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Student Partners Program

The Student Partners Program (SPP) provides a streamlined study permit application process for students planning to attend an SPP member school. It is delivered in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). There are many benefits to applying under the SPP including reduced financial document requirements and faster processing times.

How do I qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • Submit a Letter of Acceptance from an SPP partner school,
  • Submit evidence of English language abilities:
    • Submit an IELTS test result form showing average 5.5 or higher, OR
    • Submit a Canadian high school diploma from a recognized Canadian curriculum high school in China
  • Submit a Guaranteed Investment Certificate(GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution,
  • Undergo a medical examination before submitting your application, AND
  • Use a Visa Application Centre to submit your application.

Which are the participating Colleges or Universities?

Students applying to study at participating colleges and universities (see list below) are eligible to apply under the SPP.

Which are the participating Canadian Financial Institutions?

In place of most financial documents, qualifying applicants must submit a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution. At present, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - Canada are the participating financial institutions. Please contact one of the banks below for more information on the GICs.

Royal Bank of Canada Beijing Branch
Suite 921, Winland Centre
No. 7 Finance Street
Xi Cheng District
Beijing 100033 P.R. China
Tel: (10) 5839-9388, 5839-9200, 5839-9281,5839-9303

Bank of Montreal (China) Co. Ltd.
Toll-free Hotline: 800-810-1438 (for use in China only)

1) Beijing Branch
Unit 01, 27th Floor, Tower 3
China Central Place,
No.77 Jianguo Road,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing, China 100025
Phone: (8610) 8588 1688 Ext. 6571-6577
Fax: (8610) 8518-8169

2) Guangzhou Branch
19th Floor, International Finance Place
8 Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town
Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510623
Phone: (8620) 3815-0088 Ext. 8183/8186/8189
Fax: (8620) 3815-0168

The Bank of Nova Scotia
Please visit one of our designated China Everbright Bank, Bank of Xi'an or Bank of Beijing branches in order to complete an application form.

China Everbright Bank
Toll-free Hotline: 95595 (for use in China only)
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1) Dong Cheng Sub Branch, Beijing
337 Dongsibei Blvd., Dong Cheng District
Beijing, P. R. China
Attention to: Qian Zhang and Yupeng Sun
Qian Zhang’s Phone: 010-64079747, Cell: 13811495529
Yupeng Sun’s Phone: 010-64076366, Cell: 13661015591

2) Xu Hui Sub Branch, Shanghai
188 Hongqiao Road, Xu Hui District
Shanghai, P. R. China
Attention to: Chen Liu
Phone: 8621-64692466, 86-13564112332

3) Tianhe Sub Branch, Guangzhou
1/F, Metro Plaza, 183 Tian He Bei Road
Guangzhou 510075, Guangdong, P. R. China
Attention to: Junqing Deng
Phone: 8620-38471615, FAX: 8620-87554431, 86-13533322336

Bank of Xian Co. Ltd.
Toll-free Hotline: 40086-96779 (for use in China only)
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Gao Xin Sub Branch
E" Yang International Building
27 Keji Road, Xi'an
Shaanxi, China 710075
Phone: (8629) 8831-3125

Bank Of Beijing
Toll-free Hotline: 95526 (for use in China only)

1) Retail Banking Department, Beijing
Bank of Beijing Building, No.17C, Financial Street, Xicheng District,
Beijing, P. R. China
Attention to: Mingyu Xue
Phone: 8610-66223430, 86-13810157718

2) Xu Hui Sub Branch, Shanghai
8/F, 1/F No.75, Wanping Road(s.), Xuhui District,
Shanghai, P. R. China
Attention to: Lei Wang
Phone: 8621-33686648, 86-13901618370

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - Canada
Toll-Free Hotline (for use in China only): 95588 press 3 to select America Region and then press 1 to connect to Canada region Customer Service Representative.
Toll-Free Hotline (for use in Canada): 1-877-779-5588

To submit your GIC application, please visit one of ICBC’s designated branches in China:

You could also contact Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada) Toronto Downtown Branch for more information on the China Students GIC.

For information on Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada) branches available in Ontario and British Columbia, please visit:

What documents do I need to submit?

See our Student Partners Program Application Kit for a full list of the documents you need to submit. The Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) removes the requirement to submit proof of assets or banking history. In addition to the GIC, you must provide evidence that you have the funds available to pay the tuition fees for your first year of study.  You can either provide a copy of the receipt from the participating college or university confirming that you have paid the tuition fees for the first year of study, OR you can provide certificates of deposit, dated within the last two (2) months, showing current funds available to pay your tuition fees for the first year of studies.

Am I guaranteed a study permit if I to apply through the SPP?

No. The SPP provides a streamlined application process but you must still meet all the requirements for a study permit. Financial documents are only one factor in a visa officer's decision. The Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) reduces the amount of financial documents that you and your family are required to submit in support of your study permit application but does not guarantee an approval of your study permit application.

What happens if my study permit application is refused?

You will be able to apply to the bank that issued your Guaranteed Investment Certificate for a full refund of your GIC.

Participating schools

  • Algonquin College
  • Bow Valley College
  • Cambrian College
  • Camosun College
  • Canadore College
  • Cape Breton University
  • Centennial College
  • College of the North Atlantic
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Columbia College
  • Conestoga College
  • Confederation College
  • Douglas College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College
  • Fleming College
  • George Brown College
  • Georgian College
  • Holland College
  • Humber College
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Lambton College
  • Langara College
  • Lethbridge College
  • Loyalist College
  • Marine Institute
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mohawk College
  • New Brunswick College of Crafts and Design (NBCCD)
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Northern College
  • Niagara College
  • Northern Lights College
  • North Island College
  • Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University
  • Okanagan College
  • Red River College
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Selkirk College
  • Seneca College
  • Sheridan College
  • St. Clair College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
  • Yukon College

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