Canada’s education system is outstanding and ranks among the best in the world. Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rateeducation system with high standards. Canada offers internationally recognized degrees and boasts a wide range of quality educational institutions for both diplomas and degrees in technical as well as professional disciplines.
Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries . For instance, in a 2003 survey compiled by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada offered the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. And, fees in the U.S. public universities were almost 30% higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double. Canada’s low cost of living and the overall financial advantage becomes even greater for international students.
High Standard of Living
Canada continues to be ranked as one of the United Nation’s top countries for high standards of living and education. Given the recent events that happened during the G20 summit, Canada’s outstanding reputation has been tarnished but the facts are still intact, therefore Canada is still considered to be one of the best Western countries to reside in.
One of the Best Places in the World to Live
Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada’s largest cities, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles and plenty of employment opportunities for professionals as well as fresh graduates.
Students who come to Canada will witness one of the most beautiful, natural environments in the world. Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors: from the lush coastline of British Columbia, the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the big skies of the prairies, to the ‘maple sugar country’ in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the rugged hills and pleasing coastline of the Atlantic Provinces.
A High-Tech country
Canada is a stimulating environment in which to do business and to learn, thanks to the contributions of many bright and talented scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The country is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and optical electronics, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, geometrics; and ocean and environmental industries. Canada’s highly sophisticated broadcasting system includes more than 1,900 AM and FM radio stations and some 1387 television stations to serve, entertain and educate the listening and viewing audience.
A safe place to study
Canada is considered to be a rather peaceful, safe and an orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased for ten consecutive years from 1993 to 2003. Unlike its US neighbors to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted to the general public.
International students who come to Canada should follow the same common sense safety precautions as they would anywhere in the world. Students can contact any Canadian Education Centre to learn more about personal safety, or attend a safety orientation session at their school upon their arrival in Canada.
A bilingual nation
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75 per cent) of Canada’s French-speaking inhabitants lives in the province of Québec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country.
Work during and after and co-op program
Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is up to 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid Co-Op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid Co-Ops. Further, international students on the completion of their program can work up to 3 years depending on the length of their study programs.
Work Permit after completion of Study
Canada is encouraging International Students to stay back after their studies and start their work experience. The new Work Permit Program states that International students who have studied for 2 years can obtain an Open Work Permit with no restrictions on the type of employment and no requirements of a Job offer for 3 years. Students who study a one year program are eligible for a one year Work Permit after successfully completing their course.
Canada is considered a peaceful, safe, and orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased for 10 consecutive years from 1993 to 2003. Firearms are strictly controlled, which has resulted in lesser street crimes. Canadians enjoy a standard of living which is among the highest in the world. Where better to start a family? Canada is the place to be.
Cost Of Living
Many people find the cost of living in Canada is significantly lower than their home country, but of course this is not the case for all international students (e.g. students from Pakistan, India or Nepal). Canadian housing is generally inexpensive compared with other well developed nations. Other costs are comparable or a little less expensive than other industrialized nations, with the exception of car insurance, which can be quite expensive in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada estimates that international students require approximately $10,000 CAD per year, not including tuition fees; this is just to cover living expenses throughout the year.
Not be troubled by this fact, you can always find something to “fit the budget”. Alternatively, students prefer shared living and expenses. Shared expenses could include utility bills or car pooling. Everyone finds a way to make a good living and have their share of expenses taken care of.