Canada has come to be known as an  education superpower and is one of the most attractive Study abroad destination for Indian students. The student-friendly environment, diverse mix of nationalities and strong education systems makes Canada a go-to place for International students. Even the employment prospects post graduation for Indian students with Canadian credentials are quite impressive. Last but not the least, Canada’s flexible immigration system brings the Canadian dream within reach of deserving and bright Indian students.

Some of the top sellings points of a Canadian education are:

  1. It is affordably priced
  2. Unmatched quality of education
  3. More study options compared to India

SPP colleges in Canada are a group of colleges and universities that are included in a partnership to help foster an increase in international students interested in studying abroad. In fact, over 300,000 students from all over the world make Canada their temporary home while they work on their Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, with around 12% of them hailing from India. As a response to this increased interest in international students looking to study in Canada, the country has set up a program called the "Student Partners Program" or the "SPP."

The SPP resulted from a collaboration between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Since the Canadian high commission in India receives student visa applications in very high volumes every year, there was a need to put together a quick and easy arrangement to expedite the study visa process. And the collaboration between selected higher educational institutions in Canada and the Canadian high commission in India has served this purpose very well.

The SPP is an incredibly helpful program for students in India, and the benefits don't just include a speedy visa process. Once students are approved for this program, they're not required to provide as much visa documentation as they'd need otherwise (such as proof of acceptance to school, proof of identity, proof of financial support and a letter of explanation detailing why you're applying for a student visa). It also makes it much easier for students to apply for a work permit to stay in the country once they've graduated from a partner SPP school with a recognized qualification.

 

However, Indian students need to undergo a compulsory medical examination before submitting their visa application by visiting any one of the designated medical practitioners (DMP) in India.

How do I qualify for SPP Colleges in Canada?

Here are some of the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree program at an SPP school:

  • An overall score of 6 out of 10 on the IELTS exam (with no band score less than 5.5 in the past two years)
  • Maximum study gap of three years for students with outstanding academic track record, two years for all other applicants
  • Program applied for must be relevant and should add value to the previous qualification
  • Purchase of a GIC (or Guaranteed Investment Certificate) from Scotia Bank in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover one year of living expenses.
  • An aggregate final score of 50% or above in HSC or most recently passed state board examination
  • Proof of ability to pay tuition for either one semester or one year (this is determined by individual schools) through an approved Indian bank or financial institution
  • No more than eight backlogs in previous studies (a backlog is a failed attempt at a subject)
  • If you have previously been refused a Canadian student visa, you are not eligible to apply under SPP

The requirements for a Master’s Degree program are as follows:

  • An overall score of 6.5 out of  10 on the IELTS exam (with no band score less than 6) taken within the past 24 months
  • Maximum study gap of six years for students with outstanding academic track record, five years for all other applicants
  • Program applied for must be relevant and should add value to the previous qualification
  • Purchase of a GIC (or Guaranteed Investment Certificate) from Scotia Bank in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover one year of living expenses.
  • The applicant should have obtained a minimum second class of C- level with an aggregate final score of 50% or above in their most recently completed degree or diploma
  • Proof of finance to pay tuition for either one semester or one year (this is determined by individual schools) through an approved Indian bank or financial institution
  • The applicant should have graduated with no more than eight backlogs in previous studies. If you have previously been refused a Canadian student visa, you are not eligible to apply under SPP

How to find SPP Colleges in Canada

Finding SPP colleges in Canada that qualify for the program is simple, as there are currently only 39 colleges and universities that are partner schools. The schools are located all across the country, from Vancouver on Canada's west coast to Toronto, near the eastern shore. Universities and colleges get evaluated every so often, so it's important to check Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website regularly to check for new schools that have joined up with the SPP for the upcoming year.

The list of SPP colleges in Canada includes the following:

  • Algonquin College
  • Bow Valley College
  • Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • College of New Caledonia
  • Columbia College
  • Conestoga College
  • Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Douglas College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • George Brown College
  • Georgian College of Arts and Technology
  • Grant MacEwan University
  • Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Marine Institute of Memorial University
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Niagara College
  • North Island College
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Northern College
  • Northern Lights
  • Okanagan College
  • Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
  • Selkirk College
  • Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • St-Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • St. Lawrence College
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Vancouver Community College

Studying in Canada can provide numerous benefits for international students, from providing a unique cultural experience to offering quality university programs in nearly every discipline of study. Get more information on the program on Canada's SPP website for students or find more great universities in Canada on SchoolApply.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.