Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Applying to College in Canada as an International Student

International students may apply to any Canada college program that has seats available for international applicants if you meet the college’s admission and English proficiency requirements. 

Please note that some programs are highly competitive and may not be available to international applicants. Colleges give priority to permanent residents of Canada when accepting applicants to these programs. 

Some programs may appear open to Canadian residents, but are closed to international applicants if no international seats are available.

As an international applicant, it is important that you submit a complete application with all required documentation to ensure timely processing of your application by the college.

 Depending on the college and program you are applying to, you may have the opportunity to upload electronic copies of your documents to support your application.

 Check college websites for specific details on how to submit your supporting documents. 

Review the following checklist before you start an application:

  • Visit the college’s website to learn which programs are available to international applicants.
  • Check the status of the program to ensure it is open (currently accepting applications).
  • Review the program start date and availability to ensure they meet your requirements.
  • Evaluate the admission requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply for the program.
  • Prepare copies of your translated and certified academic documents, as well as a copy of the first page of your passport.

Application fees vary by college and must be paid electronically before you can submit an application.

Canada college programs offer multiple start dates to give you the freedom to choose when you begin your studies.

Fall Term - August / September
Winter Term - January
Spring Term - May

Colleges may begin accepting applications for programs at different times of the year. For example: In October, a college may begin accepting applications for programs starting in the following academic year (August to July). Allow yourself plenty of time to complete your application and any academic, English proficiency or immigration requirements before your studies begin. 

Depending on the country in which you live, the process for obtaining a study permit may take anywhere from one month to nine months.


 You must have an official acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and a valid passport or other travel document in order to apply for a study permit.


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