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Study in Canada from Mali – Complete Guide

About 5,000 students visit Canada to study from Mali every year.  This is a result of the good education system that Canada has. Although Canada is a developed country,  it still has some cheap universities where international students, especially students from Mali can come and study.

Studying in Canada has a lot of benefits, however,  before you can study in Canada as a Malian student, you must meet the eligibility criteria for the particular program as well as the requirements from the university. 

In addition to that, you must also show that you have the required English language test for admission into Canadian universities. 

Therefore, in this article, we are going to talk about the admission requirements, available scholarships,  and how to get a Canadian study visa if you want to study in Canada from Mali. 

Why Study in Canada from Mali?

Cheap and affordable education

If you want to study in Canada from Mali, you would like to know the reasons to study in Canada. Many students from Mali who come to study in Canada do that for different reasons. One of the major reasons is that Canada offers cheap education to Malians in the country.

In Canada, the universities set their own tuition fees,  therefore, some of them provide cheap and affordable courses and programs for international students, especially students from Mali. 

Good immigration program

Another reason is that Canada has a good immigration program for students from Mali. Therefore,  assessing education from Mali is easier for Malians due to the good and easy immigration program Canada offers to international students including Malians.

Peaceful environment

Moreover, another reason why Malians can choose to study in Canada is because of Canada’s peaceful environment. Canada is a peaceful, calm, and attractive environment. It is a safe place to stay, study and enjoy life without any security threat.

Employment opportunities

Above all, the unemployment rate in Mali is high, this is such that lots of Malian graduates do not get jobs in Mali after graduation,  even with good academic qualifications. This is why Malians choose to go to Canada to study.

Because in Canada, international students can stay back and work after graduation since they have a work permit.

Work while studying

Despite that, students can work while they study in Canada. So not only after graduation. This is also another reason Malians choose to study in Canada instead of their own countries big universities like Université des sciences, des techniques et des technologies de in Bamako City, Université des sciences juridiques et politiques de Bamako, Université des lettres et des sciences humaines de Bamako.

Permanent residence

In addition, Canada is a beautiful country where everybody wants to live. But the only easy and legitimate access to enter Canada is through choosing to study there. How? This is because getting a permanent residence permit is achievable by Malians who prove his or her academic excellence useful in Canada’s labor market.

Financial support

Finally, Malians have the opportunity to receive financial support for their education in Canada as a student. So they choose to study in Canada to at least receive financial aid if need be instead of dropping out of school while studying in their own country where such benefits are not available when they need it. 

Benefits of studying in Canada From Mali. 

Malians who come to study in Canada enjoy certain benefits. These benefits are more of the reasons they come to study in Canada and those benefits are:

  • Canadian education offers Malians quality and highly valued education 
  • Provision of affordable education and financial support system for Malians.
  • Great opportunity for students scholarship offer to Malians 
  • There is the availability of financial aid to Malian students who are in need during their studies. 
  • Opportunity to work while studying in Canada readily available for Malians
  • Canada provides Mali students with a multicultural experience as students are exposed to many cultures of the country
  • Canada values human life and existence so students’ safety is guaranteed.
  • There is an opportunity to work while studying in Canada. 
  • Apart from that, Malians can still stay back and Work after they graduate from school. With their work permit, they can get gainful employment after studying in Canada.
  • Beyond that, they can obtain a permanent residence permit to stay in Canada.

Types of Programs Malian students can Study in Canada

Many programs are available for Malians to study in Canada.  Therefore the list of programs  Malians can study in Canada are stated below 

  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma
  • Masters
  • MBA
  • PHD

Undergraduate program 

Malian students can study bachelor’s degree in Canada by completing the necessary course of study offered by the college or university enrolled. 

Diploma program

This is a Postgraduate Diploma program a Malian student can study in Canada. It is also known as Graduate Diploma and can be obtained in Canada by Malian students. A postgraduate diploma is considered academically over the level of a Bachelor’s but is under a master’s level. You can start a postgraduate diploma after a Bachelor’s degree and you can complete it within one year.

Masters program 

A Master’s program is a program a Malian student can study to further his or her education in Canada. There are so many universities in Canada that offer international students Master’s programs including Malian students. This program can take students a minimum of two years to finish, after which the student can become an Msc holder or Ma holder. That is, Masters of science or Masters

MBA program. 

This program is about the master of business administration. Malians can study this program in Canada. This program can give students the functional skills and experiences to handle businesses in a professional way to achieve organizational goals. This program can take a minimum of two years after, an MBA certificate can be issued to the holder.

Ph.D. program. 

Malians can study in Canada to get their doctorate degree. Many universities in Canada offer international students admission to further advanced research in their field of study in order to get a Ph.D. degree.

Provinces in Canada Malian Students like to settle for their studies

A good number of Malians are in Canada for their studies, as they come to Canada to settle for their studies, there are certain cities and provinces they normally like to stay and settle for their studies such provinces are:

  • Ottawa
  • Quebec
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario


Ottawa is a city in the province of Ontario. It is a popular city for Malian students because it is one of the best cities in terms of viability, lower cost of living, and the educational options it offers. This is also a good place for students who plan to study and work. 


 The province of Quebec is a very large French-speaking Canadian province consisting of several cities. Mali students who come to study in Canada also like to settle in Quebec. It is also the largest province in Canada.

British Columbia

British Columbia, located in western Canada, is the third most populous province in Canada and Malians settle there for studies. 


The Canadian province of Ontario is a thriving, populated, and commercial province located in central Canada. A good number of Malian students stay in Ontario for their studies. 

How to Apply for Admission in Canada from Mali

Malians can apply to study in Canada in the following ways: by going to the Canadian Embassy in Mali to obtain a visa or study permit or by applying online to obtain a study permit. So these are two ways through which a Malian can apply for admission in Canada from Mali

What Is The Best Time To Apply For Study In Canada From Mali?

Canadian universities give admission three times a year. They give admission during summer, during winter, and during fall. So it depends on the time that you want to apply to a particular School.

Therefore, the most advisable time to begin submitting an application to the Canadian university of your choice should be as early as a whole year before the start date of the semester or at the latest by March of the same year for the September intake.

Requirements for Study Permit in Canada from Mali students. 

These are the minimum requirements needed from Malians to study in Canada. 

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

Other General Requirements for Canada Visa from Malians

For you to study in Canada you are going to provide the following requirements in order to get a visa for your studies.

  • An original Mali passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry in Canada. It must have 2 blank pages for visa stamps.
  • Duly completed and signed visa application form.
  • For minors, their parents or legal guardians will be required to sign the application form.
  • Original birth certificate and a letter of authorization from both parents are also needed. A valid means of the ID of both parents is also important.
  • Three passport-size photographs (4.5 x 3.5 cm) taken on a white background.
  • Complete travel document.
  • Proof of financial sustenance for the duration of stay.
  • Proof of accommodation in Canada.
  • Onward or return ticket.
  • Documentation showing applicant’s ties to Mali.
  • A report of good conduct from a police station in Mali showing the traveler does not have a criminal record.
  • Medical insurance that covers the entire duration of stay.
  • Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.
  • Copy of travel itinerary.

Study Permit Canada Fees

It will cost you $150 to get a Study permit and extension.

Study Permit Canada Document checklist

  • Letter of acceptance from a DLI.
  • Proof of payment of tuition fee for your first year of study.
  • Proof of Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) payment (certificate/letter of attestation)
  • IELTS TRF or TEF scorecard

Study Permit Canada Processing time

Getting a study permit to study in Canada from Mali takes a lot of time. Sometimes it takes about 12 months especially when they require you to send other documents.  Therefore, it is advised that a student should send his or her application on time.

Usually,  it takes three months to process a Canadian study permit from Mali. However, you must submit the application together with the supporting documents as well as the application fee of CA$150.

Paper Vs Online Application

It is better to apply for a study permit online but if there are problems that you can not apply through online, you can use a paper application by going to the Canadian Embassy in Mali.

Canada embassy address in Mali. 

To apply for Canadian study permit in Mali, you have to visit the study visa office below:

Mission location Address

Route de Koulikoro

Immeuble Séméga

District II

P.O. Box 198



Mission telephone

(+223) 44 98 04 50

Mission Fax

(+223) 44 98 04 55

Mission Email

[email protected]

Mission Website


Mission Office hours

Monday-Thursday: 07:30 – 16:00

Friday: 07:30 – 13:00

Minimum Personal Support Amount In Canada

Before you study in Canada from Mali, you need CA$10,000 as a minimum personal support amount also known as proof of funds to support yourself. 

What is Study Permit in Canada?

A study permit is a document the Canadian Government issues to allow foreign students from Mali to study at the designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada.

How to Check Study Permit Application Status.

  • Visit the official Canada visa website.
  • Find the option of tracking the visa application status.
  •  Enter the acknowledgment number or passport number and the date of birth.
  • Following that, enter the captcha code and click ‘submit’.

Who Can Sponsor Malian Students to Study in Canada?

  • Your family members 
  • Your Friends
  • Common-law partners
  • Spouse
  • A Canadian citizen
  • You can sponsor yourself.

Average tuition fee to study in Canada from Mali. 

It will cost you an average tuition fee of  CA$11,000 to study in Canada from Mali. 

Study Loan for Malian Students in Canada

For you to come from Mali to study in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will expect you to be able to finance your studies in Canada on your own. This can either be by your own savings and or help from your sponsors. However, there is other financial help that is available for you in terms of loans in Canada.

Therefore, you can get an education loan with a fixed interest rate from $2,001 to $50,000 from Canada. This will make your budgeting easier and stress-free. Students from Mali and other countries can apply for this loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does It Cost To Study In Canada From Mali? 

It costs between CAD 7,000 and CAD 29,000 per year depending on your program and university. 

Do I need IELTS or TOEFL to study in Canada from Mali?

Yes, you will need it. Before you study in Canada, you will have to have either IELTS or TOEFL to be granted a study permit.

What is the population of Mali students in Canada?

Over 8,000 Malian students are in Canada.

Can Malian students work in Canada while studying?

Yes if you have an SW-1 Visa or study permit which is the Study Work Visa for students and is given to students who have a compulsory work, internship, or co-op program within their nominated study programs.

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