Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate Studies at the Universities in Canada and How to apply

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.

Below are Universities in Canada that we have Reviewed, click to see more information

Undergraduate requirements

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.


  1. Visit the website of the University you want to enroll for studies.
  2. Go through the university’s set admission requirements for the level and course you wish to study.
  3. Request for an application form from the university. This can be done via email, telephone or downloaded from the website of the university.
  4. 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

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