Study in Canada from Zambia – Complete Guide

Complete guide that will help you with vital information you need to apply for study in Canada from Zambia.

Many students from Zambia say to us “ I want to study in Canada”.  Here we cover everything you need to know about how to study in Canada from Zambia and options to Work and Study in Canada as a Zambia Citizen.

We will be providing you with information and guide that will help you apply for study in Canada from Zambia.

With this information, you will gain knowledge on reasons and benefits of studying in Canada, popular Canadian provinces, average tuition, student loan, study permit requirements, fees, scholarships, academic programs, among others.

Why Study in Canada from Zambia?

The choice to study in Canada from Zambia could be one of the best decision to make in order to secure a better future.

It is however, no doubt that Canada is considered to be one of the most friendly and multicultural country in the world, a country with a very considerate cost of living, world-class universities, and many opportunities for permanent residency.

Canada has one of the most generous immigration programs in the world. This level of open offerings for people from Zambia to gain entry, permanent residency and Canadian Citizenship are unsurpassed.

Here are reasons why you may want to study in Canada:

  • access to some of the best education institutions in the world
  • ability to work as a Zambian Citizen in Canada
  • simple process of application open to Zambian students
  • a clear and popular path to long term visa options for permanent residency in Canada.
  • Studying in a Canadian institution places you in a step ahead for immigration to Canada.
  • The post-secondary institutions in Canada avails scholarships to international students than the institutions in other foreign countries, including Zambia.

Very few student visa offerings are so generous. With all these benefits, Canada should be considered a viable option for applicants from Zambia. 

Types of Program Zambian Students can Study in Canada


A diploma is a document issued by an educational institution, such as a vocational and training institution, community colleges, and some colleges and universities, to demonstrate that a student has completed a course of study.

Diploma certificate also demonstrates that you are knowledgeable in a particular subject. You can use your diploma to boost your job prospects by including it on your resume and demonstrating your skill level to potential clients and employers. To complete and get a diploma, it usually takes 12 to 18 months of full-time study.


A good number of Zambian students arrive Canada yearly to start undergraduate degree programs in many universities and colleges.

A full-time bachelor’s degree program in Canada lasts four years full-time, depending on the course and specialty.

In Canada, the provincial government is in charge of education, while the federal government supervises its overall operation. International students are welcome in both public and private educational institutions, universities, and colleges.


Master degree programs are popular among Zambian students studying in Canadian schools. Students who have finished postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice and demonstrated a high level of competence during the process are awarded a master’s degree.

A master’s degree certifies that students have completed advanced coursework in their field of study.

Students having a bachelor’s degree can enroll in this program, which typically takes one to two years to finish. Most Zambian students finish their MS program between 1-2 years.


The doctorate in Canada, like in other countries, is usually conferred as a final ‘terminal degree,’ or the greatest level of academic certification a student can acquire after completing an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate Master’s degree.

Along with the traditional academic PhD, a variety of doctoral degrees are offered, including professional doctorates such as the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor of Education (EdD).

Most courses require at least three years of full-time study and research, while some students enroll for up to six years.

How to Apply for Admission in Canada from Zambian

To apply for admission in Canada , there are vital information you need such as academic requirement, language requirement, statement of purpose  and reference letter.

Self Application vs. Use of Consultants/Representatives

Basically, you can apply for study in Canada from Zambia by yourself or through an educational consultant or representative.

Moreover, using a consultant or representative has great benefits since they are mostly accredited by the institution’s itself.

Minimum Academic Requirements

You must have graduated from high school if you want to apply for an undergraduate program in Canada.

Furthermore, graduate studies applicants need to have previously completed an undergraduate program from a recognized institution.

However, you need to attain a minimum admission average of 70%

English Language Requirements

Canadian educational institutions accept the test results of several proofs of language skills.

Besides, the language requirement of each Canadian post-secondary institution is different from the other.

For example,

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment
  • Michigan English Test
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Duolingo English Test
  • CanTest

Other Requirements

  • Reference letter: The educational institution may request you to provide letter of reference (s) from an academician, clergy, etc.
  • Completed Application form
  • Essay/s or writing sample
  • Statement of Purpose required for graduates and optional for undergraduates
  • Resume for MBA Students
  • Official score reports of SAT/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT to be sent by ETS
  • Letter from Bank stating – funds available for study
  • Affidavit of Financial Support i.e. letter signed from sponsor or parent
  • Transcripts and Mark sheets from College or University
  • Certificates of Extracurricular Activities

Applying for Canada Study Visa From Zambia

If you want to study in Canada you will definitely need a study permit before you can study in any part of Canada.

What is a Study Permit in Canada?

A Canadian Student Visa or Educational Visa is called a Canadian Study Permit. The study permit is a document the Canadian Government issues that allows foreign students from Zambia to study at designated learning institutions (DLI)’s in Canada.

Study Permit Canada Requirements

The following are the documents needed to apply For a Canada Student Visa as a Zambian Citizen

  • Valid Zambia Passport. (make sure 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 Zambia (see below for the minimum funds requirements)
  •  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

Study Visa Application Offices Zambia

Office Locations & Contacts:

The Director General of Immigration
Immigration Headquarters
Kent Building, Long Acres
Haile Selassie Avenue
P.O. Box 50300
Lusaka, Zambia


  • Public Relations Office: +260 211 255282
  • Customer Service Center: +260 211 252622
  • Switchboard: +260 211 251725,+260 211 252669, 0955659493, 0962172550, 0971718499

Fax: +260 211 254393/252831/252008

Email: [email protected][email protected]

Scholarship for Zambians Students in Canada

To some extend the cost of studying in Canada is very high. However, you can check if you are eligible for scholarships in order to lower the expensive cost.

Eligibility for Scholarships

Scholarships in Canada are merit-based and are awarded to students based on their academic performance.

You only need to attain an entrance average not less than 70% before a scholarship can be automatically awarded to you.

Organizations that Offer Scholarships to Zambians 

  • John Crook scholarship for Undergraduate and Masters Students.
  • MasterCard Foundation Scholarships
  • ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarships
  • United World Colleges Scholarship Opportunities in Zambia
  • EU Merit Scholarships in Zambia
  • National Health Research Authority Junior Researcher Awards in Zambia
  • Scholarship from the Government of Quebec

Benefits of Canadian Scholarships for Zambian Students

A Free Scholarship covers a lot of benefits. These ranges from:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation fees
  • Books Allowance
  • VISA and Travel Fees
  • Feeding Allowance
  • Any other Expenses

How to Apply for Scholarship to Study in Canada from Zambia

If you desire applying for a scholarship before leaving Zambia, you need to visit the college or university’s official website for directives on available financial aids and application guidelines on how to apply for Canadian scholarship.

Full vs. Partially-Funded Scholarships

Generally speaking, fully funded scholarships covers 100% of your tuition fee for an academic year while partial-funded scholarships only covers part of your tuition fee.

Cost of Studying in Canada from Zambia

The Tuition fee costs tend to rise steadily year after year, it’s beneficial to use the previous year’s data as a guide. Tuition fee structure to study in Canada from Zambia is similar to that of foreign students from other countries.

Tuition Fees Vary by Program and School

The average tuition charge for an international student in Canada is estimated to be roughly US$20,000 per year. This works out to $60,000 for a three-year degree and $80,000 for a four-year degree.

A topic in the arts or humanities, such as Geography, Philosophy, English, or Social Sciences, will most likely have a lower tuition fee.

Business courses, on average, cost roughly US$20,000 per year, which is comparable to the national average.

Frequently Asked Question

Can I Work and Study in Canada as a Zambian Student? 

There are 2 categories of visa for students wishing to study in Canada from Zambia

1- the 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 program.and

2 – the S-1 Visa or study permit is for all other students in standard education programs that have and optional work or co-op program or none at all.  This is the study permit given to the majority of Zambia Students looking to study in Canada.

What is a Canadian Study Permit Number?

A Canadian Study Permit Number is a document number that appears on official immigration documents and your Zambian Passport. For study permits. It is usually printed in black ink with the letter  “F” (for study permits) followed by 9 numbers.

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

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

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

$150 CAD per person