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Choosing a School

When searching for a Canadian Educational Institution to study at, ensure that you select one that is approved by the Canadian Government. These institutions are known as a Designated Learning Institutions.

Any school which is recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will have a Designated Learning Institution Number. They should be able to provide you with this as proof. You will need to provide this Designated Learning Institution Number on your Study Permit application.

All primary and secondary schools are Designated Learning Institutions and do not require a Designated Learning Institution Number.

Designated Learning Institution Numbers begin with “O”. For example, the University of British Columbia’s Designated Learning Institution Number is O19330231062.


To search if the school you have chosen is a Designated Learning Institution, search for them here.

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