As an international student, you will need valid immigration documents to live and study in Canada, this means you will need a study permit (with very specific exceptions).
What is a study permit?
The study permit is a document we issue that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada.
Your study permit is not a visa. It does not allow you to enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.
Who requires a study permit?
You must have a study permit if your courses or program of studies is longer than 6 months.
Who does not require a study permit?
You do not need a study permit if your program or course:
- will be 6 months in length or shorter, and
- will end before your initial immigration status expires/ends (such as work permit, visitor record, end of authorization date, etc), OR
- some students are also study permit exempt
Do note: If you hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), you may study in programs of up to 6 months as long without a study permit, as the program ends before your work permit expires.
Apply for your initial study permit from outside Canada:
To apply for a study permit, you will need a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution. You need to include the Designated Learning Institution Number (DLI#), which is the number that begins with the letter "O", on your application form. Trent University's DLI # is O19395164223.
Extend your study permit:
If your study permit will expire while you are in Canada, you will need to renew it for the length of your program of studies.
Letter of Explanation:
A letter of explanation is way to describe additional factors or include additional documents in your Canadian immigration applications. If you need to include a Letter of Explanation in your application, find a template here.