DFC London welcomes students from around the world to train at our facility in London, Ontario (Canada). Canada is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which governs international pilot standards. Flight training costs are much lower in Canada than in many other countries. For currency exchange rate information, please visit: www.bank-banque-canada.ca
We have put together some detailed information to assist you in getting started below, some of the initial steps are as follows:
1.) Determine that you meet the Government of Canada Immigration eligibility requirements to obtain a Study Permit in Canada (please note that your study permit is not a Visa)
2.) Complete the DFC London International Student Program Application Form and submit for approval
3.) Submit payment of the applicable application fee to DFC London
4.) Telephone interview with DFC London Inc. prior to acceptance into the Professional Pilot Program (PPP)
5.) Upon acceptance into the flight training program, DFC London will issue you a formal Letter of Acceptance which you will use to send to the government to apply for your Study Permit
6.) After you have been issued your Study Permit by the government and upon arrival at our training facility, you will have a personalized orientation meeting with our Chief Flying Instructor and will review the training program outline before beginning your flight training.
Please Note: Submission of the application form and/or payment of the application fee does not guarantee acceptance into any DFC London program. Applications are processed in the order received and processing time may vary - please allow up to 2 to 4 weeks processing time.
International Student Permit Eligibility
Government regulations dictate that in able to be eligible to study in Canada you must prove to the government that:
You must have been accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada
You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate or undergo a security check
You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary (this is in addition to the required Transport Canada aviation medical)
You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay
In some cases, you do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada.
Studying a Short-Term Course or Program: You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
Foreign Representatives to Canada: If you are a family member or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), you may not need a permit to study in Canada. You should contact your embassy in Canada. Your embassy can contact the Office of Protocol at DFATD to find out whether you need a study permit.
Members of Foreign Armed Forces: If you are a member of a foreign armed force under the Visiting Forces Act, you do not need a permit to study in Canada. If your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they must meet the requirements.
Foreign Nationals Who Are Registered Indians in Canada: If you are a citizen of another country who has Registered Indian status in Canada, you do not need a permit to study in Canada.
International Student Program Application Process
Prior to issuing the acceptance letter to you for Immigration Canada, we require a completed DFC London International Student Application Form including a processing fee of $150 CAD + 13% HST with the application.
Submit the DFC application fee of $150 CAD + 13% HST along with your completed DFC International Student Application form.
Payment by credit card, wire transfer or Canadian money order are acceptable. Do not send a personal cheque or cash.
Applications will not be processed if incomplete.
Letter of Acceptance & Study Permit Process
A student authorization form is issued by an immigration officer at any Canadian visa office. It allows you, after your admittance, to remain in Canada for flight training. Click here
You will find a current list of the nearest embassy or consulate representing the country of your citizenship here
To apply for authorization you must:
- Have a valid passport
- Provide a letter of acceptance from DFC
- Provide proof that you will have enough money to support yourself
- Complete any required application forms (please consult appropriate consulate for complete information)
- Pay a processing fee to the immigration office
After you have been issued your Study Permit by the government and upon arrival at our training facility, you will have a personalized orientation meeting with our Chief Flying Instructor and will review the training program outline before beginning your flight training.
Admission Requirements - English Language Proficiency
DFC London can instruct in English only - to be accepted into the program, Transport Canada English Proficiency Requirements must be met: click here for more information
Transportation to or from DFC London and/or exam locations will be the responsibility of the student.
The best time to reach us is between 8AM and 4 PM Monday to Friday Eastern time.
Medical Insurance in Canada
Generally it is required that you purchase medical insurance while you are studying in Canada. There are many companies that offer Health Insurance for International students, such as:
After acceptance into the International Professional Pilot Program, DFC London payment terms are pay as you go (major credit cards are accepted). No payment is ever required in advance at DFC London Inc.
Accommodations are very affordable in the area - below are just some of the links to third party accommodations in the London area (not associated with DFC London Inc.):
If you are new to Canada and need help with services that relate to religious or cultural items you may find help at one of the following links: