More than 60K international students are currently pursuing their education in Canada. Studies show that international students are getting fonder of this country as their study destination. This fondness has led to Canada being among the top 5 study destinations among students from around the globe. The country offers undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses, and even short-term vocational training plus diploma courses to international students.

If your interest is piqued, here are some important things that you must know if you wish to study in Canada.


Overview of Admission Requirements

The admission criteria for studying in Canada differs from course to course and from one institute to the other. The general documents that you will be required to submit are –

  • School leaving certificate, if applying for an undergraduate course
  • Language proficiency proof
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate if applying for a postgraduate course
  • Letter of recommendation, only if required
  • Scanned copies of a valid passport
  • SOP for studying in Canada
  • Detailed resume
  • Other applicable certificate of merits, mainly if asked by the institute


English Proficiency Requirements to Study in Canada

If you want to study abroad in Canada, you will have to show language proficiency scores, for which you must take tests like the PTE, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, etc.

The passing criteria for each of these tests are mentioned below –


All the institutes in Canada accept this test, and you need to have a score between 80-100 to get into a Canadian university.


IELTS is one of the most common English proficiency tests accepted globally. For Canadian universities, you will need a minimum of 6.0 IELTS score. But many universities have upgraded the minimum score to 6.5. So, it is better you target for a straight 7.


CAEL is another common English proficiency test accepted by Canadian universities. The minimum score required for admission to most institutes is 8.

Now let’s get into the requirements for each degree separately.


Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees in Canada –

The duration of undergraduate courses in Canada is three years, but for diploma courses, it can range from 6 months to a year. This varies from one university to the other.

The significant criteria for these courses are –

  • Minimum 70% marks in your class 12 examination
  • A minimum of 580-600 TOEFL PBT; this may again vary from course to course
  • A minimum of 237-250 TOEFL CBT; this may again vary from course to course

Postgraduate courses in Canada usually take 1 to 2 years.

The significant criteria for these courses are–

  • Full-time working experience, most preferably of 2-3 years
  • Minimum 70% average score in a four-year Bachelor's degree program
  • A minimum of 580-600 score in the GMAT
  • A minimum of 580-600 TOEFL PBT; this may again vary from course to course
  • A minimum of 237-250 TOEFL CBT; this may again vary from course to course
  • 5 IELTS exam score; this might differ for different institutions


Requirements for Diploma courses in Canada

  • Minimum of 60% scores in the 12thgrade
  • A minimum of 550 TOEFL PBT; this may again vary from course to course
  • A minimum of 213 TOEFL CBT; this may again vary from course to course
  • 5 IELTS score; this might again differ for different institution


Requirements to Apply for a Student Visa in Canada

A student visa or, as you may say it, a study permit for Canada is official paperwork issued by IRCC Canada. This permit allows the candidate to study in the country for a limited time.

The eligibility criteria for Canadian study permits are as follows –

  • Candidate must be registered at a DLI
  • They must be a citizen who abides by the law and must not have any trace of criminal records
  • Students have to confirm before the immigration officer that they will leave the country once their official duration there ends
  • Students must have proof of financial statements to validate that they and their family are capable of continuing with the education there

These are the basic requirements for pursuing education in Canada. Some conditions will vary from one institute to the other, but the basic idea remains the same. While you are in the hunt for the best university in Canada, make sure to verify these details on the university websites. At the same time have a look at their tuition fees and accommodation facilities.