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What is a Designated Learning Institution?

A Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is an educational institution in Canada that has been approved by the provincial or territorial government to host international students. DLIs are authorized to offer study programs to international students and issue the necessary documentation, such as acceptance letters, required for study permit applications.

Here are some key points about Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs):

Importance for study permit application: To be eligible for a Canadian study permit, international students must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Without a valid acceptance letter from a DLI, you will not be able to apply for a study permit to study at that institution.

Recognition by provincial or territorial government: DLIs are recognized and approved by the provincial or territorial government where they are located. Each province or territory in Canada has its own process for approving DLIs. The government ensures that the institutions meet certain standards and regulations to host international students.

Types of DLIs: DLIs can include universities, colleges, technical institutes, vocational schools, and language schools that meet the necessary requirements and are approved by the respective provincial or territorial government. It is important to note that not all educational institutions in Canada are DLIs, so it’s crucial to verify the DLI status of the institution you plan to attend.

DLI number: Each DLI is assigned a unique DLI number by the Canadian government. This number is used in various official processes, such as study permit applications, to identify the institution and ensure its recognition as a DLI.

Changes in DLI status: It is important for international students to monitor the status of their chosen institution as a DLI. Institutions may lose their DLI status if they fail to meet the necessary requirements or if their approval is revoked by the provincial or territorial government. If an institution loses its DLI status, it may affect the study permits of international students studying there.

To verify if an institution is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and to find the most up-to-date list of approved DLIs, you can refer to the official Canadian government website or contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate in your country. They will have the most accurate and updated information regarding DLIs and their recognition.

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