Canada is a popular destination among international students from all over the world, with the most population of international students coming from India and Africa. The ‘great white north’ as it is fondly referred to, is home to just about 38 million people, a vast contrast to its 9.985 million square kilometers landmass which makes it the second largest country in the world, only behind Russia. Since 2021, USNews.com ranks Canada as the overall best country in the world, based on a number of factors. There are many positive reasons for anyone to want to study in Canada, in fact, if you don’t mind the extreme winters in most parts of the country, then there are really no other cons to see. Lets see our top seven reasons below:
1. Benefit from World Class Education
The quality of education in Canada is one of the most important reasons why students choose to study there. Universities and colleges in Canada are recognized around the world with 3 of their top institutions (University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University) appearing in the QS ranking of top 100 universities in the world, a Canadian degree represents a symbol of trust and excellence. The educational system of Canada encourages cross-disciplinary studies and the development of transferable skills and the use cutting-edge technology and digital media.
2. Affordable and budget friendly
The cost of tuition and cost of living is one of the things that must be considered before selecting a study destination. The cost of tuition in Canada when compared to the US and UK is relatively cheaper and there are numerous scholarships to help cut down the expenses on education. The cost of living in Canada varies in each province but compared to other countries the cost of living in Canada is relatively cheaper and more affordable.
3. Ample Research Opportunities
One of the main reasons why Canadian education is unique is because of its strong focus on research and development. The government of Canada offers great support to research in disciplines such as medicine, telecommunication, agriculture, environmental science and technology. International students are encouraged to actively participate in research and development by so doing they make an impact in real-world situations. One significant advantage of the Canadian educational system is that industries collaborate with universities to promote greater research and development. So if research is your forte there is no better place to be than Canada.
4. Study in a Bilingual Environment
Canada is a bilingual country with English and French as its official languages, which makes studying there exciting and easy to blend in as English and French are among the top five most spoken languages in the world. Canada offers the opportunity for students to brush up their previous language and learn a new language which boosts their prospect for an interesting career. Canada offers coursework in both French and English which makes it easier for students who speak any of these languages to learn and it enriches its cultural and community life.
5. Live in a Safe Country with High Quality of Life
Canada offers an exquisite quality of life and cost of living from housing, to transportation and tuition that is lower than countries such as the UK, US and France, they also offer safety, stability and respect for the rights of individuals and communities. Canada is considered one of the safest destinations in the world, It is known for its peacekeeping diplomacy, respect and tolerance for everyone. No matter the city you live in, you can benefit from the fact that uniqueness is accepted. Canada is a multicultural country which is widely accepting of differences such as ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, political and many others.
6. Discover the Country’s Natural Beauty
By area Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia. Canada is a country filled with endless beauty that consists of 10 provinces (Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) and three territories (Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon), extending from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean and into the Arctic Ocean. Canada offers a vast magnificent landscapes that can be explored throughout the four seasons. Although winter in Canada is extremely harsh, it provides an opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sports in grand style. Here are some of the most scenic places to visit
- The Pristine Beaches of prince Edward Island
- The Impressive Fjords of the Saguenay and the percé Rock of the Gaspé in Quebec
- The fascinating Rockies and lake Louise in Alberta
- Niagara Falls in Ontario
- Jasper National Park in Alberta
- Whistler Mountain in British Columbia
- Abraham lake in Alberta
- Western Brook Pond in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick
- Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii in British Columbia
From the islands, to the mountains, prairies and forests, Canada is an infinite source of natures goodness.
7. Work Opportunities
Canada offers international students the opportunity to work part-time for up to 20hrs per week during school terms and full time during scheduled breaks like summer vacations. Students don’t need a work permit to work while they study as the study permit is enough to help get a part time job, whether their work is on campus or off campus. The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is one of the ways to continue living in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.