A Guide to Studying in Canadian Institutions for Indian Students
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A Guide to Studying in Canadian Institutions for Indian Students

Margaret Cooley



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The pandemic has forced Canada to enforce travel restrictions, but international students have the option of beginning their course online while retaining their eligibility for the PGWP.

Students from India especially will be at an advantage when it comes to getting a study permit.

Application Steps:

  • Take a look at the designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada that offer programs of interest to you. DLIs cover colleges, universities, and all other educational institutions that have been authorized by the government to accept international students. You can find more than 1,500 DLIs in Canada.
  • Send in your application to the DLIs of your choice. The DLIs will evaluate you on the basis of your transcripts, the program’s integration possibilities in your career plans, English language skills, and letters of recommendation. Once the DLIs accept you, they will send you a Letter of Acceptance (LOA).
  • If you wish to study in Quebec, you must secure a Quebec Acceptance Certificate from the provincial government. After that, you will be able to apply for a study permit from the federal government. For all other provinces or territories, you will only need to receive a study permit from the federal government.

The study permit gives you legal confirmation of your eligibility to study in Canada. Submit all the required documents and wait patiently.

How to fast-track your study-permit application?

Indian students will be able to fast-track study permit applications via the Student Direct Stream. Canada will process all the study permit applications submitted by Indians under this stream within 20 calendar days. Indians will have to fulfill some additional criteria in order to be eligible for the SDS, like obtaining a minimum score of 6 in each skill of the IELTS Academic test, submitting proof of having paid tuition fees for the first year of the course, and more such conditions.


Indians who are aiming to begin their studies in Canada in 2020 will benefit from this option.

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