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Canada Express Study Program (CES) launched in Vietnam

Program Streamlines Process for Vietnamese Students to Study at Colleges in Canada

February 26, 2016 – Ho Chi Minh City – Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City

The Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, the Embassy of Canada in Hanoi, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in cooperation with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) are delighted to announce a pilot initiative called the Canada Express Study Program, that aims to facilitate visa processing for Vietnamese students wishing to study at participating colleges in Canada. The pilot program for the Canada Express Study Program begins on March 1, 2016 and runs for 18 months, with possible extension and expansion.

Participating colleges are members of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), a national, voluntary membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally.

The Canada Express Study Program is supported by Scotiabank, a leading Canadian financial institution. Scotiabank has agreed to provide eligible students with the opportunity to purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) that will satisfy the financial statement requirements of the Canada Express Study program.

Program Requirements

Students applying for a program under CES must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Admission to a full-time program in one of the participating CICan member institutions in Canada.
  • Proof of payment of the tuition fee for one year.
  • An overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no band less than 4.5, taken within past two years.
  • Purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotiabank of CAD$10,000 to cover living expenses for the first year of stay in Canada.
  • Submission of visa application 60 days prior to the start date.
  • Upfront medical examination at least one week before submission of the application.

Advantages of applying under CES

Following are the major advantages of applying under CES: 

  • Streamlined visa process for all CES participating institutions.
  • Less financial documentation.
  • Faster visa processing time. 

We hope this program will encourage more Vietnamese students to choose Canada, and participating colleges and institutions, as their education destination of choice.

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2016-03-10