It’s not surprising you want to study there, but when you have absolutely no idea where to start, it might feel like an unreachable goal.

And because every university – and even each individual program – has its own rules and requirements, things can seem even more tricky.

So here it is, the whole process broken down into manageable steps.

You can access it in the form of our printable PDF step-by-step guide here.

1. Ensure you meet all requirements

Applying to university in Canada as an international student does not happen overnight so make sure you start planning at least a year in advance. Have a look at the requirements for various courses and see what documents you need for each one.

Bear in mind what you need for universities in one province may be totally different to what you need in another.

For all universities, however, you are likely to need:

  • An up-to-date passport
  • An English and/or French language proficiency qualification
  • Proof of how you will be funding your studies

2. Find a course and select your universities

You will choose and apply for a specific major when applying for university in Canada but unlike the UK, this tends to be more flexible if you change your mind.

You must make sure you apply to an institution that is on the designated learning institutes (DLI) list in order to obtain a student visa and be certain you want to study at the universities you select as there are separate fees for every program and university you apply to.

3. Take English/French exam

IELTS is likely to be your best bet for an English language proficiency test as all universities and colleges in Canada accept it. You could also take the Cambridge English: Advanced or TOEFL examinations.

If you are hoping to study in a French-speaking part of Canada, you are likely to need a French proficiency test. The most common is the TEF exam but you could also take DALFDELF, or TCF.

Fees for each range from around CA$100 upwards so be sure to check on the website how much it will cost to take in your country. Book this far in advance to ensure you get a date and have your *perfect* test results back in time to apply.

4. Apply to universities

As we mentioned, the application process varies widely from course to course, and university to university. So, reach out to the universities you are interested in and they will send you their own application packs which should explain you through the process.

The application fee for each program at each university can range from around CA$100 (US$78) to CA$250 (US$195) so, with application costs this high, be sure you are certain you would want to study there and you meet the requirements before sending off applications willy-nilly.

Once your applications are sent, there’s nothing to do but wait…