How to apply to university in Canada

To study in Canada, you need to start the application process about a year in advance because it's such a long process and once you've submitted your application, you probably won't here back about it for 3 - 6 months. 


The first thing you'll need to do is find out what the entry requirements are for the university you want to study at as each will want something different. Usually there will be minimum grade requirements which must be backed up by supporting documents although what these are will differ between universities. Furthermore, you must be able to show that the standard of education you received is comparable to what you could have received in Canada so you might need to contact the university about assessing your qualifications. 

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In addition to this, some universities may ask you to submit other documents such as:

  • Letters of reference
  • An essay, personal statement or letter of intent - to show your beliefs, abilities and why the uni should accept you, it should make you stand out
  • Résumé
  • Medical forms
  • Criminal record check
  • Portfolio of work (for creative courses)

There are some universities which, for certain courses, also require you to take an entrance exam. 

Some universities have different application deadlines for home and international students so it's worth checking out the websites and doing some research to find out exactly when you need to apply by. 

Applications need to be sent directly to the universities as there's no central application system, and this can be done either online or by post. Most universities will have an application fee of between $50 - $100 (£26 - £52).