Out of all top destinations to pursue higher education, Canada tops the list. It consistently ranks as one of the best countries in the world and ranks as #1 when it comes to quality of life. Canada promises to provide an internationally acknowledged education from some of the well experienced academicians and educators of the world.
There are uncountable benefits for international students studying in Canada. The students get a variety of options as to decide whether to study in the large vibrant cities of Canada or go for a small, welcoming campus. In addition to this, it also gives its inhabitants’ access to the four beautiful seasons, bountiful wildlife, multicultural diversity, aesthetic environment along with an impeccable quality of life.
Canadian college degrees and university diplomas are globally recognized. The Canadian education system also promotes cross-disciplinary studies; the growth of basic skills such as teamwork, leadership abilities, communication capabilities and the usage of digital media, IT skills as well as cutting-edge technology. 26 Canadian universities rank in the QS University Rankings 2020 and a majority of 27 of them have secured a spot in THE World University Rankings,2019.
One of the primary reasons why education in Canada receives the limelight is because of the attention it gives to the importance of research and development. If you are a research major, student, or a scholar there can be no better place for you to experiment than Canada. The Government of Canada also offers financial aid and tremendous support to research in the fields of medicine, agriculture, telecommunications, technology, environmental science etc.
Canada is known for having some of the lowest university tuition fees among other English-speaking countries. Pertaining to your budget, every student will find something which fits right into their budget from the variety of choices Canada offers. Students are also advised to research the cost of their tuition fee along with living expenses and prepare a budget accordingly. Canada is quite a reasonable option for Indian students as they can also consider a return on investment. The students can also apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Canadian Government to curb their educational and living expenses.
Canada is a bilingual country, which makes studying there a wholesome experience as the same shall help students develop their linguistic skills which will in turn enhance one’s career prospects. French and English programs are included in the coursework, the same being an indispensable part of Canadian education which contributes to preservation of the community and cultural life.
The Canadian Government offers a work program exclusively to students who have acquired a diploma from any post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to pursue MBA (which requires prior 2 years of work experience) or are simply looking for work experience pertaining to any discipline. This is a quick way to securing self sufficiency and continuing to live in Canada while still developing one’s skills.
Owing to its special regulations, Canada provides to its international students with the opportunity to work up to 20 hours every week during the semesters and full-time during the summer and winter breaks in the form of paid internships/part-time jobs and trainee jobs. No additional qualification is required to apply for the same except the study permit. All these internships/part-time jobs are easily accessible, and the students can refer to the guidance counsellor/mentor of their universities for more details.
Canada has undoubtedly been ranked as one of the safest nations in the world. According to the Global Peace Index 2020, Canada has been ranked at a 6 and has managed to secure a position in the top 10 of the most peaceful nations of the world. Even as an international student, a candidate can enjoy the same rights and privileges as that of a native student; in fact more as the Government has come up with many schemes, scholarships and programs the benefits of which can be availed by international students.
Canadian universities offer the best campus life with ongoing fests, seminars, workshops on different fields pertaining to the interests of the students. Apart from this, there are several activities going on all year round like community service, cleanliness drives, social service etc. to keep the students engaged and help maintain a productive atmosphere. This not only creates a busy and vibrant environment but also helps students to interact with their contemporaries, seniors, faculty thereby networking their way to keeping up with the social life to drive the homesickness away.
Canada is known for offering a rich and vibrant cultural scene with numerous festivals and activities for all age groups throughout the year. Some of the cultural richness can be enjoyed by attending the following-
Enjoy the sounds of the Montreal International Jazz Festival- This is a must for music lovers, this world-famous event brings over 3,000 musicians and artists from more than 50 countries every year. More than 2 million Canadians and international students and more than 2000 concerts on offer!
Sports and hockey- Hockey is to Canada what Hockey means to Europe. Its more than a national sport to the Canadians. Canada has several hockey teams (Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa etc.) Students go gaga over the matches, especially the play-offs during the season of May.
Indulge in Canadian cuisine- Poutine is one of the common treats offered by Canada. This perfect blend of fries, gravy and cheese curds is enjoyed by many tourists as well as locals and that’s why many Canadian cities hold the annual poutine week during the time of December.
Calgary Stampede- The Calgary Stampede is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world attracting over more than 1 million people. Within just a few weeks, the city gets an appearance of a big party with people dressed as cowboys, buildings and storefronts getting decorated with western décor and barbecue and pancakes being served everywhere.
The Canadian Post Graduate Work Permit Program (PWPP) permits students to reside in Canada for up to three years after completion of their graduation. Students can gain sufficient work experience and later also apply for permanent residency.
This article highlights all the prominent reasons as to why students can consider Canada as a suitable option for higher studies or even gaining work experience. With the help of the data provided they can do their research and apply for the college most suitable to their preference.
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