Study in Canada
Study in Canada as an international student
When you think of Canada, you probably think of its picturesque postcard beauty – dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes. For students, Canada is a modern, progressive, open and tolerant multi-cultural society. Canadian 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. That is why more than 400,000 International Students choose to live and study in Canada each year.
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 its tolerance, Canada is characterized by a vibrant, inclusive culture that draws strength from the many immigrant groups which have made this country their home.
Steps to Study in Canada
1. Research & Plan: The best way to put your plan into action is to:
- Explore Education in Canada
Understand and explore the Canadian Education system to ensure it aligns with your educational, recreational and living goals and expectations.
- Research Schools and Programs
Explore the higher education system, including schools and the programs offered.
- Assess Your Requirements
Make sure you meet the requirements for studying in the chosen institute and program, including prior learning assessment and English or French language requirements.
- Plan for Expenses
Research the cost to attend a school in selected province and the cost of living during your stay.
2. Apply & Enroll: Now that you have made your choice to study at one of Canada’s higher education institutions, you can start the application and enrollment process, by doing the following:
- Choose Your Program of Study
Review your institution’s program descriptions and identify your top two program choices. Remember to select a second-choice program with a lower competitive admission average than your first choice.
- Confirm Admission Requirements
Using your program admission requirements, make sure you meet the requirements for both your first and second choice programs
- Review Application Deadlines
Ensure you review your program’s admissions deadlines. Apply on the earliest date possible after applications open to improve your chances for admission
- Finalize Your Admission and Enroll
Make sure that all documentation is submitted on time, so your application can be processed effectively and efficiently. Once you complete and submit your application, the post-secondary institution will contact you directly concerning the status of your application.
- Apply for Your Study Permit
Most international students need a study permit to study in Canada. You should apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the education institute.
How AGA Canada Immigration Services can support you towards achieving your goals:
AGA Canada Immigration Services may assist applicants with:
- Selection of the Study Program
- Completing applications
- Submitting transcripts
- Responding to the program and application inquiries
- Help you with the immigration requirements (study permits and visa/eTA)
- Provide advice regarding travel, accommodation and housing options.
- Make sure that you completed the program selection requirements as required to guarantee admission
Working in Canada as an international student
You can work while you study and help your spouse get a work permit while you study in Canada. You may work without a work permit on your school campus where you are studying if you are a full-time post-secondary student at a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) and have a valid study permit.
Also, you can work off campus as an international student without a work permit. You can work up to 20 hours per week if the work is during regular school sessions. Also, your spouse may apply for an open work permit if you are a full-time student
After you finish your studies
There are many options available to you once you have completed your studies in Canada. You may choose to:
- Return to your home country armed with a globally recognized degree or diploma and invaluable international work experience.
- Continue your studies in Canada for advanced credentials.
- Gain additional work experience in Canada.
- Stay in Canada after graduation for up to three years
- Gaining valuable work experience in Canada after graduation can go a long way towards helping you permanently immigrate here.
The following programs can help facilitate this process for eligible candidates:
Post-graduation work permit
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry.
Express Entry is the first step for most people who wish to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker. After you have studied and worked in Canada, you may have the education, skills, and work experience and language ability to be accepted into the pool of candidates. The top candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.
Provincial Nominee Program
Almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate people to immigrate to Canada. These people have the skills, education and work experience they need to contribute to the economy of that province or territory.