Visa, insurance, language test… what formalities to study in Canada?

A study trip to Canada requires preparation. Visa, health, language test… Overview of the steps to anticipate to arrive serene and ready to invest the campuses across the Atlantic.

An obstacle course, the administrative formalities to study in Canada? Rest assured: the agreements between our two countries simplify the process.

Study permit from 6 months

French students do not have no visa required spend a semester in Canada. However, from six months onwards, you must apply for a study permit on the Canadian government website.

You will need a valid passport, the letter of acceptance from the university you will receive, proof of sufficient financial means to live in Canada (the equivalent of 833 Canadian dollars per month and 917 Canadians in Quebec) and a medical certificate (find the full list of required documents here). The application fee is €95. Then count three to six weeks to receive your title.

Also read: Test: Are you ready to study in Canada?

To study in Quebec, you must also obtain a CAQ (Quebec Acceptance Certificate) before applying for a study permit for stays of more than six months. The fee is 112 Canadian dollars (73.50 €).

Compulsory insurance

Institutions generally offer medical insurance for international studentsbut the conditions that must be met (minimum length of stay, for example) are sometimes so restrictive that you may not be able to use them.

Two solutions: if you leave as part of an exchange, you will remain registered in a branch in France and you can apply for an international extension from your student insurance fund (about €40 per month). In the event of a solo departure, you are no longer affiliated with the French Student Social Security and you must take out private insurance. This is essential in the event of a problem, as health costs can add up quickly.

Also read: Cost of Living, Housing… Student Life in Canada

Quebec special case: French students can enjoy the same social protection as Quebecers, without paying extra contributions, thanks to the Franco-Quebecois Memorandum of Understanding† To take advantage of this, ask your CPAM for the document proving your affiliation. When you arrive on site, you must register with the RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) to get reimbursement of your medical expenses.

Language test(s) to be scheduled

To access an English-speaking Canadian university, you must pass an English test that confirms your language level† The TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is the most common exam, but universities also accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

If low-selection universities require a minimum score of 80, you must achieve a minimum of 100, for example if you aim for the prestigious University of Toronto.

Don’t wait until the last minute to practice: even if you have a very good level of English, each of these tests has a method that requires preparation. Count 206 € for the TOEFL and 230 € for the IELTS.

The CLEISS informs you about international social protection.
The Canadian Higher Education Database lists the minimum scores required for TOEFL and IELTS.

Studying in Canada: Follow the Guide!

You have made up your mind: you are going to study in Canada. But how do you choose the university? How much will the registration cost you? Where to stay? We inventory the steps to be taken.

• Studying in Canada: how do you choose your university?
• Cost of studies, scholarships, jobs… what budget for Canada?
• Housing, transport, budget… student life in Canada
• Test: Are you ready to study in Canada?

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