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Terms you should know if you want to study in Canada!

Updated: Aug 17, 2023


As you have probably noticed by now, when you are trying to study in Canada you are going to hear a lot of industry lingo! Some terms and acronyms that people will use with you as if you already knew what they mean… and even when they see your face of confusion they won’t bother to stop and explain it to you (the struggle is real).



But no worries, Thrivve is here to help you out!

  • DLI: Stands for Designated Learning Institution, and It is an accreditation granted by the Canadian government to those institutions whose study programs allow a foreigner to apply for a study permit.

  • LOA: Referring to Letter of Acceptance. Which are Issued by schools when you have already met all the requirements to study at their institution. Getting this document is the first step to applying for a Study Permit

  • PR: This is probably the main goal for many of you, getting your Permanent Residence! You will hear these terms abbreviated as PR most of the time.

  • EE: Used as an abbreviation for Express Entry, which is the online system used by Canada to manage immigration applications from skilled workers.

  • IELTS: An international standardized test for measuring the English proficiency of non-english speakers.

  • PGWP: The Post Graduation Work Permit, a type of work permit that you may be eligible to apply to after graduation from your program *not every school or program is eligible for this permit.

  • IRCC: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is the department of the Government of Canada with responsibility for matters dealing with immigration (this include immigration through studying)


Now that you know the right terminology you can go out there and hunt down the appropriate program for you like an expert! 😎 If you think we are missing any other important term hit us up and we’ll add it to our glossary.


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