A study permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows international students to study at a designated learning institution in Canada. To apply for a study permit, students must first apply and be accepted to study at a designated learning institution in Canada and obtain a letter of acceptance.

In addition to the Study Permit, students may need a Temporary Resident Visa and/or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), depending on their country of citizenship or residence.

  • How to obtain a study permit

To be eligible to apply for a Canadian study permit, a prospective student must:

  • Obtain a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution 
  • Show proof of sufficient financial support to cover:
    • The first year of tuition
    • Living expenses
    • Return transportation to his or her home country
  • Have no criminal record and do not pose a risk to Canadian security
    • IRCC may request an applicant to supply a police clearance certificate
  • Be in good health. IRCC may request an applicant to complete a medical examination
  • Satisfy the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada at the end of the stay authorized by the study permit

You do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada if:

  • You wish to study in a short-term course or program:
    • You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
  • You are a family member of a Foreign representatives to Canada:
    • If you are a family member or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), you may not need a permit to study in Canada. You should contact your embassy in Canada. Your embassy can contact the Office of Protocol at GAC to find out whether you need a study permit.
  • You are a family member of foreign armed forces:
    • If you are a member of a foreign armed force under the Visiting Forces Act, you do not need a permit to study in Canada. If your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they must meet the requirements.
  • You are a foreign national who is a Registered Indian in Canada:
    • If you are a citizen of another country who has Registered Indian status in Canada, you do not need a permit to study in Canada.


Canadian Permanent Residency

  • What is CAEL?
  • Why Take CAEL?
  • CAEL Online
  • Who Accepts CAEL Tests

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test is a standardized test designed to measure the English language proficiency of students planning to study in Canadian post-secondary institutions. It is an alternative to the American TOEFL test and the British IELTS Academic Test.

CAEL is one of the best tools for identifying students with the right English skills for academic success. It provides an authentic representation of language use in a Canadian academic context. Test takers read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions, and write a short essay, as they would be expected to do in a first-year Canadian university or college classroom.

CAEL is now available as a computerized test, known as CAEL CE. CAEL CE has been improved from the previous written version to deliver all four components (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) by computer in a single test sitting.

CAEL represents language use in an academic context, and CAEL test takers are able to demonstrate their language skills with this integrated test.

  • Computer-Delivered

    Take the CAEL at home online or at one of our 40+ test centres. Done in just one sitting, it includes features such as a personal timer and word counter.

  • Accepted Across Canada

    Accepted by over 180 Canadian universities and colleges, including all English-speaking institutions

  • Quick Online Results

    Available online in 8 business days, sent to 5 institutions at no extra cost

  • Convenient Study Materials

    Free sample tests, pretest sittings, webinars, prep programs, and online courses

CAEL Online can be safely taken from home and is overseen by a secure, online proctoring solution through Examity. CAEL Online includes the same test format, content, and reporting scale as the CAEL Test that is delivered in our test centres.

Available in Canada & Internationally

Take the CAEL online ​anywhere in Canada, Mexico, the USA, Brazil, and Colombia ​

Canadian Citizenship

Open Work Permit Canada

CAEL is officially accepted by professional organizations, colleges, universities, and employers as proof of English language proficiency.

Please note that scores for the CAEL taken at a Test Centre or Online are used the same way and that the test format, test content, scoring criteria, and rating scale, are exactly the same. While we will send CAEL scores for either delivery method to the institutions you select, we encourage you to confirm that your institution accepts or will accept CAEL Online scores.

For more information, or to register for CAEL, please visit www.resetcanadianimmigration/registerforcael.ca.