Canada, also known as the Great White North is located at the northern part of the North American continent. This massive country is known for its natural beauty, their extreme politeness except when it comes to hockey match, multicultural society, harsh winters (brr!) and of course one of the world’s leading study destinations for many international students.
1. Multicultural Society
1 in every 5 people in Canada’s population is born outside of the country. As a result, there are more than 200 languages spoken in Canada and 7 million Canadians reported speaking a language other than English or French at home. Chances are, you will bump into a stranger who share a similar background with you!
Did you know? English and French are Canada’s official languages!
2. World-Class Education
Certificates from Canadian universities and colleges are recognized worldwide. The Canadian educational system focuses on cross-disciplinary teachings that are transferable to one’s working life (critical thinking, communications, teamwork, etc.). The top 3 universities in Canada are University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of British Columbia.
There are many other notable universities that are lesser known than these 3 universities such as University of Waterloo, University of Saskatchewan, University of Guelph, University of Windsor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and many more!
3. Affordable Tuition Fees
When it comes to affordability, Canada has lower tuition fees and cost of living compared to other popular study destinations such as the UK, US and Australia. There is an institution, program and city for everyone here!
Annual tuition fees for College diploma starts from CAD6,000, Bachelor’s degree from CAD 11,500, and Master’s degree starts from CAD6,500. Living expenses are fairly affordable across Canada too! You can live comfortably between CAD11,000 – CAD13,000 annually depending on the city you study in.
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4. Post-Graduation Work Permit
This is what most international students are after. Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Students who study in Canada are allowed up to 3 years after their graduation to seek and gain professional work experience. This is a great way to extend your stay in Canada while developing your professional skills.
5. Quality of Life
Canada is ranked 2nd in the 2020 Best Country and 5th best country in the world for women. Canada does not just stop there. According to the Global Peace Index 2020, Canada is the 6th safest country in the world.
All these ratings are based on political and economic stability, safety, well-developed healthcare, human rights, gender and income equality, and job opportunities. Canada’s friendliness and multiculturalism truly lives up to the world’s expectation!
6. Natural Beauty
Canada offers spectacular landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. Some of the popular landscapes in Canada are Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler Mountain, pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, and the magical northern lights in Yukon. Different seasons offer different kind of experiences from sea to mountains, prairies and forests. Canada has an infinite source of natural beauty to be explored.
Canada is truly a land with endless possibilities. Very few places offer what Canada has to offer. Its universities are among the best in the world, has excellent standard of living with plenty of job opportunities, and a welcoming diverse society that will make you feel at home. Canada won’t disappoint if you are looking to broaden your horizons.