Studying in Canada is a relatively straightforward process, but depending on your circumstances there may be a number of steps that require a considerable amount of calendar time to complete. To begin, you should do the following:
The Alberta Government provides information on Education Equivalencies, that you should review to get a sense of where your current education aligns with schooling in Canada. As you move to the next step of contacting us, we can help clarify any questions you may still have relating to your current education.
Centennial Flight Centre is a Designated Learning Institute and fully authorized to offer flight training to foreign students. If you are interested in taking your flight training in Canada, complete our International Student Application (PDF - 141KB). If you have any questions phone (780) 451-7676 or email us. We will assist you to develop and schedule a programme of courses (and the associated costs) that suit your needs. Basic costs are provided on our Courses webpage but need to be adjusted to meet your specific needs. We will also provide you with the letter of acceptance required as part of your application for a Study Permit; and help you find accommodation in Edmonton.
After arrival in Edmonton you will be provided with assistance and guidance in dealing with your new environment and accessing any services and support you may need.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides information on Studying in Canada, including whether you will need a study permit and how to apply for one, health insurance, obtaining a work permit, and other things you will need to consider.
To be successful studying in Canada it is necessary to have English language skills that will allow you to successfully learn and function in the flight training environment. In order to apply you need to provide proof of English skills at a level of 6 on the IELTS rating scale or equivalent.
Here is a list of equivalent ratings from other common scales:
|Language examination||Standard passing score|
|Test Of English as Foreign Language computer-based exam (TOEFL iBT)||53-100|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic||5-8|
|Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment||50-70|
|Cambridge English exams||CAE-C, CAE-B, CPE-C|
|Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)||7-9|
|The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELA)||80-92|
Once approved and studying in Canada you will also be required to pass a Transport Canada required English language test for aviation.
Depending on what country you are from, you may require an Immigration Medical Examination prior to entering Canada. Regardless of what country you are from, you will be required to pass an aviation medical examination for your training. Transport Canada provides a searchable list of Civil Aviation Medical Examiners outside of Canada that can perform this examination.
If your training will take more than six months to complete, you will require a Study Permit. If your training will take less than six months to complete, a Study Permit is not required but may be desirable, depending on whether you plan to work part time or think your stay will be extended. Depending on the country you are from, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa, regardless of the length of your stay.
With a growing population of nearly one million, Edmonton is a thriving, metropolitan city that retains the convenience and sense of community typically encountered in much smaller cities. Newcomers will find all the services and facilities provided in any major city in the world, yet still be able to quickly fit in and become comfortable living in a new country. Not only is Edmonton a warm and welcoming city, residents enjoy one of the lowest costs of living in North America.
Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta, and is well known for its beautiful river valley, excellent recreational opportunities, and expansive park system - the largest of any urban centre in North America. Edmonton hosts a number of world-class festivals, including the Folk Festival, The Works, Street Performers Festival, K-Days, Shakespeare in the Park, 'A Taste of Edmonton, and the world famous Fringe Festival - the largest festival of alternative theatre in North America.