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Why study in Canada?

With affordable tuition fees, quality institutions, post-study work and immigration options and welcoming people, it is no surprise that Canada is fast becoming a leading destination for international students.

Canada hosts more than 250,000 international students and has experienced a huge increase in demand from overseas students in recent years.

Canada is known for its natural beauty, clean cities and first-rate healthcare and public transport systems. Canada is generally safe, politically stable and orderly. Although known for a diversity of seasons and temperatures, and even some snow, some parts of Canada, specifically in British Columbia have very mild winters.

Traditionally a country of immigrants, Canadians are proud of their nation’s diversity, with one in three Canadians possessing an ethnic background other than British, French or indigenous.

Generally, as a student living in Canada you can expect a peaceful, multicultural environment with people who are friendly and interested in learning about new cultures. As a bonus, Canada borders the US and offers easy access to travel experiences there.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Canada is among the top 10 wealthiest nations in the world. With its highly regarded education system, dedication to growth and expansion, and strong economic climate, Canada is an ideal location to study for a higher education degree.

 

Education system in Canada

Canada makes a large investment in its education system. In fact, Canada is one of the world’s top education performers and among the top three countries in spending per capita on public post-secondary education, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The tertiary education system in Canada is divided into:

• Certificate level, generally for a year
• Diploma level, for one or two years
• Advanced Diploma, generally two or three-year programs
• Bachelor degrees, awarded after four years of full-time study
• Post-graduate Diplomas/Certificates, for one or two years of study
• Master’s degrees, available after a bachelor degree to excel in a certain subject, for one to two years
• Doctorate or PhD, generally four to seven years

 

Cost of studying in Canada

Canadian institutions offer lower tuition rates than many other countries, which means international students can save considerably by studying in Canada. All Canadian universities receive public funding through their provincial governments, which allows for lower tuition fees and ensures all universities adhere to a code of academic standards.

 

Accommodation

Rent costs will vary greatly depending on where you study, and if you live on or off campus.

If you choose to live off campus you will likely pay around $600 a month to rent a room and at least $1,800 a month to rent an apartment.

 

Visa requirements

In Canada a student visa is often referred to as a 'study permit'.

The following six steps will guide you through the process of applying for a study permit in Canada.


Step 1: Visa advice

Step 2: Collate visa documents

• Passport
• Passport-size photographs
• Unconditional letter of acceptance
• Fees receipt (recommended)
• Scholarship letter (if applicable)
• Any relevant correspondence with the institution
• Financial documents
• Academic documents
• Test scores
• Work experience certificates (if applicable)
• Medical report (if already undertaken).

Step 3: Check provincial guidelines
Step 4: Submit application through VFS Canada
Step 5: Provide additional information or documents
Step 6: Let you know the decision on your study permit application.

 

Employment prospects

In Canada, work rights are available to international students while studying and also upon finishing a degree or diploma.

 

During your studies

Canada recently announced new regulations for international students. As of June, 2014, students do not need to apply for a separate work visa to work off-campus, and are eligible to work as soon as their program of study begins.

Canada provides extensive work and career opportunities for all types of students. Many institutions in Canada offer a co-operative education program. This is a structured program where students alternate between periods of work and study. This integrated curriculum is achieved through a partnership between the educational institution and industry.

 

After graduation

International graduates from Canadian higher education institutions also have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years following the completion of their program.

To work in Canada after you graduate, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you would like to look into staying in Canada as a permanent resident after you finish your studies, there are several programs available, each with its own requirements.

 

Health and safety in Canada

Canadian universities are conscious of the safety of students on their campuses. Most universities and colleges have 24-hour campus security.

The Canadian government has launched ‘Walk Safe’ campaigns to help students safely use public transport late in the evening.

In Canada, each province or territory manages its own healthcare system, which covers the costs of Canadian citizens’ visits to hospitals and doctors. Virtually all Canadian tertiary institutions have medical insurance plans available for international students.