Provinces and territories approve (or “designate”) schools that can enroll international students. These schools are known as designated learning institutions (DLI).
If you need a study permit, your acceptance letter must be from a DLI. If it isn’t, we will refuse your application.
All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs. You can search a list of the post-secondary schools, such as colleges and universities, and language schools that have been designated.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue study permits that allow a foreign national to study in Canada for a limited time.
Applying For A Study Permit
Once the eligibility criteria have been met by the prospective student and they have the correct documents, they may apply for a study permit, online or by paper. Paper applications must be given to a visa processing office outside of Canada.
As soon as the letter of acceptance is received, it is important to apply for the study permit. Processing times may vary and during busier times, such as the summer months, delays are likely.
You can study in Canada if you:
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