Note: This article assumes that you have gone through your school decision process. 

If you do... Congratulations! You have narrowed down your options to the last few school, and are ready to knock on their doors. Now it's time to prepare and submit your application. Here are the general steps:

Preparing your application list

Firstly, as a rule of thumb, make sure that you apply to at least 2 schools - application deadlines and intakes are similar, and you don't want to put all your hopes on one school only to find out that things are not working out between you two.  

Make sure that the schools that you apply to have different probability of acceptance. In other words, you should apply to one or more schools with a high chance of admitting you, and one or more schools with a lesser chance of admittance. This is to ensure that you have other options should your application to your dream school goes amiss. 

Completing your application

Next, gather your documents (note: this varies based on your school of origin, program choice, and institution that you are applying to get in. See link ) Keep in mind that many documents are sent at different times by different agents (your high school registrar office, external examination boards, etc.) Documents are separate from your actual application! 

Do not forget your English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test results! Unlike American higher learning institutions, Canadian universities and colleges often expect English Proficiency Test results to be sent along with other documents at the time of application. You should schedule these tests at least 6 weeks before the application deadline to allow time to take the test, wait for your results, and send your results.

Following that, send your application to the school by the application deadline. Many schools accept online application on their own web systems, and some use a common application system (e.g. the Ontario School Application System.)

After Sending Your Application

After sending your application, make sure that you receive an acknowledgement notification to make sure that your application has been received. Generally, the acknowledgement notification/email will include an ID, account, or a code for you to track your application process. Often, this can be done online. 

Check in from time to time, and make sure that you respond to admission officer's correspondence in a timely manner, as further information or documents may be required to make a decision on your admission. Check your email Junk folder often in case any emails from the schools do not make it to your inbox. 

Accepting Your Offer(s)

When you have received your offer of admissions, review the condition carefully (if any), and make sure to accept the admission offer and pay your deposit. Review course registration date so that you can start enrolling in courses to prepare for your upcoming semester.

Now, you are admitted. What's next? 

International students in a study programme of more than 6 months will need study permits to study in Canada. Some will also need a visitor visa to enter the country. See link for more info on visa application. 

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