Canada is home to some of the best schools in the world.

The number of international students studying in Canada is over 300,000, a figure that is constantly growing. Many of these students are choosing Canada over other developed countries because of certain advantages that studying in Canada can bring.

Individuals who study in Canada receive a top-quality and internationally-respected education, preparing them for professional pursuits in Canada or abroad.

Yet, the cost of tuition and living fees in Canada are generally lower than in other developed countries.

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What are your options for studying in Canada?

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

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What options are available for studying in Canada?

  • I would like to learn about the ways I can study in Canada.

    There are a few ways to come to Canada as a student. For example, you can study in Canada under a Canada Study Permit. It is also possible in some cases to study in Canada without a study permit. While you are here studying, it is also possible to work while studying in Canada. However, the first step is to find a Canadian school that you would like to attend and a study program that matches your goals and ambitions. Our partners at SchoolMatch can assist you. Once you have learned more, you can then fill out a free online assessment form to learn more about obtaining a study permit for Canada.

  • I have not yet found the right school or have not yet been accepted.

    Your first step is to find a Canadian school that interests you. No matter your educational goals, Canada has the perfect educational institution for you. Once you find that school, it's time to apply for admission. Only then will you be able to obtain your Canada Study Permit. Once you have found a few schools in which you are interested, check out our page on applying for admission. Once you have received a letter of admission from a designated educational institution, you can then fill out a free assessment form to learn more about how to begin studying in Canada.

  • I have been accepted to a Canadian educational institution.

    Once you have been accepted, it's time to apply for a Canada Study Permit. Fill out a free assessment form to get more information about how we can help you obtain your study permit.You can also explore ways to study in Canada without a study permit to see if any of those options are available to you. Before you come to Canada, we also recommend that you learn about working while studying in Canada.

  • I am currently studying in Canada and would like to stay here after my studies are complete.

    After completing your Canadian studies, Canada has provided ways to encourage you stay, gain work experience, or otherwise contribute to Canada's economy and culture. For example, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. You may also be eligible for permanent immigration through the Canadian Experience Class or the Quebec Experience Class. Fill out a free assessment form for Canadian immigration to learn more about your options for remaining in Canada permanently after your studies.

  • I would like to work while studying.

    It may be possible for you to work while studying in Canada.

  • I would like to explore Canadian schools.

    Our CanadaVisa School Search and SchoolMatch sections provide the perfect means to explore all types of learning institutions across Canada

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Studying in Canada

 

Work after studying in Canada

One of the major advantages of making the decision to study in Canada is that graduates have access to a Post-Graduation Work Permit on completion of their studies in Canada. Post-Graduation Work Permits allow certain individuals who have studied in Canada to stay and work under an open work permit for up to three years, allowing them to enter the Canadian workforce and gain valuable Canadian work experience that may help them to immigrate permanently.

Learn more about Post-Graduation Work Permits.

 

Transitioning to permanent resident status

Canada wants international students who complete their studies in Canada to form a large portion of the next generation of permanent residents. The following two programs give international students this opportunity

  • Canadian Experience Class

    This program allows those with Canadian study or work experience to immigrate permanently to Canada.

  • Provincial Nominee Programs

    Canada's provinces have specific programs that allow graduates to immigrate permanently.
  • Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)

    This program allows those with Quebec study or work experience to immigrate permanently to Quebec as permanent residents of Canada.

To see all of the currently available options, see this overview of immigration options for international students and graduates.

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  • September 20 Express Entry Draw Invites 2,871 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

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