Student Partner Programs for International Students in Canada

Known for its welcoming nature, Canada is seen by students as a multi-hued and yet inclusive culture that draws strength from the very immigrant groups that have made the country their home and destination of choice for pursuing international education. 

The vibrant nation frequently ranks among the top 10 nations when it comes to quality of living index. Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that a student can avail high-quality education, opening doors for a secure future, while enjoying lower cost of living and tuition fees for international students as compared to other countries such as United States and United Kingdom.

No wonder Canada appears frequently among the list of most preferred destinations for pursuing international studies by Indian students. In fact, a recent article published in The HindustanTimes pegs the number of Indian students in Canadian varsities as crossing the 100,000 figure until late 2017!

The efforts to attract talent and interest from Indian students have been further bolstered by the Student Partner Program (SPP), an innovative administrative framework that streamlines the visa application process for international students studying in Canada from India and China. SPP was designed and developed via the close association of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), counting 54 Canadian colleges as well as universities in it.

Announced in 2009, the overall goal of the program is to streamline admission and visa process for Canadian Community Colleges which would increase the number of visas issued to Indian students for studying at Canadian Community Colleges. Thus, SPP reduces the stress of Indian students for studies in Canada by improving the Study Permit application checklist, which ensures they have all the necessary documentation to apply to full-time study in Canada.

Students planning to pursue higher studies in Canada can apply to any of the participating SPP colleges and their applications receive prompt processing as well as a fair decision based on the documents furnished to meet the eligibility criteria of the participating college. SPP involves close cooperative partnership and feedback from the participating colleges to ensure student compliance w.r.t. study permits terms and therefore it is essential that the students share their consent to offer information attendance. The student must sign the consent declaration on the SPP checklist to get their applications to be processed under this program.

It is strongly recommended that students submit the SPP application latest by 01st April for May entries, 01st August for entries for September of the same year and by 01stDecember for entry in January of the next year as applications for Study Permit received after those dates may not be processed in time for the start of classes and thus likely be declined by the universities. Here are the eligibility criteria for application under SPP for varsities in Canada.

  • Minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 issued in the past two years for undergraduates, while for post grads, the band should be overall 6.5.
  • Up to the age of 25 years and study gap of no more than two years. Exceptions can be made for students with excellent grades and a maximum of a three-year gap in studies.
  • The program applied for must be complimentary and should add value to the previous education.
  • The student should have an overall minimum score of 50% in their more recently completed diploma or degree.
    Proof of tuition payment for one semester or one year (as required by the SPP institution).
  • The purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotia Bank /or ICICI Bank Canada, for the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for first year of living in Canada. This financial requirement is fulfilled through the purchase of a participating GIC, and serves as proof that you have paid your tuition.
  • If you have previously been refused Canadian student visa, you are not eligible to apply under SPP.
  • Compulsory medical examination before submitting your visa application by visiting one of the Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP) in India.

We wish you luck and bon voyage on your journey to completing your higher education in Canada!

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Last modified: October 19, 2020

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