Millions of applicants around the world are dreaming about being accepted into one of the Canadian colleges or universities and receiving study permit. Studying in Canada is an exciting and rewarding experience for many international students. Once you’ve decided what to study, you need to consider entry dates, application deadlines, student visa processing times and English language requirements. The main intake is in September each year, though many colleges and universities have a smaller intake in January or May term. Most foreign nationals require a study permit to study in Canada.


If your course is less than 6 months long, you’ll only need a visitor visa to come to Canada. However, if you plan to study for more than 6 months you'll need to apply for a student visa. To apply for a study visa, first of all, you need to obtain an acceptance letter from the educational institution. The school of your choice must be approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. If you plan to apply to college or university, this is the first thing you should check.

Eligibility requirements: Canada Study Permit


In order to be eligible for a Canada study permit, the candidate must:

  • obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI);

  • prove enough funds to cover the first year of tuition, as well as living expenses and return transportation;

  • satisfy IRCC and CBSA authorities that they will leave Canada at the end of the period authorized by the study permit; and

  • be admissible to Canada (police background checks and/or a medical may be requested).

There may be additional requirements, depending on the applicant’s circumstances.

Apply for Study Permit from Outside Canada

No matter where you are staying, you might be able to apply for a study permit from outside Canada.

Although, the COVID-19 crisis has affected travel plans for most foreigners including international students. Canada has put in place special measures to help students begin their studies outside Canada while travel restrictions are in place.

Apply Study Permit from Within Canada


You can only apply for a study permit inside Canada if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • you have a valid study or work permit

  • your spouse, common-law partner or parent has a valid study or work permit

  • you’re a minor child in primary or secondary school

  • you’re an exchange student or visiting student

  • you completed a short-term course or study program required to be accepted at a DLI

  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child has a temporary resident permit (TRP) valid for 6 months or more

  • you’re being sponsored to immigrate and you already applied for permanent residence (if you’re eligible)

  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child are subject to an unenforceable removal order

  • you’re the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of:

  • an athlete on a team based in Canada

  • a member of the media

  • a member of the clergy

  • military personnel on duty in Canada or

  • an accredited foreign representative

  • you’re a refugee claimant in Canada or a family member of a refugee claimant in Canada

If you would like more information on the Student Visa, please do not hesitate to get in touch.