Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students, attracting over 300,000 students per year. So why are students so drawn to pursuing their studies in Canada? According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) 2018 International Student Survey, the overwhelming majority of students (93%) say they are satisfied with their educational experience in Canada and most of our students say that it is because of its affordable tuition fees, quality institutions, flexibility to work during study, post-study work and immigration options, and welcoming people. It’s not so surprising that students from all over the world are saying the same thing.
Gain international qualification.
Work during your studies
Work after graduation
Spouse may work while you study
Family may accompany you
Apply for permanent residence
Canadian institutions are frequently ranked very high on international rankings and Canadian qualifications are widely recognized and are just as comparable to those from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In fact, 17 Canadian universities are ranked in the top 500 of the QS World University Rankings 2020.
Canada has some of the most qualified academic professionals and attracts top international faculty because of its investment in cutting-edge research in areas such as medical science, pharmaceuticals, information technology and artificial intelligence. You can see that the Canadian government also invests heavily in their educational system and as a result, Canada has one of the highest rates of post-secondary education completion (61%) amongst the OECD member countries.
One of the major concerns of students and their parents/guardians, is the cost of pursuing studies internationally. It is a breath of fresh air to know that not only is the quality of Canadian education amongst the best in the world, it is also one of the most cost-effective. The tuition fees, as well as
the overall costs of living, are generally lower in Canada than in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
High Quality of Life
Canada has ranked #1 in the Best Countries Ranking for Quality of Life for four years in a row now (as of 2019). It is also amongst the top 15 countries on the UN’s 2018 Human Development Index.
Surveys and research show that Canadians are generally happier and more satisfied with their life than others around the world. According to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada has the seventh highest level of satisfaction globally, faring well above the USA, UK, Germany, France and Australia.
A Safe Place to Live
Another big reason why students choose to come to Canada is personal safety. In a 2019 World Education Services study, over 25% of the international students in the US showed concerns about gun violence at their institution. Prospective international students and their parents can gain comfort knowing that Canada is amongst the safest countries in the world. Canada is listed amongst the 20 safest countries in the world in the 2019 Global Finance ranking of safest countries, with over 82% of people living in Canada feeling safe walking at night. Institute for Economics and Peace’s 2019 Global Peace Index also ranks Canada as one of the 10 most peaceful countries around the world.
Canada is a welcoming country with a unique Canadian culture that embraces diversity and celebrates multiculturalism. In fact, in 1971, Canada became the first country to make multiculturalism an official Canadian policy. According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “Diversity is Canada’s strength,” and Canadians’ “different backgrounds… and different stories are all part of what makes our communities and our country strong.”
Immigrants are the backbone of growth in Canada. A quarter of the Canadian population is either foreign-born or were born to immigrant parents. The ten largest visible minority groups in Canada are South Asians, Chinese, Africans, Caribbean Nationals, Filipinos, Latin Americans, Arabs, Southeast Asians, West Asians, and Koreans. According to a census report, 10+ religions are practiced, and nearly 200+ languages are spoken in Canada.
Canadian culture incorporates flavors from all over the world, and Canadians celebrate events and festivals from all around the world, such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, Caribana, Eid, and St. Patrick’s Day.
Canada’s welcoming population and thriving multicultural environment makes Canada a perfect home away from home for students around the world.
Note: The most spoken languages in Canada after English and French
Work During Study
The option to work while studying is one of the decision-making criteria for prospective international students finalizing their education destination. International students enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program at a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) can work up to 20 hours per week during school terms and full-time (30+ hours/week) during scheduled breaks, such as the summer holidays. Most students don’t need a work permit to work while they study, whether their job is on-campus or off-campus.
Learn more about the work options available to international students on our Working While Studying Program.
When travelling abroad to study, students usually get temporary status in the country they’re studying in. That status often expires when their program ends, so they have to return home after graduation. Canada, on the other hand, has programs designed to help international students gain Canadian work experience after graduation and if they wish, subsequently transition to permanent residency and eventually citizenship. A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), for example, lets students who have graduated from a PGWP-eligible program to stay and work in Canada for up to three years. Students can also use this work experience to qualify for permanent residency in Canada.
- Age: 18-years or older
- Minimum educational requirement: High School Certificate
- A wide variety of courses, colleges and universities to choose from.
- Assistance with college placement.
- Assistance with housing placement. (conditions apply)
- Payment plans/options for tuition and program fees. (conditions apply)
- Guidance for sourcing financial assistance including scholarships and sponsorship.
- Guidance for making the best of studying in Canada.
- Guidance for job placement in Canada.