The number of international students in Canada continues to grow every year. Many of them are able to stay in Canada after finishing their studies. Last year, Canada admitted more than 400,000 international students. The majority of those students came from France, Nigeria, China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Brazil, Iran, India, and Vietnam. Diversity of international students is a priority for the Canadian government. In 2019, it launched Building on Success, a new International Education Strategy (IES). The government has budgeted $147.9 million dollars towards this goal over the next five years.
Meaning of a Canadian Study Permit
A Canadian study permit is the document that allows you to study at a school in Canada. Once you have been accepted to study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), you can apply for a Canadian study permit. Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada.
4 stages to obtaining a Canadian study permit:
1.Check your eligibility: Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for a Canadian study permit.
2. an acceptance letter from a DLI,
3, proof of financial support,
4. supporting documents varies depending on your countries of citizenship and residence
How Long it Take to Apply for a Canadian Study Permit
Processing times for study permits vary greatly. The amount of time it takes depends on your country of residence. The shortest processing time is 1-2 weeks, but some applicants can expect to wait as long as 16 weeks. Processing times depend on the volume of applications received. If you’re applying close to the beginning of Canada’s academic year you may experience delays.
Cost to Study in Canada
The good news is that studying in Canada is affordable. Canadian tuition fees are generally lower than those in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. In the 2018/2019 school year, the average annual tuition for an undergraduate international student in Canada was $27,159 CAD. The average tuition for the same year spent at an American university can be compared at $45,950 USD.
Requirement to Study in Canada
To study in Canada, you must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Even though there is no age limit, you need a study permit if you are a minor. Though the age limit varies with the province. You must be a Canadian or foreign youth of age between 18 to 35.
If you want to apply for direct entry to a degree at university in Canada, and your native language is not English, you must provide proof of your proficiency. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are the most common language requirement for American universities. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam scores are the most common language requirement for Canadian universities. But most universities will accept either test as proof of your English language.