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Why study in Canada

Over 250,000 students are studying in Canada right now and it is constantly growing. Many international students are now inclined towards living their study abroad dream in Canada. Especially if compared with other potential destinations like US, UK, Australia and France; studying in Canada offers certain benefits and advantages. Prominent benefits are affordable tuition fee, safe living, working and employment options (during and after studies). Many universities and colleges located across Canada are known for their researches and innovations. Higher education institutes are diverse in Canada in terms of their size, scope and study programs. High standards and academic quality controls helps students to better standards of education, to shape a quality career in a long term. Degree and award certificates including the diplomas are well recognized as equivalent to the certificates acquire from US or any other Commonwealth country.

Cost of Study

International students prefer Canada over other popular study destination, due to low education expenses, specially the course fee as compare to US and UK is very cheap and affordable, which makes these students to opt Canada as their study abroad destination. Tuition can vary but it is generally around $25000/year. If you are staying on campus, the cost can be around $800/month. The cost of staying off campus can be a bit cheaper. It is generally around $500/month. The cost of food on campus is generally around $700/month. The cost can be around $200/month. The total cost of staying on campus can be generally around $1500/month and the total cost of staying off campus is generally around $800/month.

Tuition+food+staying= $3000+$1500(on campus) or $3000+$800(off campus) for one month. Though I would advise you to not think that this is the solid amount you have to pay, since there are a lot of other ways where you can reduce the cost.

Scholarship options

If your profile is good, then chances of getting scholarship is high. There are many universities that offer scholarships to students. There are different types of scholarships as well:

  1. University Scholarships:University Scholarships have two types:
  2. Entrance scholarships: Most universities have entrance scholarships for which you will be considered as soon as you apply to the university. If your profile will be good enough, they will offer you the scholarship.
  3. Application based scholarships: Now, many universities have application based scholarships as well. You will have to fill up a separate application to get the scholarship. These scholarships can be very specific like scholarships for girls who are studying computer science.
  4. External scholarships:There are many external scholarships as well provided by external organisation to students studying abroad. Like Microsoft provides scholarships to international student studying computer science in USA or Canada.

During Study

International Students in Canada are legally allowed to work while they are studying. This helps them to maintain their daily expenses and allow them to manage their finance without incurring debts. In particular, to acquire rights of working Off – Campus, international students are required to have the following:

  • Valid study permit;
  • Must be a full-time student;
  • Must be enrolled at a designated institute at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level; and;
  • Must be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
  • If you qualify with above requirements, you will be allowed to:
  • Work up to 20 hours p/w while studies in session; and
  • Work full–time while on academic, for e.g. winter and summer holidays or spring break.

After Study

A very basic pathway and options leading towards permanent residency status after being an international student in Canada, is something which other countries do not provide, or maybe it’s difficult over there as compare to the advantages of studying in Canada.

After completing studies, you might receive a work permit for the duration similar to the duration of the completed study program up to a maximum of three years. Those students who have completed a study program of about 4 years, will also be eligible for the work permit for the maximum of three years only.

Work experience acquired via Post-Graduate Work Permit Program, helps international students to be eligible for permanent residence in Canada through the CEC (Canadian Experience Class). Moreover, few provinces like British Columbia and Quebec, also have an immigration streams that provides permanent residence options for certain graduates. Candidates for British Columbia’s International Post-Graduate category will have the advantage of not having a mandatory requirement of a job offer. There are other provincial immigration streams for the graduates completing their education from a respective province.

Canada Needs International Students

A Canadian attorney Mr. David Cohen says, “More than anything, Canada does not see international students as a source of income for privately-owned educational institutions, to be shown the door when they have completed their studies”, He further says, “On the contrary, Canada wants students because Canada is all about nation-building. Young, intelligent newcomers who have proven they have the credentials and means to assimilate are a big part of that. In short, Canada wants students to come here, study, contribute socially and economically, and stay permanently.”

Study International really hope that this information is helpful for those who have been considering study abroad destinations for better education and future prospects. Our registered and experienced counsellors are also available for sorting out best pathway for your study abroad dreams. So, do not wait and book an appointment for free consultation.