Documents Required for Admission in Canada

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Documents Required for Admission in Canada

Canada is one of the most preferred study destinations and hosts more than 4 lakh international students every year. Due to its student-friendly policies, scores of international students apply to universities in the country but the competition makes it tough to get their dream admit. One of the crucial factors of any study abroad application is the submission of the right documents. Even a stellar student’s profile can get rejected due to wrong or incomplete documents. That’s why we have prepared a checklist of the documents required for admission in Canada.

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Important Documents for Admission in Canadian Universities

Once you have chosen which course to study and shortlisted the universities, the next step is applying for admission. But before that, you need to collect certain documents that will help you ease the process. 

  • Marksheets and Transcripts: You must have your education records starting from Class 10th to the highest level of education
  • English Proficiency Test Result: As an Indian citizen, it is important to provide proof of English proficiency. You can take one of the following exams and keep the results for further use:
    • IELTS
    • C1 Advanced
    • TOEFL
      If you are applying for a French-taught program, you need to submit French Proficiency Tests Like TCF, TEF, DELF, and DALF
  • Updated Resume: You must have an updated resume that includes all your academic records, professional experience, skills, goals, etc
  • Proof of Funds: Under this, you need to provide proof that you have enough funds to cover the first year of your graduate studies in Canada. This includes but is not limited to tuition fees, living expenses, books, travel, etc
  • Educational Credential Assessment: This works as is proof that your foreign degree/ diploma/ certificate is valid and equal to a Canadian degree

Also Read: Canada Student Visa IELTS Band Requirements

Course Specific Documents Required to Study in Canada

Now that you are aware of the general requirements to apply to a university, you must know that there are certain document requirements that depend on the type of course you are applying for. 

For Bachelor’s

For Master’s or PhD

  • Graduation Certificate
  • GRE Score- General or Subject-wise, depending on your course
  • Statement of Purpose- Depends on your course of study and the university you apply
  • 2 Academic Letters of Recommendation

Also Read: Why Study Masters in Canada? 


  • Graduation Certificate
  • GMAT Score Card (Some Canadian universities accept GRE Score as an alternative to GMAT Score)
  • Updated resume with at least 2-3 years of work experience mentioned
  • Essay: This is based on the admission essay questions provided by your chosen university
  • 2 Professional Letter of Recommendation

Documents Required for Canadian Visa 

Once you have taken admission to the university of your choice, the next step is to apply for a student visa. Without a study visa, you cannot enter the country and might fail to attend your school on campus. Hence, it is important that you keep all the documents ready that are required for a Canadian Visa.

  • A Letter of Acceptance from a designated learning institution of post-secondary learning
  • Transcripts of recent secondary or post-secondary qualifications
  • Language Test Scores: IELTS 6.0 or higher in each section (reading, listening, writing and speaking), or Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) score of 7.0 or higher in each section (reading, listening, writing and speaking) which is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
  • Proof of payment of first-year tuition fees
  • At the time of application of obtaining a Canada Visa, the candidate must be living outside Canada.
  • A medical exam before applying (if needed)
  • Police Certificate before applying (if needed)
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN $10,000
  • Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion-issued Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) (if you are planning to study in Quebec)
  • Either a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a Visitor Visa

Also Read: How to get a Canada Student Permit?

Covid-19 Specific Documents

While all the documents required for admission in Canada have been the same for many years, there are some Covid-19 essentials as well. 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you must take the proof with you to Canada to show the Border Services Officer.
  • You need to obtain a Negative Covid-19 Molecular Test from a third country before continuing your journey to Canada.
  • You must submit your travel, destination and quarantine plan to ArriveCAN.


Whenever someone is looking to attain an academic qualification or trying to apply for a job at a prestigious organization, they generally need to submit one or more Letters of Recommendation (LOR) to help the assessment committee understand whether they are a suitable fit for the course or work profile. A LOR is usually written by a previous employer or a professor who knows the person well enough to become a referee and suggests the organization to shortlist the prospective candidate. Check out our blog on Letter of Recommendation for more details.


A Statement of Purpose can be referred to as an informative document, containing personal statements, and is essentially required as part of the admission procedure of study abroad programs. Also referred to as an application essay, it comprises of the basic details of a candidate along with their professional and personal interests, academic highlights as well as future aspirations. An SOP plays an integral role in the application process of a study abroad program as it provides the admission board with the key information about the candidate and why they want to study a particular course at their institution. It not only describes who you are as an individual but also gives an idea about your writing skills and proficiency in the English language. Check out our blog on SOP.

Academic Transcripts

Academic Transcripts can be issued by your current/previous academic institution to verify and acknowledge the courses you undertook and the marks you obtained in them. All Institutions generally follow a standard format for the transcript:

  • Name of the Issuing Academic Institution
  • Accreditation of the Academic Institution
  • Name of the Student
  • Roll Number/Identity of the Student
  • Name of the Degree obtained
  • List of Courses undertaken
  • Marks/grade obtained in all the courses
  • Total Aggregate of the Marks/Grade obtained

The document must be stamped and certified by the issuing authority. Depending upon the institution/university protocol, students have to make a formal request with the college administration for their academic transcriptions. To get the official transcript, you have to pay the set fees and produce the required documents to attain your official transcript. Colleges, generally, take up to 7 to 14 days or more to issue the document so make sure you apply for it on time. Some colleges may also need you to physically collect your transcripts from the administrative office. Check out our blog on Academic Transcripts.

Now that you are aware of the documents required for admission in Canada, you can start preparing your application. Need help with finalising your university application to study in Canada? Connect with our Leverage Edu experts today and we will provide you with end-to-end support from preparing your documents to getting you into the top schools of the country. Call us on 1800 57 2000 or book your FREE counselling session now!

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