Study in Canada

Education au/in Canada website is a great resource on study in Canada information.

Collecting Information

  • Begin collecting information about a year prior to the beginning of study. Start by reading the Education au/in Canada website.
  • Determine the scope, level and major field of study. Do you want to complete a degree or do short term study abroad? What do you want to study and at what level?
  • Choose where you want to study. Online guides and search programs will guide you in the selection process. Identifying your personal preferences and having clear goals help in choosing the right university for you.


The Application Process

  • The application deadlines in Canadian universities vary considerably, usually about 5-8 months before beginning of study.
  • The applications and instructions are always obtained 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 - 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 beginning of study.

Resources for Finding a Suitable Higher Education Institution

Funding Sources

  • 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 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, you will most likely need personal funding 
  • Begin searching for funding for about one year prior to the beginning of study.
  • Read more about study costs for international students and tuition fees by university

Funding Sources in Canada

Universities in Canada may offer financial aid for their degree students. Ask about the funding opportunities directly from the university. See also list of organizations that support study or research abroad. (link to FFF page with list of funding resources)

Before Departure

  • You can prepare for your study experience by reading guide books that help students prepare for university life in North America.
  • Information about visas may be obtained from the Canadian Embassy’s website and at 
  • 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.


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