1) Many of the top-ranked universities in the world are in Canada
Universities from Canada have a long history and reputation in terms of academic performance and high graduate employability rate. In fact, many of the Canadian higher educational institutions compete with leading and famous universities from the U.S. and the UK for instance.
Some of the top-ranked Canadian universities are:
1. University of Toronto (top 30 best universities in Canada in THE)
2. University of British Columbia (top 40 best universities in Canada in THE)
3. McGill University (top 50 best universities in Canada in THE)
4. University of Montreal (top 150 best universities in Canada in THE)
5. University of Alberta (top 150 best universities in Canada in THE)
2) You will experience living in one of the most attractive countries in the world.
More than 200,000 top international students and researchers choose to study in Canada each year. It’s not just about the hockey. Here are our top eight reasons — give or take a few — why more than Canadian geese flock to Canada.
- Wordly Renowed Universities
Canada tops the list of educational spending per capita of all the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Canadian universities are internationally regarded for their high academic standards and emphasis on research in post-secondary education. In 2012, four Canadian universities claimed Top 100 spots in the ARWU Shanghai Rankings (University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMaster University) while five more ranked in the Top of the QS University Ranking (Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, University of Alberta, Queen’s University, University of Waterloo). Besides, the Canadian government and private sector support research in a number of cutting edge fields, including telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.
- Big Country, Low Costs
Despite the high education standards, the cost of is comparatively affordable, particularly compared to the U.S. and U.K.
- Commitment to Culture
A vibrant cultural life is a Canadian imperative; in fact, a government policy specifically mandates diversity. Nearly all of the globe’s ethnic groups are represented, and bring with them everything from new perspectives to culinary delights to exciting recreational activities. Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto — the country’s largest cities — are celebrated as safe, accessible and culturally rich world-class cities with beaches, museums, restaurants, shopping and more.
- One of the best places to live
High academic rankings and a reputation for friendliness is great, but it’s hard to beat eight consistent years of top rankings by the United Nation as one of the world’s best places to live. Canadians are protected by a diversity of freedoms, and international students are too. The result is an exceptionally stable and peaceful society with a low crime rate.
- High Employment Rate
Job prospects are strong for Canada’s international grads. The country’s universities boast links to more than 5,000 global collaboration agreements. Combined with Canada’s focus on industry-specific applied research, it’s no surprise that more than 90% of Canadian alums are employed less than six months after graduation.
- Tech Rules
Canada is at the international forefront of computer and information technology, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, aerospace engineering, lasers, biotechnology, ocean and environmental, and several others. Through its innovative SchoolNet program, Canada was the world’s first country to connect its schools and libraries to the internet.
- Natural Splendor
Canada also excels in terms of its stunning natural settings with 42 national landmarks and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The landscape offers a stunning diversity — from breathtaking coastline to wide open prairies and the scenic Rocky Mountains.
- Sticking Around
International students who worked and studied in Canada don’t have to leave in order to apply for permanent residency. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website offers info regarding how international students can transition to post-school life in Canada.
3) You will find a new home, no matter where you are from.
Canada became the first country to officially declare multiculturalism as a policy through the establishment of the 1971 Multiculturalism Policy of Canada, which affirms the rights of all citizens regardless of race, ethnic origin, language or religion. This ideology results in a harmonious environment rich in cross-country respect, as well as constantly rising rates of naturalization.
Canada’s diversity is an extraordinary asset in today’s global marketplace, not only because of unparalleled cultural understanding, but also because of the multilingual nature of its citizens. It’s no surprise then that Canada has a reputation as a premiere language training destination. More than one billion Canadians speak English while 250 million speak French. International students improve personal and business fluency through access to unparalleled “English as a Second Language” and “French as a Second Language” programs.
4) Your education is the government’s priority.
Canada’s International Education Strategy recently announced its goal to double the number of full-time international students to 450,000 by 2022.The Canadian Council of Ministers of Education prioritizes attracting international students in all education sectors through a number of strategies. The plan is not only focused on recruiting, but also on retaining after graduation by offering more opportunities for Canadian students to work abroad while studying and remain in the country as permanent residents afterward.
5) Getting your student visa has been made easier.
Because of Canada’s rising status as a premiere destination for international students, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has evaluated its student visa (AKA study permit) system to provide greater overall accountability. In January of 2014, a number of changes will take place, including the following:
- All visa holders must be enrolled and actively pursuing a course of study at a designated educational institution upon arrival in order to maintain legal status.
- Institutional eligibility will be designated by the government, and only international students admitted to these schools will be granted visas and work permits.
- Work permits will only be granted to full-time students actively in pursuit of a degree, diploma or certificate with a maximum workweek of 20 hours.
- Eligible institutions will report to the government and the CIC on international enrollment and statistics, and will be required to comply with a set of common standards.