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How to Write a Winning Study Plan for a Canadian Study Permit

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Your Study Plan is an opportunity to properly explain to the visa officer why you want to study in Canada.

The Study Plan, also known as a statement of purpose or letter of explanation, is one of the most critical requirements in your Study Permit application. In your study plan, IRCC is looking for you to summarize your application, your plans to study in Canada, and what you will do after you graduate from your program of study.

A good study plan should communicate your information in a clear and concise manner. The information provided in your study plans will be part of your Canadian Immigration file, so it's important to be truthful!

What to Include

An Introduction that tells the visa officer what to expect in the rest of the document. Your study plan should include the purpose, name of the school, intended program of study, and what you are applying for (e.g. study permit, co-op work permit). In the case of accompanying dependents, mention their names, their relationship with you, and the kind of visa they will require.

Educational Background

A strong study plan must take into account your education and professional history (if applicable). Your previous education, professional career or entrepreneurship will be assessed in relation to your intended study in Canada.

Work Experience

If you are a professional or an entrepreneur, this section should showcase your previous education or career path as well as your long-term goals and achievements. Identifying a knowledge gap in your education and work experience that has inspired you to pursue further education.

If you don’t have any previous work experience, Focus on the impact of your previous education, and family ( parents or siblings) accomplishments post-graduation as being the motivator to seek higher and quality education.

Canadian Study Goals

Studying in Canada is considered very expensive for most international students. Therefore you don’t embark on this journey without having a clear goal. In this section, you have to detail your purpose for choosing to study in Canada. Why did you choose Canada, the institution and the program? Be sure to highlight why your education in Canada is important in your home country.

Funds Available

Having enough funds to cover your planned studies and Stay in Canada (including your accompanying dependent if applicable) is very important.

This section should identify:

The total amount needed for your studies and the amount available

The total amount of money set aside for your studies and living expenses. It should clearly identify the source of the funds.

Where the funds came from i.e Employment, savings, loans, scholarship, Business Funds?

Post-Study Plans

A study permit is a temporary resident application and therefore, you are required to convince the officer that you will return to your home country at the end of your studies should you not qualify for any other status in Canada. A post-study plan is important in this situation:

What will happen after graduation?

What are the potential benefits upon completion of this program?


In this section, summarize the key sections in your study plan and once again confirm you are a genuine student, and that you have the funds as well as strong ties to facilitate your return to your home country. Be sure to also thank the officer for reviewing your application and ending with a positive note as you look forward to studying in Canada.

But That's Not All!

There is more to a successful Study Permit application than just your Study Plan!

Our Study Permit Guide, designed and taught by an RCIC, will provide you with all the tools and templates you need to package a strong and convincing application!

Not interested in the full course? Get the study plan guide and simplify your wiring process and increase your changes of approval.


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