Canada’s high quality of living and welcoming attitude toward foreigners are attracting more international students from around the world. As of 2019, there are already around 700,000 international students enrolled in tertiary education, and they are open to accepting more. If you’re already set to study abroad, here’s what you need to prepare for when living in Canada.
What to Expect When Studying
Canada is home to numerous prestigious universities with internationally recognized quality of education.
Universities and colleges here are known to be research-intensive, with Canada actually ranking one of the best in the world for scientific research. The top two universities in the country, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, score high in research impact according to the World University Rankings. By choosing to study in Canada, you make your mark in your chosen field and work with experts in the industry, whether in the academe or in a corporate setting.
One of the main selling points of studying in Canada is its multicultural community. Whether on campus or outside, you’ll meet people with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. In fact, one in five people in Canada are immigrants. Most locals are also friendly and accepting of different cultures. The tolerance level is known to be quite high, and equality is embodied across various segments of public and community life.
Whatever food restrictions you have, you’ll find that there’s a wide selection of cuisines available. Canada’s own cuisine is actually influenced by its French and British heritage, so there’s a ton of different food to try from poutine to Saskatoon berry pie.
On-campus accommodation is available for international students. The most common type of on-campus housing are dorms, which often include a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry equipment. If you have the funds, then off-campus housing is also an option. You may check your university website or ask student services about nearby accommodation.
Work While Studying
Another great thing about studying in Canada is that full-time students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week. You can find jobs both on and off-campus, or you can choose a co-op program that allows you to work somewhere related to the field you’re studying. Note that even though you plan on working in Canada, you still need to show that you can finance yourself when you apply for a student visa.
After you graduate, you can also apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit that lets you stay anywhere between eight months to three years for gainful employment.
Wonderful opportunities are on the horizon for international students in Canada. At your chosen institution, an active student service team is the key to a smooth transition to life abroad. Let our friendly and diverse student support staff help you navigate the different processes, from your application to internship placement to postgraduate support.