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Frequently Asked Questions

     1. How can I find out about college and university programs offered in London, Canada?
     2. How do I apply to a college or university in London, Canada?
     3. Where can I find out about the education system in the Province of Ontario?
     4. Where can I find out about scholarships for international students studying in London?
     5. Where can I find out about obtaining permission to enter Canada to pursue my studies?
     6. Where can I find out about the language requirements that apply to my program of study?
     7. What are the options for on-campus and off-campus housing in London?
     8. Where can I find advice that will help me to prepare for my journey to London?
     9. Where can I find out about bringing my spouse and my children along with me?
   10. Can my spouse work in Canada while I study?
   11. Will I be eligible to work part-time while completing my studies in Canada?
   12. Will I be eligible to work in Canada after I graduate from my program of study?
   13. Will I be eligible to apply for permanent resident status after I graduate?
   14. Where can I learn about London’s vocational, trade and career colleges?
   15. Where can I find out about language training opportunities in London, Canada?
   16. What elementary and secondary schooling options are available in London?

 

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1. How can I find out about college and university programs offered in London, Canada?
Please visit the website of the college or university that interests you for information:

Brescia University College
Fanshawe College
Huron University College
King’s University College
Ivey Business School
Western University

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2. How do I apply to a college or university in London, Canada? 

Please visit the website of the college or university that interests you for guidance (please note that the instructions vary by institution, program and level of study):

Brescia University College
Fanshawe College
Huron University College
King’s University College
Ivey Business School (search by program of study)
Western University

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials provides advice on applying to study in Canada, including how much time to allow for the application process, how to get your credentials assessed, and how to get started by contacting the institution’s admissions or graduate admissions office. (But to apply, please follow the instructions provided by the specific college or university you wish to attend).

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3. Where can I find out about the education system in the Province of Ontario? 

For information on Ontario’s educational system, please visit the settlement.org website. Check out their Translated Information page to access some of the information in other languages.

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4. Where can I find out about scholarships for international students studying in London?  

Please visit the website of the college or university that interests you for information:

Brescia University College
Fanshawe College
Huron University College
King’s University College
Ivey Business School
Western University

Many scholarships have been created to support international students who are studying or conducting research in Canada. This website, EduCanada.ca lists scholarship opportunities by student country of origin.

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5. Where can I find out about obtaining permission to enter Canada to pursue my studies?  

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which is a department of the Canadian government, receives applications for study permits from international students who plan to study in Canada. You must be accepted by a university, college or school in Canada to be eligible to apply. Study permits are required for programs that last longer than six months. Please see also: Student Life in Canada on EduCanada's website to learn more about living in Canada as a student.

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6. Where can I find out about the language requirements that apply to my program of study? 

English is the language most commonly spoken in London and it is the language of instruction at Western University, its affiliated university colleges and Fanshawe College. For information on the language requirements that apply for admission to a college or university program, please visit:

Brescia University College
Fanshawe College
Huron University College - information located half way down the page
King’s University College
Western University

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 7. What are the options for on-campus and off-campus housing in London? 

London offers a wide range of housing types at affordable rental rates. The average monthly apartment rental cost for a two-bedroom unit is $1,041 Canadian in 2017. If you are attending a college or university, you may wish to live on campus in a residence. Western University has on-campus residences and apartments, as well as a large housing complex for students with spouses or common law partners and children. Brescia, Huron and King’s University Colleges each have student residences. Fanshawe College offers international students the opportunity to live on campus in a residence or to stay with a Canadian family through its homestay program. Both Western and Fanshawe assist students who are seeking off-campus housing. For detailed information on housing options visit:

Brescia University College
Fanshawe College
Huron University College
King’s University College
Western University

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8. Where can I find advice that will help me to prepare for my journey to London? 

London’s educational institutions are committed to providing the information and support you need to prepare for studying here, to adapt to life on campus and in the community, and to have a safe and enjoyable Canadian experience. You will find everything you need to know at:

Brescia University College International Student Orientation Website and International Student Handbook
Fanshawe College International Services and International Students Frequently Asked Questions
Huron University College Student Services
King’s University College International Student Website and International Publications
Western University International Students Website and International Student Handbook

The Education au/in Canada website also provides guidance on Student Life in Canada.

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9. Where can I find out about bringing my spouse and my children along with me?  

Western University provides detailed information for international students who plan to bring their spouse or common law partner and/or children with them while studying in Canada. Your spouse or common law partner may also wish to visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  for information about applying for a work permit as a spouse or common law partner of an international student.

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10. Can my spouse work in Canada while I study? 

As a full-time student at a college or university in Canada, your spouse or common-in-law partner may work in Canada.  In most cases, your souse will need to obtain a open work permit

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11. Will I be eligible to work part-time while completing my studies in Canada? 

As a full-time student at a college or university in Canada, you may become eligible to seek part-time work on or off campus, and to participate in a cooperative education (work-study) program if you meet the requirements that apply to your situation, as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  In most cases, you will need to obtain a work permit

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12. Will I be eligible to work in Canada after I graduate from my program of study?  

After graduating from a full-time, college or university level program of at least eight months’ duration in Canada at a participating educational institution, you may become eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. This permit enables graduates to seek the Canadian work experience that they need to apply for permanent resident status.

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13. Will I be eligible to apply for permanent resident status after I graduate?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced two exciting new ways that eligible international students may be able to apply for permanent resident status in Canada after graduation:

• International students who study and graduate at the college or university level in Canada and go on to obtain at least one year of managerial, professional or technical employment experience in Canada may apply under the Canadian Experience Class.
 

• International students who have completed at least two years of a PhD program at a participating Canadian university and who remain in good academic standing at that institution may apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program

You may also be eligible to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada under a Provincial Nominee Program. For this option, you must apply to the program that is offered by the province where you wish to live. In Ontario, the Provincial Nominee Program is called Opportunities Ontario.

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14. Where can I learn about London's vocational, trade and career colleges? 

Vocational, trade and career colleges provide training for specific careers in fields such as business, health and human services, applied arts, information technology, electronics, services and trades. Fanshawe College is the largest, publicly-funded vocational college in London. Collège Boréal, a French-language college within Ontario’s publicly funded college system, offers a selection of vocational, trade and career programs (in English) through its London Access Centre.  Several private vocational, trade and career colleges are also located here; these institutions must be registered and have their courses approved by Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  The Ontario government maintains a searchable database of private career colleges; it includes a list of programs offered and course fees, as well as fees for international students.

• Please visit the Private Career Colleges page of this website for a complete listing in London.

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15. Where can I find out about language training opportunities in London, Canada?

If you are interested in pursuing language training in Canada, London has many options to offer.

See Learn English for listing of institutions.

For information about all of the language learning opportunities available to newcomers in London, please visit the Education section of the City of London’s Point. Click. Immigrate. website.

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16. What elementary and secondary schooling options are available in London?

The children of parents who are living, working or studying in Ontario are entitled to attend publicly funded elementary and secondary (high) schools without paying fees; these schools offer education in English or French within either of a non-religious (public) or a Catholic school system. Parents who do not live in Ontario must pay fees to enrol their children in publicly funded schools. Ontario’s public education system  falls under the auspices of the Ontario Ministry of Education and is delivered by regional school boards. Private elementary and secondary schools in Ontario charge tuition fees to fund their operations. London offers many elementary and secondary school options for international students.

Elementary and Secondary Education – Public System

Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB)

London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB)

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest


Elementary and Secondary Education – Private Schools

Parents may wish to consult this consumer advice from the Ontario Ministry of Education in considering educational opportunities available at private schools.

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