An international applicant typically goes through the same application process as his/her domestic counterpart, except that the former may have to take an English proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or a TOEFL-equivalent test. An international student should also make sure that his/her undergraduate degree will be accepted by the school to which he/she will be applying as such degrees vary internationally. If an international applicant holds a degree that is not completely acceptable to the school he/she is interested, he/she may still be accepted to study at the latter but will be required to undertake a specified period of study at the latter before being eligible to be admitted to an MBA program. Moreover, an international student must attain a visa from the Canadian government and must make all his/her arrangements to study in Canada, financial and otherwise.
Before an international student is eligible to study in Canada in a program lasting more than 6 months, he/she must apply for and be granted a visa from the Canadian government; depending upon the country of origin, an international student may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). An international student should apply for a visa only, and immediately, after being accepted by the school to which he/she applied. To apply for a visa, an international student must complete and submit all required documents as requested by the Canadian government including the official acceptance document(s) from the school at which one will be studying, and, if planning to study in Quebec, a Certificate of Acceptance from the Quebec government, and pay the required visa processing fee. A visa applicant may be required to undergo an interview with a Canadian Visa Officer and/or a medical examination and/or prove that he/she has sufficient funds to study and live in Canada and return to his/her country. Once all requirements are satisfied, the Canadian government will grant a visa to the applicant.
An international student must make all his/her own arrangements including housing and finance. Acceptance into a program does not guarantee financial assistance; however, international learners may apply for monetary aid from the school at which he/she is studying, a third party lender, or, in some situations, from his/her home country. In many cases, financial assistance by a Canadian school to an international student will only be considered once the latter has fulfilled a certain period of study as set by the school in question. Some MBA schools in Canada offer scholarship opportunities to international learners. Furthermore, in some cases an international student may be required to pay a mandatory private health insurance fee while some provinces will cover his/her medical needs under the general provincial medical services plan.
While studying in Canada, an international student is allowed to work both on and off campus. Following the conclusion of his/her program, the graduate may be employed in Canada for a specified period of time, usually up to 2 years, provided he/she applies for and receives a work permit. The latter is usually only granted if the applicant can prove that he/she has been given a job offer.
MBA Application Process in Canada