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Study in Canada from Botswana – Complete Guide

Canada currently hosts about 435,000 international students globally, the country is ranked fourth by position of top 10 most popular countries for international students. Studying in Canada from Botswana will no doubt be a thing of joy and achievement to the privileged Batswana in Canada already and the intending ones like you because this will be an opportunity for them to get access to quality and practical oriented educational programs been offered by all Universities and Colleges across Canada.

The good news is that Canada Universities and Colleges offer courses related to mining in their different programs, this will gear up more Botswana students to study in Canada as it will enable them to seek more exposure to advance mining optimization process because Botswana is rich in diamonds and its mining activities contribute 50% to government revenue.

The fact that Botswana has also benefited over the years from Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Program doesn’t stop the Botswana students from accessing the robust and comprehensive health system in Canada, obviously, this will assist them in curing and boosting their immune system against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country as they move to Canada for studies.

This article is a complete guide to drive you smoothly to all answers you may need to apply, depart and study in Canada from Botswana.

Why should I study in Canada from Botswana?

There are numerous reasons you should study in Canada all the way from Botswana. The top 10 reasons why you should study in Canada are as follow:

Healthy and Secure Environment    

Canada is ranked the sixth most peaceful country in the world and the third safest country as compared to Botswana which is ranked 39th position of peaceful ranking so your safety is highly guaranteed in Canada.

The health care index in Canada is 71.51 which is considerably higher than Botswana which is pegged at 60.15, it will be worthwhile getting a better education alongside quality health service delivery.

Global acceptability of Canada’s Educational Certificates

Canada as well known country for academic excellence makes the certificates from her Universities and Colleges more valuable in the world labour market. It is indeed a hot cake and generally accepted in the global labour market.

Study while working

As a Botswana student studying in Canada, you will have the opportunity to work within and outside the campus for a maximum of 20 hours weekly.

It is important you also note that the average part-time salary for Students from Botswana is $37,050 per year on an average of $19 per hour.

Entry-level positions start at $27,300 per year while most experienced workers make up to $62,985 per year.

The ease to apply and being granted a work permit after your graduation is not exempted for Botswana students in Canada.

Life in the Campus

Universities and Colleges have a series of events and outdoor activities to engage students. These give the international students including students from Botswana the opportunities to showcase their rich and unique cultures which strengthen their mutual relationships.

Study loan

In a bid to make life comfortable for students both international and host, there are some Universities, Colleges, private lenders and government institutions that offer loans to students while studying in Canada with very light requirements like your academic success, career path, home country, expected year of graduation date and the school you attend without necessarily a cosigner.


As an intending student to study abroad from Botswana which is a low-income country, affordability will be a watchword to you especially for your comfortable and healthy living while you acquire the needed quality education.

In comparison, the cost of living in Canada is 3.09% lower than in the United States of America likewise the cost of accommodation is significantly higher by 22.88% in the United States and most other top-notch English speaking countries.

Easy access to Permanent visa

The moment you are admitted to any Canadian University or College with your Study Permit, you will find it much easier to apply and get a permanent resident visa which has lots of benefits attached to it such as the Right to Live and Work in Canada, access to bring your family along with you, Free Education for children, Universal Healthcare, a stone throw to your Canadian Citizenship and lots more.

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Scholarship Programs for Botswana Students

This is another milestone to make your study in Canada with little to no stress and emotionally stable because once you are enrolled on any of the universities or colleges in Canada you have access to numerous scholarships from the Canadian government, private Organizations in Canada, some Universities and Colleges, other international Organizations. These are some of the scholarships available for Botswana Students this year:

  • The Smooth Movers Scholarship programsn2021.
  • Arthur F. Church Entrance Scholarships 2021.
  • Conestoga College International Degree Entrance Scholarships 2021.
  • University of Waterloo, Canada Scholarship programs.
  • International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships At University Of Guelph 2021
  • UCW Second Language Excellence Scholarship 2021.
  • Union for International Cancer Control Scholarship programs.
  • The University of Winnipeg (UW), Canada Scholarship programs.

Take your time to check the requirements before applying eventually.

Available Programs for Batswana Students in Canada

Undergraduate programs: The following are the keynotes you need to know while applying for undergraduate courses in Canada.

  • Duration: three (3) years to four (4) years depending on your course of study.
  • Type of certificate: upon fulfilment of all the academic requirements and minimum year of stay, you will be awarded Bachelor Degree like (B.Sc, B.Ed, B.Eng, B.A)
  • Nature of program: Mostly full-time program.
  • Availability of courses: almost all courses are available, you just to search alongside your desired Universities or College

Diploma programs: These are intermediate programs and here are a few things to know about the programs:

  • Types of diploma programs: There are two types of diploma programs run in Canadian institutions, they are normal diploma and advanced diploma programs.
  • Duration: The duration for the program is between 1 to 2 years except for advanced diplomas that sometimes take up to years.
  • Type of Certificate: You will be issued a Diploma certificate upon successful completion.
  • Availability: It is available in most Universities and Colleges in Canada.
  • Purpose: To bridge the gap between different phases of academic study, or to provide additional professional training and qualifications.

Postgraduate Programs: These are programs meant for students seeking further exposure or advancement after they have primarily obtained a bachelor degree from Canadian Universities or their home countries.

The postgraduate course includes a Masters Degree, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Duration: The duration for a master’s degree and MBA is one (1) year to two (2) years while PhD is three (3) years.

Cost of Studying in Canada from Botswana

The average cost of studying in Canada from Botswana for the entire available program is moderate when compared to other top-notch countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and China. See the average tuition fee for the different programs:

  • Undergraduate program CA$13,000 to CA$20,000
  • Postgraduate master’s degree CA$17,000 to CA$25,000
  • Doctoral degree CA $7,000 to CA$15,000
  • MBA CA$30,000 to CA$40,000

Other costs to budget for

The additional costs to budget for while coming to study conveniently in Canada from Botswana include:

  • Flight fee
  • Accommodation fee
  • Cost of visa and study permit
  • Living expenses
  • Taxes
  • Health insurance support

The average cost of the accommodation offered to international students is between CAD8000 to CAD10000 annually.

Application Process for Admission in Canada from Botswana

The application process for admission requires that you search for your desired university in Canada. Check their Academic requirements and other requirements as an intending international student then you proceed with the process online or offline.

However, as an intending student from Botswana, you will be required to have your international passport issued by the immigration office of Botswana then you proceed to apply for your student permit in the Canadian embassy in Botswana.

Study permit

Canada study permit is a document the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue to you that allows you as an international student to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. Omani and most foreigners need a study permit to study in Canada.

Documents required for a Canadian study permit

  • Valid Botswana Passport (Ensure it is valid beyond the term of the visa you seek)
  • Proof of Acceptance by a Designated Learning Institution in Canada.
  • Proof of Funds in Botswana
  • Passport Size Photographs.
  • An Immigration Medical Examination (IME)
  • English Language Proficiency Exam Score where required
  • Statement of Purpose for Travel (being to study)
  • Credit Card

Processing time for Canada study permit after application

Applying for a Canada Study permit from Botswana the processing period may take nearly 90 days.

Canada Embassy office in Botswana

Street Address:

9th floor, iTowers North, Lot 54368 Gaborone

Telephone (267) 3160 926 / 3160 946

Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Student Direct Stream (SDS) for Student Permit Applications from Botswana?

It is a fast-track program to process open to Citizens of Botswana for study permit applications within 20 calendar days.  It is available to only residents of a select group of countries.

What is the difference between a study permit and a student visa?

A Student Visa allows you to enter Canada as a Botswana Citizen. And the Study Permit gives you permission to stay in the country. So that is why you will be issued a student visa and a Canadian Study Permit.

What is the cost of the Canadian Student Permit from Botswana?

$150 Canadian per student                                                                                    

What amount of funds is required for a Botswana Student to be granted a Canadian student visa? 

Currently, it is estimated to be CA$10,000 (~US$7,650) for every year of your stay (CA$11,000/~US$8,400 if you’re applying to study in Quebec) on top of your tuition fees, with your proof of funds attached.

Can a Botswana Student extend their Canadian Study Permit?

Yes, as a Batswana student studying in Canada you can extend your student visa study permit.

When should I apply for my Study Permit?            

You should apply for a study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance (LOA) from your chosen institution.

To apply for your Student Permit fill in our Free Visa Assessment to obtain details on the fastest and most cost-effective application path for your specific circumstances as a citizen of Botswana.

Take advantage to have Successful and Stress-free studies in Canada while you also explore the opportunities as you study and after graduation. Best of luck!

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