Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges, vocational schools, CEGEPs)

Post-secondary schools include colleges, universities and vocational schools. Each post-secondary school has its own set of rules on how to apply, and decides what level of English or French you will need to be accepted. For more information on post-secondary schools, contact:

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges
  • Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Also visit EduCanada to get detailed profiles, requirements, application and admission information for programs of study at Canadian CEGEPs, vocational schools, colleges and universities.

How to apply to a school, college or university

Once you have chosen a place to study you will need to apply to that school, college or university. Every school has different rules on how to apply.

Make sure you apply early for your course of study. Apply at least six months in advance to primary and secondary schools. University and college students should apply a year before they want to start their studies.

Contact the school where you want to study to learn how to apply. They will give you the right application forms and be able to tell you about:

the cost of applying;
tuition fees;
health insurance;
rent and how much it will cost to live in Canada;
language tests.
Fill out the application form for the school or schools of your choice, and submit it according to the instructions provided. If the school admits you as a student, they will send you a letter of acceptance. You need a letter of acceptance in order to apply for a Study Permit.

Health Insurance

The Government of Canada does not pay for the medical costs of foreign students. Health coverage for foreign students varies between provinces. Contact the school at which you are applying to receive more information about medical coverage and health insurance.