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Pursue Your Dream of Studying Abroad

ApplyBoard makes it easy for you to attend school in Canada and the United States. We match you to programs at over 1,200 of the best high schools, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. Find, apply, accept, and attend! 

Apply For The Following Grade Levels

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High School

A high school diploma is the pathway to a post-secondary education. High school students in North America attend grades 9-12. High school allows students to develop the skills needed to pursue higher education.

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Undergraduate programs are taught at college and university. Upon completion, students will receive a diploma, an advanced diploma, or a bachelor degree. Depending on the program, the credential is earned over 2-4 years. 


A postgraduate program follows an undergraduate. Upon completion, students will receive a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or master’s degree. These credentials are earned over 1-2 years. 

The ApplyBoard Process

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Step 1: Find the Right Program

ApplyBoard has partnered with over 1,200 of the top high schools, universities, and colleges across North America to offer you the best selection of programs. Answer 6 questions to find the right program and school for you (with a 95% chance of acceptance).

Step 2: Submit Your Application

Once you decide on a program and school, complete your online profile, pay the application fee, and submit all of the required documents in your ApplyBoard dashboard. 

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Step 3: Get Accepted

Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed by the institutions. If you’re accepted into the program, you will get an acceptance letter within an average of 30-60 days. 

Step 4: Get Your Visa

The visa process can be complicated, but we’re here to help! ApplyBoard’s team of experts will provide you with guidance to make sure you have the best chance of getting your student visa.

Step 5: Fly to North America

Once you’ve got your letter of acceptance and student visa – you’re ready to go! Book your plane ticket and begin your educational journey abroad! 

How Do You Use ApplyBoard?

(1) Go to www.applyboard.com and Click “Get Started” to be directed to the school search page where you will be prompted to complete your eligibility.


Start: Nationality

Discover your eligibility for thousands of programs that you can apply for in 3  easy steps.

(2) First choose your country of nationality.


Step 1: How Were Your Most Recent Grades?

(3) Fill in your most recent grades by first providing your country of education.

(4) Provide your highest level of education.

Choose from secondary, under-graduate or post-graduate grade levels.

(5) Provide the grading scheme your country and education institution utilized.

(6) Enter the grade average you received at your highest level of education.

Our system automatically converts your grade average to determine your equivalent North American GPA.


Step 2: Only Show Direct Admission and
English Exam Type

(7) Choose to only show direct admission.

Click “Only Show Direct Admission” toggle if you have an English proficiency test and wish to avoid taking supplementary English courses as an ESL student once non-conditionally accepted to your program of choice.

(8) If applicable, choose your English Exam Type.

If applicable, choose to enter either your completed TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test scores.

(9) If applicable, enter your exact test scores.

If applicable, enter your exact test scores your received on your English proficiency exam.


Finish: What Disciplines Do You Want to Study?

(10) Pick your disciplines of interest.

Pick as many disciplines you would like to study, or leave blank if you wish to show all eligible programs.

Click “Show All Eligible Programs” to show all programs you are eligible for.


All programs and schools you are eligible for will be displayed.

Additionally, information about each program will be displayed.

“Average Length of Processing Time”.

“Cost of tuition”.

“Application Fee”.

“Level and Length of Study”.

Click “See ‘x’ More Programs” to discover all programs each school offers.

Click on the title of each program to be directed to the chosen program’s page to discover information about the program’s requirements, level,
length, application fee and starting dates.

Located on the right panel of the program’s page is the “Program Level”.

“Length of Program”.

“Application Fee”.

“Tuition Fee”.

Tuition Fees listed are estimated based on two semesters of study.


“Cost of Living”.

“Average Processing Time”.

The program’s offered “Starting Dates”.

Located at the bottom panel of each program’s page are “Admission Requirements” and a “Timeline of Application Process”

Click on the title of each school to be directed to each school’s page to discover information about the school’s history, features, location, top disciplines, financials and programs.

On the school page discover more about each school by navigating and clicking on “About”, “Features”, “Location”, “Disciplines”, “Financials”, “Programs”.

Click “Browse Programs” located on the left panel to bring up a list of programs each school offers.


(11) Narrow down schools and programs results by applying a variety of filters (“View Options”, “School Filters”, “Program Filters”)

Click “Eligibility & Filters” to pop up a modal for you to either edit your eligibility criteria or apply filters.

Edit any of your eligibility fields on the left side of the panel.

Filter school and program results by either “View Options”, “School Filters” or “Program Filters”

Click “View Options”, “School Options” or “Program Filters” to see all available filters that are able to be applied

1. View Options

Select how you would like to sort your school and program results by choosing a “Sort By” option.

Sort results by either “School Rank”, “Tuition”, “Application Fee” or “School’s Processing Time”.


2. School Filters

Filter school results by “School Types”.

Select to see schools and programs from either “University”, “College”, “English Institute” or “High School”.

Filter school results by “Countries”

Select to see schools and programs from either “Canada”, “USA” or both.

Filter school results by “Provinces/States”.

Select one or multiple provinces/states to only display schools based on your choices.

Filter school results by “Select Schools”.

Select one or multiple schools to only display schools based on your choice(s).


3. Program Filters

Filter program results by “Program Levels”.

Select one or multiple program levels to only display programs based on your choice(s).

Filter program results by “Available Intakes”.

Select one or multiple available intakes to only display programs based on your choice(s).

NOTE: When selecting intakes, to broaden your search results select intakes the month before and after your desired start date (eg. September start date programs are also offered in August).

Filter program results by “Discipline” based on your desired area of study.

Select one or multiple disciplines to only display programs based on your choice(s).

Filter program results by “Sub Categories” based on your desired area of study.

Select one or multiple sub disciplines to only display programs based on your choice(s).

Utilizing the slider, filter program results by “Tuition Fee”​

Check “Include living costs” if you wish to display program’s tuition fees with living costs included.

Utilizing the slider, filter program results by “Application Fee”

(12) Click “See Results” to apply all your chosen filters and bring up a list of schools and programs according to your filter preferences


(13) Once you have chosen your desired school and program click “Apply” to be directed to our login/register page.

(14) Login into your ApplyBoard account through Facebook, Google Yahoo or your email.

(15) If you do not have an account, register for one by clicking “Register Now”.

Once you login/register you will be directed to your applications page.

An indicator will show that your school and program of choice has been added to your applications list if you are eligible.

On your applications page you have the ability to select and delete applications.

Select the checkbox next to each application you wish to delete and click “Delete Selected” to delete your chosen applications.

You will also be able to see your unpaid and paid Applications.

 To add additional programs to your application click “Find More Programs”.

On your applications page you also have access to information about your application number.

Title of program.

Title of School.

Status of Application which upon payment could be “Received- Processing…”, “Congrats! Accepted”, “Rejected”, “Canceled” or “Payment Pending”.

The Application Fee for your desired school and program is also displayed.

Notes, which is additional information you wish to include in your application.

If you have any questions regarding your application, write a note to our application team.

Application Details, which is information regarding documents you are required to submit with your application.

Fee Total, which is the total amount of fees you must pay upon submitting your application.

(17) Once you have added all your desired schools and programs to your applications list, clicking “Complete your profile to submit applications” to be directed to complete your profile.

(18) Complete all sections of the profile by filling all required sections marked with an asterisk and exclamation symbol.

Complete all 5 sections of the profile containing:

1. “General Information”

2. “Emergency Contact”

3. “Education History”

4. “Test Scores”

5. “Background Information”


1. General Information

Complete your “General Information” by providing your (1) Personal Information, (2) Residential Address and (3) Mailing Address.

NOTE: When entering in your “Contact Email” enter in a email you check often as all emails associated with your application with be forwarded to your inputted email.


Select the checkbox “Mailing address is the same as residential address” if your mailing address is the same as your residential address.

Save and proceed through each of the 5 sections by clicking “Next” once all required fields are completed for each section.

2. Emergency Contact

NOTE: Please enter a verifiable person other than yourself as your “Emergency Contact”, schools require an actual person that can be contacted in the case of an emergency.

Save and proceed through each of the 5 sections by clicking “Next” once all required fields are completed for each section.

3. Education History

Add every school you have received a diploma or degree by clicking “Add School”, a form will expand to allow you to input the information of your school.

Remember to SAVE your inputted school by clicking “Save” once all required fields are completed for your school entry.


4. Test Scores

If applicable, fill in your “Test Scores” which includes your English exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).

If applicable, fill in your “Additional Qualifications” which includes your GRE and GMAT scores.

Add GRE and GMAT scores if applicable by clicking the toggle button beside “I have GRE exam scores” or “I have GMAT exam scores”, a form will expand to allow you to input your exam date as well as your associated scores and ranks.

 Click “Next” once all required fields are completed for your “Test Scores”.


5. Background Information

 Click “Save” once all required fields are completed for your “Background Information”.

Complete Profile

Once your profile is complete, the profile progress bar will turn green and all sections will have an associated green checkmark indicating that you have filled in all the required fields for your application to be submitted.

 (19) Submit your application by clicking on “Submit Applications” located on the top navigation bar to be directed by to your applications.


(20) Proceed to pay your application fees by clicking “Submit & pay the application fees”.

(21) Choose your preferred start date for each individual program you are applying to by clicking on the “Start Date” dropdown listed for each program.

If applicable, choose your preferred English program start date for all of the programs you are applying to.

If you prefer an earlier English program start date start date then the date’s that are offered, please add a note to the associated notes section.

Once you have reviewed all the start dates as well as the terms of your application click “Agree & Continue” to proceed to our checkout.

Review all your application fees that are associated with each program you are applying to.

(22) Pay your application fee through one of four methods.

1. Credit Card

2. PayPal

3. Bank Transfer

4. MoneyGram

Once you have finished your payment you will be directed to your application page.

Your status of your application will show “Received – Processing…” indicating that we have received your application and are processing it to the school and program of your choice.

Be sure to submit any outstanding requirement documents if applicable with your application.

At anytime download the receipt associated with your application .

We will contact you about any updates to your application.

Now wait for your acceptance letter and an email from ApplyBoard!

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition fees can range from $7,000 to $30,000 based on what and where you wish to study. In most cases, colleges tend to have a lower tuition fee than universities.

For most areas of study, we have programs with tuition fees less than $15,000 per year.

You can search for programs in your field of study, see their exact tuition fees and sort them by tuition fee using our search tool: 


No, unfortunately we do not currently offer scholarships to prospective students applying through ApplyBoard. However, we are here to help you with your application and will provide guidance every step of the way. On average, a minimum of $20,000 is needed to cover your cost of living and school tuition.

1. Obtain qualifications valued globally

High academic standards in Canada and the USA mean that you will be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and will benefit your career in the long term. A Canadian or American degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognised as being equivalent to those obtained from other Commonwealth countries. 

2. Affordable education

The quality of education and the living standards in Canada and the USA are among the highest in the world. Additionally, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than that of other countries, such as the United Kingdom or Australia. 

3. Diverse Multiculturalism

The vast majority of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada and the USA. You can find ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student adviser can help you get in touch with any number of clubs and associations during your stay abroad.

4. Healthy and safe communities

The United Nations consistently ranks North America as one of the all-round best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada or the USA, you will enjoy the same freedoms that protect Canadian and American citizens: respect for human rights, equality and a stable and peaceful society.

5. World-class language education

Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

6. Exciting campus lifestyle

Post secondary campuses in Canada and the USA are wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, along with countless modern amenities. These campuses offer enormous possibility for learning and leisure. Plus, you will have amazing opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.

7. Possibility of Immigration

Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

8. Land of Possibilities

Under the highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment in Canada and the USA, you will acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, as well as the ability to express your creativity and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help. Your students will involve both academic excellence and collaboration in the classroom.

The minimum cost of living varies from $10,000 to $12,000, depending on the city where you will live. You can find the estimated living costs for our different institutions located on our schools page.

Tuition fees typically range from $7,000 to $30,000 based on what and where you wish to study. In most cases, colleges tend to have a lower cost of tuition compared to universities.

Please be advised that the following prices are just an estimated average of the tuition fees and living expenses. They may vary based on the program of your choice, your institution and your location.

For Example: John’s tuition fee is $12,500 per year. John also needs about $10,000 to cover the living expenses. As result, John requires a financial proof of a minimum of $22,500  ($12,500 + $10,000 = $22,500) to cover his education and living expenses. 

(Information retrieved from CIC.GC.CA)

Many students ask us: “Do I need to finish my current studies to be eligible to apply?” The answer is no.

For example, if you are applying for a bachelor’s program, you do not need to complete your high school education. Being in your last year of high school (i.e. grade 12 in most countries) is the minimum requirement to apply to a bachelor’s program.

The general rule is, as long as you can demonstrate that you are qualified to graduate from your current educational program before starting your studies in USA or Canada, you are eligible to apply today. You don’t need a certificate of graduation, unless you have finished your current education.

Required documents when applying to an undergraduate program:

If you are applying for an undergraduate program (i.e. a program that only requires a high-school level of education), you will need your high school transcript and it must show all of your grades obtained from all years of high-school (usually grade 9 – 12).

If you have finished high-school, your high-school graduation diploma/certificate is also required.

You will also need a copy of your passport if you have one.

Required documents when applying to a post-graduate program:

Post-graduate programs require a higher education degree or diploma. For example, most master’s programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree and most post-graduate certificate programs need at least a three-year bachelor’s degree or an undergraduate diploma.

If you are currently still a post-secondary student, you will need to provide your latest transcript that displays grades since beginning of your post-secondary program.

If you have finished your bachelor’s degree or diploma, you need to provide your graduation certificate/diploma as well.

You will also need a copy of your passport if you have one.

Some master’s programs require recommendation letters, résumés, essays and/or a statement of purpose.

You can find the specific requirements for high school, ESL,  undergraduate diplomas, bachelor’s and master’s programs on each program’s page of our website.

Simply search your desired programs, determine the ones that you can be accepted to by answering our eligibility questions and see the specific requirements for each program here:


After you have submitted all of your documents and paid your application fees, ApplyBoard will send your documents to the institutions that you selected for processing.

At this point, you have done everything you need to do. We will look after everything, including communicating with the institution(s) of your choice.

When ApplyBoard obtains your acceptance letter, we will notify you and help you through the visa application process.

As an applicant, you must prove that you have enough financial means to pay your:

  • Tuition fee
  • Living expenses
  • Return transportation

(Retrieved from CIC)

An acceptance/admission letter is the letter of confirmation that the designated institution of your choice has accepted you. This letter is one of the requirements needed to apply for a study permit in Canada or the USA. (Retrieved from CIC.)

Every institution has its own rules and requirements to get accepted. Acceptance is based on the individual school’s discretion. 

Yes. ApplyBoard is now charging $100-250 in order to defer your program to the next intake. However, if you provide us with the receipt of your tuition deposit, we will waive the deferral fee. Please be advised that when you defer your acceptance letter, you may need to pay additional fees, as required by the school.

Application Fee:

You must pay the application fee before submitting your application. The application fee is charged by schools and is non-refundable. The schools will not review your application if your application fee is not paid.

Note: ApplyBoard does NOT charge any extra fees for processing your application. We collect the exact amount schools charge for your convenience and pay it directly to the school. We are totally free for all students/applicants and are only paid by schools. 

Tuition Fee:

You have to pay the tuition fee for each semester at the beginning of the school’s semester.

Some schools require that you pay a deposit amount after obtaining your acceptance letter in order to secure your position in the school. The deposit amount is a portion of the first semester’s tuition fee and is usually less than $1,500.

If you do not get your visa, the school will fully refund your deposit back to you. 

Note: You do not have to pay any tuition before getting your acceptance.

Note: Unlike the deposit, the application processing fee will not be refunded if your visa application is refused.

Note: We have calculated the total annual tuition fees for each school for you convenience but this does NOT mean you have to pay the listed annual tuition at the beginning of the school year.

In most cases, no.

However, this depends on the institution of your choice. They may or may not require you to pay your tuition in order to receive the letter of acceptance.

ApplyBoard provides you with the resources to find and apply to the school and program that are the right fit for your interests and needs. We will guide you through the entire application process, helping you obtain your letter of acceptance so you can begin studying at the school of your dreams.

Designated institutions are predetermined and approved institutions by the Canadian Embassy. A list of designated institutions can be found on the CIC official website and are subject to change. (Retrieved from CIC.)

If you wish to enrol and study in a short-term course (6 months or less) or a program such as English for Academic Purposes/English as a Second Language, you are NOT REQUIRED to apply for a study permit.

For programs longer than 6 months, you ARE REQUIRED to apply for a study permit.

The application fee is usually between $50 to $150 for  each program. You can find the exact application fee for each program on the associated program’s page on our website.

Universities and colleges in Canada and the USA charge an application fee to process your application and to issue your acceptance letter if you are deemed eligible. Application fees vary based on institution and program. The application fees that you pay to ApplyBoard are the exact amount that your selected institution(s) charge(s) to process an international student application. These amounts go directly toward the institution’s application fee.

ApplyBoard does not charge you extra for our services.These services are totally free for applicants because we are only paid by our associated high schools, universities and colleges!

Please contact us at support@applyboard.com if you have any further questions. We are happy to help.