Study in Canada

Dear Student,

Canadian schools and universities consistently rank among the best in the world, while Canada is continually rated one of the best countries in the world in which to live. Students studying in Canada invariably return home academically strong, with fond memories of their student years.

Canada offers a wonderful cross-cultural experience, able to assist you with second-language development and to foster a solid network of international connections to last a lifetime. Known for tolerance and our welcoming nature, Canada is characterized by a vibrant, inclusive culture that draws strength from the many immigrant groups that have made our country their home.

Below are a few of the many reasons why others have chosen Canada for their study abroad experience.

Qualifications Valued Around the World

Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.

Affordable Education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

Multicultural Society

With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures.

Healthy and Safe Communities

While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research.

Possibility of Immigration

Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada, continue reading below.

Step 1 – Find a school you can attend.

Includes Canadian schools approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for hosting International Students. These schools are also known as Designated Learning Institutions.

Once you have selected your desired school/institution, proceed to Step 2 – Get your Study Permit.

Step 2 – Get your Study Permit.

Begin your application for a Study Permit. A study permit is a document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that allows a foreign individual to study in Canada for a limited time. Most international students will require a Study Permit to study in Canada.

Click on Begin your application for a personalized assessment of your eligibility to apply.

To learn about the possibility to work while or/and after study, proceed to Step 3.


Step 3 – Work while/after you study 

You can be eligible to work in Canada while you are here as a student. This may require a Work Permit depending on where and when you want to work. These situations are explained below:

Work on campus – You can work on campus at the school where you study without a Work Permit if:

  • You are a full-time student, studying at a designated learning institute.
  • You have a valid study permit.

Work off campus – Starting June 1, 2014, you may be eligible to work off campus without a Work Permit if:

  • You are a full-time student, studying at a designated learning institute.
  • You have a valid study permit.
  • You are enrolled in an academic program of at least six months in duration.

Hours of work:

  • Up to 20 hours per week – During regular academic sessions.
  • Full-Time – During scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays.

Work after graduation – You can work in Canada after graduation after applying for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Post graduate work can make you eligible to stay in Canada permanently and apply for your Permanent Residence.

Click here to begin your application for the Post-Graduate Work Permit.

Click here for eligibility to stay in Canada permanently and apply for your Permanent Residence.