Canada attracts an increasing number of international students every year. To be precise, 1.39 lakh Indian students went to study abroad in Canada in 2019 alone. There are many factors behind this evident Canada education demand.
World-class education in global universities
Canadian education has developed an excellent reputation for quality and graduate employability rate in the past few decades. Today it is home to some of the top universities in the world competing with major study destinations like the UK and the USA. According to the Canadian government, two out of every five academic professors at the university level have at least one international degree. So, as a student studying in Canada, you will have the opportunity to gain an international degree from diverse international faculty.
Most of the Canadian universities offer foundational, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide variety of streams. The Canadian Educational system also encourages cross-disciplinary studies to develop versatile skills. Skills like communication, teamwork and leadership will help you through the long run of your career.
The University of Manitoba with students from around 104 countries and Simon Fraser University ranking in the top 30 in subject rankings (QS WUR) are few among the many top universities in Canada.
Affordable and cost-effective
Budget is a huge factor in the study abroad plan for any Indian student. Canada, on an average, has lower tuition and living costs than the US and the UK.
The average tuition fees in the UK – $14,130 to $38,400 per year
The average tuition fees in the US – $20,000 to $45,000 per year
The average tuition fees in Canada – $9354 to $17,989 per year
The average cost of living in the UK – $17,200 per year
The average cost of living in the US – $10,000 to $25,000 per year
The average cost of living in Canada – $10,793 per year
Enjoy a high quality of life
Canada is one of the safest countries with a low crime rate. This factor is high on the list of deciding factors when it comes to parents from our subcontinent. It has been ranked second in the world for “high quality of life” (Global News).
QS World University Ranking has also listed the three major Canadian student cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, in their top 50 student cities of the world. These rankings were done based on many factors like diversity, affordability, and employability after graduation.
The student-friendly government policies start from healthcare to security, and as an international student, you are assured of the same rights as any citizen. Medical insurance is also very inexpensive, and that is very different from any other study destination.
Have a multicultural experience
Canada is one of the most culturally rich and diverse nations. Over 50% of the Canadian population has a non-English native language, and there are over 250 reported ethnicities. No matter where you are, be it a classroom or a restaurant, you are going to be surrounded by people from various backgrounds. In short, it is an exciting multicultural roller coaster ride for students who study in Canada from India.
Here are some of the significant ways in which the country celebrates various cultures,
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival celebrates the Caribbean culture, and Calgary Stampede honours the original western culture. To top it all off, the Folklorama festival is a celebration of all ethnicities and cultures. During this festival, people from various backgrounds come forward to showcase their cultural art, music, folk dances and cuisine.
Assimilation is quite easy when you study in Canada from India as the Indian culture is a significant part of Canada. Around 1,374,710 Indians currently live in Canada, so you are going to find yourself celebrating the Canadian version of Diwali and Pongal.
Stay back and work with a Post-Graduation Work Permit
After your graduation, you can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit to begin your career in Canada. The usual length of a PGWP is the same as your course duration, and the maximum is three years. Your course duration needs to be a minimum of eight months for you to be eligible to apply for a PGWP. This extension also comes in handy while applying for citizenship as the county will take your work experience into account.
A physical presence of three years is required to apply for citizenship. You can show your three-year work experience through PGWP as a presence to apply earlier and gain citizenship sooner.
The Canadian government has also relaxed its immigration process. After your PGWP you can apply for permanent citizenship through its Express Entry program. On average, it only takes up to 15 months to get citizenship.