Requirements to Study in Canada 2024

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What are the Requirements to Study in Canada?

Hi! I’m Astronaut Alex 👨‍🚀🚀, and today, we’re talking about the requirements to study in Canada. Are you someone looking to study abroad in Canada? Well, this blog is the right place for you as I’ll explain the requirements to study in Canada, one of the top study-abroad destinations.

Canada is the world’s third-largest destination for international students and immigrants. Its immigration and student-friendly policies allow direct flights for international travellers. With the country providing both off and on-campus classes, students are amping up to start their application process to land in the country for upcoming intakes. Keep reading to learn all the documents, exams, and travel requirements to study in Canada in 2024!

🗞️ Study in Canada Latest News 2023

  • The Canadian Universities announced the goal of the new Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 program that targets “educate, train and empower” thousands of students coming from 24 developing countries to Canada.
  • The Government of Canada is working hard to make sure that Indian Students who are all set to leave the country for higher studies in Canada get their Visas on time. 
  • According to a recent examination of Google data, Canada is the country that people are looking to move to the most out of more than 50 other nations. The research, which was released on June 24 by the Australian website Compare the Market, examined relocation-related search phrases entered into search engines worldwide. Out of 50 other countries, some from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, Canada came out as the most wanted place to relocate.

🇨🇦 Why Study in Canada?

We always hear a lot of young Indian students opting for Canadian universities. In fact, according to TOI, Canada has accepted study permits for more than 67,000 Indian students in just the first 4 months of 2021. Also, 30,000 international students were given permanent residency in Canada out of which 1/3rd are Indians. This tells us a lot about the Indian-Canadian camaraderie. 

There are a lot of other student-friendly reasons that tell us why studying in Canada is a reasonable choice to make:-

  • Affordable: A decade ago, studying abroad was only for affluent Indian families. However, Canada’s tuition fees and living expenses are affordable for most Indians. Tuition fees can be as low as Rs.1.25 lakh per year.
  • Quality of life: According to EduCanada, Canada ranks best in terms of quality of life. Student-friendly cities of Toronto, Ontario and Montreal make it easier for international students to adjust to a new country.  
  • Practical education: Most of the graduate degrees in Canada are offered in a co-op format. This means that Canadian universities emphasize a lot of skill development through internships as well as theoretical education. 
  • Cultural diversity: 1.37 million of the population in Canada is Indo-Canadian. So as an Indian student, homesickness will seldom occupy you. 

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Intakes in Canada

In contrast to Indian universities, Canadian colleges and universities have three intakes. For some universities, intakes are also known as semesters. In Canada, there are three intake options:

Fall: is a popular semester for Indian students. The fall semester begins in the month of September.

Winter: Begining in January; ideal if you miss the September intake.

Summer: Available for a limited number of programs and colleges, the Summer intake typically begins in April or May.

💻 Application Process

The application process for studying in Canada is very simply laid down in the following steps: 

  • Choose your preferred university and course
  • Go to the university website and check their dates of application
  • Fill out the online application form
  • Attach the required documents like the college transcripts, letter of recommendation, SOP and IELTS/TOEFL to your application
  • Wait for your acceptance letter from your DLI
  • Apply for your student permit (Visa).

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📌 Requirements to Study in Canada 2023

Mentioned below are the requirements to study in Canada 2023 intakes:

➡️ Letter of Acceptance by DLI

DLI means your Designated Learning Institute. It refers to the university that accepted your application and is ready to give you admission. A letter of acceptance is a crucial document that you may receive via mail after your online application has been mailed. Acceptance depends on how much your application matches the candidate’s expectations. A letter of acceptance will be required while you apply for a Canadian student permit. It will take around 1 to 2 months after the applications for you to receive a Letter of Acceptance. 

Pro Tip- To increase your chances of acceptance, we suggest that you apply 8 to 9 months before the semester starts.

➡️ Letter of Explanation

This letter helps the visa officer to understand you and your goals. It explains: 

Students have to include that they have applied for a study permit, even if they may not be required to do so for their studies.

➡️ Certificat d’acceptation du Québec

Students planning to study in Quebec for longer than 6 months, must produce the Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Gouvernement du Québec. Students can visit the official university website to learn about the application process and fees.

If your application for a CAQ got approved by the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), but you’re still waiting to get the CAQ, you can apply for your study permit with the approval letter from the MIFI. You don’t need to wait for the CAQ to apply.

➡️ Canadian Study Permit

In India, you are required to apply for a study permit to study in Canada. We suggest that you apply for the student permit at least 4-6 months before your semester starts. The application may take approximately 35 working days to be processed. 

To apply for the study permit, you have to pay 150 CAD or Rs. 8770 as application fees. Once your application is analyzed, you will be called for a visa interview.

Once your study permit is successfully given to you, the duration of the permit is your course time plus an additional 3 months. 

➡️ Proof of English Proficiency

As an Indian student, one of the requirements to study in Canada is your proof of English proficiency. Most Canadian universities accept IELTS as the standard test for non-English speaking nations. While TOEFL is also a popular choice, for a Canadian study permit it is recommended to take the IELTS exam. You will require an IELTS score of 6-6.5 or even higher for acceptance to a Canadian university. 

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➡️ Proof of Funds

Proof of funds is one of the key requirements for the study permit. It is a document that will prove that once on Canadian soil, you will be able to take care of yourself as a student. You can prove your financial soundness via the following evidence- 

  • Bank statements for the last 4 months
  • Proof that you have already paid your tuition and housing fees
  • Loan letter if you have taken a student loan from any bank
  • In case a financial institution from Canada is providing your education, a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is required
  • Documents that prove your scholarships/funding 

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➡️ Immigration Medical Exam

Folks at the Canadian embassy take the Immigration Medical Exam extremely seriously. If you plan to study in Canada for more than 6 months, an IME is compulsory. Your doctor cannot perform a medical exam for you. You have to contact the Canadian panel of physicians who will assign you a doctor. The medical exam can be done before applying to universities as well.

From your medical history to your eyesight, everything is checked before you are given your results. Once your medical results are mailed to you, they are valid for 12 months. So you have to fly to Canada in that period or get a new medical exam done. The IME fees have to be paid by you.  

➡️ Police Certificate

For some nationals, producing a police certificate is a requirement to study in Canada. A police certificate is submitted as proof that you do not have a criminal record and hence are fit to study in the country. A police certificate is a background check that visa officers may need to ascertain your credentials and process your application faster.

➡️ Statement of Purpose

If you’ve liked writing long essays in your high school, consider SOPs the king of long essays (500-1000 words). Here you pour your heart out about why you’d like to study at a Canadian university and how mutually beneficial it can be. It also tells the university about your academic writing skills and written English prowess.

SOPs have to be well-curated as they become the basis of your application acceptance. A good SOP might get you admission even if your resume is comparatively mediocre. 

Must read: Life in Canada for Indians

➡️ Guaranteed Investment Certificate  

A Guaranteed Investment Certificate of CAN$ 10,000 is another requirement to study in Canada, especially if you are studying in an SDS college. It is a short-term investment that colleges require students to make to provide proof of financial funds for 12 months or more. Most Canadian banks offer GIC programs to international students at varied interest rates. Here are some documents you may need to provide for a student permit:

  • a letter of attestation;
  • a GIC certificate;
  • An Investment Directions Confirmation or
  • An investment Balance Confirmation

Eligibility Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree

To pursue a bachelor’s degree in Canada, the following are the requirements:-

  • High school transcripts and a 70% in 12th grade with maths
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate/Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)  
  • Online Application form
  • Proof of funds
  • Statement of purpose
  • Updated cover

Must Read: Know the entire process of doing a bachelor’s in Canada.

Eligibility Requirements for Master’s Degree

For a 1-2 year master’s degree in Canada, the following are the requirements:-

  • Graduation degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Canada
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • IELTS or TOEFL score
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Statement of Purpose

Also Read: Master’s in Canada for International Students

Eligibility Requirements for MBA

MBA, a highly sought-after course in Canada, asks for the following requirements from international students:- 

  • Graduation degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Canada
  • GMAT or GRE score depending on the university
  • Work Experience of a certain period is also dependent on the university you apply to
  • A minimum score in IELTS/TOEFL or PTE

Must Read: Want to pursue an MBA in Canada without taking the GMAT?

Eligibility Requirements for a Doctorate

Want to pursue a PhD in Canada and be called a doctor? Know the requirements for you to study in Canada here:-

  • Postgraduate degree in your relevant field
  • A research proposal within your statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Minimum score in IELTS/TOEFL
  • GMAT or GRE depending on your field
  • Updated resume

💳 How to Apply for a Canadian Student Visa?

The study permit is an official document granted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows an international student to study in Canada for a certain period of time. The following are the study permit eligibility criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled in a DLI (designated learning institute).
  • A qualifying student must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and must not pose a threat to Canada’s security. Students may also be required to present a police certificate.
  • Students must demonstrate to an immigration officer that they want to leave Canada at the end of their official stay.
  • Students must demonstrate that they have the finances to finance their education in Canada as well as other living expenditures in Canada for themselves and any family members accompanying them.
  • The students may also be required to provide a current medical certificate. (If necessary)

🏫 Top Universities to Study in Canada

Here are the top universities in Canada as per the QS World University Rankings 2024.

S.No.InstitutionQS Ranking 2024 (Globally)
1University of Toronto21
2McGill University30
3University of British Columbia=34
4University of Montreal=141
5The University of Alberta111
6McMaster University=189
7University of Waterloo112
8Western University114
9University of Ottawa=203
10University of Calgary182

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Q1. What are the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Canada for International students?

Ans. Some of the requirements that you need to fulfil for a bachelor’s degree in Canada are:
Academic Transcripts and Mark Sheets of secondary and post-secondary studies.
English proficiency test certificate.
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
Proof of Sufficient Funds.
Valid Passport.
Canada Study Permit.

Q2. What are the eligibility criteria to study in Canada?

Ans. The eligibility criteria might differ from university to university. However, the general admission criteria to study in Canada are as follows:
Up to 3 years of full-time work experience.
GMAT: 580-600 min.
English language proficiency test scores such as IELTS (6.5 overall with no bands less than 6 / As per the course and institution requirement)
4 years bachelor’s degree, 70% average.

Q3. What is the minimum bank balance for obtaining a Canadian student visa?

Ans. The minimum bank balance of CAD$ 10,000 annually is required for a Canadian Visa. Moreover, one needs to have at least $25,000 in a bank account to show proof of funds in Canada.

Also Read: Study in Canada After 10th for International Students

All students are required to fulfil all the aforementioned requirements to study in Canada! If you are planning to study in Canada for the 2023 intakes then book a free session with our Leverage Edu experts and shortlist your dream universities.

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