How to study in Canada

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If you are planning to study in Canada, stay with us and we will explain the steps to you in a simple way.

How to study in Canada?

If you are thinking about studying in Canada and joining one of the hundreds of high-level universities and colleges in this country, it is better to prepare yourself for the intense competition ahead of you a year in advance. As a foreign student, you must also apply for a Canadian study permit or professor’s permit after applying to the university. You can do all these things online.

First part: application for admission to the university

1-Start the application process one year before registration. The deadline to apply for admission to Canada is in March, but you should submit your documents in advance. Review of foreign applications takes more than 6 months.

Research what time the universities have announced on their website for the start of the application review process and plan based on that date. Remember, as a foreign student, you must also consider time to obtain a Canadian study permit (teacher permit) and a Canadian visa.

2-Search for courses that match your skills and goals. Make a list of your skills, interests, and goals and research related fields. Use the online aptitude tests to prepare for fields and career paths related to your abilities.

For example, if you are interested in technology, engineering may be the right course for you.
On the Internet, you can find specific courses offered by Canadian universities.

3-Apply to at least three universities with different acceptance rates. Look for universities that offer courses that match your skills and goals. In order to increase your chances of being accepted, apply to universities where you have a high probability of being accepted. The university where you are most likely to be accepted is a university where your conditions largely meet its criteria and you are almost certain that you will be accepted.

4-Check the websites of the universities and see what documents are required to enter them. In general, the required documents for any university include copies of the results of various tests that you have taken. But some special fields may require a project or article (writing sample), a practical work sample (portfolio) that is specific to the fields of art and architecture, or other documents. They may ask you to send them a personal statement about yourself and your goals.

A personal introduction letter for foreign students is a text in which you explain why you want to study in Canada. It is better to write about your trips to Canada or visiting other foreign countries in this text and provide evidence to prove that you are able to live and study in a foreign country.

5-If necessary, you must prove that you are fluent in English. Most universities ask applicants whose native language is not English to prove that they are fluent in this language. For this purpose, you should send them the documents you obtained in standard language tests such as TOEFL.

Universities in the province of Quebec, Canada, may ask you for documents that prove you are fluent in French.

6-Send the application and required documents through online portals. You can send the application directly to the university of your choice. Almost all Canadian universities process applications online. You can see more details for sending the application on the student admission website of each university.

In most cases, you must first create an account and upload digital copies of your documents after filling out the application form. You can usually track the status of your application through the online portal of that university.

If you have limited access to the Internet, find the postal address on the university website to send your application by mail.

7-It takes at least 6 months to review your application. Native Canadian applications are usually processed sooner and foreign applications usually require more than 6 months. Depending on the university you have chosen, they will send you the answer to your application by mail or electronic mail (email).

Part II: Obtaining a study permit in Canada (Professor Permit)

  1. After you have been accepted to a university, you must apply for a study permit. For this, you must submit a confirmation of registration from the university. After registration, the university will send you the documents you need to apply for a study permit.
  2. Visit the Canadian immigration website to start the application process. On this website, you should find the instructions related to the application and see if you need to send biometric information (including photo and fingerprint) or not. For this, you must apply at the nearest visa application center.
  3. Send a copy of your valid passport. At this stage, you need documents such as a valid passport or travel documents to prove your identity. The fastest and easiest possible way is to apply for a study permit online. In this way, you can scan a digital copy of the documents and then upload the digital file to the online application portal.
  4. You must prove that you have financial resources. One of the most important things in applying for a Canadian study visa is proof of financial ability. That is, you must submit documents that show that you have enough money for university tuition plus 10,000 Canadian dollars to cover the cost of studying in Canada and living in this country. Acceptable documents for this include bank statements, income statements, evidence of financial aid or information about someone who will help pay for your expenses during your studies and immigration to Canada.
  5. Write a letter of introduction of yourself that shows your purpose of studying in Canada. This personal letter of introduction will help the visa officer to check your criteria and goals. Write about your interest in the chosen field of study and your reasons for choosing the university where you have been accepted. Explain that you fully understand your responsibilities as a student and will fulfill them. For example, you might write: “I would like to continue my studies in business administration at the Rotman University of Management in Toronto. Rotman University has created a transformation in the business education model and I am ready to face the academic challenges in this high-level field.
  6. The online application method makes your work easier. If you apply online, create an account and send the required documents after filling out the application form. This method allows you to track the status of your application. Of course, you can also send your application form and documents on paper through the nearest visa application center. For 29 countries, including Albania, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, it is mandatory to send biometric documents to the visa application center, the cost of which is added to the application fee.
  7. Pay the application fee. When you apply online, you will need to pay a CAD 150 application fee, which you can pay by credit or debit card. If you apply by mail, you must still pay online through the government website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. With the difference that in this situation you must receive a receipt for the amount paid and send this receipt to the Canadian visa application center.
  8. It takes at least two weeks to review your request. The time required to process a study permit application varies, but usually takes 2 to 4 weeks. If they approve your application, they will give you a letter of introduction that you must show to customs officials when you enter Canada. After that you will receive your study permit. If your application is rejected, the reasons will be explained to you in a letter. Your application may be incomplete or you may have been summoned to the visa application center for an interview.

Part III: Progress in Canada

  1. Apply for health insurance through your university. All foreign students must be covered by health insurance. The university will provide you with information about purchasing insurance. The costs of these insurances are different, but the annual coverage of all of them is around 500 Canadian dollars.
  2. Think about your place of residence before entering Canada. Of course, most foreign students are accommodated in university residences, but it is also possible that the capacity of these houses is full. Maybe you prefer to rent another place. Anyway, if you think about your place of residence in advance, you will be less stressed and you will not have to look for a house in a hurry after immigrating to Canada. There are several ways to search online for rental homes near your university. Your university’s housing department can help you find housing. If for any reason you could not arrange a rental house or student houses in advance, the best option for you until you can find a house to rent is student dormitories.
  3. Always carry some warm clothes with you. Canadian winters are no joke. The minimum you need is a thick coat, hat, gloves and a scarf. Jackets, underwear, underwear and other warm clothes can also help you. Eastern Canada has really harsh winters. Even western Canada, where the weather is a bit more temperate, gets cold to a great extent in winter.
  4. Spend some time visiting Canada and getting to know the culture and natural attractions of this country. Canada has beautiful nature and wonderful places for tourism. Cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal are very high-end and world-renowned. Sometimes read books to learn more about this country. Arrange short trips with your friends on the weekends with Anobos and enjoy exploring Canada.

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