Follow these simple steps to apply for admission at a Canadian University

Settlement in Canada – How to apply for admission at a Canadian university? Follow these simple steps.

Canada is the second largest country in the world, and numerous international students are looking to find their way into a Canadian University. The standard of education and the opportunities it offers international students after their studies are limitless; hence, a chance to bask in the tremendous experience that the country presents.

You can apply once you settle in Canada or outside Canada for immigrants who are yet to arrive the country. However, different institutions in the country have different rules set for international students, but here is a guide that would help you to navigate them easily;

Make sure you meet requirements: No one jumps into applying for university in Canada, you shouldn’t either. You should prepare ahead, if possible, for about a year before your application. This would help you work up to meeting requirements. For those who came through other immigration programs aside from the student visa, you need to take note of this. These requirements vary depending on which province you settle, and where you intend to study. On a general note, you should require;

  • An updated passport
  • Fluency in English or French language (IELTS or TEF)
  • Statement of funding source
  • Some institutions might request for your transcript and previous degree certificate for those applying for a postgraduate degree

Pick a course: You should have a specific major in mind when applying, it might be hard to change later. You should ensure that you are convinced about the school and course. There is one thing to note in applying at schools; you should properly check and confirm if the school in question is listed on the Designated Learning Institutes (DLI) in Canada.   This is very important, especially for those who are not on a student visa, as you will require the DLI code of the institution when you want to apply for your study permit.  Also, ensure that you know all the required fees about the institution you wish to pick.

Take a Language Exam: There are two language requirements for international students, it would be best if you have proof of proficiency in at least one (having the two is an extra advantage). You can take the IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English: Advanced. This should be duly considered, in that, there are various parts of Canada with their popular languages.

Hence, you need to find out the common language of communication in the province where the institution is located. You shouldn’t undergo an English test exam if you are settling in a French-speaking part of Canada. There are standard prices, location, and dates for tests; get this information on their websites and act more accordingly.

Prepare your application: This is the whole essence of your preparation. Once you are sure that you have the necessary requirements and documents, you should begin the application process.

Reach out to your university of interest, after which they would pitch you with their application packs which would guide you through the steps involved in the process. The applications fees can vary depending on the university, college, or institution you wish to apply. Once you send your application, you should wait for a reply from the institution’s admission assessment body. If the request is successful, the institution will send an offer of provisional admission. Ensure you pay the acceptance fee to proceed with the next step which is the application for a student visa or study permit

Get your study permit: You can always apply for your visa online or right there at the embassy. In applying for your Visa, you need to provide;

  • Acceptance Letter from a DLI university
  • Current passport
  • Statement of the funding account

Note, if you are applying for study at a school in Quebec, you will be provided with a Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec’ (CAQ). The Institution will send this certificate to you, and you have to tender it during your visa application

Finally, plan your journey and find your way to Canada: Once you get your Visa, you are good to go. The next process is to plan your trip, temporary housing, accommodation, and the requirements that you will need in Canada. For those who apply outside Canada, you can use settlement services in Canada. . However, if you are applying within Canada or your institution have provided a hostel for you, then you do not need to bother using a post-landing service.


Hopefully you should carry enough cash; you will definitely ned this to settle properly in the country. Be safe.