I know as a Nigerian, you may have been searching online for the list of universities in Canada, or probably thinking why universities in Canada are not easy to get into.
You have to understand that Canadian universities have rules and policy that protect them, especially when it comes to international students. Canada is a big city with top universities and universities for international students to study with other students in the Canadian top universities.
However, when speaking with international students who may have recently applied to a Canadian university, the words that often come out of their mouths are, “I can’t believe how straightforward and easy the process was and definitely that is true now”.
Applying to Canadian universities is incredibly straightforward now and the entire application process will take you just an hour to complete. Maybe the most difficult is coming up with a username and account password!
At this time, let me add my typical disclaimer: There are more than 100 universities in Canada and all of them are different. As the information presented is what is typical for most of the institutions, you’ll find institutions and programs that have different processes so it’s always best to check out the application processes for each institution you are interested in applying to and only use the available information as a starting point.
Listed below in this article, you will read more about 5 easy steps for applying to a Canadian University from Nigeria
#1. Check the application requirements for every school – Education in Canada is the responsibility of our individual Provinces and due to this and we don’t have a central clearing house like UCAS in Britain or even the Common App in the United States of America.
When applying to universities in Canada, generally, you will be applying to each institution individually. You will find exceptions though, such as the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) that allows you to apply to multiple universities with one single application. There are other provinces that have more variations in the OUAC system, but for the most part you’ll be applying to universities individually.
#2. Apply online on time – Applications can be found and completed entirely online. As earlier mentioned, the complete application would take you no longer than an hour to complete (probably more detailed half an hour). Most applications only need your biographical information, educational background and other information such as your intended program of interest and start date.
Typically, there won’t be any supplementary information requirements such as letters of reference, essays or test scores. Again, you will find exceptions for this, so it is important to check with each university. But like most students say, the admission process is easy.
#3. Check the application deadlines with interested schools (each school) – Canadian university application deadlines are usually later than other North America countries. Most applications do not open until October of your respective school year and deadlines range anywhere from January to June.
Some universities have multiple start dates to accommodate students studying in various countries or curricula. The typical start date is September every year, but some of the Canadian universities have January or even May start dates so there are many open options for students.
#4. Check the type of application each school uses – Many Canadian university programs operate on what’s called a “rolling admission” process, which mean that once we receive the admission application and transcripts we can evaluate you and make an admissions decision.
Sometimes, from the time you complete your application to the start of admission; an admission decision can be reached within 7 days! Of course, you’ll find competitive admission programs also which will not evaluate applications until after an application deadline has passed, so be sure to find out what the approval process is right for your program of interest.
#5. Know what final requirements you need to enroll – Canadian universities will typically provide you with a conditional offer of admission. Therefore, that means we’re admitting you into this program, simply because you have applied (or alternate program if you are not qualified for your preferred program), but there are other required conditions that you must meet for you to obtain full admission.
These conditions include keeping your academic average and successfully completing your high school program and graduate.
Make sure to read your admission offer letter carefully as there might be other conditions that aren’t transparent or obvious to you. International students can also start using these “Conditional Letters of Admittance” to start the application process to obtain their study permit.
All non-Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents need to have a valid study permit to pursue studies which are more than 4 months in length. For more information on study permits here is an article on how to get a Canadian Study Visa/permit from Nigeria
Pursuing your studies in Canada is an excellent opportunity. One of the primary advantages of studying in Canada is nearly 95% individual universities are publicly funded and comply with similar accreditation standards.
This means you will get an advanced level of quality education, at any university you eventually decide to choose. The reputation of a Canadian education is regarded to be among the best across the globe and a degree from any of the institutions enables students to seek further education, employment and other opportunities worldwide.
You really can’t go wrong with any Canadian university!
For detailed information about universities in Canada visit the Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada website: www.aucc.ca