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Can I apply for a Study Permit to Study a lower-degree Program than my Previous Education?

Updated: Feb 21

Deciding to pursue a degree lower than your previous one can be a difficult decision, especially when it comes to applying for a study permit in Canada. Many international students may worry about how they will explain this decision to immigration officials and how it will affect their chances of obtaining a study permit. However, with the right information and preparation, you can successfully navigate the application process and achieve your educational goals in Canada just like we have for some of our clients in this situation.

Case Study 1: Ms. O had a master's Degree from the United Kingdom and was approved to study at a PGD level in Manitoba. Read More


First and foremost, it is important, to be honest, and transparent in your application. Immigration officials understand that life circumstances and personal goals can change, and they will not hold it against you for wanting to pursue a different degree path. Be upfront about your decision to pursue a lower degree than your previous degree and provide a clear explanation for why you made this choice.

Case Study 2: Mrs Ade, A Computer Science PHD student in the United States of America, applied for a Master's of Management Program and was approved a Study Permit to Study in Canada. She was approved with her spouse to come on an open work permit as well. Read More


It is also important to highlight how this new degree aligns with your future career plans. Show that you have done your research and that the new degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your desired field. This will demonstrate to immigration officials that you have a clear plan and purpose for your studies in Canada.

Lastly, it is important to remember that the study permit application process is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and immigration officials will take into consideration your unique circumstances and reasons for wanting to downgrade your degree.

Case Study 3: Mr. O, already had two master's degrees and then applied for a diploma program in Canada. In his application, we focus on demonstrating the need for a lower degree, and this client was approved. Read more


In summary, pursuing a lower degree does not have to be a roadblock in your pursuit of studying in Canada. By being honest and transparent in your application, highlighting how the new degree aligns with your future career plans, and providing additional supporting documentation, you can successfully navigate the study permit application process and achieve your educational goals.

You are on the verge of achieving your Canadian dreams

Successfully navigating the application process and achieving your educational goals in Canada is a process that needs information and the right people. We have many ways we can assist you to achieve your Study in Canada goals

  1. Enroll in our Detailed Study Permit course

  2. Book a consultation with a Consultant

  3. Schedule a review service for your complete application

  4. Request full representation service from our Licensed consultants to work with you from the beginning of your application

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