Booking a Flight

Important

Before planning your trip to Canada, make sure you meet the requirements to be allowed to travel to Canada. Have a close look at the “International Students: All you need to know” page to get all the information you need for your trip to Canada.

We advise you to wait until you have obtained the necessary immigration documents for your stay in Canada before booking a flight.

We strongly recommend flying into Québec City rather than Montréal—you’ll cut your travel time and save the cost of land transportation between the two cities.

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport has direct connections to most major North American hubs including Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York. You will likely stop over in one of these cities on your way to Quebec City.

Always compare prices, routes, and flight times before making a reservation. Here are a few helpful websites:

Getting your study permit

To obtain an official study permit, you must go to immigration services in the customs area of the first canadian airport you land into, whether it is your final destination or a stop over, and present your letter of introduction from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

If your first stop in Canada is at an airport other than Québec City or Montréal, plan to have enough time between flights to get your study permit.

décacher lorsque la page sera en ligne ///For more information, visit the Documents to present to Canadian Border Services Agency section.

Waiting time at immigration can be anywhere between 1 to 3 hours. You can reduce considerably this time by registering to Accueil Plus in Montréal or landing directly in Québec City. As it is a smaller airport, waiting time is shorter.