Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world.
Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Degree/Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized world wide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful and prosperous careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements.
Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada’s inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world.
International students can apply for their Permanent Residency which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. However they need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of 67 Points.
For the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates.
Every step is taken to ensure the safety of students on Canada’s campuses. Most universities / colleges have their own campus security 24 hours a day. There are also ” Walk Safe” programmes to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75%) of Canada’s French-speaking inhabitants live in the province of Quebec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country. English is the main language of communication in all provinces other than Quebec.
Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops. Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 years and students applying for 2 years program can work for 2-3 years.
Canada welcomes over 2 lac immigrants per year & has a policy for skilled professionals as well as Business Immigrants. Canada has maintained a strong stable economic growth because of its active immigration policy. Two thirds of the 5.4%pa increase in population is due to immigration.
Canadian Immigration is one of the simplest immigration systems in comparison with other countries. It allows a person to live and work anywhere in Canada, and confers upon that person a Permanent Resident status. It comes with certain responsibilities and may be revoked if the holder does not meet Canadian Residency obligations, or is found guilty of serious criminal activity. A person who is a Canadian Permanent Resident may apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years.
In Canada, the constitutional responsibility for higher education rests with the provinces of Canada. The decision to assign responsibility for universities to the local legislatures, cemented in the British North America Act, 1867, which was renamed the Constitution Act in 1982, was contentious from its inception. The Act states “in and for each Province, the Legislature may exclusively make laws in relation to Education”. As a result of this constitutional arrangement, a distinctive system of education, including higher education, has evolved in each province. However, as the constitutional responsibility for Aboriginal Peoples with Treaty Status rests with the federal government of Canada under the Constitution Act of 1982, it is the federal government that is largely responsible for funding higher education opportunities for Aboriginal learners, whether in traditional post-secondary institutions or in settings that promote opportunities to pursue indigenous education.
Here are some typical costs for living in Canada:
Canadian universities are cheapest among UK, USA, Australia. Average international tuition is around CA$15,000 per year.
|University tuition fees for full-time foreign students|
|Province||Undergraduate tuition fees
(per academic year)*
|Graduate tuition fees
(per academic year)**
|Newfoundland and Labrador||$8,780||$1,896 – $3,549|
|Prince Edward Island||$8,970||$4,854 – $7,281|
|Nova Scotia||$8,233 – $14,349||$5,735 – $19,467|
|New Brunswick||$7,843 – $12,810||$7,260 – $9,384|
|Quebec||$10,068 – $12,930||$9,078 – $20,000|
|Ontario||$6,900 – $16,800||$5,650 – $26,764|
|Manitoba||$5,573 – $8,283||$4,170 – $7,937|
|Saskatchewan||$8,489 – $11,482||$2,000 – $7,078|
|Alberta||$8,000 – $15,767||$5,500 – $21,546|
|British Columbia||$9,248 – $17,667||$2,600 – $33,667|
|Source: Statistics Canada
*Undergraduate programs in arts
**Graduate programs in all faculties
The United Nations ranked Canada as the best place in the world to live! This assessment was based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life. It also included Canada’s abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and a health care system that is a model for the world.
Canada’s education system is excellent and ranks among the best in the world. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries.
Internationally recognized degrees. Canada boasts a wide range of quality educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines. Over 106,000 international students attend Canadian colleges and universities. This means that you can meet people from around the world as well as people from your own country.
Possibility to work in Canada after graduation. International students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to THREE years after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus without a work permit & can work off-campus with a open work permit.
A safe, stable country. Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country. It has laws that protect the rights of its citizens and it is relatively unaffected by natural disasters. Almost 65 per cent of international students involved in a 1999 CBIE survey cited Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
Excellent health care. Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among some of the most advanced and accessible in the world.
Learn or improve another language! For over a century, Canada’s two official languages (English and French) have been taught as second languages which is they are world leaders in language training. International students often choose to take language courses before beginning a regular academic program.
A multicultural country. Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people, called First Nations. Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Every year, some 200,000 new immigrants arrive here making Canada the nation that receives the most newcomers annually based on its population, which recently exceeded 31 million. Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.
Nature and four distinct seasons. While Canada has big cities, they also preserve a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system. The temperature varies a great deal in Canada. Certain cities almost never have snow in the winter while other cities may get a lot. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Canada’s four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
Canada is waiting for you! Canadians can be reserved with newcomers but are generally very welcoming and respectful of differences. Their educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and many have targets to increase their numbers of international students. One thing is for sure-your time in Canada will be something that you will never forget!