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Study and Work in Canada 2025 | All you need to know

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Studying and working in Canada in 2025 will continue to be one of the most popular ways to come to Canada.

The educational offer in Canada is still very varied. There are many undergraduate and graduate educational institutions across the country. Canada is characterized by a high level of education, very cheap prices for studies in College and Universities (even cheaper than the United States or England), very good quality of life, safety, low unemployment, and most importantly, it offers many immigration facilities for international students, among other factors.

If you are looking to study, work while you study, and work after graduation with a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) read on!

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How to Study and Work in Canada?

First things first. Be sure to identify the requirements of each college or university. Most of them will ask for an intermediate or advanced level of English as an admission requirement.

In some other cases, they may ask for years of experience in the field (especially for graduate or master's degrees), or if you are interested in a design career they may ask for work/projects completed (portfolio).

If you don't have an intermediate level of English, you can come and study English! We'll talk about that below, read on.

At Alternativa Canada, we always recommend that you take into account how long the programs take, the city you want to go to, and your area of specialization.

If you want to Study and Work in Canada, you have 3 options. The different programs are as follows:

  1. Higher Education: Studying a higher education program at a public university/college that issues provincially accredited degrees will allow you to work part-time during your studies (maximum 20 hours per week). Diplomas, Certificates from 1 to 2 years.

  2. Short programs: Take a technical or vocational course in a College (public institution), with which you can work part-time (20 hours per week). If you have a Diploma or Certificate of at least 8 months you could also apply for the PGWP if your school or program is eligible. Diplomas, Certificates of 1 to 2 years.

  3. Co-op Programs: Take a Co-op program at a College or University, in which work is incorporated as part of the studies and allows the student to have a paid (or unpaid) internship period related to the area of study. Its duration is between 1 and 2 years. It is basically an internship during your studies.

If your program is eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit, you will be able to work at the end of your studies. In addition, during your vacation, you will be able to work full-time as in the Co-op period.

What is the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

In short, it is a work permit that you can apply for once you finish your studies.

If you have finished your studies, but you want to stay longer in Canada, you can apply for the Post Graduation Work Permit. To apply for this permit, you must have studied in Canada for at least eight months in a PGWP-eligible program and eligible College, as this will determine the approval of the document and its validity, which can be up to three years.

If you study a 1-year Master's degree, you may be eligible for a PGWP of up to three years. There is an exception for Master's students, as previously, you were given the PGWP depending on the length of your program. Recently, IRCC changed the policies and now allows graduates of a Master's program, whether it is one-year program, to be eligible for a PGWP not for one year, but for up to 3 years.

How much does it cost to study in Canada?

The cost of studying in Canada can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the level of study (undergraduate, graduate, etc.), the type of institution (public or private), the program of study, and the province you are in.

This is an approximate price range of the educational offerings we offer at Alternativa Canada:

1. Undergraduate Students

  • Public Colleges / Universities: The cost of tuition for international students can vary between 15,000 and 25,000+ Canadian dollars per year.

  • Private College: These are the most economical options and can range from $8,000 to $15,000 Canadian dollars per year.

2. Graduate Students

  • Public Institutions: Costs are a little higher than undergraduate programs, ranging from $17,000 to $35,000 Canadian+ dollars per year.

3. English Courses

  • English Schools: The approximate costs will depend on the modality of the course. Virtual classes are around $700 Canadian dollars per month and face-to-face classes are around $1500 Canadian dollars per month. Keep in mind that you will not be able to work if you come to study English. If you want to improve your English and work, we recommend the Pathway programs.

What do I need to study in Canada?

In order to study in Canada you need to apply for a study permit. The first step is to apply to your chosen program and obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from your college or university. This school must be a designated school or DLI (Designated Learning Institution).

If you need help with the management of your study permit, Alternativa Canada has direct relationships with more than 60 Colleges and Universities in Canada, which will expedite obtaining letters of acceptance if you qualify.

Also, explain your reasons for coming to Canada to study and demonstrate financial and banking support. Other documents may be required such as proof of roots in your country or if you are traveling with children or a partner, show all of their documents (marriage certificate or common-law marriage).

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Alternativa Canada offers assistance to all international students seeking to enroll in Canadian Universities or Colleges. We can offer discounts with certain schools and have a team ready for visa orientation, should you need assistance during the process.

Requirements to study in Canada

You must meet these general requirements to apply for a study visa:

  • Valid passport.

  • Letter of acceptance from the academic institution (DLI).

  • Attestation Letter from the province.

  • Proof of funds to pay for your studies.

  • Financial and bank statements for the last 4 months.

  • Invoice of payment of student tuition fees.

  • Letter of motivation to study in Canada.

  • If you are a minor you will need to attach a declaration of custody.

  • The cost and duration of the visa will vary depending on the program of study.

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To be accepted to your academic institution and obtain the letter of acceptance:

  • Educational qualification: high school diploma or higher education if applying for a graduate or master's degree.

  • English proficiency: IELTS Academic from 4.5 for Private College. Public College for Undergraduate and Post-graduate Certificate requires an IELTS Academic average of 6.0 to 6.5. You can also take TOEFL, or some College accepts Duolingo still.

  • Apply early. We recommend applying approximately 6 months in advance if it is a Public College. If you need help with your application, please contact us.

Consult with our advisors about Pathways or English courses that may complement your profile. In some cases, IELTS is not necessary.

If you do not have the English level you can start studying from your country. We have agreements with certain schools that offer full-time and part-time online classes at all levels.

If you need help in your College enrollment and visa application process, Alternativa Canada can help you, contact us to schedule a free consultation.

What visa do I need to study and work in Canada in 2024?

To study and work in Canada you need to apply for a student visa.

A study visa gives you the ability to stay in Canada for more than six months and, as a student, you will have the option to work. If you are going on a program of less than six months, you may not need a student visa and will only need a tourist visa.

When you obtain your study visa, you will receive a Study Permit at the airport or point of entry. On this study permit you should note that it mentions that you may work on campus and off campus. As a student you will be able to work up to 20 hours per week and 40 hours per week during your vacation.

Some of the requirements to apply for this Canadian visa are:

  • Be enrolled in an official institution (DLI) and accredited by the Government of Canada.

  • To present a justification that demonstrates that you have the necessary funds to pay for your entire trip or a letter written by the person who will be in charge of your maintenance.

  • Submit a letter of acceptance issued by the school in Canada.

  • Attach three passport photos.

  • Pay the visa fee (156 $CAD approximate, price may vary).

What is a Visa and Study Permit?

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Sample of a visa

A visa is a document or authorization mark placed in a passport that allows the holder to enter, stay in, or leave a country for a specific period of time. If you have traveled to other visa-required countries, you should be familiar with this term.

There are several types of visas: tourist, work, student, transit, etc. What you need is a student visa.

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Sample of a Canadian Study Permit

A Canadian study permit is an authorization that allows international students to study in Canada at a designated learning institution (DLI). This permit is required for those who plan to study in a program in Canada that lasts more than six months.

It is important to note that a study permit is not a visa, although it is often issued in conjunction with a visitor's visa or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to allow entry into the country.

Here are some key aspects of the Canadian study permit:

  1. Eligibility: To apply for a Canadian study permit, you must have been accepted by a DLI in Canada. DLIs are schools approved by a provincial or territorial government to receive international students.

  2. Duration of Permit: Generally, the study permit is valid for the duration of the study program, plus additional time to prepare for departure from Canada or to apply for an extension of stay. If your program of study is extended, you must apply for a study permit extension.

  3. Working Conditions: Students with a valid study permit may work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic terms and full-time during scheduled vacations, such as summer or winter.

  4. Documents Required: To apply for a study permit, you will need the DLI acceptance letter, proof of identity (such as a passport), and proof of sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses.

  5. Online or Paper Application: Applicants can apply for a Canadian study permit online or through a paper form, although the online method is generally faster and more convenient. It is important to comply with all study permit requirements and conditions to maintain legal status in Canada and for any possible transition to a work permit or permanent residence in the future.

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Best Colleges by Province

Canada also has a wide range of Public Colleges of higher education known for their practical, skills-oriented programs that can lead to direct employment opportunities upon graduation.

Here's a list of the best public colleges in the most popular provinces, based on factors such as program variety, industry partnerships, and student satisfaction:


British Columbia


New Brunswick


Prince Edward Island


Scholarships to study in Canada

Although there are many scholarships that can help you pay for your studies in Canada, they are very competitive since you will be competing with the rest of the world.

On the other hand, at Alternativa Canada we have agreements with many prestigious institutions that offer you entrance or tuition scholarships.

These are some of the scholarships we have in place for the year 2024. Schedule a free educational assessment to see 2025 scholarships.

  • Sault College: $2,000 Canadian dollars discount with Alternativa Canada.

  • Humber College:: $2,000 Canadian dollars discount with Alternativa Canada for January 2024. ($1,000 each semester) for Diploma and/or Advanced Diploma programs.

  • Lambton College: $3,000 Canadian dollars off with Alternative Canada for eligible programs September 2024 at the Sarnia campus.

Advantages of coming to Canada as an International Student

These are the advantages of coming to Canada as an International Student:

  • Work Permit for your spouse or partner (common law). Your partner can come with an open Work Permit for the same duration of your studies. Important: Enroll in an Master's program. Your children can also come with you and if they are between 4 to 17 years old they can access quality education in public schools for free.

  • Pathway to Permanent Residency. This is one of the most popular pathways to permanent residency. In Canada there are more than 70 pathways to become a permanent resident and the study pathway is one of the most common. After completing 1 year of skilled work there are opportunities to apply for Express Entry programs.

  • Part-time work: You can work part-time during the semester and full-time during breaks or vacations. This will help you get some extra money to cover your expenses for the next semester! You can also work full-time during your vacations, if you wish!

  • Affordable fees. Studying in Canada is more affordable than most universities or colleges in other countries. Canada needs skilled workers and is known for its quality education system. Studying in Canada can contribute to your points for residency, as well as make studying abroad more affordable than in other countries such as the United States and England.

  • Standard and Quality of education. Canadian educational institutions offer a great educational quality. There are more than 1,000 international colleges and universities that have agreements with Canadians institutions.

  • Worldwide recognition: Canadian degrees and diplomas are internationally recognized, because the country's academic programs provide an education of the same caliber as those of prestigious universities in countries such as Germany, England, and France.

  • Multiculturalism and education: If you have the opportunity to study in Canada, you will have access to a diverse country with people of different religions, cultures and backgrounds. This gives you the opportunity to experience diversity first-hand and explore new ways of life.

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What programs allow you to Study and Work in Canada?

Canada has many programs from which you can choose: certificates, diplomas, undergraduate studies or graduate degrees. At Alternativa Canada we help you apply to your chosen program and get accepted in a timely manner.

Contact us to schedule a free educational consultation. Your best choice will depend on a variety of factors such as English level, budget, and location

Where to study: Public or Private College? What about Universities?

  • Public Colleges: These programs require a higher investment, but they are more complete, more prestigious and have a higher educational level. In addition, at the end of your program you will be able to apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Check if your institution is within the list of designated institutions (DLI) and grant the PGWP permit.

At Alternativa Canada, we only work with public colleges, because they grant the PGWP, which gives you a clear path to permanent residency.
  • Private Colleges: Generally much cheaper than Public Colleges. They are short programs, 1 to 2 years, but they do not give you the option to work after graduation; that is, you will have to return to your country or enroll in a Public College to continue your path to permanent residency.

  • Universities: We also work with several Universities to a lesser extent. The programs are usually longer (3 to 4 years) and are more expensive (starting at $35,000 CAD per year). The programs are generally what we know as "traditional" where you will learn about health, engineering, architecture, etc. and you will have a Bachelor's degree. This is also where they offer master's degrees.

The most "popular" cities for international students.

One of the questions is what is the best city to live, study and work in Canada? Well, it will depend on your tastes and interests, but also on your immigration plan. Did you know that studying in a province can give you more or less options towards your permanent residence? That is why it is advisable to put together your immigration plan with certified consultants, write to us!

We are going to give you a small summary of the 3 most important and popular cities for our students.

Toronto | One of the best cities in the world

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A publication called World's Best Cities 2021 ranks Toronto as the 13th best city. Here are some reasons why it is worth living there:

  • It is one of the fastest growing cities in all of North America.

  • Toronto is Canada's financial city. So if you are passionate about business, you should study and work here.

  • It is a mega-diverse city, as most of its population is migrant. It also has one of the best education systems in Canada.

Montreal | Canada's cultural and technological city

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Canada is not only home to world-class national parks, but is also full of wonderful, modern cities like Montreal. Home to the second largest population in this country, it offers visitors a lively and cultured lifestyle.

  • If you want to study French in Canada, Montreal should be your choice. It is the multilingual capital of the country and offers French and English courses.

  • In Montreal, there are many of the best bars and restaurants in Canada. If you visit, try to go to the Quartier des Spectacles or the Village area.

  • Despite its rich culture, Montreal is ranked as one of the smartest cities in the world. In its 2020/2021 Ranking, this Canadian city ranks 7th among the cities with the best technological governments.

Vancouver | Canada's green city

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If you are making plans to study or work in Canada, it is always a good idea to learn about the different cities! Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada and is committed to developing new technologies to improve people's lifestyles.

  • There are many fantastic parks in and around Vancouver, so our residents have access to clean air. It also has the least cold climate of the 4.

  • Vancouver is a fantastic study destination because students are close to the Canadian town of Whistler, known for its snow - the perfect place to improve your winter sports skills and have fun!

  • In Vancouver, there are many museums with Canadian history exhibits. Some examples include the Museum of Anthropology and the HR Macmillan Space Centre, among many others in the region.

Calgary | Canadian Rockies

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Calgary, located in the province of Alberta, Canada, is a vibrant city known for its stunning skyline and proximity to the Rocky Mountains.

  • The city offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition, with towering skyscrapers such as the Calgary Tower dominating the cityscape, along with well-maintained green spaces and parks.

  • Modern architecture blends with historic buildings, providing an attractive visual contrast. The Bow River, which runs through the city, adds a natural element and is a popular location for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

  • Calgary is also known for the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo event and festival celebrating western Canadian culture. This event attracts visitors from around the world and features rodeo competitions, concerts, parades and exhibits.

  • The city is also a center for the oil and gas industries, which has contributed to its economic growth and development. Despite its focus on modernization, Calgary maintains a strong sense of community and pride in its cultural and natural heritage.

  • The cost of living and renting homes or apartments is also more affordable.

What do I need to do to study and work in Canada?

  1. If you are looking to study and work in Canada, first prepare all your doubts and set up a free appointment with us to analyze your profile and your educational options in the city of your choice in Canada. We will help you in the whole process of study, from the registration to the College/University until you receive the acceptance letter.

  2. If you decide to do it on your own, but you see that it is a lot of paperwork and causes you a lot of confusion, don't worry, we can take care of the whole process.

  3. We will process your study visa for Canada. We will start by gathering the necessary documents to apply to your College or University in Canada. Once we get the letter of acceptance, now it's time to gather the necessary documents for the immigration part. Schedule an appointment with a CICC consultant!

  4. Once our application is accepted, we will wait for the medical appointment and passports to be sent to finally prepare for your trip to Canada!

  5. Start your student experience in Canada. Get ready for a super enriching experience!

Did you know that Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world?

  • Canada remains one of the most stable economies and is projected to remain in the Top 10 in the world for years to come. It also recovered remarkably quickly after being hit hard by COVID-19. It went from having an unemployment figure of 13.7% in May 2020 to 9% in October 2020.

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  • One of the things that allows Canada to rank as the best country for quality of life is the crime rate. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, which means that citizens are safer there. If you want a good country to study or work in, this is definitely one!

Learn more about Alternativa Canada:

We are a professional firm made up of Educational Consultants and Immigration Consultants. We promote Canada as an ideal destination for language, specialization, and post-secondary studies, among others.

We have more than 15 years of experience assisting thousands of international students to pursue their professional development in Canada.
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Our International Studies department works hand in hand with our immigration consultants to advise prospective students and allow them to become familiar with the immigration legislation applicable to their specific case.

Our accreditations and experience allow us to provide immigration legal advice from the very beginning of your life as an international student.

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In your country of residence, get advice on topics such as:

  • Immigration implications for international students; and.

  • Assistance in the visa preparation and application process.

In Canada, we provide advice on:

  • Study permit extensions;

  • Restoration of status in case of loss of status;

  • Obtaining work permits during and after studies;

  • Change of educational institution without loss of status;

  • Application under the Canadian Experience Class category upon completion of studies and work, etc.

  • Advice on applications for permanent residence for those who have studied and worked in Canada.



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