VISAS & MEDICAL INSURANCE
ILSC provides general information about Canadian visa requirements; however, this information is subject to change, and is determined by the designated government body in Canada. For the most accurate and up to date visa information, please visit the links listed, or contact ILSC.
ILSC recommends that all students have valid medical insurance to cover them for the duration of their stay. In some locations, medical insurance coverage is a requirement for securing your visa.
You can find out if you need a visa, and what type of visa you need, using the government of Canada’s "Come to Canada Wizard.” General visa information follows.
Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)
International students who wish to study in Canada for up to 6 months may need a Visitor Visa depending on the country for which they hold a passport. Please check the list of Countries and Territories Whose Citizens Require Visas in order to enter Canada as visitors.
Students do not need a "Study Permit" for study programs that last 6 months or less.
If you plan to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, you must obtain a Study Permit and, for ILSC-Montréal applicants, a Certificate of Acceptance for Quebec (CAQ.) These are available through your local Canadian Embassy.
Students may apply for a Study Permit even if they are going to study for 6 months or less. If students are coming for less than 6 months and are thinking of possibly extending their studies to more than 6 months, they should apply for a Study Permit in their home country. Students can extend their Study Permit from within Canada, but they cannot get a Study Permit from within Canada.
Students will need to include Montreal's DLI* number when applying for their study permit:
ILSC-Montréal DLI: O19359201512**
*Designated Learning Institution
** ILSC-Montréal has a framework affiliation agreement with CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles, and shares the same DLI number. If you register to study at ILSC-Montreal, you will be issued a joint Letter of Acceptance including the logos of both schools.
Quebec (ILSC–Montréal campus)
Please obtain private medical insurance before your arrival. Quebec's provincial medical plan does not cover international students. You can purchase medical insurance through ILSC, please contact us for details.