Preparing for your future can be both a scary and exciting stage of your life. There are so many options and avenues to choose from! To broaden their horizons and experience something new, many students opt to study abroad.
Out of all the many choices available to students, Canada comes out on top. In fact, the number of international students has risen dramatically over the last few years. Why the sudden infatuation with Canada and its maple leaf? Here are few good reasons to choose Canada for your studies.
Canada places a lot of importance to education and maintains very high standards in education. A degree acquired from Canadian universities in recognized globally and is valued highly in the international job market. Canada is renowned for its research-intensive universities. Canada is ranked 4th in the world for scientific research.
The choice of schools in Canada is wide and varied, from major research institutions to small liberal arts schools & universities offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programmes in a very flexible mode. Canada has 100 universities, 200 colleges & renowned institutes, accredited language schools as well as specialised institutes.
Canada offers not only quality education, but education which is affordable for international including Indian students. Compared to countries like the UK, USA and Australia, cost of education in Canada is quite moderate.
Canada has the best educated people and the highest literacy rate in the world. Canadians live longer than anyone on the planet, except people in Japan and Iceland. Canada's prime cities Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have been recognized as world class cities to live and work, for cleanliness, safety, cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.
A very important factor for most Indian and other international students while choosing a study abroad program, is the safety and security of the country and the city in particular. Parents are worried about the safety of their children and factors like crime against women, racial discrimination, theft and burglary play an important role while choosing a destination for study abroad. In this respect, Canada is one of the safest places to study with very low crime rates and cases of racial discrimination. Statistics by Numbeo reveal that Canada's safety index (62.42) is much higher than the safety indices of other popular study abroad destinations such as US (49.99), UK (57.9) and Australia (57.94).
Canada has a multicultural environment with people of all religions, races and cultures. People of Canada are extremely friendly and welcoming. The multicultural environment gives students an opportunity to interact with people of all backgrounds and ethnicity. There are numerous communities and associations of which you can be a part and get a feeling of a home away from home. The multicultural environment also helps you find restaurants serving ethnic and traditional Indian foods. You can contact your international student advisor to find out about the ethnic club or association you can join to soak in the homely feeling of the country to which you belong. No wonder that Canada has the 7th largest student population in the world, with 2,65,000 international students studying at various levels of education!
Canada is one of the few nations that offer job opportunities to students who have graduated from Canadian Universities and have obtained a Canadian degree. In fact, after finishing their studies, international students can work in Canada for up to 3 years!
Canada is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, animation, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and opto-electronics, biotechnology etc. Canada was among the first in the world to recognize the need to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, and its SchoolNet program is being copied around the world. All kinds of modern amenities are provided and most campuses happen to be wired with the most sophisticated technologies the world has to offer.
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 an excellent way to continue to live in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.
For international students, very few places offer the advantages that Canada does. Its universities, among the best in the world, are at the heart of its rich and diverse culture. Canada is a country with an excellent standard of living and where there are many opportunities to get some experience in your field of studies. As a bilingual, safe and welcoming place, Canada won’t disappoint students who are looking to broaden their horizons…
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