Canada is a progressive and welcoming nation with a multicultural society. It has recently become an immigrant region in the search for a greener pastures. This has led to many African students and graduates migrating to Canada for studies and work opportunities.

There many testimonies from student who furthered their studies in Canada or graduate students who had the opportunity to work in Canada especially graduates from medical fields. These are evidence to what Canada can offer to a student’s academic career and his or her profession.

However, it takes serious work for a graduate student to get an opportunity to further his or her study in Canada. This article aims to bring to your attention the thing that are required to study in Canada. Thus, what does it take to study in Canada?

Obtaining Student Study Permit

A Study Permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows foreign national to study at a designated learning institution in Canada.

Study Permit is not a visa and thus does not grant entry into Canada. The permit usually has a valid duration equal to the length of your study programme, plus extra 90 days.


In order to be eligible to submit an application for a Canadian study permit, a prospective student must: 

Required Documents

The applicant may also be required to submit the following documents: 

  • Passport for the applicant and every family member included on the application.
  • Two passport photos for the applicant and each family member included on the application, with the full name and date of birth written on the back.
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate, if applicable.
  • Any further documents required by specific visa offices.

Learn more about Canada Study Permit.

Applying to Schools in Canada

The next thing in line is chosing a school (University, College or Institute) for your study. View information on available Canadian Universities.

Once you choose a school, college or university, you must apply to go there. Every school has different rules on how to apply.

Make sure you apply at least:

  • six months in advance if you want to study at a primary or secondary school,
  • a year in advance for a post-secondary program at a university, college, etc.

Contact the school where you want to study to learn how to apply. They will give you the list of all the documents you need to send them. Your school will be able to tell you about:

  • the cost to apply
  • tuition fees
  • health insurance
  • rent and how much it costs to live in Canada
  • language tests.

If the school admits you as a student, they will send you an acceptance letter. You need this letter to apply for a study permit.

Sourcing out for Scholarships

Scholarships are necessary for students who are not finacially capable to finance their studies in Canada. Studies in Canada has a lot of scholarship opportunities available to support the best and brightest mind.

You can explore the database by country of origin to find scholarships, fellowships or funding opportunities made available by Global Affairs Canada and other Canadian federal government departments via International scholarship opportunities for non-Canadians.

Also, available on our website are Scholarships to study in Canada.

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