Important Notice

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) has temporarily relocated to the Birch Building, room BR212.

For the latest international student updates related to the Return to Campus and COVID-19, please visit Return-to-Campus information for International Students.

Here are the permits you’ll need to study at Capilano University, as well as those you’ll need if you plan to work while you’re a student in Canada.

Study permits and visas

All international students studying in Canada need a Study Permit from Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC)

To fulfill the terms of your permit, you’ll need to be a full-time student. At CapU, this means nine (9) academic credits.

If you already have a study permit, be sure it extends throughout your CapU study period. Learn more about extending study permits on the CIC site.

International students from certain countries may also need to have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Learn more about Temporary Resident Visas from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. 

If you’ve chosen to study online in a CapU program from your home country, you won’t be eligible for a Study Permit.

Extending your stay

If you need to change the conditions of your study permit or extend your stay in Canada as a student, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Working in Canada

International students who hold a valid study permit can work off campus while taking classes at Capilano University. Learn more about the rules for working off-campus from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Capilano University's Career Development Centre can help you look for a job while in Canada.

Work as a co-op, practicum or intern student

If you’re studying in a program that has a mandatory co-op or internship practicum, you need to obtain a co-op work permit.

If you have not arrived in Canada yet, you will also need to apply for a co-op work permit alongside your study permit.

If you are already physically in Canada and do not have a co-op work permit, please contact your program department to obtain a support letter for your co-op work permit application.

Working off campus while taking EAP courses

If you are taking English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 100/101 and you’d like to work off-campus, you must also be taking at least one academic course at the same time to be eligible.

If you are taking EAP 070, 080, or 090 or only EAP courses, you are not eligible to work off campus. 

For more information, see Study permits: Off-campus work on the CIC website.  

Working after graduation 

If you want to work in Canada after graduating from CapU, you’ll need to obtain a post-graduation work permit.

To be eligible for a PGWP, you must:

  1. Have studied full-time for a minimum of eight months preceding the completion of your program;
  2. Apply for a work permit within 180 days of receiving written confirmation from CapU that you have met the requirements of your program;
  3. Have completed and passed your program of study and received written notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma, or certificate. (Please note: You need to request an academic transcript and a PGWP letter that confirms that you are eligible to graduate from the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar will not issue this letter until you have applied to graduate.); and
  4. Have a valid study permit or visitor's visa when applying for the work permit.


Have questions?

Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE)

604 990 7914
604 983 7576 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR212 (temp)

India office: subcontinent1@capilanou.ca