Which Canadian University is Right for Me?
Canada has a selection of post-secondary institutions of different sizes and specialties. Here’s a list of five of the country’s most recognized schools, and a description of each to help get you started!
- University of Toronto (UofT)
The University of Toronto is likely one of the Canadian schools you have already heard of! International students choose UofT for its academic excellence and vibrant campus life. 20,000 of them, to be exact. It is also located in the downtown core of the world’s most diverse city.
- University of British Columbia (UBC)
UBC is North America’s most international university. Thirty percent of UBC’s student population is international—16,188 students from 156 countries. Located on Canada’s beautiful west coast, the university is part of busy Vancouver. UBC is an excellent choice for those interested in living in a city while still having access to nature. Living in Vancouver means easy access to the beautiful outdoors, including forest, ocean and mountains.
- McGill University
McGill has an international reputation for excellence. It’s no wonder it has a population of more than 12,000 international students. Although it is in the French province of Quebec, McGill is an English university. The city of Montreal is known as one of the best cities to live in as a student. The cost of living is low and it is home to a vibrant artistic and cultural scene.
- Université de Montreal (UdeM)
UdeM is one of Canada’s highest ranking universities, and a great option for those interested in studying in French! Located in the city of Montreal, UdeM and its affiliate schools serve 9,500 international students each year.
- McMaster University
McMaster is one of the world’s top 100 universities. Located in Hamilton, Ontario, the university is only an hour drive from Toronto. Hamilton is experiencing a significant job boom in the tech sector. This is great news for those interested in working during or after their studies!
Can I Change Schools or Programs While on a Study Permit?
With a Canadian study permit, you can change your school or program at any time. To do so, you will want to make sure you are following the right procedure and staying within the conditions of your study permit.
Here are the exact steps you need to follow to change your school or program through the online portal:
- Sign in to your account.
- Find the section called Designated Learning Institution student transfer
- Click transfer from DLI number
- Enter your study permit application number in the search field and then click search for my application
- You may be prompted to enter more details from your original study permit application, so it’s important to have this handy.
- Enter the information about your new program or school, including the new DLI number, your new student ID number, and your start date.
- Click submit transfer
- You will then be asked to review all the information you have submitted. If everything looks good, you can complete the process by clicking confirm transfer
- You will receive a notification that your request is complete. This confirms that you have successfully informed the government of your change in plans.