Canada study abroad 2024: Requirements, costs & scholarships - Part 1

Published on September 12, 2023 (updated April 30, 2024)

Canada study abroad 2024: Requirements, costs & scholarships - Part 1


Learn about studying in Canada in 2024, including admission requirements, tuition fees, and attractive scholarship opportunities to plan your study abroad journey intelligently in one of the world's leading education systems.


Studying in Canada is an attractive choice for many international students due to its high-quality education system and diverse environment. Currently, Vietnam ranks in the top 5 countries with the highest number of students studying in Canada, with 20,330 students. What are the reasons that make Canada so appealing to a large number of students?

Top-notch education quality

The quality of education in Canada is highly regarded and recognized worldwide. Many universities and colleges in Canada are highly ranked on lists such as the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, including University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of British Columbia.

Post-graduation immigration opportunities

Canada offers various post-graduation immigration programs for international students. After graduating, students can stay and work in Canada for 1-3 years and have the opportunity to participate in federal and provincial immigration programs in Canada.

Safety and stability

Canada is one of the countries with the lowest crime rates in the world. Law enforcement agencies in Canada are considered effective and strict in maintaining security and order. Canada has a rich and diverse natural environment, with no major earthquakes or frequent natural disasters.

Breathtaking natural landscapes in Canada


Admission requirements for studying in Canada in 2024

To study in Canada in 2024, you must first meet the admission requirements of the respective institutions. Depending on the program and institution, there may be specific requirements for grade point averages, English language proficiency, and other criteria. The required English language proficiency scores generally include:

  • High School: Not mandatory
  • College/Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 or higher
  • Postgraduate: IELTS 6.5 or higher
  • Additionally, some specialized fields may have higher requirements, especially in STEM, Medicine, and Education.

Visa requirements for studying in Canada in 2024

Currently, for Vietnamese students, there are two types of study permits: Proof of Funds and Study Direct Stream (SDS).

 Proof of FundsSDS
ApplicantsAll studentsExcept high school graduates
Language Proficiency RequirementNot requiredIELTS Academic 6.0 overall, not required score of each skills
Study PlanRequiredVery important(*)
Financial RequirementsProof of income, assets, savings, PassbookOpen a $20,635 Guaranteed Investment Certificate at a Canadian bank
Upfront Tuition Payment RequirementNot required but encouraged1-year tuition fees
Processing Time60 days45 days

(*) The Study Plan is crucial for SDS applications as it presents your study and career goals, as well as your financial plan while studying in Canada. Learn more: How to write an effective Study Plan.

Choosing the SDS route can be more convenient and time-saving in terms of financial preparations. Generally, SDS visa applications are less likely to require interviews, and the approval rate is quite high. Particularly, starting from August 10, 2023, when submitting an IELTS Academic score, you only need to achieve a total band score of 6.0, with no specific skill score requirements.

Learn more about What do you need to prepare for studying in Canada without financial proof?


Studying in Canada in 2024 can be an excellent opportunity, but it requires careful preparation. Make sure to understand costs and scholarship opportunities in Part 2 to plan your study abroad journey wisely and successfully.

Learn more about Canada study abroad 2024: Requirements, costs & scholarships - Part 2


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