What Are the Requirements to Study in Canada?

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Canada is one of the most popular study destinations in the world. Students from all over the world wish to pursue higher studies in Canada. It is also home to some of the top universities in the world. According to the latest QS World Ranking, it has 3 universities in the top 50. This makes it the ultimate paradise for all the students.

These universities provide excellent education and accommodation opportunities to students. But there are various requirements that they need to fulfil to avail these benefits. For instance, one must obtain a study permit if they wish to pursue academic, professional, or vocational training courses in Canada.

There are many other requirements that they might need to fulfil to study in Canada. To know more in detail, read on.

Why Study in Canada from Bangladesh? 

Canada is home to some of the top universities in the world. It provides world-class education and accommodation facilities to students. But, many other reasons make Canada a great study destination. Some of these are given below:

  1. Students can get world-class education facilities. Some of the most qualified faculties in the world will be teaching them.
  2. Canada's course fee and living costs are quite affordable compared to other countries. E.g. The course fee for a PhD course may be anywhere between CAD 2,500 to CAD 17,000 per year. While the living cost is around CAD 12,000 per year.
  3. Students can participate in scholarships organised by the government or university. This help reduces financial strain and may even pay off 100% of the course fee and living cost.
  4. Students can work during their studies and also post-study. They are allowed to work 20 hours per week while studying full-time during vacations. They can participate in on-campus work, off-campus work, co-op placements, and internships.
  5. Students get various opportunities to work in some of the best countries in the world after graduation. This helps them gain work experience and expertise.
  6. Courses in Canada focus more on research-based studies. They focus more on research and development and are preferred by students.
  7. Students can also move to Canada permanently after working for a few years. The work experience they gain will play a major role in immigration.
  8. Canada is very safe and peaceful, making it the perfect destination for students.

Application Requirements to Study in Canada

Students need to submit various documents at the time of application. These may differ for different courses, but some of them remain common. These are documents with personal information and must be attached.

Some general documents that students need to submit are given below:

  • School leaving certificate (for bachelor's course)
  • Bachelor's degree certificate (for master's course)
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • SOP for Canada
  • Letter of recommendation (if required)
  • Resume or CV (if needed)
  • Another applicable certificate of merits

What are the English Language Proficiency Requirements to Study in Canada? 

Students must appear for English proficiency tests if they wish to study in Canada. These are very necessary and are asked for at the time of application. Students can appear for tests IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, and PTE.

Given below are the details about different English proficiency tests:

English Proficiency Test


Accepted Score


It is one of the world’s most widespread English proficiency tests. It measures a student’s English language on a scale of 1-9. It is measured in four skills: Writing, speaking, listening, and reading. 

6.5 with at least 6.0 in all the skills


It is accepted by all Canadian universities. It is a computer-based test. The scores of this test are valid till 2 years after the results.


CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test)

This test checks the student's English proficiency in 4 skills. These skills are: Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Reading. Candidates are marked on a scale of 10 – 90. 



This is a computer-based English proficiency test. It is not applicable in all universities. Thus, students must check with the university before giving the test.

65 with a minimum of 50 in each section.

Eligibility Requirements for Diploma Degree

Students can pursue 2 types of diploma courses in Canada: UG Diploma and PG Diploma. They may last for 1-3 years. The requirements for these are:

  • 60% marks in class 12th (for UG Diploma after 12th)
  • a minimum score of 65% in bachelor's degree (For PG Diploma)
  • English proficiency test score: IELTS - 6.5 or more, TOEFL - 88 (iBT)
  • Some management and business courses may require work experience

Eligibility Requirements for Bachelor's Degree

Any UG/Bachelor's degree in Canada may last for 3 years. The requirements of these for these degrees are:

  • At least 70% marks in 12th grade
  • Knowledge of Class 12th level Maths
  • TOEFL CBT: 237-250 min (varies for each course)

Eligibility Requirements for Master's Degree

A PG/Master's degree in Canada may last for 1-2 years. There are 2 types of master's degrees in Canada. One is a Master's by thesis, in this students may need to submit a research project. The other is a Master's by non-thesis, in this research project is not required.

Given below are the requirements to get enrolled in any master's program in Canada:

  • Students must have full-time work experience of 2-3 years.
  • Students must have completed 4 years of bachelor's degree with 70% marks.
  • GMAT score of 580-600 min.
  • TOEFL CBT: 237-250 min. (varies for each course)
  • IELTS score: 6.5 overall with at least 6 in all bands
  • Some institutions may ask for written samples/copies of Portfolio/published work.

Eligibility Requirements for MBA

MBA degree in Canada may last for 1-2 years. The requirement that one needs to fulfill to enroll in this degree are:

  • Bachelor's degree from a well-known university or institution.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Scores of English language proficiency tests, like IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 2 Recommendation Letters.
  • Admission interview

Eligibility Requirements for a Doctorate

A PhD./Doctorate in Canada lasts for three to six years. The requirements to enroll in this degree are given below:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • A Research Proposal.
  • Scores of English proficiency Tests.
  • GRE or GMAT scores may be required.
  • Students must have completed a postgraduate degree with a good academic score
  • Prior research experience is preferred.

Eligibility Requirements for Medical Courses

An Undergraduate Medical course in Canada may last for 3 – 4 years. While a PG medical course may last for 3 – 4 years.

The requirements for these courses are given below:

  • A bachelor's degree in Science or Biology (for PG course)
  • English Proficiency scores for IELTS or TOEFL.
  • A score on MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
  • LORs (letters of recommendations)
  • Essay
  • Resume

Statement of Purpose to Study in Canada

A Statement of Purpose or SOP is a letter with an essay written by students who want to study in Canada. It must be around 1000 – 1500 words long. Inside it, they need to write about their academic recognitions, goals, motive, and other details.

SOP is a necessary document that students must submit. It helps the admission panel understand a student's goals, knowledge, visions, and expectations. It also explains a student's reason for admission and what they desire.

Canada Student Visa Requirements

To study at any university in Canada, students must avail of a student visa. And to avail of the student visa, they must submit various documents and proofs. Given below is a list of all the documents required to get a student visa:

  • Valid Passport.
  • Attested copies of 10th, 12th, and Degree certificates.
  • 2 Academic references
  • 2 Employer references
  • SOP (Statement of Purpose)
  • Certificates of extracurricular achievements.
  • An acceptance letter from an educational institution.
  • Proof of payment.

University Entry Requirements to Study in Canada

The entry requirements may differ for different universities. However, some requirements remain common. These are given below:

  • Students must have completed class 12th/UG/PG degree with acceptable marks (depends on the degree)
  • Students must have appeared for English proficiency tests
  • Students must have appeared for other entrance exams like GRE, GMAT, etc. if required

Canada Scholarships Requirements to Study Abroad

Students can apply for various scholarships in Canada. These are organized by the government or the university and help reduce financial strain. Students can check if they fulfill the scholarship requirements and apply accordingly.

Some documents required when applying for scholarships in Canada are:

  • The university's application form.
  • Letter of acceptance from the university.
  • Proof of income for income-based scholarships.
  • Essays or other writings (if required)
  • Proof of all extracurriculars, leadership roles, academic achievements, etc.

COVID Requirements for Travelling to Canada

The Travel requirements have changed ever since covid. Students must go through various steps if they wish to travel to Canada. They also need to fulfill various requirements some of which are given below:

  • Students must be thoroughly vaccinated.
  • They need to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. They will be tested on day 8 and it must turn out to be negative.
  • Students might need to submit various medical reports. E.g. negative PCR, NAT, NAAT or RT LAMP test result. These must be issued between 10 -180 days between arrival.
  • Students will also be tested on arrival the reports of which must be negative.

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