Going to Canada
ProcessAfter your NSE placement is confirmed, your host Canadian institution will provide a letter of acceptance and detailed instructions regarding the Canadian entry process. Timely completion of forms is essential.
A Study Permit is required if you plan to exchange to Canada for more than six months and/or intend to seek employment on campus while on exchange. U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents apply for a Study Permit either through a Canadian visa office or at a Port of Entry upon arrival at the Canadian border. If at the Port of Entry, complete your application ahead of time and bring all supporting documents with you. If the application is made through the Visa Office and is approved, a letter of introduction is issued which you must then present at the Port of Entry in order to receive the Study Permit.
Students with other than a U.S. or Canadian passport and who are coming to Canada for less than 6 months will need either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or, if from a country that doesn't require a TRV, they will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Students must apply for this online prior to coming to Canada at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/apply.html
In order to be eligible for a Study Permit, you must prove that you have enough resources to pay for your tuition, fees, living expenses, and return transportation. You must demonstrate proof of health insurance that is applicable in Canada; be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record; not be a risk to the security of Canada; be in good health and be willing to undergo a medical examination if necessary; and satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. The current cost for the Study Permit is $150 Canadian. This cost is subject to change without notice. You can learn more about the process here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/
Language ProficiencyCanada has two official languages: English and French. All NSE members in Canada except those noted below are English-speaking. Students for whom English is not their first language may be asked to demonstrate English proficiency through submission of TOEFL or other test scores.
The language of instruction at the Universite de Montreal, the Universite de Sherbrooke, and the Universite du Quebec a' Montreal is French. Prior to placement, you must demonstrate French proficiency at your home institution. Additional proficiency testing may be required by your host university. The Universite de Montreal and Universite de Sherbrooke offer a French as a Second Language program which does not require language proficiency. Contact the NSE coordinator at these institutions for additional information.