International student study permit update
On January 22, 2024, the Government of Canada announced a cap on international student permit applications.
International students applying for a study permit to attend an undergraduate program in Alberta will be required to submit an attestation letter along with a letter of acceptance to a qualified Alberta post-secondary school. Alberta will establish a process for issuing attestation letters to students by March 31, 2024.
The following students are exempt and/or will not be affected by this change:
- Current students or those seeking study permit renewals,
- students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program, and
- students enrolled in K-12 education
When you study in Alberta, you:
- study with faculty and instructors that are leaders in their field
- take high quality, internationally recognized programs
- learn in leading edge facilities
- could work with well-known researchers on important projects
- get an education in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada and the world
Visit Study in Alberta
International students should visit:
The Study in Alberta website can help you:
- plan your studies
- learn more about life in Alberta
- research our world-class post-secondary institutions
- start your application
- plan your stay in Alberta and budget for living expenses
- learn more about your options after you graduate
Every approved or licensed program offered at a higher education institution in Alberta must meet certain quality standards.
- ensure students receive a quality education at any post-secondary institution in Alberta that accepts international students
- allow students studying in Alberta to transfer their learning between programs and institutions
Read more about Alberta’s quality standards for higher learning.
With more than 2,000 post-secondary programs offered by institutions throughout Alberta, you have choices in what and where you learn.
Programs and credentials, and how they are taught, can vary by higher learning institution. Here’s how you can research which program is the best fit for you:
- find out what credentials you can earn in Alberta
- explore higher education program options
- read these tips about how to choose a learning option
- access planning supports
There are many different types of higher education institutions located in communities throughout the province.
In Alberta, institutions must be designated to accept international students. These institutions offer programming that meets provincial government quality standards. You can only get a study permit from the Government of Canada if you enrol at a designated institution.
Find institutions that are designated for international students.
How to apply
Admission requirements can vary by higher learning program and institution. Find information about admission:
Assessing your prior learning
When you apply, your prior learning is assessed to confirm it meets your program’s admission requirements.
Upgrading your learning
As part of the application process, you will be asked to demonstrate your proficiency with the English language. Find out how to take an English language proficiency assessment.
You may also be required to upgrade some of your marks to meet admission requirements. Learn about academic upgrading.
Plan your stay
Before you come to study in Alberta, you will need to arrange:
- a study permit from the Government of Canada
- how to pay for your education
- health insurance coverage
- where you will live
- a budget to live on while you study
- what you need to bring
Also make sure you know how to access international student support services at your institution.
Above all, plan to enjoy your time in Alberta! Travel Alberta has information about destinations to explore throughout the province during your stay.
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