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

The number of international students studying in Canada is over 450,000, 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.

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.

I have been accepted to a Canadian educational institution.

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

I would like to work while studying.

I would like to explore Canadian schools.

Studying in Canada

Canada Study Permit. The standard way to study in Canada is with a Canadian study permit. Learn more about obtaining a Canadian study permit.
Study without a Study Permit. Under certain circumstances, you can study in Canada without a study permit. Learn more about studying in Canada without a study permit.

Work While Studying in Canada. For those who need additional funds while studying in Canada, it may be possible to work at the same time. Learn more about working while 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.