Study Abroad in Canada: Frequently Asked Questions
I want you to know that we hear you. Based on inquiry, we’ve put together a list of basic questions on studying abroad in Canada. Let’s walk through it.
What is the admission procedure to study in Canada?
How far in advance should I start planning for my studies in Canada?
It is recommended that Nigerian students wanting to study in Canada should start planning for their studies in Canada, 4 months to 1 year in advance. This is particularly important as it could take CIC up to 3-5 months to process an application for a study visa to Canada from Nigeria.
How long will it take for me to secure an admission at a Canadian college or university?
Our office will forward your application to the Canadian educational institution once you complete all requirements. The response time could range from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the Canadian educational institution. It should be noted that colleges usually have a faster response time compared to universities. Likewise, there is a faster turnaround time for undergraduate programs compared to graduate or doctoral (PhD) programs.
When can I commence my studies in Canada?
The main intake for study in Canada is predominantly ‘Fall’ (September). The other intake is ‘Winter’ (January), but it depends on the students’ program and the institution that he/she is applying to. Very few institutions may have the ‘Summer’ (May) intake as well. If you are hoping to get an entrance award or entrance scholarship from the Canadian educational institution, then your best bet is the September intake, as most Canadian universities only consider ‘Fall’ (September) applicants for entrance awards/scholarship.
What are the requirements for admission into Canadian universities?
Each university in Canada has its own policy regarding admission requirements. The admission requirements will usually be available on the educational institution’s website, or the university will have to be contacted directly for the admission requirements of the program you are interested in.
However, as a general rule, Nigerian undergraduate students wanting to study in Canada are expected to have a WAEC or NECO result with at least five/six credits including English and Mathematics. While Nigerian postgraduate students looking to study in Canada are expected to have a minimum of a Second Class Lower (2:2) with a high GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate studies or Second Class Upper (2:1).
How much does it cost to study in Canada?
Tuition fees vary based on institution. Please contact the administration where you intend to study for more information.
Will I be required to pay my complete tuition fees before my visa is issued or before travelling to Canada for my studies?
No, you do not have to pay all your tuition fees before applying for your visa or before travelling to Canada for your study. Most colleges/universities have instalment plans, but it goes with deadlines so you will have to ensure you pay within the dates given. Some educational institutions may require that you pay a portion of your tuition fees (i.e. Deposit) before you are given the necessary documents (final acceptance letter) to apply for your study visa. However, this varies from one institution to another. It should be noted that the visa officer in charge of your visa application may consider it necessary for you to make the full payment and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Who can sponsor me to study in Canada?
You can sponsor yourself. Alternatively, an individual (such as your parents, spouse, family members, etc.) or an institution (e.g. your employer, religious organization, scholarship agency, etc.) can also sponsor you.
Can my Spouse and children accompany me to study in Canada?
There is an option for you to bring your family members (i.e. husband/wife and children, only) with you to Canada for your studies. However, you must prove to the visa officer that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any accompanying family member, while you are in Canada for Study. Also you have to apply for a separate visa for each accompanying family member and then demonstrate that you all have sufficient ties in your home country (Nigeria) that will bring you back home after your studies in Canada. The minimum amount that you will need is as follows:
– SINGLE STUDENT: Tuition for one year + $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month)
– ONE FAMILY MEMBER: Additional $4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month)
– EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER: Another additional $3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month)
* Source: CICs (now: IRCC) Website. *
Are scholarships available to international students in Canada?
Scholarships may be available to international students from private, government or public institutions in Canada. There may be scholarships available to international students from the study institution of choice.
Learn more about financial aid for international students in Canada.
Can I get scholarships to take care of my tuition fees and living cost in Canada?
Scholarships and opportunities for financial assistance are available to Nigerian students for study in Canada, but they are competitive and limited to students of top academic standing. Most of these are available at the graduate level, but there are some secondary school and undergraduate entrance scholarship available, particularly through individual institutions.
A Nigerian student who is hoping to get an entrance award or scholarship at a Canadian educational institution, should apply early to their educational institution of choice, to ensure that they are considered for entrance scholarships and awards. Also, the ‘Fall’ (September) intake will be the best option for such a person, as most Canadian universities only consider ‘Fall’ applicants for entrance awards/scholarship. Other bodies and organizations often offer scholarships too. Again, they will look for strong grades and all round achievement.
Are IELTS or CELPIP required in order to submit a study permit application?
Do I have to write an English Language Proficiency Test (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), considering that Nigeria is an English speaking Country?
The colleges and universities that we deal with, exempt Nigerians from providing proof of English language Proficiency. However, some Canadian educational institutions evaluate Nigerian applicant for English language proficiency when their applications is processed.
In general, a Nigerian student applying to an undergraduate program in Canada who has a WAEC/NECO result with a minimum of C6 (or C5 depending on the institution) in English Language, may be exempt from the English Language proficiency requirement.
Also, for postgraduate studies in Canada, a Nigerian student who have completed a 3 or 4 years’ undergraduate degree may be exempted from the educational institutions English Language proficiency requirement since undergraduate degrees in Nigeria are taught in English Language. However, the Canadian educational institution reserves the right to ask a student for a Proof of English Language proficiency at any point.
Would I be required to write GMAT or GRE for a Masters Degree in Canada?
A couple of educational institutions do not require GMAT/GRE for a Masters Degree. However, if you want to have more choices, then you may have to write the GMAT/GRE, as some educational institutions require GMAT/GRE for a Masters Degree.
Finally here’s why you should study in Canada?
When you study in Canada, you will earn qualifications that are recognized and respected all over the world. Also, you will become part of a diverse, welcoming and vibrant society that offers you a unique cultural experience in a safe and beautiful environment. Furthermore, there are many Post Study work opportunities for international students, including a pathway to immigrate to Canada. Click here for more information about the advantages of studying in Canada.