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Entry Requirements for Canadian Universities

Interested in studying abroad in Canada? We’re here to help make the process a little simpler. The admission process may be different from what you’re used to, so make sure you consult the university at which you are applying if you have specific questions. In the meantime, take the following steps to get started:

1. Choose a Program

Start by choosing the degree program that is right for you. Almost every degree program in Canada will be taught in English. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there are degrees in a multitude of fields across disciplines. Canada is internationally renowned for a variety of programs, including its humanities, business, and science programs.

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2. Prepare the Paperwork

Among the basic paperwork that is commonly required by all universities is a letter of motivation, recommendation letter, and a portfolio of previous work if applicable. Universities will also require proof of completion of previous studies. To satisfy this requirement, send the university an official transcript from your secondary school if you’re beginning a bachelor’s or your previous university if you’re pursuing a master’s degree or higher. If you are not a native speaker, you may also need to successfully pass an English proficiency test.

3. Check Specific Admission Requirements

Depending on the university, specific documentation could be required. Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements and contact the appropriate university office if you have any questions. In Canada, applications and admissions are handled by the university to which you are applying. Prospective students are welcome to apply for several different programs and universities at a time.

4. Submit Your Application

Most applications to universities in Canada are done through an online application system. Application forms are available through specific university websites, and often require an application fee to be paid. After you’ve completed the application form, attach the necessary documents or prepare to mail them in to the university.

5. Wait to Be Admitted

Admission results are often announced by the end of spring. If you are studying at a private university, you will usually be asked to pay the tuition fees for the first semester. Otherwise, the university where you will pursue your studies will send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for visa purposes, and other practical information about studying abroad in Canada.

6. Apply for a Visa

If necessary, upon acceptance into a Canadian university, begin the visa application process as soon as possible. Because the process can take up to sixty days and requires several important documents, do not wait. Students from countries outside Canada will not be allowed to enter and stay in Canada if they are not in possession of the proper visa.

7. Arrive in Canada

After you’ve been admitted to a university and have received the necessary visa, it’s time to begin your adventures in Canada! Think about the cost of living in Canada and what your budget will be. Once you have that, you can begin looking for accommodation. Finally, it’s time to purchase your transportation to Canada and arrive in your new home city! No matter where you’re staying, there are plenty of sights and attractions to be enjoyed.

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