Studying in Canada could not only open up new doors for you professionally but could be one of the best experiences of your life.
Student life in Canada offers unforgettable memories and a lifetime of friendships. As one of the most progressive, multicultural and welcoming societies in the world, it's no wonder why Canada remains as one of the top destination choices for international students.
As a student in Canada, you can not only enjoy a world-class education but will get to explore Canada’s natural beauty, coastlines, vibrant cultural scene and nightlife, as well as take to the slopes when winter comes around.
And to top it off, Canada offers its international students a wide range of benefits such as student travel discounts, not to mention that you may also be eligible to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus and full time during your break, depending on your study permit.
Since 2014, Canada has seen a 75% increase in international student enrolment. 2018 saw 355,190 first-time international students receive study permits, based on the latest IRCC reports, with 355,245 new international students enrolling in post-secondary institutions in 2019 for the 2020 academic year.
These reports also indicate that the highest number of students recruited in 2019 were from India (106,745), China (81,990) and South Korea (15,975).
The Canadian government has also made studying in Canada more accessible by speeding up the application process to as little as 20 calendar days, through the Student Direct Stream, for students from the following countries:
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Top 5 Reasons Why Canada is a Great Place to Study?
There are many reasons why you should consider Canada as your destination of choice to complete your tertiary education, the amazing student life being one of them. We’ve compiled our top 5 reasons why Canada has such a great student life.
1. It’s a Nature Lover’s Paradise
Canada has some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, with over 2 million lakes, 46 national parks, rolling hills and the longest coastline in the world, you’ll never run out of amazing outdoor adventures. Canada has some of the world's most epic beaches and surfing spots. For some great swells visit Tofino or check out The Mountain wave in Kananaskis river. You’ll also find some fantastic hiking trails to explore such as West Coast and the Bruce trail as well as some of the most pristine lakes to paddle down, including Lake Louise, Emerald and Moraine Lake to visit on your summer break in Banff, Yoho and Jasper National parks. For all you avid snowboarders and skiers, Whistler has some amazing slopes to hit during your winter break.
For more info on where to spend your holidays in Canada's, visit our Nature Lover’s Guide.
2. Enjoy Canada’s Vibrant Nightlife
Canada has some of the most bustling cities with plenty of parties and events to keep you entertained over weekends and breaks. Vancouver summer nights and weekends are filled with festivals, events and local nightclubs and bars. Be sure to check out Gastown for some pub hopping or pop into Roxy to enjoy live music, themed events and DJ sets.
Toronto is another vibrant city, with plenty of spots to check out in King or Queen West. Edmonton’s International Fringe Festival has over 1500 global performers and 170 shows, and Victoria’s Beer Week is the best place to sample some of the finest craft beer in BC (British Columbia) If you find yourself in Winnipeg, Festival du Voyageur, Canada’s largest winter festival, will not disappoint.
Check out the Top Winter festivals that Canada has to offer this season and watch this space for our upcoming guide to music events in 2020.
3. Visit Canada’s Cultural Scene
Canada’s culture is heavily influenced by European culture, particularly British and French, however, it’s own indigenous cultures have some of the most intriguing and beautiful traditions to discover. Most don’t realise that Canada is derived from the Iroquoian word kanata, which means village. Canada has 3 main indigenous peoples, known as the Inuits, Métis and First Nations, which can predominantly be found in Northern Canada. The award-winning Royal Ontario Museum is not only an architectural marvel but showcases Canada’s culture to over 1 million visitors every year. For a truly Parisian experience, you can wander down the cobblestone streets of Québec city or Montreal, for an array of bistros, boutiques, and indulge in local foodie delights and markets.
4. Great Student Discounts
Canada understands that studying abroad can be pricey no matter your destination and has therefore made a wide range of student discounts available to both local and international students to help you tuck some cash away so that you can enjoy the best that Canada has to offer on your summer and winter breaks. You can enjoy awesome discounts at various restaurants, hotels, flights, train trips and much more when you choose to enrol at one of Canada’s prestigious universities or colleges.
5. Earn Bucks While You Study
Besides the great student deals that you’ll have access to, you may be able to earn some extra cash on a part-time basis (20 hours/week) off-campus during semesters as well as on a full-time basis during your winter and summer breaks. This however only applies to full-time students who have been given permission to work in Canada. Be sure to check your study permit as violating it may put your study permit at risk of being revoked. If your study permit states that you cannot work off-campus you can always ask that it be changed in order to allow you to work in Canada
According to part-time students work salaries in 2020 can range from about $54,668 and $68,250 per year, depending on the job. Not a bad average wage for a part-time gig!
What Are the Requirements to Study in Canada?
There are basic requirements that you’ll need to meet in order to qualify to study in Canada. First, you’ll need to choose your DLI (Designated Learning Institution). There are over a thousand to choose from however if you’re planning to apply to work in Canada after you’ve completed your studies, we suggest applying to a private institution as this gives you a better chance at being eligible for the PGWP (Post Graduate Worker Program).
Along with your acceptance letter from your DLI, you will need the following to be able to study in Canada:
- proof of sufficient funds for tuition, living expenses and transportation);
- have a clear criminal record(police certificate);
- be in good health(medical exam); and
- prove that you will return home once your study permit expires.
It's also important to note that there is a difference between a study permit and a visa. Your study permit only allows you to study in Canada and does not allow you to enter the country. You may therefore also need to apply for a travel visa depending on which country you are applying from.
How We Can Help You With Your Visa Application
Applying for your Canadian visa can be both complex and confusing. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf. Don't gamble with your chance to study in Canada and start a new life abroad.
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