Have you ever thought about obtaining a degree, or even just a new skill, abroad? Doing this will open up a whole new range of opportunities for you. You get to live in a new place and learn a new set of culture and values. Most people who moved abroad to study also reported becoming more independent. Many also said they have discovered new things about themselves, which they love.
When you decide to study abroad, you’ll find a window of opportunities within your grasp. Which country? What field of study? What other opportunities would you want to have? One of the most promising countries out there to study in is Canada.
Why Study in Canada?
The educational system in Canada is one of the best around the world. And, the country is showing a continuous increase in the number of international students that it is accepting in its universities. At the moment, the number of international students who choose to study in Canada is marked at around 200,000.
Why this high number? Well, this can be attributed to a lot of factors, among which are: Canada being a relatively peaceful country, its multi-cultural society and the top quality of the various services that it offers to its citizens (including immigrants).
The Different Educational Programs Available for International Students To Canada
From studies taking only a few months to complete courses spanning 4 years, to Masteral and Doctoral degrees – there are so many educational programs in Canada that you can choose from. Among these are the following:
• Short-term courses (i.e. study of English as a Second Language), which take less than half a year to complete
• Preparatory programs prior to university or college entry
• Full-time diploma or degree program
• Post-graduate program
Qualifications of the Canadian Educational System
1) Canadian universities are ranked among the best of the best worldwide. Here are some supporting statistics (2012):
• 5 universities in Canada were ranked in the Top 100 (and 8 universities in the Top 200) in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
• 4 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 100 (and 22 universities in the Top 500) in the ARWU Shanghai Ranking.
• 4 Canadian universities ranked in the Top 50 (and 20 universities in the Top 500) in the QS University Ranking.
2) Canadian schools are known for promoting excellence in science, mathematics, and reading. In fact, its K-12 students (elementary and secondary) consistently belong to the top 5 performers in the said areas as measured in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment.
3) Canadian universities have active collaboration with more than 5000 educational institutions around the world, creating for a healthy and competitive system.
4) Canada’s educational system ensures practical course offerings that are aligned with industry needs. Over 90% of its graduates are able to find work in their field of specialization within 6 months after graduation. And, almost a hundred percent of employers report satisfaction with the graduates’ performance.
So what do you need to avail of the educational opportunities in Canada? Well, that depends on the program you want to enroll in. If you’re enrolling in a short course for less than 6 months, you only have to comply with university requirements. But, if the course you’re taking ranges 6 months or longer, you’ll need a study permit.
Opportunity to Work and Live in Canada
If you have plans to work and live in Canada, enrolling in an educational program in this country is one possible way to start. In fact, you can work (for up to 20 hours weekly) while taking up a course full-time. All you need to do is apply for a work permit.
You can also work off-campus as long as you have an off-campus work permit. Below are the requirements to be able to avail of this permit:
• You should have a valid study permit.
• You must be a full-time student in a qualified post-secondary participating educational institution.
• You should have been a full-time student for at least 6 months of the 12 months prior to your application.
• You should show good academic standing in the school where you are studying.
If you qualify under these criteria, all you need to do is to sign a form that authorizes your school, the province, and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to share your information.
You can also apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class program. The requirements are:
• You should have at least 2 years of full-time attendance of a post secondary program
• You should have graduated from the program
• You should have worked for at least a year (in a managerial or technical position)
Those who are qualified under these criteria have very high chances of their application getting approved since they already have various Canadian credentials, have Canadian work experience, and are expected to have proficiently learned at least one of the major languages in the country.
Studying in Canada has its challenges. You need major adjustments, especially if you don’t have family members in the country. However, the rewards often outweigh the sacrifices. So if you are interested to study, work or live in Canada, this is one sure way to go.