When applying for a student visa in Canada, you’re required to submit a study plan. A study plan gives Visa Officers an explanation as to why you want to study in Canada and how it fits with your future objectives. With this being said, you want to ensure you make it good!
It’s important to be very clear and concise, but to also be specific. It isn’t necessary to explain your entire life history. Rather, focus on how pursuing education in Canada will help your current academic studies and career experiences.
Before we get into the types of questions you must answer when writing your study plan, here are a few quick tips.
#1: Do not exceed one (1) page.
#2: Your study plan should be factual.
#3: Be direct. Do not write paragraphs on why you dream of studying in Canada. Instead, write about how studying in Canada will advance your career in a way your country of residence won’t.
#4: Have someone with strong English written skills edit your study plan.
Study plan questions
1. Why do you wish to study in Canada in the program for which you have been accepted?
This is your opportunity to describe the reasons behind why you want to study in Canada. Is it because of its quality education system? The multicultural society? Why is Canada your preferred destination for international studies.
2. What is your overall educational goal?
Go into greater depth and describe what your goal is. Is it to continue your education directly after secondary school? Perhaps it’s to expand your knowledge by achieving a master’s or postgraduate degree. You may support your answer by discussing the field of study you’re interested in and how this particular route will further your career goals.
You may even consider doing research into the type of industry you want to work in and what the general requirements are. This helps you better understand if your educational plans align with your overall career goals.
3. Why are you not pursuing a similar program in your country of residence/citizenship?
Canada is well-known for its quality education system which is recognized globally. This alone may be the reason as to why you chose to pursue a program in Canada over your country. It’s possible Canada has a certain institution with the exact course or program you want to study in. One that may not be available in your country. This is reason enough to want to pursue education elsewhere.
4. What research have you done into studies in your country of residence/citizenship?
Don’t limit your research. Take this opportunity to discuss the options your home country gives you in regards to schools and programs. There’s a chance your country will in fact have the same program you’re hoping to pursue in Canada. You’ll want to explain why you prefer the Canadian school or program over your own. You may even choose to discuss the differences in education overall between your home country and Canada.
5. How will this program enhance your employment opportunities in your country of residence/citizenship? What are the job outlooks for the program?
At this time, you can discuss the various job positions you have looked into in your country. It’s possible you found a desirable job in your country, but unfortunately lack the appropriate education needed to apply for it. In this case, you can discuss how continuing your education in Canada will help prepare you for this role in your home country.
6. What ties do you have to your country of residence/citizenship?
For this particular question, you must state whether or not you have family in your country. This may include children, parents, a spouse or a partner.
7. What is your parents or guardians immigration status in their current country of residence? What are the financial assets owned by your parents?
In your study plan, be sure to include your parents or guardians immigration status. In addition to this, you must include their bank balance certificate, bank statements, investments, property, and any other documents that represent the financial assets owned by your parents or guardians.
8. Do you have a travel history? Please mention about your previous travels. In the case that you do not have the same, please share your parents or siblings travel history.
If you have travelled in the past, ensure you list the places you have travelled to. In the case you haven’t, it’s important to list your parents or siblings travel history. Doing so increases your chances of approval.
9. Who is sponsoring your education and why are they sponsoring your education?
You must list who is sponsoring your education. It may be your family, host school or an organization. Most importantly, you must explain why it is they’re sponsoring your education.
10. Provide details of your education history – dates when the course started and ended, the name and address of the school.
In this section, you must provide details of all the schools you have attended to date. Details include the start and end dates, full institution name(s), and address(s). You must also state the programs completed if you’ve attended college or university.
Finally, share your work history in this section. This includes any jobs or volunteer positions you’ve held, and how they may help with your studies and overall goals.
To complete your study plan, summarize your educational goals and the reasons behind why you want to study in Canada. In addition, it’s common courtesy to thank the person you’re writing to.
For further guidance, please visit the Government of Canada site.
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Adrianna Dyczkowsky, Public Relations Specialist at ApplyBoard