These institutes are divided into three main types of learning establishments:
- Community Colleges – these offer certificate and diploma courses in vocational and career training, and there are also specialist colleges of applied arts and technology. Courses can be from two to three years and there are many pre-university programs offered.
- University Colleges – these institutes straddle the gap between Canada universities and colleges and offer a limited range of undergraduate courses (bachelor’s degrees) and also diplomas and certificates, but do not provide higher graduate programs (masters and doctorates).
- Universities – these provide academic and professional training and research in internationally recognized degree level qualifications such as BA, BSc, MA, and MSc, PhD and so on.
- A valid passport (this must cover the entire period you intend to stay in the country, so if you are taking a 1 year course you will need to have at least 18 months left before the expiry date).
- The original letter of acceptance from the institute of learning.
- You must be able to prove you have adequate funds to cover your tuition fees and living costs.