If you have dreams of studying abroad in Canada, now is the time to apply. The new enrollment term is about to begin and provinces like Ontario are opening their doors to international students who want to study at world-renowned universities.
Many universities in Canada are preparing for new enrollments this fall with early applications starting in October.
Here is how you can stay ahead of the enrollment rush, and learn to apply to Canadian universities with these easy application steps.
How to Apply to Canadian Universities
Step 1: Do some research about universities you wish to apply for, make sure you have at least three options that you want to apply for just in case
Step 2: Check their admission requirements for international students, this will cover:
- Admission times;
- Language requirements;
- Credit scores for the degree or program you want to apply for;
- Application letter to the university; and
- Personal profiles may also have to be sent, this is part of your student profile and takes around 30 minutes to complete. There are three questions you are given by the university to answer with a short essay and two short videos
Step 3: Submit all the required documents such as
- A certified copy of your diploma or certificate;
- A complete application form for your course;
- An updated CV (if needed);
- Letter of Intent (This states your intention to enroll in the college or university and any education course you wish to apply for);
- Language results that are no more than one year old for English or French:
- English tests that are generally accepted: IELTS, TOEFL, and C1 Advanced
- French tests that are mainly accepted in Canada are: TEF, TCF, DALF, and DELF
- Proof of funds to show that you can support yourself and anyone who immigrates with you during your studies;
- If you are applying for a Ph.D. or Masters program, you will need to have two letters of Academic Reference, along with previous Letters of Employment; and
- If you did not study in Canada, you will also need to have your education assessed with an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment)
Please note that all documents must be translated into either English or French by a certified translator and that the original documents must also be included in your application.
Step 4: After your application is processed by the university, you will get your Offer of Admission which is also called an Acceptance letter
Step 5: Apply for your study permit and prove that you:
- Have enough funds to support yourself;
- Have a medical certificate from an approved doctor from the Canadian panel of physicians (if you plan to study in Canada for longer than six months);
- Have the intent to come to Canada for the sole purpose of studying;
- Inform the Canadian Immigration Office that you intend to leave after your studies are complete; and
- Provide Police Clearance also known as a police certificate to show that you are a law-abiding person with no criminal record (this includes DUIs)