Study in Canada
Studying in Canada
Canada offers a unique opportunity to study entirely in English, entirely in French or on a bilingual program. With a population of roughly 10% of its southern neighbor, the USA, Canada has lots of space. As a result, there are clear pathways to immigration post-study. Canada is renowned for the friendliness of its people, its safety, and its quality of life.
Study in Canada
Canada offers a unique opportunity to study entirely in English, entirely in French or on a bilingual program. With a population of roughly 10% of its southern neighbour, the USA, Canada has lots of space. The clear pathways to immigration post-study as a result of this. Canada is renowned for the friendliness of its people, its safety and its quality of life.
These points have made Canada an increasingly popular destination for studies among international students in general. Approximately 20% of the Canadian population speak French as their native language. English, at 56%, is by far the predominant language across the country. This is important to bear in mind if you are from a French-speaking country.
Seed mainly works with institutions in the English-speaking part of Canada. This is because we believe proficiency in English is an essential skill for today’s globally mobile workforce. If you plan to work in Canada after graduation a strong knowledge of English will be essential.
Why choose to study in Canada in 2022?
Canada is the third largest host country for international students in the world. Relative to its population Canada welcomes more international students than almost any other country in the world. Over the last decade, the number of international students has doubled in Canada. This exceeds the global rate of international student mobility.
There are many reasons behind Canada’s impressive rise in popularity. The country is viewed as safe, welcoming and affordable. Quality of life in Canada is among the highest in the world. There are the attractive work rights, especially after graduation – ultimately a potential path to immigration for African, and other International, students.
Below we explore some of these reasons in greater depth.
Top 5 reasons to study in Canada
In recent years, Canada has shot up the rankings for international students. Currently it is the third most popular destination in the world. Here’s why:
Academic excellence in Canada
The education system in Canada is managed at a provincial level. The provinces have all put into place robust quality assurance systems. They understand the importance of their diplomas being recognized by other institutions in Canada, around the world and also by employers.
Canada invests more in education as a percentage of GDP than many other G20 countries. As a result the Canadian educational system is high-quality and students have access to first rate facilities and equipment.
The 2021 Times Higher Education World University rankings list 5 Canadian universities in the Top 100. This is all the more impressive when you consider Canada’s population of approximately 36 million.
Higher Education flexibility in Canada
With over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from across the country, Canada offers plenty of choice to international students. What sets Canada apart is that the vocational and academic study paths complement each other effectively. Much more than in almost any other country in the world.
The College system in Canada plays many different roles depending on an individual student’s needs. There is the 2+2 route for students looking to gain a Bachelor degree. That comes with the benefit that College years are likely to be cheaper than later years at a university. The class sizes are also likely to be smaller in the early years.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are great options for students unable to commit to a four-year Bachelor’s.
Colleges are also an option for students who have completed a Licence or Bachelor’s in their home country. Graduate Certificates or Diplomas are more accessible than Master’s programs. They also offer students a quick and affordable way to gain a qualification in a different field to their undergraduate studies.
Work and Study in Canada
International students have many opportunities to seek part-time employment during their studies. This helps to ease the burden on their sponsor – usually their parents. Students have the right to see work both on or off campus.
There are also many different ways that international students studying in Canada can gain professional work experience. There are opportunities both during and after studies. Options include:
Internships – both paid and unpaid
Co-Op – a compulsary internship. These are usually paid. May add an extra year to the length of a Bachelor’s
Post-Study Work Rights – up to 3 years and can lead to immigration to Canada
Quality of life in Canada
Canada regularly features in Top 10 rankings for Quality of Life. Canada ranks #1 in the world for quality of life in the US News & World Report 2020. Canadian cities, especially Vancouver, also feature very highly in the rankings for Cities with the Best Quality of Life. In a table dominated by European cities, Vancouver in British Columbia was ranked #3 by Business Insider in 2019.
The reasons for Canada being viewed so positively are many. Canada is safer than almost any other developed country. It offers excellent public services, including its outstanding provision of education.
Cost of living in relation to salaries is reasonable. Canadians are welcoming and approachable people. A great reason to study and live there.
Cost of Higher Education in Canada
Scholarships in Canada are in shorter supply than in some other destination countries, especially the USA. However, Canadian institutions do not come with the same high price tag as some institutions in the USA. They also compare favourably with studies in the UK. There are many opportunities to find part-time work to earn pocket money in Canada.
Canadian universities and colleges offer outstanding value for money. Courses can be compared with the very best. They are closely aligned to the needs of business, with a particular focus on the industries of tomorrow.
International students in Canada will benefit from fantastic opportunities to gain practical experience. That may eventually lead to a longer stay in Canada than you might have envisaged at the start!