Canada is home to many of the world's top educational institutions. With so many choices, it is important to focus your school search to find the best option for you.

A number of resources exist to help you find the best study program and school for you.

We invite you to begin your school search by using the CanadaVisa School Search, which will allow you to browse all schools in Canada. This tool helps you find the Canadian academic destination best suited to your needs.

University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in early Fall

In Canada, the term "school" is often used to refer to a variety of educational institutions. Generally speaking, schools fall into one of four categories:

  • University/College
  • Trade/Vocational
  • Language Schools
  • Primary/Secondary

Are you eligible?

To find out if you are eligible for a Canadian Study Permit, fill out a free assessment form.

Study Assessment Form

The first step is to select a type of study program. For example, the following questions will help narrow down your choices:

  • Do I want to obtain a degree? What type of degree?
  • How will my studies enhance or change my career?
  • Do I want to use my education as a stepping stone for Canadian permanent residence?
  • How much time and money can I commit to my education?

It is important to choose a program that will help you achieve both your short- and long-term goals. Many schools will offer information sessions, tours, and personal interviews to help you with your decision.

You may wish to speak with school representatives, current students or alumni to get a better idea of the pros and cons of a program or school. You may also wish to attend school informational sessions online or at a location near you.

Once you have decided on your program of study, the next step is to research schools that teach your program and appeal to you. Some factors to take into account are:

  • Tuition costs
  • Location
  • Cost of living while at school
  • Teacher-student ratio
  • Student organizations
  • School support for international students

Some prospective students choose to apply to several schools, while others focus on just one institution. After you decide where you want to go, you can move on to beginning the application process.

After you have chosen your ideal school, you must apply to the school to gain admission. To learn more about the school admission process, click here or browse our School Search.

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