Study in Canada Application Timeline: for Sept. 2021 intake

Providing International Students the opportunity to study in Canada.

Initial Steps: April 2020 to September 2020

  • Start early and by August, shortlist 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc.
  • By September, be familiar with bank loan options and scholarships to fund your studies.
  • Begin by downloading admissions brochures from the university websites. Most brochures are out more than a year earlier.
  • Do some initial research on various accommodation options.

Crack the Exams: June 2020 to December 2020

  • Prepare for required standardized tests like GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE – depending on the course and university.
  • By June-July or three months before the test date, register for GMAT/GRE.
  • Register for TOEFL/IELTS at least a month before the test date.
  • Take the required tests around SeptemberPlan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test.

It’s application time: August 2020 to October 2020 – Study in Canada application timeline

  • Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
  • Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline.
  • Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month’s time to structure these documents properly.
  • Apply before the deadline

What next: November 2020 to April 2021

  • Don’t delay replying to college e-mails. And there will be quite a few!
  • Appear for personal/video interviews. These are scheduled around January to March.
  • Once you get acceptance letters, make your decision as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the deadline, notify the universities of your decision.
  • You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.

Visa and money matters: May 2021 to July 2021

  • Search for and begin applying for external scholarships (if applicable).
  • Apply for student loan, after you get your acceptance letter.
  • Gather paperwork for your student visa. Check visa requirements.
  • Apply for student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!

Get ready to fly: July 2021 to August 2021

  • Book airline tickets.
  • Arrange for an International Debit/Credit card.
  • Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.
  • Check out Pre-departure checklist!