Things to Know Before Studying in Canada
Canada is one of the most popular study destinations among students. As per a report by Canadianvisa.org, Canada is host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year and this is largely because of its high quality of education. Also Canada is considered as one of the safest places for international students.
So are you planning to study in Canada? Great choice! But you need to know a few pivotal things before you start packing. Because we understand that moving to a new country can be quite challenging and baffling at times, but once you know tidbits regarding your host country, it gets much easier to adapt to the changes.
“Cities like Ontario, British Columbia and Toronto has the maximum number of Indian communities.”
Canada is really big!
Canada is the world’s second largest country (in total area) after Russia, and the largest North American country. Presently, it has an estimated population of 36.95 million and about 90 per cent of Canadians live within 200 km of the border with the United States. This close proximity to the USA, which is undoubtedly one of the dream destinations of many also, has been one reason for many Indian students’ turning up in Canada.
Beauty at its best
Let us just say this, ‘Canada is beautiful’. It is a land of diverse culture, locality, picturesque landscapes and fresh atmosphere. The country has numerous breathtaking snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes where you can experience many outdoor activities and adventures like camping, trekking, hiking, rafting etc. Covered with dense forests, this exuberant country is known to have 10 percent of the world’s forests. So, apart from study goals, the students also feel Canada to be a great opportunity to execute the adventures on their bucket list.
Second home to Indians
Canada is home to many Indians. Cities like Ontario, British Columbia and Toronto has the maximum number of Indian communities. This is why Canada shares a special bond with India. So, Indian students over there are known to feel at home during their stay, making it easier for them to adapt to the environment, which is very important for them.
Canada’s official language
Canada has two official languages - English and French. It helps that Indian students are more or less comfortable with English, if not French. This means there is no extra requirement when it comes to learning the host country’s language, since both the languages are used in all governmental and general communication.
“ From healthcare to education, Canada is known to deliver equally best services at lower costs.”
Education in Canada
Canada has several higher education providers. These includes universities, community colleges, applied arts or applied science and technical schools granting certificates, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees and diplomas. Since the universities are managed by provincial governments, there are slight differences in the education patterns. So, before applying into them, make sure to check them out carefully and consulting education counselors is a great way to understand them clearly.
Lower cost of living, higher standard of life
It is a known fact that the standard of life in Canada is very high. But this in no way means that the cost of living in this country is high as well. To the contrary, when compared to other countries with the same standard of life, the cost of living in Canada is lesser. From healthcare to education, Canada is known to deliver equally best services at lower costs.
“Post study work opportunities are abundant and this is indeed one of the bonus features…”
Wide array of scholarship opportunities
One of the prime concerns among International students is the financial aspect of their study and stay in a foreign country. While the cost of living in Canada is already lesser as compared to other countries, students can also avail the benefits of the wide array of scholarships being offered.
Since, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) allows you to work both on campus and off campus while studying you can earn some extra bucks while you are studying in Canada.
Post study work opportunities are abundant and this is indeed one of the bonus features, International students can take advantage of. Students can avail temporary work permits after they complete graduation. And after gaining work experience, this can also be the path to permanent residency in Canada. For more information, check this out.