Study in Canada as an international student

Apply to study in Canada as an international student, extend your study permit and find out about working while you study or after you graduate.

How COVID-19 is affecting applications to visit, work or study in Canada

If you meet the criteria for the travel exemptions, and you want to apply to come to Canada, there are changes to the application process. Learn more.

You can travel to Canada only if you are exempt from the travel restrictions and are coming for an essential purpose.

Some DLIs are reopening to international students

DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory are able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada.

See the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

If you plan to come to Canada as an international student after October 20, 2020:

  • Your DLI must be on the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans before you travel to Canada.
  • You must have a valid study permit, or have been approved for a study permit.

This applies to all international students, whether you’re travelling from the United States or from any other country.

This change doesn’t affect study permit holders already in Canada.

If you’re already in Canada, you can continue studying at any DLI. If you leave Canada, you may not be able to return if your DLI doesn’t have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory in which you live.

Find out more

Preparing to apply

Applying to schools in Canada as an international student

The different kinds of schools, when to apply and other requirements

Learn about student life in Canada

Tips on living in Canada as an international student

Scholarships for international students

Awards for students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and schools

Applying for a study permit

Find out if you need a study permit

Answer a few questions to learn whether you need a study permit to study in Canada

Get a study permit

Who can apply, how to submit your application, processing times and what to expect when you get to Canada

Get a study permit faster

If you live in China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal or Vietnam, you may be able to get your study permit faster

Extend your study permit

How to renew your study permit or restore your status

Study in Canada as a minor child

What minor children need to go to school in Canada

Working or travelling as a student

Work while studying

Who can work while they study, how much and where (on campus, off campus, co-op, and post-graduation)

Stay and work in Canada after you graduate

Get a work permit to stay in Canada after you graduate and how to apply for permanent residence

Get a visitor visa to return to Canada

How and when a study permit holder should apply

Features

Do you want to come to Canada?

Answer a few questions to find out if you are eligible to study in Canada or to extend your study permit in Canada and how to submit an online or paper application.

Apply online for a study permit

Submit your application online to study in Canada.

Study, work and stay in Canada

Come to Canada to study. Stay to live, work and explore.

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