How to Apply to an International University in Canada in 2017 Get accepted to university

Whether you are searching for vast study options, a multicultural environment or internationally known universities, Canada could be the ideal choice for you. Universities, technical schools, together with applied arts and science learning institutions sum up the educational offer that Canada stands out with.

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No less than 15 Canadian universities are found in the top 300 global higher education top, according to QS Rankings. As we are talking about a bilingual country and autonomous universities that follow a common framework of quality standards, the educational offer sounds even more tempting. Below you will find information on application and admission to a degree course in Canada.

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1. Choose the right degree subject in Canada

There are plenty of disciplines you can pick from to study in English in Canada. Here are just of few of the most popular options to consider:

2. Choose the right Canadian university

Here are some top Canadian universities you should consider for your study abroad adventure:

3. Prepare to apply
  1. Search for a programme that best suits your academic background and career wishes. You can search and compare your results on BachelorsPortal and MastersPortal. After you developed a shortlist of options, double check to see if the university that holds the class is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  2. Research the area you’ve chosen and the language of study. This aspect may also influence the translations you will need for the application file.
  3. High grades are important in the application process. Many of the institutions require grades of 70% above the average ones. This aspect might increase your chances to enrol in a prestigious university or the risks to be admitted into a regular one.
  4. If you are over 25 and graduated the last programme over two years before application, admission requirements will also include information on practical and theoretical skills that developed throughout employment.
  5. Apply directly on the website of your chosen university and submit all required documents.
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4. Language requirements for Canadian university application

In Canada, you can choose from a wide range of English as well as French-taught Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. For each language, you will have to prove an advanced proficiency level.

Main English tests accepted by universities in Canada

  • IELTS
  • Cambridge English: Advanced
  • TOEFL

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Some universities may accept other English tests, like:

  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)
  • CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
French tests accepted by universities in Canada
  • DALF
  • DELF
  • TEF
  • TCF
  • TestCan
5. Required application documents

Each university sets its own required documents but, generally, most of the following will be included:

  • Graduation certificate/diploma
  • A completed application form
  • Resume
  • A Letter of Intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency or French (in francophone territories)
  • Evidence that you can support yourself financially during your study programme in Canada
  • Two letters of academic reference that attest the preparation for Master/PhD studies (including letters from employers)

An evaluation of credentials from a recognised institution that confirms the degree, if studies were taken in an unrecognised university.

The translations should be notarized by a certified translator or letterhead stationery and the file should also contain the original versions of the documents.

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6. University application deadlines for Canada

All submitted documentation should be certified by an official authority. Students planning to study abroad in Canada have the opportunity to start their studies in two enrolment sessions:

The application deadline for winter enrollment is 1st of September.

The application deadline for summer enrollments is:

  • 15th January – for undergraduate students
  • 1st of March – for postgraduate students

However, these deadlines vary between institutions and different degree courses at the same university may have different deadlines. You will receive an official answer from the university one or two months after the application deadline.

7. Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter

Studying in Canada means a few extra steps after the application process:

Settle your health insurance; the coverage of your health insurance varies depending on the province you live in.

Apply for a Canadian student visaif you need one.

Students must officially enrol in the university after arriving in Canada before they can start their classes.

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