2 Great ways to Study College / University in Canada: why apply now

You can start online, or wait and start after you come to Canada when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

If you are an International Student and you want to study in a College or University in Canada as soon as possible, you can apply now to qualifying institutions (Designated Learning Institutions or DLIs). 

You have 2 great options to choose from and apply now:

  • Start your studies online from your country of origin, and travel to Canada when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted; or
  • Wait to start your studies after you arrive in Canada after the lifting of these restrictions.
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Why apply now for a Post-Secondary Education in Canada?

To apply for a Study Visa and Permit, International Students first need to obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institution, or DLI.

A DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host International Students.  Only graduates from DLI Post-Secondary programs can qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

The Government of Canada and Provincial governments have also reviewed COVID-readiness plans submitted by DLI Post-Secondary Institutions, indicating the measures they have put in place to manage their programs under safe conditions.  The Government of Canada publishes here a list of those Post-Secondary Institutions that have an approved COVID-Readiness Plan. 

Post-Secondary DLI Institutions in Canada that have an approved COVID-Readiness Plan are allowed to take International Student applications at this time.  To start studying in Canada as soon as possible, you have 2 options:

1. Apply now if you want to start studying online from your country.
Many Schools are currently offering International Students the option to start some Study Programs online, from the Student’s country of origin.  Because of COVID restrictions, the time that the International Student spends studying online will be counted by the Government of Canada towards a Post-Graduation Work Permit, which the Student can apply for after graduating from his/her full-time study program. 

Under this option, you can start studying online now, without wasting any time, knowing that all the time you spend in your study program will count for the purposes of a Post-Graduation Work Permit.  This has the additional advantage of allowing you to save money in Cost of Living, with those expenses being postponed until you can travel to Canada after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  The Government of Canada has said that it expects to announce in early July exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Canada.

If you are interested in the option to start online, with the time spent studying online counting towards a Post-Graduation Work Permit, be aware that this is a temporary measure to help International Students and Colleges / Universities in Canada, so you should apply now because it can be modified or discontinued as COVID restrictions are lifted.

2. Apply now to start in Canada once COVID restrictions are lifted and you can travel here.
Some students may prefer not to start their studies online and wait until they can travel to Canada.  If this is your case, you should still apply now, because COVID restrictions are expected to lift soon, and accumulated demand is already high.

The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get your Letter of Acceptance (LOA) and obtain a Study Visa in time to secure a place to study in Canada at the College or University that best fits your preferences, starting in September 2021 or January 2022.  Places are filling up quickly!

Why choose Canada to Study College or University?

Canada is among the Top 3 Education destinations in the World for International Students, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  Per the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), 530,540 International Students attended School in Canada even during COVID-19, in the 2020 school year. According to Statistics Canada, International students accounted for all of the growth in postsecondary enrolments in 2018/2019, and International Student enrolments in formal programs in Canada more than tripled over a 10-year period.

There is great demand to study in Canada.

The top 3 reasons why International Students choose Canada are:

1. Canada’s quality of life and quality of education
2. Its reputation as a safe country
3. Its tolerant, non-discriminatory society

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Other advantages of Studying College or University in Canada include that:

  • International Students can work part-time in Canada while they study a full-time accredited program at a designated Post-Secondary institution (DLI).
  • Upon graduating, most Post-Secondary international students may also be eligible to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit, based on the length of the study program (for a minimum of 8 months up to a maximum of 3 years).
  • Canada offers great Employment opportunities for International Students that complete a Post-Secondary Program in Canada.
  • Canada offers more affordable Tuition and Cost of Living costs than the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries.

Tuition and Cost of Living in Canada

Tuition: Post-Secondary Tuition Costs in Canada are are substantially more affordable than those in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, for example. As shown in the table below, in the case of Undergraduate Studies, Canada is almost 27% more affordable than the U.S., 40% more affordable than the U.K., and 4% more affordable than Australia. Canada’s advantage in affordability for Graduate Tuition Costs is even higher.

2019 Average Annual Tuition Cost Comparison-Canada vs other Countries-CAD
Source: Clearport Team with 2019 tuition cost statistics from various countries

Tuition plus Cost of Living: When Cost of Living is added to Undergraduate Tuition, Canada ranks first in affordability vs. the top world Study Destinations.  As shown in the table below, Canada is 16% more affordable than the U.S., 36% more affordable than the U.K., and almost 14% more affordable than Australia

2019 Average Annual Tuition Cost plus Cost of Living Comparison-Canada vs other Countries-CAD
Source: Clearport Team with 2019 Tuition and Cost of Living statistics from various countries

Per a report by Statistics Canada, these were the 2019/2020 weighted average Tuition fees in Canada by field of Study for Post-Secondary Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Please note that some Schools offer Study Programs below these averages, while Study Programs in others might be above these averages.  All fees are in Canadian Dollars:

Field of Study Undergraduate
Education $20,875 $15,764
Visual and Performing Arts; Communications Technologies $25,127 $14,737
Humanities $28,676 $13,667
Social and Behavioral Sciences $27,647 $15,032
Law, Legal Professions and Studies $33,192 $17,237
Business Management and Public Administration $26,680 $24,693
Executive MBA NA $66,665
Regular MBA NA $38,950
Physical and Life Sciences and Technologies $31,536 $15,421
Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences $33,012 $16,647
Engineering $33,703 $19,301
Architecture $26,457 $23,992
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation $26,208 $14,452
Dentistry $56,621 $22,472
Medicine $32,450 NA
Nursing $21,922 $16,168
Optometry NA $14,014
Pharmacy $40,960 $12,876
Veterinary medicine $63,323 $10,099
Other Health, Parks, Recreation and Fitness $24,626 $18,551
Personal, protective and transportation services $23,694 NA

Tuition fees only. Other school fees, like application fees, materials fees, etc. are all program-specific

Again, the costs above are an average only; they will vary depending on the Institution and Program you enroll in, some being lower and others higher. 

Proof of Funds: For Study Visa and Permit purposes, an important requirement that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will ask for (besides a LOA or Letter of Acceptance from your school of choice) is to submit proof that you have enough available funds to cover your Living Expenses (Cost of Living) while you study in Canada.  Cost of Living includes housing, transportation, food, and other non-school expenses, which will vary depending on location of studies and your spending habits and needs, ranging between CAD $12,600 and $15,000 per year. 

This is an important aspect that you can start working on. Proof of funds can be Bank and/or Investment Statements (last 3 months), Savings Statements, Payroll Receipts, and other official banking or investment documents, translated to English by a Certified Translator.

We can help you find a program within your budget, apply to School, obtain a Letter of Acceptance, and prepare a Study Visa application to meet Government requirements when you choose our Student Concierge Membership.  Apply now!

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96% of International Post-Secondary Students in Canada recommend it as a Study Destination, and most plan to apply for Permanent Residence

Studying in Canada is a great Experience!

Most International Students recommend Canada as a Study Destination:

96 per cent of International Students recommend Canada

Source: CBIE International Students Infographic

This is because:

  • You can get a great education, obtaining academic credentials that are highly valued internationally.
  • You will study in a safe, non-discriminatory, multicultural environment.
  • You will have choice: Canada has 103 Colleges and Universities where you can study at, which offer more than 30,000 Study Programs in more than 700 fields of study.
  • Tuition and Cost of Living are significantly more affordable than other countries.
  • You will make lifetime friends and connections, and have fun while you study.
  • You will be able to work part-time while you study.
  • You can get a Post-Graduation Work Permit once you graduate from an eligible Program.
  • Canada offers a clear path to Permanent Residence after working for a year or more under a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

60 per cent of International Students plan to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada

Source: CBIE International Students Infographic

Student Mobility – For Students and their Families

Since 2008, we help International Students to come to study in Canada, from Grade School to English as a Second Language, College, University, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Post-Secondary Schools in Canada offer great programs that are recognized worldwide, from PhDs, Masters and full University degrees, to Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Certificates. They also provide strong support for International Students. You will make new friends from Canada and all over the world, broadening your horizons. And the best part is that you will have lots of fun! We can help make this lifetime experience come true.

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Our 2 types of Memberships give Students the level of service and value they want:

Basic Student Membership:

This is a Self-Service option that gives you access to our world-class online tools to choose the right school and apply to it, and access to SRT, our English Assessment and Improvement tool, to assess if your English level meets school requirements.

Our Basic Student Membership is great value, saving you time and money vs the months it can take you to do all the school research and school application on your own.

Student Concierge Membership:

Our Student Concierge Membership gives you convenience and all the peace of mind you and your family need.  With our Student Concierge Membership, you get access to our fully personalized service, including one-on-one calls with our Education Consultants and step-by-step assistance in: School and Study Program research, review and selection, including costs and requirements; School & Visa application processes; Housing arrangements; Budget preparation; and more, even 24/7 emergency support while studying in Canada.

Our Student Concierge Membership also gives you acess to SRT, our English Assessment & Improvement tool to meet the English level required by your school of choice.

Click below to watch a short video and learn more about our Student Mobility Services to study in Canada!

What Can Our SRT English and Skills Assessment Do For You?

Our SRT is more than just an English and Skills Assessment. Our SRT (Success Readiness Tool) will also tell you if you are ready to come to Canada based on your English and essential skills, because it gives you the approximate scores you would obtain in other English tests that are popular in the market.

But there is more!  SRT identifies precisely any gaps you may have, then gives you a Personalized Learning Plan to improve focusing only on those areas (with hundreds of free online lessons and activities), and then lets you test again to measure your progress.

For each of the 6 areas assessed by SRT (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing, Numeracy and Use od Documents), you get precise Result Reports, a Learning Plan, a Certificate, and lets you test again to gauge your progress. There is no waiting to take SRT: you can take it anytime, anywhere, using a PC, Laptop or Notebook (not available for phones or tablets). SRT test results are immediate for 4 of the assessed areas, and ready in a maximum of 72 hours for the other 2 areas.  SRT gives you great value for money!

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