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Canadian education has always been renowned for its high standards and globally recognized quality programs. In addition to a good standard of living, Canada has a healthy and safe community, a beautiful campus life, and advanced research facilities…etc.


The Canadian government has invested a lot of resources in education and is actively promoting diversity, which attracts many international students to study abroad.


According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s student visa statistics, more than 4,000 Hong Kong students studied in Canada in 2020, making it the 17th largest source of international students in the country (this figure does not include Canadian passport holders who are not required to apply for a student visa, so the actual number of Hong Kong students studying there is much higher).


Although there are no official figures on the programs chosen by Hong Kong students, the most common are business programs, followed by science, such as medical science and engineering, and then humanities programs. 2022 is the year to start preparing for study in Canada, so do you know what requirements must be met to apply for study in Canada?

Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents: Stream A for In-Canada graduates

Applicants must have completed a post-secondary program or higher in Canada within the previous 3 years at the time of application. For example, degree programs, diploma programs (2 years or more), graduate programs (at least one year) are eligible.


Application Requirements: (Updated April 29, 2022)

– Holders of HKSAR passport or BNO passport

– Have completed a Canadian post-secondary program within the past three years at the time of application

– Applicant intends to stay in Canada

– The program must be a Canadian government accredited institution (DLI)

– The program must be a diploma or higher program

– The program must be at least a two-year program (except for graduate programs)

– If enrolled in a graduate program, the program must be at least one year, must hold a bachelor’s or diploma degree at the time of enrollment, and must have been obtained within five years prior to the commencement of the graduate program


Procedures and Requirements:

  1. Enroll in a school of Canada in Hong Kong
  2. apply for a student visa in Hong Kong
  3. enter Canada and start your studies (you can work part-time during this period)
  4. Find a job after graduation and submit an application for permanent residency
  5. Receive a Permanent Resident Maple Leaf Card (PR) after federal processing


Short term (1 month) English prerequisite course + 2 years of diversified programs to choose from:

– Professional Cooking + Pastry Preparation

– Hairdressing

– Automotive Mechanics

– Pharmacist Assistant

– Accounting

– Graphic Design… etc.


Other Benefits:

– Study permit holder’s dependent children can study in Quebec for free

– Open work permit for student spouse

– 20 hours/week work off campus with SIN as a full-time student

Undergraduate Application

Application Requirements:

The majority of schools in Canada are public universities, and each university has its own admissions criteria. In general, there are three basic requirements that need to be met in order to apply to Canadian institutions, which are also the three requirements for studying in Canada.


  1. graduate from high school with an average high school test score of at least 80
  2. have a high school entrance exam score of at least 70% of the full score
  3. have a TOEFL score of at least 90 and an IELTS score of 6.0 or 6.5 or above


If students want to go directly to university in Canada, they must complete all secondary education to meet the requirements for studying in Canada, and have good academic and language scores. In addition, the student’s family needs to have strong financial means in order to ensure the student’s successful completion of studies. It is important to note that in addition to meeting the basic requirements for studying in Canada, it is also necessary to identify a good institution and major.


Canadian universities have a balanced quality of teaching, but different universities still have their own unique teaching characteristics, in the choice of institutions, do not only focus on the ranking, the overall level of the school, learning atmosphere, professional direction, location and other factors to consider.


For their professional positioning is not very clear students, you can first determine the direction of the profession, wait until the second year and then set the profession can also be.


Basic requirement:

Canadian universities require only the applicant’s regular grades and HKCEE scores. In contrast, comprehensive universities require students to provide high school entrance exam results, which are only an important criterion for screening applicants.


Language Proficiency:

In Canada, due to the large number of immigrants from England and France, both English and French are spoken in the country, but overall English is more widely spoken and the language of instruction in colleges and universities is mostly English. IELTS and TOEFL scores are recognized by Canadian colleges and universities.


In fact, the higher the teaching level and the higher the ranking of the school, the higher the language requirements, and excellent language scores will add points to your application.


Financial Preparation:

There are two aspects of financial preparation: tuition and living expenses, and a security deposit. The cost of studying in Canada is not cheap, so it is best to prepare in advance to prevent any surprises and to have all your expenses ready at least three months in advance.

Master's degree application

1. Bachelor’s degree required

Canadian universities require applicants to have a four-year undergraduate degree or to have completed at least the first semester of their fourth year of university study, and to provide proof of graduation and a degree in that year. In addition, it is difficult for many students who have completed a “college degree” or “self-study” to apply for graduate school in Canada, but this does not preclude some exceptions.


2. Maintain a high GPA in the second year of university

For medical and liberal arts universities with master’s degrees, applicants are generally required to have a GPA of 3.0 or 75% or higher in their second year of university. However, if you do not work hard enough in the last two years of your undergraduate studies, your GPA may be affected, thus interfering with your application plan.


3. Maintain Good English grades

The GRE is only required by some schools in the science and engineering professions, and the GMAT is also required for MBA students. The GMAT is also required for MBA students. Therefore, it is important to understand the requirements of the schools you are applying to before applying.


4. Choose a major that is consistent with your bachelor’s degree

For those who have a bachelor’s degree, not all master’s degree programs are available. In addition, for some special master’s degree , applicants may not be accepted even if they have an undergraduate background, such as law, accounting, medicine, etc.


5. Write a Personal Statement that reflects yourself

Another important aspect of applying for a master’s degree in Canada is the preparation of application documents. Application documents include a resume, two to three letters of recommendation, and a Personal Statement or Letter of Intent. These documents are as important as the applicant’s GPA when applying, and the Graduate School’s registration team will use them to determine whether the applicant has the potential to continue research in the field beyond the transcripts.


In short, the competition for admission to graduate schools in Canada is fierce, and students need to be aware that in addition to the above criteria, they must also pay attention to the timing of their applications and the preparation of the application materials, to demonstrate their personal characteristics. At the same time, admission to science and engineering programs depends on the advice of the advisor. The advisor will select students who are relevant to his or her research topic based on their educational background and research experience in the relevant field.


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