Canadian Education: What You Need to Study in Canada in 2020

February 19, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Just how big is a moose? What does poutine taste like? How fun is it to make snow angels? You can find out if you study abroad in Canada!  Get the best post-secondary experience in Canada that has more affordable study options, simpler application processes and by far more opportunities for employment and permanent residency after your studies.  Making new friends won’t be a problem. Canadians are known to be some of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world! Besides the warm hospitality, many Canadian universities and colleges are amongst the top-ranked education institutions globally - and you know what that means - your Canadian qualification will be an impressive addition on your resume.  Interested in studying in the Great White North? Let’s take a look at what you need to study in Canada in 2020. 

3 Steps to Study in Canada

Step 1: Enroll at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

Before you can apply for a study permit in Canada, you need to enroll at a designated university or college. When you enroll at a DLI and are accepted for a study program, you’ll be given a letter of acceptance which is a required document when you apply for your study permit. 

What is DLI?

Designated Learning Institutions are post-secondary education institutes that are authorized by provincial or territorial governments to accept ex-pat students. Currently, there are approximately 1534 DLIs throughout Canada. Most of these DLIs are situated in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta.    University of Toronto | Study in Canada

Step 2: Choose Your Study Program Wisely

What do you want to study? If you would like the option to stay and work in Canada after completing your study program, you should be aware that not every program offered by every DLI makes you eligible for postgraduate immigration/visa options. In fact, to be eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit, you must enroll at a public or private DLI in Quebec or a private DLI in any of the other Canadian provinces. Additionally, ensure you have completed a study program:
  • That led to a degree, diploma or certificate;
  • That was at least 8 months long.

Step 3: Apply for a Student Permit  

Once you’ve successfully enrolled at a DLI in Canada and have a letter of acceptance, along with other required documents, you can apply for a student permit. A Canadian student permit allows you to study at a designated university or college in Canada, but it does not allow you to enter a country as a visa does. However, when you apply for a student permit and your application is approved, you’ll be issued a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), along with your student permit. 

Student Direct Stream

If you live in China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal or Vietnam, you may be able to get your study permit within 20 calendar days through the Student Direct Stream. These countries have an agreement with Canada that allows for faster processing times.  Interested in applying to study in Canada? We can help.  Simply fill in the contact form below, and a Canadian Visa Specialist will get in touch with you. Ask us about the different DLIs, required documents, processing times and staying in Canada after your studies.

Working in Canada While You Study 

Barista working in Canada Working while studying in Canada is one of the major advantages of choosing Canada as your study destination.  Qualifying international students in Canada can work up to 20 hours per week, on or off-campus. These hours are ideal for part-time jobs like a library and gym assistant, working at a restaurant or cafe, au pairing, and tutoring. You’ll be able to earn enough to support your living expenses in Canada, meet new people and make valuable connections that will come in handy in your job hunt after you graduate.  It’s important to note that you need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself without additional earnings when you apply to study in Canada. 

Become a Permanent Resident After Your Studies 

About 80% of the international students who graduate from a DLI in Canada, choose to stay permanently and kick start their careers. Due to the aging population and declining birth rates, Canada offers unlimited opportunities for young professionals to fill vacant spots in the Canadian labor market. In fact, Canada wants you to stay after you graduate and make it easy too! Most Canadian provinces have special immigration streams designed to help international graduates with their paths to permanent residency and eventually, citizenship!
Province  Immigration Stream for Graduates
Ontario Masters Graduate Stream
British Columbia (BC) Express Entry BC International Graduate
Manitoba International Education Stream
Nova Scotia International Graduate Stream
New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate Stream
Quebec Quebec Graduate Program

How We Can Help You Study in Canada

Graduates With so many factors to take into consideration before you study abroad, you want to make sure that you set your future career up for success by knowing all your options and finding the best-suited university or college for you in Canada. Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) are visa and immigration experts who can assist you throughout the entire process, from start to finish. RCICs help you discover the best pathway to Canada based on your individual needs and requirements. They also handle all of the required paperwork on your behalf to ensure that your application is faultless and optimized for success.  Prepare for your next journey with professionals who really care about helping you. Take the first step, fill in the contact form below.