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5 steps to study in Canada

Updated: Mar 23

Want to be part of thousands of international students who have chosen Canada as their destination? In this article, I will tell you the five steps you must follow.

Students in Canada
Studying in Canada is cheaper than in the US, UK, NZ or Australia.

Step 1: Research for the college or university:

Before coming to Canada, as an adult student, you need to research to determine the best program of study, university or college, as well as the province where you wish to reside.


Post-secondary schools are colleges, universities, private career colleges and vocational and technical schools. Each post-secondary school has its own rules on how to apply, including the level of English or French you need to be accepted.

Step 2: Budgeting for student life:

You need to have the money to pay for your university or college tuition fees, as well as have savings for your expenses such as accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, clothing, etc.


Tuition fees may vary depending on the program length and your chosen school. Generally, tuition can range from approximately $15,000 to $30,000 annually.


You may be allowed to work part-time while studying, and your wife or husband can work full-time if you are pursuing a master degree.


Family in Canada
Canada welcomes thousands of adult students every year.

For 2024, a single applicant will need to show they have $20,635, representing 75% of LICO, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel costs.


This change will apply to new study permit applications received on or after January 1, 2024.


You must demonstrate to the Canadian government that you possess this money in your bank account.


Step 3: Apply to school:

Be mindful that to commence your immigration pathway as an adult student, you need to be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution; a DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students.


Study in Canada
Student graduating at a University in Canada

Step 4: Apply to study in Canada


Once you have completed your admittance process, the school must give you a letter of acceptance, and you also need to get a Province Attestation Letter (PAL).



Family at airport
Preparing your journey to Canada it is an essential step.

Step 5: Pack your luggage to come to Canada

At this point, you must be excited because you get your letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to come to the Canadian port of entry.


When you travel to Canada, bring this letter with you and show it to the Canada Border Services officer.


If you have been approved, the officer will give you your study permit.


Remember to secure your housing and have paid for your travel and health insurance.


Ensure you have all documents you need to bring with you, such as the letter of acceptance from your school, the PAL, bank account statement, medical and immunization records, any documents your school asks you to bring, and your passport.


If you are coming with your spouse and children, bring your marriage certificate, their birth certificates, their passports, etc.


We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through this process, write to me at alejandro@mevoyacanada.net 


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