In a bid to simplify and expedite the student visa application process, the Canadian High Commission introduced the Study Direct Stream (SDS) on June 9, 2018. This initiative, initially tailored for students from India, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, has opened up a plethora of options for those aspiring to study abroad, particularly in Canada. The SDS program, in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Canadian Visa Office in India, has streamlined the application process and is supported by Scotia Bank, a prominent education loan provider in Canada for Indian students.
Key Features of SDS:
Expanded Reach: Unlike its predecessor, the Student Partnership Program (SPP), SDS includes all colleges and universities with a registered Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. This expansion means a significantly larger number of seats are available, providing students with a broader range of choices.
Financial Support: Qualified students under SDS are eligible for a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) amounting to $10,000. This financial support covers one year of living expenses and is a significant aid in facilitating the SDS program.
Reduced Documentation: SDS aims to simplify the application process by reducing the documentation requirements, making it more accessible for students.
To be eligible for SDS, students must have taken the IELTS exam within the past two years, with a minimum band score of 6.5 across all modules:
Listening: 6.0 or higher
Reading: 6.0 or higher
Writing: 6.0 or higher
Speaking: 6.0 or higher
List of Top SDS Colleges in Canada:
Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – Oakville
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology – Toronto
Sault College – Sault Ste. Marie
Northern College – South Porcupine
Niagara College – Welland
Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology – Hamilton
Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology – Belleville
Lawrence College – Kingston
Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology – Sarnia
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – Toronto
Camosun College – Victoria
College of New Caledonia – Prince George
College of the Rockies – Cranbrook
Columbia International College – Vancouver
Douglas College – New Westminster
Bow Valley College – Calgary
Lakeland College – Vermillion
Medicine Hat College – Alberta
Norquest College – Edmonton
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – Edmonton
Assiniboine Community College – Manitoba
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology – Winnipeg
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology – Winnipeg
Parkland College – Saskatchewan
The introduction of SDS in Canada is a boon for Indian students aspiring to pursue their education abroad. With its streamlined application process, financial support, and an extensive list of participating institutions, SDS opens up new avenues for students to explore and achieve their academic goals in Canada. Aspiring students should seize this opportunity to embark on a rewarding educational journey in one of the world’s most welcoming and diverse countries.