- An international student
is a student who comes to Canada, on a temporary basis, for the
purpose of pursuing an accredited course of study. In order to
study in Canada, international students require a Student
Authorization, and in some cases a Visitor's Visa, issued by Canada
Immigration Authorities outside of Canada. Students who are
either Canadian Citizens or who have Permanent Residence Status are
not considered International students regardless of their country of
If you are a Landed Immigrant or
Permanent Resident you are Not considered
an international student and are exempt from the international student
The Government of Canada
requires students who are neither citizens nor permanent residents to
obtain a Student Authorization (and in some cases a Visitor's
Visa) to study in Canada. Applications
for Student Authorizations must be made at Canadian
Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates, outside of
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- American citizens or permanent residents
can apply for a Student Authorization at the point of entry into
obtain a Student Authorization all students must:
- In order to obtain a Student
Authorization you must satisfy all the requirements of the Canadian
Immigration Act and Regulations, including the intention to remain in
Canada only for the period of the duration of your studies.
Be accepted by an approved institution into a
full-time accredited program. The Letter of Admission issued by
the University of Calgary provides this information.
Have evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition
fees, living expenses for yourself and, if applicable, accompanying
dependents, and return transportation. Immigration will need proof
that you have access to $10,000 annual living expenses, tuition and an
additional $4000 for each dependent.
Depending on your country of origin you may be
required to have a medical examination.
Pay the Student Authorization application fee of
Have a valid Passport.
Provide any additional information required by
Canadian Immigration Authorities.
*Please keep in mind that
immigration procedures can take several months so we advise students to
begin the application process well in advance. Do NOT
come to Canada as a visitor if you intend to remain to study.
Remember you cannot change your status from
For further questions on immigration
and your Student Authorization, please contact your local Canadian
Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
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