Study in Canada – How to Apply, Dates and Requirements

Getting admission to a Canadian university can be a hard fight since the number of applicants are far more than the prospective students to be accepted. In order to study in Canada and get admission, the students must start preparing one or two years in advance.

Application forms to study in Canada can be filed at common admission portals for universities in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Other applications for international students are available on the respective student websites.

When to Apply for Canadian Universities?

Applications from International students in Canada are usually accepted till September. Accordingly, a rough admission timeline for international students has been given below:

Month Timeline
April- June (previous year) Start researching for universities and institutions, meanwhile apply for loans or financial assistance
July- August Contact the universities and take up the standardized tests for Language proficiency and academic requirements
August- October Fill university application forms, gather supporting documents and pay the application fee
October- January Submit application forms and wait for a response
March- May University will send in the response
May- July Apply for visa after acceptance and arrange for finances
July- August Prepare to go

Admission Requirements for International Students in Canada

Students at all the program levels must provide Language Proficiency Proof, academic requirements also vary as per the course opted.

Language Proficiency


  • TOEFL: Undergraduate- 79+, Graduate- 80+
  • IELTS: 6.5- 7
  • PTE: 60+
  • CAEL: 70+
  • MELAB: 85+


  • TEF

Read More About Exams to Study Abroad

Academic Requirements

Degree Requirement
Diploma Grade 12
Degree and Diploma programs Grade 12
Graduate Program University degree or three-year college diploma

How to Apply to Canadian University as an International Student?

Application process for Canadian universities is quite straight-forward. Students must apply at the university’s international students application page. However, applications for undergraduate programs can also be filed via common application portal for universities in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre)

Online application forms can be processed via OUAC for domestic as well as international students. There are two types of application forms under OUAC:

  • OUAC 101: For students currently attending Ontario high school
  • OUAC 105: For students who are not attending Ontario high school (105D) or international applicants (105F). International students can fill OUAC 105 F form at

How to Apply?

To apply for 3 universities in Ontario, pay $50 (additional $100 for 3 more forms). Continue with steps given below:

  • Register at OUAC application portal and obtain username and password.
  • Once done, proceed to fill the application form.
  • Add choices for universities and courses.
  • Submit the form and wait for the answer.
  • Fill AIF form sent via mail for extra curricular activities and submit it.

Apply Alberta

All the 26 institutes in Alberta accept applications from international students through the common application portal, ApplyAlberta.

How to Apply?

Following are the steps to apply for universities in Alberta.

  • Create a Secure Login Account at
  • Find Your Alberta Student Number
  • Authorize Transcript Transfer
  • Fill in Profile
  • Complete Application at Institution of Choice
  • Submit Application and Pay Any Application Fees

Education Planner BC

Education Planner BC assists some post secondary institutions in British Columbia province to accept applications for various programs. Following universities in British Columbia accept applications through

Camosun College Capilano University
Coast Mountain College College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies Douglas College
Emily Carr University of Art and Design Justice of British Columbia
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langara College
Nicole Valley Institute of Technology North Island college
Northern lights college Selkirk College
Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University
University of Fraser Valley Vancouver Community College
Vancouver Island University

How to Apply?

  • Decide the institution from the given list
  • Prepare documents and gather them
  • Apply at as per the instructions given at the institution page
  • Pay the application fee as asked
  • Submit the form and check its status in your email box.

Applications for some universities in Saskatchewan can be filled via, the common application portal for province.

How to Apply?

  • Choose an institution from the given list at
  • Prepare documents and gather them
  • Apply at for desired university/college.
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit the form and check its status.

Types of Admission Offers

There are 4 types of admission offers made by Canadian universities to the international applicants

Unconditional Offers

The most common type of admission offer is unconditional offer, wherein, applicant is granted acceptance without any condition. Such acceptance is given by confirming that an applicant has fulfilled all the required conditions.

Conditional Offers

In case applicant fails to fulfill some requirements, he/she is asked to accept offer only after confirming certain conditions. If failing to prove English proficiency, an applicant has to enroll in English Language course. If falling short of other academic requirements, pathway programs are suggested to be undertaken.

Alternate Offers

If grades are sufficient for the applied program, the institute can offer some other program. Candidates can accept it as per their convenience.

Transfer Credits

An international student who finished high school and completes a coursework at post-secondary level in Canada or abroad can be offered admission on the basis of these credits acquired.

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