Study abroad requires making several important decisions. Among them are where to study, how to apply to an institution of higher education, the major field of study, and how to finance the study.
Here are some general instructions on how to proceed with finding a place of study and apply to a university in Canada.
Study in Canada
- Start by reading the Education au/in Canada website. It is also a good idea to participate in one of the Fulbright Center's information sessions. This is how you get the basics done easily.
- Then if you feel like you need more information, contact us and we can e-mail, talk on the phone or make an appointment.
- The first decision is to determine the scope, level and major field of study. Do you want to complete a degree or do short term study abraod? What do you want to study and at what level?
- The next step is to choose where you want to study. Guides and search programs will guide you in the selection process. Identifying your personal prefences and having clear goals help in choosing the right university for you.
- Begin collecting information about a year prior to the beginning of study.
The Application Process
- The application deadlines in Canadian universities vary considerably, usually about 5-8 months before begining of study.
- The applications and instructions are always ordered directly from the institutions. Additional information concerning the application process and student selection can be found in university catalogues.
- One of the basic criteria for selecting international students in Canada is the use of TOEFL - the Test of English as a Second Language.
- It is important to fill out university application forms very carefully. Incomplete applications may not get processed at all. All test results and supporting documents must also reach the institution by the stated deadline.
- Begin the application process about one year prior to the begining of study.
- The KELA center for student financial aid awards government financial aid for study in Canada if the study leads to a degree in recognized institution or is part of a degree to be pursued in Finland.
- Universities in the Canada may offer financial aid for their degree students.
- Other possible funding sources are Finnish and international scholarships and grants.
- In addition to scholarships and government financial aid, personal funding is often needed.
- Begin searching for funding about one year prior to the begining of study.
- You can prepare for your study experience by reading guidebooks that help students prepare for university life in North America. Additionally, the Fulbright Center organizes a predeparture information session each Spring.
- Information about visas may be obtained from High Commission in London website.
- Most Canadian universities organize an orientation for international students before the semester begins. During this orientation students get acquainted with the university, the local community, and fellow students.