Are you going to study in Canada? You always need an eTA to follow a training course or study in Canada. If you want to follow a study programme that lasts longer than six months, you will also need a Study Permit.
An eTA is sufficient for a short study in Canada
Do you want to follow a study programme lasting less than six months? Then all you need is an eTA. In that case, you do not need to apply for a visa or Study Permit. To be eligible for an eTA Canada, you must be a national of the United Kingdom, Ireland or another country on this list. This list includes all countries in the European Union, but also Australia, Norway, and Switzerland.
Apply for the eTA Canada
An eTA is valid for tourists and business travellers, but can also be used to study in Canada
When to apply for a Study Permit?
You can also apply for a Study Permit. A Study Permit is an addition to the eTA Canada. In order to check in on a flight to Canada, you will always need an eTA. If you receive a Study Permit, you will automatically receive an eTA with it. Applying for a Study Permit has two advantages:
With a Study Permit you can study longer
Are you travelling without a Study Permit? Then your study programme in Canada cannot last longer than six months, even if you only follow part of the entire study programme. An example: You want to stay in Canada for six months to follow part of a study programme that lasts seven months as a whole. This is not permitted if you only have an eTA, but it is permitted if you also have a Study Permit.
With a Study Permit you are allowed to take a part-time job
Do you only have an eTA Canada and no Study Permit? Then you are not allowed to work in Canada. Universities sometimes offer opportunities to earn some extra money through a part-time job, on or off campus. You are only allowed to take a part-time job if, in addition to an eTA, you also have a Study Permit or a Work Permit.
Are you leaving Canada during your studies? For example, for a trip to the United States, or to return to your family and friends outside Canada? Be aware that you must have a valid eTA when you fly back to Canada to resume your studies. It can happen that your Study Permit is still valid, but your eTA is no longer valid. In that case, you can apply for an eTA separately.