From April 1 onwards, Vietnamese students will have a better chance of studying in Canada when the Canada Express Study program goes into action.
A joint operation between College and Institutes Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Scotia Bank, the CES aims to reduce the stress for Vietnamese families who hope to send their children abroad by making it easier for them to prove their financial capability.
“Vietnamese people, when they apply for study permit in Canada, tend to have a lot of difficulties showing their financial assets,” said Graham Barber, assistant manager of the International Marketing and Recruitment at Algonquin’s International Education Centre. “They tend to own property or assets within Vietnam so it’s very difficult for them to demonstrate how much money they have to come to study in Canada.”
Algonquin College is among 36 colleges and institutions chosen to be partners in the CES program.
“Students will have to pre-pay their tuition fee and also buy a Guaranteed Investment Certificate,” said Barber.
In addition, Vietnamese students who wish to study in Canada must have a decent IELTS score so they won’t have to remain in an English course for more than six months. They also have to choose a program that matches up with their previous education.
“If they meet those requirements, it’s sort of a fast-track or priority processing for their study permit,” Barber explained.
While the CES program will officially start on April 1, applications are already being prepared.
There will be plenty of time for applicants before the start of 2016-2017 school year in September. Canada Express Study is expected to significantly increase the number of Vietnamese students in the college, which currently remains at around 60.