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Designated Learning Institutions in Canada (DLI)

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There is so much that Canadian Designated Learning Institutions have to offer overseas students who want to study in Canada.

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To begin, Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) are schools in Canada that cater to international students, and all elementary and secondary schools in Canada are Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). However, not all post-secondary colleges in Canada are DLIs, so always check to see if your preferred university is one of the numerous authorized Canadian Designated Learning Institutions.

What exactly are Canadian Designated Learning Institutions?

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As previously stated, Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) are schools in Canada for international students; that is, institutions that have been certified by Canada’s provincial government to admit international students.

That is to say, if you want to come to Canada to study, you must produce proof of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada in order to obtain a Canadian study permit.

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As a result, if you want to study for a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D.) in Canada as a foreign student, you must first be approved by a Designated Learning Institution.

Every Designated Learning Institution in Canada has a unique DLI number, which may be found on the application form for your study permit.

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Thus, your DLI number is the number that begins with the letter “O” on your study application form.

How Can You Tell If a School Is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada?

Here’s how to find out if a school in Canada has been accredited as a DLI:

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Step 1: Navigate to the official government website of Canada.

Step 2: Decide on a Canadian Province or Territory.

Step 3: Review the list of recognized Canadian Designated Learning Institutions located in that province or territory.

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How Do I Obtain a Study Permit in Canada?

It takes two steps to study in Canada.

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The initial step is to apply to a designated learning institution in Canada to study, and once admitted, you will need to obtain a study permit from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) to continue your studies in Canada.

These are the four processes involved in applying for a study permit in Canada.

You can always transition between specified learning institutions, programs, fields of study, or levels of study after receiving your Canadian study permission without having to apply for a new study permit.

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To do so, simply notify the IRCC of your plan to change universities, while verifying that your new choice of university is a designated learning institution in Canada.

And, once your transfer request has been approved, you must tell the IRCC of your current change in institutions; this may be done easily online using your MyCIC account.

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