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What you look out for

  • Colleges/universities in Canada
  • Admission requirements
  • COVID-related guidance

Colleges/universities in Canada

  • Canada has over 1,500 educational institutions, including colleges and universities; they are authorized by IRCC and are open to international students.
  • These IRCC-approved institutions are called DLIs (Designated Learning Institutions). They help international students study in Canada and stay back in the country to utilize job opportunities after graduation.
  • Quebec and Ontario host the greatest number of DLIs in the country, with nearly 1,000 of them situated there.
  • Educational institutions with international fame conduct UG, graduate, and PG courses in Canada. They include:
    • Dalhousie University
    • Queen’s University
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Ottawa
    • McGill University
    • Simon Fraser University
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Toronto
    • McMaster University
    • University of Alberta
    • University of Montreal
    • University of Waterloo
  • Canadian universities offer high-quality higher education.
  • Canada also has around 150 community colleges that provide high-quality education in applied training. This helps students to gain skills that integrate them smoothly into the Canadian labor market.
  • Canadian universities offer courses in fields like engineering, law, medicine, and technology among many other disciplines.


Admission requirements


The requirements for admission to study in Canada for higher education depend on the particular educational institution. However, here’s a typical set of requirements to join a Canadian university:

  • Submit the completed application along with copies of the transcripts and certificates as well as mark sheets of basic education required for admission to the course.
  • The above documents may be sent electronically or otherwise directly from the institution that issues them or through authorized or licensed third-party providers.
  • You must submit your language proficiency test results to prove your English language skills. You must have scored the required number of marks/bands needed to qualify. Here’s a sample:


Test name

Minimum scores


100 with a minimum of 24 points in both writing and speaking

IELTS (Academic)

7.5 overall score with a minimum of 7.0 band in each component


86 overall score with a minimum of 22 points in both reading and listening, 40 points in writing, and 7 in TQP

  • Wherever applicable, provide details of work experience in your field.

Cost of education

The cost of education varies between institutions. However, in general, you will spend CAD 20,000 to 30,000 a year for UG programs. PG programs cost around CAD 16,000 a year. If you are going for executive MBA programs, you could spend around CAD 30,000 a year.

You can however make your study in Canada cost-effective. For this, you may utilize programs such as international student exchanges if your university in your home country has tie-ups with Canadian universities.


COVID-19 related guidance to international students


International students can enter Canada if:

  • they had a study permit Canada deemed valid by March 18, 2020, or
  • their DLI (Designated Learning Institution) has an approved readiness plan for COVID-19.

International students may also pursue their study program online at a Canadian DLI and retain the eligibility for a PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) after they are done with their studies.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the age limit to study in Canada?


What’s the application deadline for Canada’s DLIs?

Every DLI in Canada has its own deadlines. The deadline could vary depending on the department, faculty, or study program to which you are applying. Check the institution’s website for updates in this regard.

Are international students allowed to work during my term of study in Canada?

You could work on or off-campus, as your study permit stipulates that as a condition. You cannot begin to work in Canada until you have started with your study program in Canada.

You may be permitted to work on your school’s campus if you:

  • are a full-time post-secondary student
  • have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  • have a valid study permit

To work as an intern or for a co-op, you must apply for a work permit to that end. To be eligible for it:

  • your work must be needed to complete your program
  • you must have a study permit that’s valid
  • you must have a letter from your institution that confirms that every student has to work to get their degree
  • your internship or co-op must be 50% or less of your study program

In case you are taking general interest courses, courses to prepare for another program, or English/French as a second language, you may not have the eligibility for a co-op work permit.

If you want to work off-campus, it’s necessary that your study permit allows you to do so. You also have to:

  • be a full-time student
  • be enrolled in a study program that’s 6 months long at the minimum, and leads to a certificate, diploma, or degree
  • be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • have started studying
  • have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)

In case you are a part-time student, for you to work off-campus,

  • you must have met every criterion listed above, and,
  • you must be studying part-time because:
    • you are in your last semester and there’s no need to study full-time for the completion of your program
    • you were a full-time student in Canada till your last semester
What is a SIN?

A SIN (Social Insurance Number) is a 9-digit number issued by a Canadian government department known as Service Canada. You must have a SIN before commencing work in Canada. It will be essential to file taxes and access government programs as well as government benefits.

If you are an international student, it won’t be enough to have a SIN alone to permit you work in Canada. The study permit must let you to work in Canada.