Posted On : 20 September 2023     |     By : kangarooNepal

Studying abroad is an exciting adventure, and Canada is an increasingly popular destination for Nepali students seeking high-quality education. This comprehensive guide will take you through every step of the process, providing in-depth information about studying in Canada, including requirements, documents, and key considerations.

With the best chance of securing permanent residency and its proximity to the US, Canada has been an attractive study destination for millions of students around the world. The Great White North boasts hundreds of tourist attractions, friendly Canadians and welcoming immigration policies, making it easier for people to immigrate to this North American country. 

So if you’re a student looking to study in Canada, we are here to guide you through the entire process. 

In this blog, we will go through all the procedures to study in Canada from Nepal. 

Research and Planning

Research Canadian Universities and Programs:

Before applying, the first step is to take the time to research Canadian universities and the programs that they offer. From top-ranking universities to affordable colleges, Canada is home to a diverse range of institutions, so it’s essential to find the one that best suits your academic and career goals.

  • Explore various universities and colleges across Canada. In Canada, there are mainly 3 types of educational institutes. Colleges, university colleges and universities. 
  • Pay attention to their rankings, reputation, and location.
  • Research the programs they offer, and ensure they align with your interests.

Define Your Academic Goals

After intensive research on the institutions of your choice, the next step is to understand your academic aspirations. This step is essential because it is going to determine your career path and inevitably your future. Make sure you go through these points to help define your academic goals. 

  • Reflect on your long-term career goals.
  • Determine the level of education you want to pursue (undergraduate, graduate, etc.).
  • Choose a program that aligns with your passions and career objectives.

Admission Requirements

Since Canada is home to hundreds of colleges and universities, they have their own admission requirements as well. However, there’s a general list of admission requirements for Canadian institutes.

Language Proficiency:

Canadian institutions primarily use English or French as the medium of instruction. To gain admission, you must prove your proficiency in one of these languages through standardized tests like IELTS or TOEFL.

  • Understand the language requirements of your chosen institution.
  • Prepare for the language proficiency test well in advance.

Educational Credentials:

To apply to Canadian universities, you’ll need to demonstrate that your previous education is equivalent to a Canadian secondary school diploma. This is the next step of your application process. 

  • Collect and authenticate your academic transcripts, diplomas, and certificates.
  • Contact educational credential assessment (ECA) services if needed for evaluation.

Are study gaps accepted in Canada?

One of the most common concerns students have when considering studying abroad is whether the country they are applying to accepts study gaps. The good news is that most institutes worldwide accept it. Applicants will, however, be required to justify these gaps by submitting additional documents such as work experience, medical certificates, and so on. 

Students applying for Diplomas and Undergraduate degrees in Canada are typically accepted with a two-year study gap. Students interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees, on the other hand, can apply with a 5-year gap. 

However, each institute has its own set of rules regarding it. As a result, we recommend that you seek additional information from a registered educational counsellor/consultancy.

Financial Planning

After getting your language proficiency and all your academic documents in order, the next step is financial planning. Since Canadian institutes can be expensive, we suggest you start managing your financial documents at least 6 months before you begin the application process. 

Tuition Fees and Living Expenses:

  • Calculate the total tuition fees for your selected program and institutions. On average, tuition fees in Canada range from $20,000-$40,000 CAD.
  • Factor in additional expenses such as books, housing, and living costs. The average living cost in Canada can range from $15,000-$20,000 CAD, depending on your spending habits and expenses. 
  • You will need documents such as income statements, salary slips, tax payments, property valuation etc. for proper financial documentation. 

The Application Process

Application Deadlines:

Each Canadian institution has its own application deadlines, so it’s essential to be aware of them.

  • Check the application deadlines for your chosen universities and programs. Application deadlines vary from one institute to another but the general application falls between August to January every year. 
  • Start the application process well ahead of time to avoid last-minute stress.

Online Application:

Most Canadian universities offer online application portals.

  • Create accounts and complete the online application forms for your selected institutions.
  • Pay the application fees as required.

Statement of Purpose (SOP):

Writing a compelling Statement of Purpose (SOP) is an essential part of your application.

  • Outline your academic and career goals, and explain why you want to study in Canada.
  • Highlight your achievements and motivations.

Visa Application and Immigration

Study Permit:

A study permit is essential to legally study in Canada.

  • Gather the necessary documents, including your letter of acceptance.
  • Apply for a study permit through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Biometrics and Medical Exams:

As part of your student visa application, you will also be required to complete biometrics and undergo medical examinations. 

  • Schedule and attend biometrics appointments.
  • Complete any necessary medical examinations before applying for your study permit.

Study Permit Approval:

Wait for your study permit approval before making any travel plans.

  • Monitor the progress of your study permit application online.
  • Once approved, plan your travel to Canada accordingly.

Pre-Departure Checklist


Arrange your accommodation well in advance to ensure a smooth transition upon arrival in Canada.

  • Explore on-campus or off-campus housing options.
  • Consider homestays or shared accommodations.


Studying in Canada as a Nepali student is an exciting journey that requires careful planning and preparation. By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate every step of the process, from researching your options and meeting admission requirements to obtaining a study permit and thriving in your new Canadian academic and cultural environment. 

Are you a prospective student looking to study in Canada? Contact us at or any of our other branches for further information. 

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