Canada is one of the best international student destinations in the world. In 2016, 353,000 students decided to come to Canada to study and it’s massively growing in number every single day.
One of the main reasons why students choose to come to Canada is the quality of Canadian education. A Canadian degree is widely accepted and recognized as equal to that of the United States, United Kingdom or Australia, and Canadian universities continue to perform well in international rankings. In fact, in a 2020 study, three Canadian universities are ranked among the top 50 universities in the world!
● University of Toronto (top 30 best universities in Canada in THE)
● University of British Columbia (top 40 best universities in Canada in THE)
● McGill University (top 50 best universities in Canada in THE)
There is a vast range of Canadian institutions to select from, but no matter, whether you attend a university, college, or vocational school, there is no doubt that Canadian education is world-class.
Cost is the most important barrier for most students who wish to study abroad. Canadian international students have to pay higher tuition fees than Canadian students. That said, the average annual tuition fees for a Canadian undergraduate degree from an international student were the US $ 16,746 in 2014. Compare that to the United States (US $ 24,914), Australia (24,081 $ US) or the United Kingdom ($ 21,365 US).
In addition to paying tuition fees, international students must also find accommodation and finance their daily lives. The cost of living in Canada is very affordable compared to most other destinations of choice for international students. In 2014, the average cost of living per year for international students in Canada was the US $ 13,021. When you combine the average annual cost of living with the average annual tuition fees, Canada is clearly the most affordable option.
WORK WHILE STUDIES
Even though Canada is a relatively affordable option, there is no doubt that studying abroad is expensive. Fortunately, international students in Canada are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during school periods and full-time (30 hours/week) during scheduled breaks such as summer vacations. Most students do not need a work permit to work while studying, whether their work is on-campus or off-campus. Your study permit will indicate if you are allowed to work off-campus.
Another big reason why students choose to come to Canada is personal security. Studying abroad can be scary, especially if you leave friends and family behind. The Institute for Economy and Peace ranked Canada 8th among the most peaceful countries in the world in 2016. Unlike most other countries, Canada is quite isolated in terms of location. It is protected on three sides by the oceans and shares only one border with the United States. This distance is a bit of a buffer for most international conflicts.
Canada has a democratically and well-selected government and the fundamental rights and freedoms of those who are living in Canada, are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada has an extremely well-deserved international reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society. Immigrants make up one-fifth of the total population of Canada, and Canadian laws guarantee that all people, regardless of the circumstances, are protected from discrimination.
When you travel abroad to study, you usually get a temporary status in the country in which you study. This status usually expires at the end of your program, so you must return home after graduation.
Canada has many programs designed to encourage international students to move to permanent residence after graduation. Options like the post-graduation work permit allow graduates to stay and work on an open work permit after graduation and give them the opportunity to gain work experience in Canada. Most Canadian provinces have provincial applicant streams for applicants with either study or work experience in the province. The Canadian federal economic immigration stream offers additional points for work and study experiences in Canada. Stats shows in 2015 only, 51% of international students planned to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
PREMIUM! ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
Canada is one of the largest economies in the world, so there are many job opportunities for graduates. As a student, you have the opportunity to create network with successors in your field. During your studies or after your diploma, you can gain experience by working for leading companies in Canada.
If you choose to go back to your home country, your Canadian education and improved language skills in French or English could help you open doors to work in international companies. Canadian work experience and education is highly valued around the world, so it could also increase your chances of receiving a job offer from employers around the world.
If you choose to stay in Canada, Canadian employers tend to prefer Canadian work experience to work experience elsewhere in the world, so your students and work experience may increase your chances of receiving an offer. Job!
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