Why study in Canada?
What comes to mind when you think of Canada – snow-clad mountains, vast forests and a sparsely populated country? All true, but Canada has more to offer; it is also one of the best educational destinations in the world. The country places great importance on learning, and has developed a first-rate education system. It spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and Canadian teenagers consistently rank among the best in the world on international tests of reading, science and math—proof of the outstanding quality of Canadian schools.
There are many advantages to studying in Canada:
- Affordable Education: The cost of education in Canada for international students is one of the lowest as compared to other countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. At the same time, Canadian universities maintain excellent educational quality, and a Canadian degree is globally recognised as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or the Commonwealth countries.
- Work while studying: International students in Canada are allowed to work both on campus and off-campus during their period of study in Canada. Several programmes may even have a paid co-op term where the student can gain hands-on experience in working in the industry.
- Employment after graduating: It is relatively easy for an international student to work in Canada after completing her education, as the visa laws are not very restrictive. Canadian Immigration is one of the simplest systems, and foreign graduates are actively encouraged to apply for jobs in Canada.
- Safety: Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. Most universities take extra care of their students, with campus security 24 hours a day and free student escort services.
- Quality of life: The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to its universal health care system) and low crime and violence rates.
- Diversity: Almost all of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada. Being a country of immigrants, it has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada. At the same time, the country encourages its people to maintain their cultural identities, leading to the saying, ‘Canada is not a melting pot, but a tossed salad,’ where each and every ethnicity is distinct, yet forms a colourful presentation.