should be noted, however, that if the course or study program lasts for six (6) months or less, a study permit is not required.
Foreign students must meet certain immigration requirements to obtain an Student Authorization to study in Canada.
Before you apply for a student authorization, you must be accepted as a student by an approved educational institution. The institution will decide if you meet its academic and language requirements.
Student authorization is a form issued by an immigration officer. It allows you, after admittance, to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or institution.
have a valid passport
present an acceptance letter from an educational institution (stating courses taken, and length of studies)
provide evidence of enough money to pay for tuition and living costs
satisfy a visa officer that they will return home at the end of their studies
pass a medical examination if required
meet other requirements for visitors, including a visa if necessary
Once you have all of the letters and documents, you may apply for your student authorization. Generally, you will have to apply at the nearest Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission.
Foreign students should ensure that the Canadian Colleges & Universities or Institutions are acceptable for the purposes of obtaining a student authorization.
Please take note of the following general information regarding studying in Canada:
Each Canadian university, technical school or community college sets its own requirements. The registrars of these schools can provide information on tuition fees, health insurance, scholarships, lodging and living expenses, and language requirements.
Every post-secondary student in Canada has to pay tuition fees. The fees vary from school to school and from year to year. The registrar will help the student to determine the fees required.
Canada has two (2) official languages: English and French. The student will need to know one or the other to follow course lectures and reading assignments. Some post-secondary schools might ask the student to take a language test.
They may charge a fee for this test, which the student will have to pay. Language requirements are set by each school. Once again, school registrars can give the student information on language requirements.
Once the student has decided on the courses he/she wants to take, officials at the school where the student applies will tell the student if he/she qualifies. If accepted, the student will receive a confirmation letter from the registrar, the school board or the school itself.
To be acceptable to Canadian Immigration officials, the letter should be the original, not a photocopy, specify in detail the courses the student is taking, confirm that the applicant has been accepted as a student, and indicate the length of program or studies.