Most foreign students need a study permit to study in Canada for longer than 6 months. Please click on the following link for details on how to obtain a study permit. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html
If you are studying for a duration of six months or less you will likely need either a visitor’s visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada depending on which country you are from.
Please check the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for current information before making travel plans.
A Temporary Resident Visa is an official document issued by a visa office abroad. It is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. For more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html
To apply for a visa, contact the nearest Canadian visa centre. Many visa offices have specific local instructions concerning the documentation to be submitted with your application.
To take a closer look at the visa process, and various types of visas, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Health insurance is mandatory for all international students studying on a valid study permit for at least six months of the year in British Columbia, Canada.
International students are required to apply for the MSP (B.C.’s health-care coverage) as soon as they arrive in British Columbia. The health-care coverage fee for all international students is $75 per month.
Before health-care coverage begins, there is a wait period consisting of the balance of the month that residency is established, plus two months. International students should carry private insurance until this wait period ends and provincial coverage begins. Detailed information about MSP is available here.
How to Apply
Students can apply online at https://my.gov.bc.ca/msp/enrolment/check-eligibility. The online application takes about 15 minuets.
Students can also apply by mail using a paper application form:
Mail the completed application form to:
Health Insurance BC
Medical Services Plan
PO Box 9678 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P7
Detailed information about How to Apply is available here.
What to Bring
When you arrive in Canada, you must bring the following:
- Valid passport,
- Valid visa/permit, depending on your country of origin and purpose of stay,
- Proof of sufficient funds,
- Return airline ticket, depending on your visa/permit,
- Letter of acceptance from the school you will be attending, and
- Confirmation of accommodation in Canada (homestay letter, if you have requested one)