How to Apply for a University in Canada?

Canada offers plenty of quality programs to study. No matter what you are searching for, whether a Master’s degree, Bachelor’s degree – there are rich amount of programs Canada can offer to international students. Universities, colleges, community colleges, other private institutions and so on, you will find in Canada. According to Statista 2020, around 1.34 million students had enrolled in Canadian universities in 2018. Below is the statistic which shows the total number of students enrolled in Canadian universities from the year 2000 to 2018. 

Source: Statista 2020

And, according to QS rankings, not less than 37 Canadian universities are ranked in the top 300 global universities. Now, you may want to know how to apply for Canadian Universities. 

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Choose the right course and university out of your interest

Look for top colleges and universities which offer best programs in your relevant field. You can avail school search options in various platforms for free such as online magazines or educational service providers. Filter the colleges or universities based on your budget and select the right course for your career path. 

  • Things to consider while applying for a college or university

Once you are done with shortlisting the universities, ensure whether those institutes are Designated Learning Institution (DLI). DLI is an institution number which is assigned to all primary and secondary schools in Canada and it is a mandatory number to obtain a study permit. Hence, a letter of acceptance from a DLI is essential for obtaining a Canadian study permit. Secondly, your existing grades are crucial for any of the institutions in Canada. Many of the universities require grades 60 to 70%. Thirdly, if you are above 25 years old, and you have completed your graduation over two years before your application, universities may ask work experience letters for those years. 

  • Appear for the language proficiency test and other required tests required by the universities

The top universities accept IELTS and TOEFL. Some of the universities accept other tests like CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment), CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees) etc. You can look for this information in the respective college websites and plan your test accordingly. Apart from English language proficiency, universities may also ask for GMAT or GRE scores. 

  • Gather all your application documents to apply

Make a checklist of documents required by the university and keep all of the scanned copies in a computer folder. 

  • 10th and 12th certificates
  • Graduation certificate
  • Master’s degree certificate (if you have one)
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Filled application form 
  • Financial documents (evidence that you can support yourself for your education)
  • 2 Recommendation letters (from your previous college/university and one from your employer)

Some of the universities may ask all these documents to be sent notarized by a lawyer. 

  • Look for university application deadlines

Every university has its own number of intakes. Some of the universities have all four intakes (fall, winter, spring, summer). Look for the application deadlines for the semester you are planning to apply and upload the documents before the deadlines. The early you apply the more chances of getting enrolled in the university. 

  • Letter of acceptance letter by the university/college

This is the final step by the university before you apply for a study permit to Canada. Once the college or university accepts you, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the university which you can use it applying for study visa/study permit. 

Wish you good luck! 



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