Though it is the world’s second biggest country, there can be no denying that study in Canada is dwarfed in terms of international profile by its slightly smaller sibling to the south (and northwest), the US. And indeed, considerably more international students can be found in the latter – around three and half times as many at the last count.
However, this isn’t really the full picture. The population of the US, you see, is nearly ten times that of Canada, and resultantly it has far more universities than its northern neighbour. When you take that into consideration, the Canadian figure doesn’t seem so small at all.
If you’ve thought about studying abroad in an Anglophone country, it is extremely unlikely that study in Canada hasn’t crossed your mind. Did you give it some serious thought, or was it in passing? If it was the latter, then here are some reasons you should give study in Canada some thought.
Here are ten great reasons!
1. Nature and four distinct seasons
While Canada has big cities, we also preserve a huge amount of unsettled land and have many national and provincial parks. Because Canada is such a large country and borders three oceans (the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic), there is significant diversity in landscape from coast to coast and province to province. Canada also has four very distinct seasons and the temperature varies a great deal throughout the year. In the winter, certain cities almost never have snow, while other cities may get a lot. In the summer, temperatures can reach above 30 degrees Celsius. With such diversity, there’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or little cost.
2. Excellent health care
Relative to other countries, medical insurance in Canada is inexpensive yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among some of the most advanced and accessible in the world.
3. Canada’s education system
Canada’s universities maintain high standards of academic excellence and are consistently recognized in top international rankings. Moreover, Canadian tuition fees are some of the lowest in English-speaking countries.
4. Internationally recognized degrees
Each year hundreds of thousands of international students attend Canadian colleges and universities. Their degrees are recognized around the world as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries. Canada boasts a wide range of quality educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines.
5. 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 why we are world leaders in language training. International students often choose to take language courses before beginning a regular academic program.
6. Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country
Canada is a democratic country with laws that protect the rights of our citizens. Our country is also relatively unaffected by natural disasters.
7. A multicultural country
Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Canada is also home to over one million aboriginal people, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.
8. 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 one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus without a work permit. Plans are being made to allow international students to work off-campus, too.
9. The United Nations ranked Canada as one of the best places 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 took into consideration Canada’s abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and model health care system.
10. We are waiting for you!
Canadians are welcoming and respectful of differences. Our educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and strive to grow their international student population. One thing is for sure – your time in Canada will be something that you will never forget! What are you waiting for?