Each post-secondary institution has its own set of rules that determine how to apply, which level of English or French is required, and the application and study fees.
Although there is no central online application service for higher education admissions across all of Canada, many provinces have their own centralized application service for undergraduate and professional degree programs. In some provinces, you may need to apply directly to the university via its website.
There are multiple centralized application services for Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) is the central bureau whose key function is the processing of applications for admission to the province’s universities. The following are divisions within OUAC for different programs of study:
- The Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) is a nonprofit centralized application service for applicants to the province’s six medical schools: Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (McMaster University), Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University).
- The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS) is a centralized application service for Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Audiology (AUD), and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) programs at McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and Western University.
- The Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) is a nonprofit centralized application service for applicants to the seven Ontario law schools: Bora Laskin Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, Western University, and the University of Windsor.
- The Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) is a nonprofit centralized application service for applicants to the Faculties of Education at the following institutions: Brock University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, Nipissing University, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Windsor, and York University.
- Ontariocolleges.ca is the centralized undergraduate application service for student admissions to the province’s colleges.
If you plan to apply to undergraduate programs in Alberta, check to see if your chosen school participates in the province’s central application service, ApplyAlberta. For British Columbia, refer to the ApplyBC central application service. To find the links to the central application services for other provinces, such as Quebec, check out the website for the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).
When applying to Canadian post-secondary institutions, be sure to carefully check the application deadlines for international students on each school’s website. Typically, application deadlines for international students are very early—about eight months before the program start date—to allow the students time to apply for study permits. Application deadlines vary by region, institution, and program, so confirm the deadlines and apply as early as possible.