APPLYING TO A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN CANADA

APPLYING TO A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN CANADA

Applying to high schools in Canada is a process with several steps. Some steps will differ from school to school, so you should contact the school you are applying to for more specific information. However, there are some general guidelines for applying to high schools in Canada.

Choose a school
Your first step is to research Canadian secondary schools and choose the school that will give you the education you are looking for. Canada offers a wide variety of program choices for international students, so you should have no problem finding the school that is right for you.

Apply directly to the school
This step is the one that varies the most between schools. Most high schools in Canada have their own individual application form and process to follow. You should contact the school directly to get a copy of the form or an introduction to their process. They may require transcripts or other supporting documents from you, which you may need to have translated if they are not issued by your home institution in the language of the school in Canada (English or French). You should also find out if there is an application deadline, and give yourself plenty of time.

Pay your application fees and any other fees
Many schools will require you to pay an application fee and all or part of the year's tuition before they will send you a letter of acceptance. As the letter of acceptance is absolutely required to obtain a Canadian student visa, this step is very important. Most institutions will refund your payment if for some reason a student visa cannot be obtained. Check the individual school's policy.

Apply for your study permit
Once you have your letter of acceptance from a Canadian secondary school, you can begin applying for your Canadian student visa, also called a study permit. This permit is required for all international students whose studies in Canada will last more than six months. The permit is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The application process for this permit may take some time. Again, it is very important to leave enough time before the beginning of the school year to apply for and receive your study permit.

Once you have your letter of acceptance and your study permit from CIC, you are ready to begin your journey to Canada for an exciting high school experience.