Among those in the know, it’s no surprise that more and more international student are opting to study in Canada. Indeed, the reasons to study abroad in Canada are as diverse as its people and as great as its landscape. Here, however, is our short list of the top three reasons to study in Canada:
Academics: From primary school to college and beyond, Canada’s education system ranks among the finest in the world. More to the point, its finely calibrated accreditation organizations (such as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) ensure that a Canadian degree really is as valuable as the equivalent certification in the US or UK. Also, because Canada is a uniquely bilingual nation – its national languages are both English and French – it provides an unique language immersion experience. Nowhere else in the English-speaking world do the two languages cohabitate to freely, and because of this many of its colleges and universities offer English as a Second Language or French as a Second language programs.
Cost: Excellence does not mean excess, however. School fees – and the cost of living in general – in Canada are among the lowest in the English-speaking world. The average cost of a tuition in Canada is fully a third lower than it is in the United States. Meanwhile, the overall cost of living in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is 30% lower than London’s cost of living. Those kind of savings add up!
Work: Canada Student Visa holders are allowed to work on campus during their studies and many provinces encourage off-campus work as well. The Canadian office of Citizenship and Immigration also generously allows international students who have graduated from a college or university in Canada to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree. That means your studies may well be the first step in the path to success in Canada!
If you are looking to study English in Canada, check out the ESL Directory to find the program that’s right for you.