Top things to know if you want to Study in Canada

There are many appealing factors about being an international student in Canada. It is the most affordable country out of the top 4 student destinations in the world. Also the best Canadian universities rank above those in a more popular student destination. The country is also progressive and multiculturally diverse, which means you’ll have an easier time adjusting to a new country.

Here are some of the important things you ought to know about studying in Canada

Applying for Student Visa

International students have to obtain a study permit which is unlike a student visa but is a permit issued by citizen and immigration. This will enable students to stay in the country for studies. But  you need to keep studying in the country and follow the conditions laid out by the permit. Also make sure to get the right documents including a letter of acceptance from your university or institution, proof of valid funds and a letter explaining why you want to study in Canada. You can apply online for a student permit. Due to covid-19 restrictions there have been some changes to the permit process.

Choosing a University

Your selected course will mostly determine the future of your career. So, it’s important to double and triple check that it’s the right one for YOU. Do your research on which Candian universities offer the programme of your interest – right down to the modules. If you can speak to students or alumni, do so. Don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with the admissions office. Consider rankings including university reputation to gauge the quality of education. The education systems vary in each area so check with your selected institution for details

Canada Universities

Canada has some of the best universities in the world with regard to employer reputation and teaching, research and international outlook.  The top universities in Canada are known for their diversity and offering graduates high employability..

University of Toronto, McGill University and University of British Columbia are in the top 50 of QS World University Rankings 2021.University of Alberta, Université de Montréal, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and Western University rank in the top 220.  University of British Columbia and Universite de Montreal rank  among some of the top research universities in the country.  It’s an opportunity to learn directly from those who are responsible for the country’s innovations. In fact, the first internet search engine was invented in Canada at McGill University.

Top Courses

Canada’s top universities ranks higher globally compared to Australian universities. The country also has world ranking courses related to mineral and mining engineering, sports related subjects, geography, veterinary science, anthropology and computer science and information systems. It also offers several world class MBAs from accredited business schools. As a result, students go on to work in a range of areas including consulting, finance, energy and natural resources, healthcare management, technology and non profit management. For medical students, University of Toronto and McGill University are two of prestigious top 20 medical schools in the world. In fact, University of Toronto offers the second best Nursing program in the world.

Part-time Work

Tuition in Canada is much cheaper than the US, UK or even Australia. Still a  student living in Canada might need on average 10000 CAD a year. A post graduate would require less. And an executive MBA student will need around CAD 30000. International students with a student permit who are studying in a DLI can work up to 40 hours without a work permit. This will help you finance some of your living expenses and also sample the culture and people in Canada.A resume and cover letter that is relevant to Canadaian employers will be helpful.

Post- study Work and Immigration

Canada offers a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for fresh graduates. To be eligible you must have completed at least 8 months of learning at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).  Students must submit all necessary documents including a letter from the DLI that they have met all requirements to graduate. They must also hold or have proof of having held a valid student permit. The study program you follow must lead to a degree, diploma or certificate. The employability of these students to the Canadian workforce is extremely high. After completing a PHD you are entitled to upto 3 years work permit which may lead to PR or citizenship.

Scholarships

There are several scholarships for students studying at postgraduate level and doctorate levels.Those offered include governmental, non-government and university specific scholarships. International students are eligible to apply for these scholarships as long as they are studying in a participating university. Check out the Awards and Financial Aid page of your chosen university or contact the admissions office to see if there are any scholarships offered for international students. If you are thinking of applying for a scholarship, get cracking at least a year early.

 

Apart from cold weather there are not many downsides  to studying in Canada.  Just a  quality education and plenty of work opportunities opening up following graduation.

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