International students who wish to study in Canada for up to 6 months may need a Visitor's visa depending on the country for which they hold a passport. Please check the list of Countries and Territories Whose Citizens Require Visas in order to enter Canada as visitors.
Students do not need a "Study Permit" for study programs that last 6 months or less.
If you plan to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, you must obtain a Study Permit and, for ILSC-Montréal applicants, a Certificate of Acceptance for Quebec(CAQ.) These are available through your local Canadian Embassy.
Students may apply for a Study Permit even if they are going to study for 6 months or less. If students are coming for less than 6 months and are thinking of possibly extending their studies to more than 6 months, they should apply for a Study Permit in their home country. Students can extend their Study Permit from within Canada, but they cannot get a Study Permit from within Canada.
For unpaid Volunteer Internship Programs (VIP) of less than 6 months in total, students are not required to obtain a Work Permit or Study Permit.
For unpaid Volunteer Internship Programs (VIP) lasting more than 6 months in total, students are required to obtain a Study Permit before entering Canada. A Work Permit is not required.
For paid work/internship programs (Work Experience Programs - WEP), students should obtain a Study Permit before entering Canada. A Study Permit will allow the school to assist students in applying for a Work Permit after arriving in Canada. In some instances Canadian consulates provide a Work Permit along with the Study Permit.
Private Medical Insurance
Please see your counsellor in any Canadian ILSC School to purchase medical insurance.
British ColumbiaILSC-Vancouver campus
Please obtain private medical insurance for your first six months. If you are studying for six months or longer, you must apply for coverage under the BC Medical Services Plan. There is a three month waiting period, so you need to apply within the ﬁrst three months of your studies.
Ontario and QuebecILSC Toronto and Montréal campuses
Please obtain private medical insurance before your arrival. Provincial medical plans do not cover international students.
Note: Trips to the USA
If you plan to enter the USA while you are studying in Canada, you may need a separate B1/B2 USA Travel Visa. (Some ILSC weekend activities involve trips to the USA.) This should be organized before you come to Canada. Students from Western European Countries, South Korea & Japan do not need to arrange a USA Travel Visa in advance, provided you have the new digital (RDIF chip) Passport or have a valid passport issued prior to October 26th, 2005. F1 USA Student Visa's and C1 USA Transit Visas are not valid for travel in the USA. For more information contact your local USA Embassy.