Applying to Colleges and Universities

After high school, there are many options available if you or your children want to pursue higher education.

Public colleges

There are 28 public colleges in Ontario. Many colleges have more than one campus location, which means students can take full-time and part-time courses at more than 100 locations across the province.

Peel Region has Sheridan College, with campuses located in Brampton and Mississauga. Sheridan College offers a variety of programs for newcomers.

Universities

Ontario has 18 universities. Peel Region has two universities:

More information

  • OntarioColleges.ca - applying to a college as an immigrant student
  • Universitystudy.ca - offers profiles of Canadian universities, a large study programs database and helps you plan your university education.

Savings and Loans for Education

Post-secondary education in Canada is expensive. Government of Canada and Government of Ontario have created ways to help you start saving early for your college or university tuition fees.

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) - is a special savings account for parents who want to save for their child's post-secondary education.

SmartSaver.org - provides more details on how you can save for post-secondary education.

Canada Learning Bond - is a government grant of up to $2,000. For more information, call the Enrolled by Six Information Line at 905-890-9432. 

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) - is a mix of grants and loans available for students to pay post-secondary education. There are two kinds of money available:

  • grants: money you don't have to pay back
  • loan: you need to repay it back including the principal and interest

Both the Ontario government and federal government provide this money.

International student

As an international student, there are several things to keep in mind, such as document translation, English language proficiency, tuition fees, living costs and immigration requirements. Generally, international students pay a higher tuition rate for college and university programs. In some cases, the tuition is double or triple the amount that domestic students pay.

Educational Credential Assessment

Understanding how your educational qualifications from another country translate in Canada is important to determine whether you need more training, education or Canadian work experience.

Applying to Colleges and Universities

Colleges

The first step in applying to college is to research the programs and colleges available to you. The College map provides information about college programs, admission requirements and more. 

To apply to an Ontario College, you need to apply through ontariocolleges.ca as soon as the application is available in October, so that you have plenty of time to complete the academic and immigration requirements before your studies begin. Depending on the country in which you live, this process could take anywhere from three to nine months. Ontariocolleges.ca provides you with the information about applying to college as an international student.

Sheridan College has campuses located in Brampton and Mississauga and, offers a variety of programs for international students. Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology (Lambton College) is a public, non-profit college located in Sarnia, Ontario which has established a licensing agreement in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada referred to as Lambton in Mississauga. Lambton College's programs are licensed to and delivered by Queen's College of Business, Technology & Public Safety, a licensed private career college. 

Universities

eINFO provides information about university programs, admission requirements and more. 

To apply to an Ontario university, you must submit your application to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). The OUAC processes application for all Ontario universities. 

Peel has two universities for international students:

Applying for Study Permit

You need a study permit to attend college or university in Canada. 

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides more information on standard eligibility criteria and how to apply for a study permit.

Working While Studying and after graduation

Working While Studying

As an international student you can work under any of the Citizenship Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada's work programs for students

  • Work on campus - You can work at the institution where you are studying without a work permit, see eligibility criteria.
  • Work off campus - Full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions in certain programs can work off campus without a work permit.
  • Work as a co-op student or intern - You need to apply for a  Co-op work permit if work experience is part of your academic program.

Working After Graduation

As an international student you could be eligible to get a special work permit to allow you to work in Canada - for up to 3 years - after you graduate. Post-graduate work permit: Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada provides more information.

Applying for permanent residency

If you are an international student, you may be able to apply to Opportunities Ontario for nomination as a permanent resident, under the International Student Category. Through the Provincial Nominee ProgramOntario nominates individuals for permanent resident status to the federal government. To be eligible, you need to:

  • Be a recent graduate or graduating soon
  • Have graduated or will soon graduate from a publicly funded college or university in Canada
  • Have a qualifying permanent, full-time job offer from an Ontario employer
  • Masters and PhD graduates can apply, without a job offer.

For more information, visit Opportunities Ontario: Applying as International Student.

Contact Us

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University of Toronto - Mississauga

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