Education and the quest for knowledge have been the most sort after to gain the need for an advantage in the 21st century. People from various tribes and cultures across continents of the world are reawakening to the need to be fortified with the right knowledge from reputable academic institutions.

Canada, whose official languages are French and English, is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa.

Below are the basic requirements needed to apply to Canadian Universities and tertiary institutions. some of these schools offering a different range of scholarships at various study levels.

1: General Admission Requirement

Admission process and requirements vary from one institution to another institution in Canada. Generally, in order to study in Canada, the major thing to obtain is a study permit which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay in the country. However, you do not necessarily need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts for less than or equal to 6 months.

2: Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate requirements depend on the type of institution one chooses. This is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain University or College to offer an academic degree, which varies in different ways depending on whether the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.

For admission into the undergraduate level,  a student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for the postgraduate level, it is sixteen years. Below you can find undergraduate requirements for most Canadian Tertiary Institutions. All applicants into undergraduate programs must submit:

  • A completed application form;
  • An official high school transcript (or attested copy) (if applicable);
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if any);
  • A detailed chronological résumé to demonstrate educational achievements,
  • Work experience, progression, community involvement, volunteer experience, and other related experience; and
  • A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions.

Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary study outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts; and
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
  • Take note of Application deadlines

3: Qualify for an Admission into a Canadian University

You must qualify for admission into a Canadian University by:

  • Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Students can also try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow them to study in the degree programme of their choice.
  • Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If the student is attending a Bachelor’s, Master’s degree or PhD in Canada, he/she will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

 4: Canadian Student Visa Requirements

  • Ensure you meet all requirements: Students are expected to commence the application a year in advance. You are likely to need: An up-to-date passport, An English and/or French language proficiency qualifi­cation and a Proof of how you will be funding your studies.
  • Find a course and select your universities: Candidates are advised to choose a course they like.
  • Take English/French exam: Candidates are expected to pay for, attend and write the exam: IELTS (English) or its equivalent and/or TEL (French) or its equivalent. They are expected to keep evidence of test results.
  • Apply to universities: Application process varies. Sometimes application fees are charged. They cost between CA$100 to CA$250. The candidate is advised to apply directly to a university.
  • Apply online or in person:
  • Start planning your journey: Check the start date on your visa. Organise accommodation. Book planes/trains etc.
  • Arrive in Canada to begin your studies: Keep all documents on you for immigration.

5: Basic Requirements for Visa Application

  • A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s degree),
  • A transcript/record of your previous courses,
  • A scan of your passport,
  • Your CV,
  • Testing scores, usually English proficiency qualification scores
  • Evidence of scholarship or funding: This is to show applicant, upon being successful can be able to sustain him/herself during the pendency of his/her stay and not necessarily be a burden/liability to the university or country
  • Letters of recommendation (between 2-3) usually at the discretion of the Institution
  • Portfolio and/or writing samples.

We hope you take the needed action and begin your journey into a fruitful future by applying right away!

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