The universities in Canada have different ways of admitting students. We are going to list the basic general requirements you will need to start with while planning to study in Canada.
It is highly recommendable that you contact your university of choice after reading this post for other course-specific requirements that are not listed below.
We did not include all the admission requirements at the Canadian universities because some of them varies with regards to the university, academic level, country or course an international student chooses.
Hence, below are just the general entry requirements you will need to keep aside before thinking of studying in Canada as an international student.
General Admission Requirements
Though admission process and requirements vary from university to university in Canada, below are the most general procedures and requirements to get admission to Canadian Universities or Colleges.
Undergraduate requirements depend on the type of university one chooses, this is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the admission processes involved in a certain University or College to offer an academic degree, which varies in different ways depending on if the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.
For admission into undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. Please find below the undergraduate admission requirements if you want to start sending your applications to any Canadian Tertiary Institutions.
Undergraduate entry requirements
- An official high school transcripts/results (or attested copy if applicable)
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if any)
(N/B: If the student applying is from a non-English speaking country these have to be translated to English by a school official)
- A detailed chronological résumé to demonstrate educational achievements, work experience, progression, community involvement, volunteer experience, and other related experience
- A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions. This in other words is called a statement of purpose which is the most important part of the application process.
A statement of purpose/Letter of Intent is a personal essay written by the student which outlines why he/she chooses Canada as the study abroad destination and what would make him/her a good student for the course and university selected.
Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary study outside Canada must also submit:
- Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation by a teacher or counselor who knows you well and has taught you professionally in a subject related to your application choice.
- Proof of English language proficiency.
The major languages used in Canada for instructions are English and French. Bust most of the universities offer courses in English language. So, you need to show your proficiency by means of English Language tests.
IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English proficiency test in Canada, however, some universities and colleges accept TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study.
Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment. Other test results are CAEL and CANTEST.
For MBA, students may be asked for two years of work experience before being admitted to the university. In most of the cases GMAT is compulsory for MBA students.
Postgraduate entry requirements
If you wish to study at the Postgraduate (master’s) level, you must have
- A recognized Bachelor’s degree.
Please contact your university of choice for specific requirements.
How to Apply to the Universities in Canada – Online Application
Applying to any Canadian institution is so easy. We have summarized the steps for you below.
- Visit the website of the University you want to enroll for studies.
- Go through the university’s set admission requirements for the level and course you wish to study.
- Request for an application form from the university. This can be done via email, telephone or downloaded from the website of the university.
- Fill the downloaded form, upload it and send it as a a completed application form to the university’s admissions office for consideration, along with the required/supporting documents and fees as instructed by the institution.
If the application is successful, then the you will receive an admission offer, which you can either accept or decline. The admissions office will also send what is called ‘student authorization’ and ‘visa forms’.
N/B: It is necessary to start sending your applications to any institution at least 15 months before admission dates.
Public Universities in Canada
- University of Saskatchewan
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Royal Roads University
- Simon Fraser University
- Thompson Rivers University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Victoria
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Northern British Columbia
- Vancouver Island University
- Brandon University
- University College of the North
- University of Manitoba
- University of Winnipeg
- Université de Saint-Boniface
- Mount Allison University
- St. Thomas University
- University of New Brunswick
- Université de Moncton
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Acadia University
- Cape Breton University
- Dalhousie University
- University of King’s College
- Mount Saint Vincent University
- NSCAD University
- Saint Francis Xavier University
- Saint Mary’s University
- Université Sainte-Anne
- Algoma University
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- Dominican University College
- Lakehead University
- Laurentian University
- McMaster University
- Nipissing University
- OCAD University
- Queen’s University
- Saint Paul University
- Royal Military College of Canada
- Ryerson University
- Trent University
- University of Guelph
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto
- University of Waterloo
- University of Western Ontario
- University of Windsor
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- York University
- University of Prince Edward Island
- Bishop’s University
- Concordia University
- École de technologie supérieure
- École nationale d’administration publique
- École Polytechnique de Montréal
- HEC Montréal
- Institut national de la recherche scientifique
- McGill University
- Université de Montréal
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
- Université du Québec en Outaouais
- Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
- Université du Québec à Montréal
- Université du Québec à Rimouski
- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
- Université Laval
- First Nations University of Canada
- University of Regina
- University of Lethbridge
- Athabasca University
- MacEwan University
- Mount Royal University
- University of Alberta
- University of Calgary
- Capilano University
Private Universities in Canada
Cheap Universities in Canada for International Students
- Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Quest University
- Trinity Western University
- University Canada West-Booth University College
- Canadian Mennonite University
- Kingswood University
- Crandall University
- St. Stephen’s University
- University of Fredericton
- Atlantic School of Theology
- Tyndale University College
- Redeemer University College
- The King’s University